Thursday, April 12, 2007

One year ago today...

...our initial application for adoption was approved by the agency. We had just begun the journey. Now we're home, raising our wonderful son, and working hard on the second adoption. Amazing how much our lives have changed, for the better, in just a year. We love Dylan SO much, and just gaze at him, knowing how incredibly lucky we are to have him. And sad about the huge sacrifice his birthmom had to make. And the fact that she will never see what a wonderful little boy he's become. I really just can't get over how awesome he is.

He said his first word (other than mama, dada, baba, etc.) the day after his birthday, at his doctor's appointment. It was SNACK. I don't remember if I already mentioned that. Oh, and his updated stats at 1 year-18 pounds, 14oz (only up 7oz in 2 months-3rd %tile), 29.5" tall (50th %tile). The doc isn't worried, though. All the extra activity now that he's walking has kept him from gaining much. He eats like a champ, too. We went out to dinner one night and he had ribs, corn on the cob, fries, chicken, and a corn muffin! He gets this little pot belly after he eats that's so cute. We call it his Buddha belly.

He's doing really well in school. Although one of his classmates is a biter. He's been bitten 4 times now-twice on the arm, once on the back of neck (broke the skin and bled), and once on his back. All 4 left teeth marks. I think they daycare is threatening the parents to kick out their kid. I just hope Dylan doesn't pick up on that behaviour.

We had our final homestudy Tuesday. It was delayed because we had to switch HS agencies. Our original one decided (after the first visit, and signing the papers) that they would no longer do homestudies/updates for clients not using them for the adoption. So we had to start over with a new agency. Hopefully, we'll have it back next week and can proceed with getting our dossier sent to Vietnam. We're still hoping for a September referral and Dec/Jan travel. We're anxious to go back to that beautiful country and add a daughter to our wonderful family.

You know that saying that you're supposed to make a wish when you look at the clock and it's all the same digits? I got up the other night at 11:11 and thought, "Oh, I need to make a wish." Then I just stood there, not able to think of anything to wish for. My life is perfect right now. Sure, I could use a few million bucks, or instant weight loss, but as I stood there looking at the clock, I thought about how great my life was. Perfect marriage, perfect son, great life. I really couldn't ask for anything better. And so different from the misery I was feeling a year ago today.

5 comments:

LaLa said...

So happy for you. He is such a cutie. I am glad your pediatrician isn't caught up in stats..they don't really matter. If he is healthy and happy..all is well. Happy one yr anniversary!

Michelle said...

Nothing is worse than another kid being mean (biting) to your baby. But what can ya do. Again I love all your pictures!

DeanAnne said...

Your blog is great. We are currently waiting for travel for our little one in HCMC. Hope things go smoothly with your little girl too. I can definitely relate to the tears in your earlier post. We have been waiting a while for travel and it does get hard sometimes.

your staff said...

Did you notice you posted this message at 5:55? love you guys

your staff said...

by the way, "your staff" is Jennifer H. It's the way my name shows up for my students' blog! I thought you might wonder...