August 24, 2009

Home 1 Month Already

So Miss Mia has been home for over a month now. Things with her adjustment have gone so well. I must admit we were thinking she would have a harder time getting used to her new home since she is a little older than Aiden was when we brought him home but the transition has been wonderful. She is really such a good baby. Aiden used to have crying period every day when he came home. We used to refer to them as his "melt downs." Looking back at them now, it was probably a form of grieving. However, Mia has had nothing of the sort. She has so much personality. She is truly just thriving here. She is babbling a ton, has picked up some baby sign language and has started to stand a couple of seconds on her own. Her health has been much better than expected as well. All of her blood work and stool samples came back normal. All of her fungus is gone and while she does have a couple of scars from them on her back and belly - there are none that are truly that obvious. Her hair is coming in curly and think and has a red tint to it. She is quickly moving out of 6-9 months and entering into 12 month clothes. Still has tiny feet though - size 2! She loves music and loves to dance. Her favorite toy is anything that belongs to Aiden - oops! She loves the dogs and bosses them around by wagging her little finger at them - so cute.

The sleeping through the night thing was getting a little better, only getting up once for a bottle and then going right back to sleep. However, now teething has begun again and she is up a lot. We did Motrin last night. She has a runny nose and spots on her little face which all point to teething for sure. I think I can see the little white nubs coming in - 2 to be exact, her top teeth. We are still having too many poopy diapers as well. We have changed her to soy formula and that seems to be helping some.

We are heading to Virginia on Saturday to visit family. Unfortunately, Eric's grandma passed away Friday so we are going to her memorial service. Aiden just adored Grandma Lamb. We haven't had the heart to tell him that she passed away yet. I am hoping little Mia is feeling a little better for the flight. I might go to the doctor this week just to make sure her ear infection has cleared up.

Aiden is doing well in school. He is in Mrs. Melissa's class this year. There are only 5 children in the class this year. Four boys and one girl - poor little girl! They are expecting to add more as time goes by. He seems to be enjoying it. He is going five days a week this year from 8-12. Aiden is the kind of kid who needs things going. Sitting around the house is not for him. It brings the Dennis the Menace out in him - ugh.

I have been trying to get back to running. Mia does pretty well in the nursery. She cries a little but usually ends up playing with the other babies and doing just fine. If she is having a day when she just doesn't want to be away from Mama then we just cut our workouts short. I was up to 6 miles before we left for Ethiopia and now I struggle to make it to 3. I think it may be the lack of sleep and not eating properly. I did take out some time for myself this weekend. Eric watched the kids and I went for a cut/color and pedicure. It kinda turned out to be a disaster but it was still nice to have some peace and time for myself. I have to admit, I felt so weird being without Mia. I missed her terribly. I am used to being away from Aiden now with school and stuff but Mia has been attached to my hip for the past month - literally. I still wouldn't trade it for the world.

It has actually been a little cooler here. It got down to 57 last night. Eric set the tent outside in the backyard and him and Aiden went "camping." They played music, told spooky stories and ate marshmallows. No camp fire though. I don't know if I am ready for all that.

August 12, 2009

A Shower For Mia

Today Eric's job had a shower to help us welcome home Mia. We got a lot of great things. An adorable diaper bag, lots of diapers, stuffed animals, great books, cute clothes, a baby sling, a cart cover just to mention a few things. Thank you to everyone at the Hospital Association for getting this wonderful party together for us. Aiden also appreciated the "big brother" gifts as well.

We also put the finishing touches on Mia's room last night. Her letters are now up and just look perfect.

August 10, 2009

Camera is Now Working

We got the camera to work on the new/old lap top. Here are a couple of cute pictures to share.

August 6, 2009

Technical Difficulties

Where have we been? Well....Aiden was running through the kitchen, tripped on our laptop power cord and it busted the computer! We do have a back-up computer but it doesn't have our digital camera software loaded on it yet and it does not take a memory card. So although we have cute pictures to share, we are unable to share them just yet. We will get is all straightened out. Our hard drive is being downloaded on to some cds as we speak and I will get the camera thing sorted out soon.

So how are we doing? We are all doing great! Mia went to the doctor for her first official check up. She already gained 1 lb and now is at 19 lbs! She is 27 inches long. Her skin is almost all cleared up. Her ear still had a lot of fluid so we are doing ear drops to break it up a bit and to see if there is really a hole in her ear drum. She got shots and blood taken, which we are still waiting to hear the results on. Her TB skin test was negative. We are still have "poo issues." We are switching her from the colic formula to the regular stuff to see if that helps a bit. She has begun to wave hi and bye and gives the best wet baby kisses ever. She blows kisses and plays peak-a-boo. She also loves to play "how big is Mia? She is still not sleeping through the night - sigh! She still wakes up for one bottle for sure but some nights she is up more than others. She has been able to find her pacifier a couple of times and put herself back to sleep which is progress. I guess I am just never going to get good sleeping babies - ugh!

Aiden is still loving her. They have fun playing together. She likes to watch him and laughs a big tummy laugh at him when he does something crazy. He does have to be reminded to be gentle at times but I don't think he realizes his own strength. He also went to his check up as well. He is in the 95% for height and 98% for weight. He was very proud of the fact that he peed in the cup. He was a tough man for his finger prick and is a fast bleeder, it took 3 band-aids to stop the bleeding! He had to get 2 shots in his arms - ouch! He cried of course but the lollipop and sticker helped ease the pain. He then got a happy meal to celebrate his doctor's visit being over - lol! He goes back to school on August 17th and is very excited. It will be weird to not have him around. He will be in the 4 year old program next year which means going 5 days a week from 8 - 12.

My strep throat is coming back - ugh! I have a message for the doctor hopefully he can give me some stronger drugs. Eric is on a business trip but I am surviving doing it alone - glad he is coming home tonight. Four hands are definitely better than just two especially getting the kids ready for bed. I even successfully took them both to the pool this week by myself. Mia still prefers me to anyone else and wants to be carried a lot which makes getting anything done around the house kind of hard. I know this phase will pass and she will be walking around soon. She is surfing on the furniture and crawls all over and gets into everything!

I hope to get some pictures on here soon - stay tuned for major cuteness!