So, it has been sooooo long since I have blogged anything regarding our lives and adoption. I looked back and it has been almost 5 months! Wow! I guess it is time to update those who care enough to read my blog!
Things with Madix are great! He is such a sweet baby! We have bonded and attched beautifully. He is certainly a mama's boy! I love spending my days with him. He loves to be outside and I think he gets a little bored without the kids! He is a great sleeper. Today he slept in until 10:30! I have always been a little spoiled when it comes to my kids sleeping. He naps for a couple of hours around 3 and then down for bed around 10-10:30. His English is coming along. He is learning new words everyday. He loves to go, go, go. He loves to be out and about. He loves meeting new people and is quick to tell them, "Hi!"
Zeke and Mo have adapted great as well. At times, Mo wishes she was the baby again. During these times, I try and show her some extra attention and things get better quickly. Zeke is an amazing big brother and Madix adores him! I think we have a hard time remembering life without Madix!
That's about it....life is good and we are blessed! We have had a great experience with this adoption and are so thankful for our son! Here are a few pictures from the past few months.
Well, I'm back! It has been sooo long since I have blogged. When I look back, I have not blogged since a month before our FIRST trip to Ethiopia. Since that post, we have made two trips and have returned with our precious baby boy.
I was very afraid that I would not feel like her was so precious at this point in the game, but I do....and he is!
We had a wonderful trip to Ethiopia! God had planned the groups that we were to travel with both trips. They were kind and wonderful people. All of them! You know how there is always, "one in the group" who everyone would like to choke? Well not this time! They were all terrific! We made some super great friends on our second trip. These are friends that I know we will have the rest of our lives. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!
Madix is doing awesome! He had adjusted well and is happy 99.5% of the time. He gets a little angry when he is hungry or tired, but other than that, he is great. He is sleeping from about 9-9:30 until 8:30-9:00 in the morning. He has transitioned well to food and is on a great schedule. I cannot complain of anything. He appears to be really healthy. We took him to the Dr. on Tuesday. We had to have a lot of tests ran, but she thought all in all, he looked amazing!
We are so blessed and cannot even put into words the joy that we feel this holiday season. There is a beautiful "completeness" to our family and we celebrate that this holiday season!
In just one month, I will be boarding a plane headed for Ethiopia. In one month, I will leave two, precious children at home to meet one, precious child waiting for his mama. In one month, I will smell a different smell, taste a different taste, and feel a different feeling.
In one month, I will get to look into the big, brown eyes of my son. In one month, I will get to wrap my arms around him and give him a squeeze that only a mother can do. In one month, I will be able to know what SIZE this little guy is.
A lot will happen in one month.....and I couldn't be more excited!
A friend of mine has worked with my son's orphanage for several years. I was so blessed when she sent me these pictures of his orphanage and homeland. I am counting down the days until we can experience this for ourselves!!
I have been sitting here today thinking of all the wonderful blessings in my life. My two kids....they are both smart, beautiful, funny, talented, trustworthy, independent, kind, mannerly, and on and on. I do not deserve them. I could never "earn" such wonderful kids.
My gorgeous son in Ethiopia....he will soon be 9 months old. He is strong and alert. His smile lights up a room. He can pull himself up and hold his head up strong. He has beautiful brown eyes and black, curly hair. Again, I never thought that I could be the mother of such a beautiful baby boy!
I have a beautiful home. It is so much more that I would have imagined. Because of twists and turns in life, we have this wonderful home is a quiet, safe neighborhood.
I have amazing parents. They get on my nerves...sure! What parents don't?? But they are kind and compassionate. They are always there and very supportive. They have helped us through financial difficulties and have celebrated all our successes!
And today....i celebrate that after a severe overdose of medication, 4 nights in ICU, 2 trips to the ER, and 3 days in the State Mental Hospital, my Uncle Lynn is home and in his right mind! We were fearful that he would never be "normal" again...but thank God that Satan has no dominion over us and God was victorious in this situation.
Life is FULL of blessings and miracles....you just have to be willing to claim them!
Today we got a call that we have been given a court date! We will meet our new son on October 19!! We were so excited and had already come to the conclusion that it would be after court closures!
This first trip will be very short. We will get to Ethiopia on Saturday night and fly home on Tuesday! We will have a few times that we will get to spend with "M". I can't wait to hold him and kiss his chubby cheeks! We will have to go to court to give our consent to adopt him, then head home to wait for a visa appointment. Hopefully it will only be a few short weeks, and then we will head back to bring him home!
I have had the priviledge of talking with one of the other families that we will be traveling with. This is a special bond that we will share and I can't wait to meet them in person. I know that God is already planning and ordering our steps....including those we will share it with!
So, once again....we wait! But now we have a countdown and can begin marking days off our calendar!!
Well, it has been a week since I got "the call"!! I thought that I should post something for those of you who care and are following my blog!
The day started out like any other day.....I was up at 5:45 a.m. getting ready to go to work.. I was sluggish and crabby.....just another day. At 6:45, I went in and gave Jeremy that half-hearted "I'm really sleepy and would rather be back in bed" kiss and told him good-bye. I turned to go out the door and said over my shoulder, "Hopefully I will talk to you again this morning." (Meaning=I hope Nicky calls us and you are on the line!)
The day went by as normal. Ladies would come into work and ask the same questions they have been asking for 10 months! (and 1 week) "How is the adoption coming?" "Have you heard anything yet?" I continued to smile and spout off my usual, "Nope."
At about 11:45, I felt my cell phone buzz in my pocket. I carefully reached in and retreived the cell phone. I looked at the screen, assuming that it was my Dad letting me know the change of plans for picking up the kids. To my suprise, I see "Nicky Losse" on the called I.D. My heart started to race and I broke into a cold sweat! This was really IT! This was that call that I had waited 10 months and 1 week for! I just remember welling up with tears and saying quietly to the ladies at work, "Oh my gosh! This is it!"
The next 10 minutes were nothing but BLUR! I heard her say something about getting Jeremy on the line. I think all I said was, "Uh huh" to EVERYTHING. I had dreamed that I would be chatty and talkative, questioning everything she said. Instead, I sat in disbelief with tears streaming down my face. I didn't know if I should laugh or cry! The only thing on my mind was getting home to see his beautiful face.
I hung up the phone, turned to the owner of the store and said, "Can I go home to see my son?" It is a good thing she said yes or else I would have lost my job that day. Nothing was going to keep me from seeing his face!
I quickly ran by my parents house to get Mo and Zeke, then headed home where Jeremy was anxiously waiting. As we all gathered around the computer, I felt like I was going to puke! Was this for REAL??
I clicked on the email and THERE HE WAS! He was beautiful! He was perfectly, incredibly, beautiful! I just sat in awe, disbelief, joy, astonishment, (and 1000 other adjectives) that God would choose us to be the parents of this beautiful child! He was so perfect and so amazing! He was much more that I expected! I thought my baby would be skinny and skrawny...kind of sickly looking....but on the contrary! He is chubby! Really chubby! He has gorgeous BIG round black eyes. He has fat legs and chubby toes! He has a little bit of wonderfully black, shiny hair! He is just perfect!
So....there you have it! This is day that our little family of four, truly became a family of five....and we couldn't be more excited!! :O)
I am a 35 year old mother, wife, and friend. I have been wonderfully married for almost 13 years. I have two beautiful, children...Isaac and Moraeah. I work two, part time jobs, and love sports. We are getting ready to adopt another child from Ethiopia.