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My husband and I, the Dynamic Duo, have been married since 2003. We've weathered the storm of chronic disease (diagnosis 2006), infertility (diagnosis 2007), turning 30 (2006/2007 respectively) a first adoption (2009) of a tender hearted, compassionate Ukrainian BIG boy (born 2006), who has told us he'd like a baby sister, baby brother, big brother, and REALLY big sister. We recently completed our second Ukrainian adoption journey, which brought us a daughter (born 2005). We'll see what else God brings our way!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

And the beat goes on...

Eli helping Papa push the lawnmower

Papa and Eli chillin on the couch on a weekend

God is good all the time. Even when you can't hear anything over the screams of a three year old's tantrum. I take this as a good sign that he's feeling more and more comfy with us. He's sleeping through storms, and past 7am. And he doesn't jerk awake when I go in to his room and turn down his music. He has started a new trend at night. He wants me to tuck the blanket around him so he looks like a little bundled up catapillar. It's so cute! I caught him passed out with the blanket still on him. It was darling :)

We started OT this past Wed. I think we're going to go once a week, but we'll see what the OT thinks. Our next apptmt is this coming Wed. And we start PT July 1st (Woohoo!!) I'm so thankful God has allowed this to happen so quickly! We saw the neurologist, who has ordered an MRI for Thursday. Eli is going to be sedated, so he can't eat anything in the morning. Should be not too much fun. The neuro seemed pleased with how Eli was doing. His head size is well below the normal range, but he said it could be due to the malnutrition. So we'll see what the MRI says. And I have an apptmt with a gate specialist to see if Eli needs braces to help his ankles straighten out on July 6th. Squeezed in between all this is a bachelorette party, wedding (that I'm in), my dentist apptmt, several chiropractic apptmts, and some play time. Phew! I'm exhausted just thinking about it.

Eli has been a crabby pants when he gets up from his nap every day this week. So I'm trying to figure out what's up with that. Everything makes him scream. Do you want to go play in your sandbox? SCREAM (as he heads to the back door). I place him back in his room on the floor in his time out spot until he stops crying and then come in and try again. Maybe I need to try quiet games til he wakes up all the way.

Grandma Karl and Eli playing in his new sandbox...He played for 3.5 hours straight!

The other issue is that he wants to eat all the time. However, it isn't like he wants to sit down and eat a lot. He wants to eat for two seconds, then play, then eat, then play. So I've given him an hour in the afternoon to have a snack (from 3-4ish) and then he has to wait til we eat dinner. But he can have as much water as he wants.

We bought a small swimming pool for Eli, although he won't get in it because the water is too cold for him. We take his diaper off and put him in a swim suit and remind him to tell us if he needs to go to the bathroom. The first day he told us and went in his potty! So we tried this morning to put him in his undies, but he had an accident while on papa's lap. He took Eli to the bathroom, put him on the potty, but Eli didn't need to go any more. So we put a diaper back on him because we haven't stocked up on undies yet.

All in all, things are going great. I'm not the mom I thought I would be, but I'm seeing that I'm changing day by day to be more patient, and more understanding of my son. I had a day this week where I didn't feel the need to have some away time as soon as Dave walked in the door. Eli and I were having a great time playing in his new sandbox. I pray every night that God would shelter Eli from my weaknesses as a mom and a spiritual example. And God is good. Each morning Eli wakes up and runs in to my room to cuddle with me :) I love it. And I love him.

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