Saturday, February 7, 2009

6 MONTHS! Last Post Placement Visit

I can't believe it was six months ago (well as of Feb. 7 - I am writing this now after midnight) that Luca and I walked off the plane in St. Louis. I was so excited to be home with my new little Luca and to see my family again after 5 days. I was welcomed home by my wonderful boyfriend Mike, my two wonderful boys, Brian and Nico, my mom, sister, neice, my Aunt and Uncle, brother, sister-in-law, nephew and other neice. Also, two of my good friends from work were there (M&M).

Me walking into the greeting area at the airport with my bundle of very close to my heart in every way. He looks a little freaked out but quickly had smiles on his face and remembered Brian from our visit 3 months ealier, he went right to him.

Some of my family.

Luca added such a new dynamic to our home. My two oldests boys hardly ever fight now. Everyone just seems to get along so well. I love hearing them all laugh together and watch them playing and wrestling together. Neither Brian or Nico had adjustment issues. Luca also did not have issues. Everyone just blended together as if we were always there.

I have adopted three children now and it is amazing to me how you just fall madly in love with this child that you did not even give birth too. All three of my boys grew in my heart before I even met them. I knew if I couldn't have kids I would adopt. Even after getting divorced I knew I would have more than one child, even if I had to do it on my own. Not only did I do it once more, but twice. I am soooo happy with my family (and often think that there is one more out there waiting for me).

Luca has changed so much in the 6 months. He has such a great sense of humor at 2o months of age. He will do things on purpose to get you to laugh and pay attention to him; such as pretending to be coughing or sneezing, it will be so quiet and suddenly a loud scream comes out of him for no apparent reason other than to say 'hey, I'm here!', or he does some silly trick. He loves to put on other people's shoes, especially Nico's crocs and walk around in them (I have to get a picture of that). His vocabulary is coming along well...he says, mom, mama, daddy, dada, i did it, uh-oh, ow, daw-daw (dog), barks like a dog, meows soooo cutely like a cat, moos like a cow and now whinnies like a horse. He says, na-naa-na (banana with all the right syllable sounds), hello, bye-bye, he signs more, please, and thank-you. He is trying to say Bri-Bri for Brian. There are more but I can't think of them all right now. He now does a somersault on his own. (We are at the gym every week watching Nico in tumbling). He cruises up and down the stairs and is trying to walk down them holding onto the handrail. He builds with blocks and can stack them about 4 high before they fall over. He plays with toy cars, airplanes, helicopters (anything with wheels) and makes all the appropriate vroom-vroom, helicopter propellor sounds, and pushes or flies them along.

We also had our last post placement visit this week. It is good to finally have that out of our way. I know they are important for the adoptions of Guatemala, but having one more thing finished for our adoption is nice. (I still have to file for the new CoC with his new name and a passport). From the assessment he is on target for his age. He was so funny wrestling with his big brother that day and just walking around like he owned the house.

My boys tell me at least once a week, "I am so glad you decided to adopt again." It makes me so happy to hear that they love their brother so much. They are so understanding when it takes more time for me to change a diaper or cuddle with him before bed. We usually all cuddle together over a book. His bedtime is 8pm, Nico's 9pm, and Brian 10pm. I am a night owl so still have a couple hours for myself and for Mike.

Our family is perfect (and there is always room for one more - if it is meant to be).

Here are the new pics!

Nico sitting in the big ampitheater chair on our field trip. (20 months old)Here's a perfect desk for me! It's amazing how Brian gets any school work done, but he does!


Joshua said...

That is so great that your boys hardly fight any more and how they are all so happy. WOW!! What a blessing to have ....peace in the family and no fighting:) Love your story, it's beautiful!!

Gail said...

Wow!! Six months already!! It went quickly. You are lucky to be finished with post-placement visits. I have one more next month for the 1 year.

Kelly said...

Wow Debbie, time is flying eh? He really is just adorable. Glad to hear you have finished your post placements and everything is going smoothly. Looking forward to seeing you at MoGuat!