Sunday, May 30, 2010
We decided to adopt pretty much at the same time that I started this job, so I can say that I spent almost every single moment that I have been at this job thinking about our adoption. Our agency is 2 blocks away from my office and every morning I would wonder if this was the day that I would find out about clearances, homestudy appointments, homestudy submission, referral, legals, travel call...
So Friday was the first day that I went to work and did not feel compelled to stalk the boards and blogs for timeline information. It was weird!
It was great to see my work friends, and it's really good to know that I am missed. I did have some anxiety about job security, but was reassured that my job is waiting for me.
I keep on saying this, but time is just flying by, so on one hand it felt like I was only gone for a blink of the eye. On the other hand, I was able to truly appreciate adult conversation, the Friday morning tradition of a bagel and coffee run, and lunch out (in a restaurant, with adults).
I missed my little Ben a lot, and it was wonderful to come home to him. Spending an entire day away from him made me appreciate and enjoy him so much more this weekend.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Back in the day I got 4 or 5 letters, and then they sent my greencard to the wrong address. Hopefully Ben's greencard will make it to the correct address and hopefully the card will have his correct info! I can't wait to be done with USCIS one day....
Friday, May 21, 2010
I never gave much thought to raising a bilingual child, I think I always expected it to come naturally. Of course I would speak to my child in my native language. Or would I?
I have to admit that I have said maybe five German sentences to Ben in the past month. I don't know why, but I can't get myself to speak German to him! Is it because the language is atrocious? Or is it because my life here is lived in English? Maybe it's because I am lazy (that's probably it).
I really think it would benefit him to grow up knowing two languages, and until I can force him to go to Korean school in three or four years, German is the only thing I can teach him.
So, as of this afternoon, I vow to only speak German with my child. Good luck to me!
Monday, May 17, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Today I finally met my friend Kim and her gorgeous daughter Lyla in person. Kim and I met online while waiting for our babies to come home and sent many, many emails over the months. I would say that we kept each other's sanity, but we probably just drove each other crazier ;-)
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
I was showered with gifts and cards from friends and my husband and son.
Hubby was a little upset yesterday with his surprise flower delivery. Apparently he had ordered an arrangement of colorful flowers and what showed up was a bunch of broken white daisies. I thought it was hilarious! He complained and a couple of hours later the right arrangement arrived so now I have two! They even re-wrote the note, only this time it thanked me for raising our sons LOL.
This morning I got to sleep in and when I got up hubby made a delicious breakfast and Ben and daddy gave me their cards. Now my two boys are napping and I got some dishes and laundry done. Later I am hoping for a trip to Home Depot!
Even though the last couple of weeks have been kind of rough, I feel so honored and blessed that I get to be Ben's mom. It blows my mind every day that I get to see this awesome little person grow up!
I talked to my own mom this morning and wish I could see her in person today. I miss having my mom close by and I wish she could see her grandchild grow up.
Even though in Korea Mother's Day isn't celebrated (they have Parent's Day instead), I am keeping both Ben's birth and foster mothers in my thoughts today. I actually think of them every day and those two women hold a very special place in my heart.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Ben and I are having an awesome day. He sorta slept until 6 (with the help of 4 nighttime bottles) and was in a very good mood overall today. And we're having two naps today, so I get to rest and even get some stuff done. We got our adoption announcements in the mail yesterday and I already addressed some and mailed them! So excited!
The last two days were, well, not so great. After my post on... I forget what day it was, they all blend together. Anyway, after my last post I had the trip from h*** to the nursery. After a lot of crying in the car, we got o the nursery. Meanwhile, Ben had escalated to screaming. I got him out of the car seat and nearly broke my back and went looking for a cart to set him in. No cart with seat, only pull carts available. So I put on my Beco. Which still takes me forever to figure out! Meanwhile, Ben was still screaming and people were looking at me funny. I finally got him in the Beco, but something wasn't quite right. So I took him out again. Baby was still screaming. Eventually I got it right and picked my plants and then got to the register. Ben was screaming again. The lady rang up my plants and I handed her my credit card. They don't take our brand of card. Okay, fine. I tried the next card. It expired! I gave her my last card that I know doesn't have enough money on it. Declined, of course. So I trapsed off with my screaming baby and will not return to this place out of shame. It doesn't end there. Ben screamed in his car seat almost all the way home and all of a sudden he went quiet. I thought he had died! So I pulled over to check on him and of course he was fast asleep. I am totally laughing about this now, but it wasn't so funny when it happened.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
In an effort to do something semi-productive today I am going to brave the carseat drama and venture to a nursery to buy some more plants for our yard. I can't blame the little guy for hating the car seat, especially when I try to put him in. I am way too clumsy and I am waiting for either me or him to break a bone. I finally get why people with kids have minivans!
Okay, naptime is over, off we go....