Monday, June 30, 2008

Watermelon for breakfast

Today is Derrik's 23rd birthday. Our oldest son. I must say here, I had him YOUNG, very young. Since I do not feel old enough to have a 23 year old son. I won't even make you guess, I am 40 :) Happy Birthday Derrik, you were born at 4:23 am. and yes, I remember since I thought I was dying. Your head was like a bowling ball, and I need not say more.



We started out the day with watermelon for breakfast. Yup, just happy the girl was gonna eat. We have gotten her from almost 24 lbs in Oct 2006 to almost 30 lbs. Still as skinny as can be. Doesn't eat many things, no dairy, little breads, little spagetti/pizza sauces. Needless to say, we have not reformed her to our eating but been reformed to her:) One of the issues with an older child can be eating so we are really ready for Miss Chloe and any issues she may have. Going to China restaurant to buy lunch to pack for next day at school? Will do. Not a big deal.


We are just happy they eat. I do try to get Kat to try new things and I am not likely to make different meals for anyone, but if she doesn't eat well soup is always a back up option and Kat eats it often.


Kat's pictures are from morning time, my favorite time of the day. We ease into our day, staying in jammies as long as we like. Those sleepy eyes, the cuddle time, kisses, wow is she full of kisses in the mornings. I look at our daughter and feel so blessed, we think that she gets prettier every day, move over Angelina Jolie, look at those gorgeous lips on our girl. I am so jealous. She loves to kiss on the baby and he is almost always alert and so sweet batting his eyes at her as he know when she is coming for the hair in his face:)






Not sure how our little guy ended up with the seedless watermelon sticker on him, he is good enough to eat, I tell him, but that was going a bit far:) Somehow I think Kitty Kat had a hand in that.......


Yesterday when we did a grocery run, Camden found a shirt for Chloe that was sooo cool- it has a panda bear and says " wanna flower?" How neat is that, Chloe meanings "blooming" pandas are Chinese. We HAD to get it, of course. Too cute.


Camden is very excited and asked me if he could hug Chloe sooo tight when she gets here. I said "of course" and Kat looked a bit sad. So I said to her, "do you know what Chloe is going to do when she sees you?" She shook her head no. So I said " she is going to pick you up and say " my mei mei, my mei mei" . Oh, the grin, on Kat, as she realized she is Miss Chloe's mei mei, little sister. She was so happy then, to know she is still the baby girl here and will always be.


Chloe is getting a surprise, we asked if she wanted anything sent, she asked for skates but with the crazy 24.4 inch measurement of foot we got and the weight of them , we thought we could not give her them. Well, I found a pair of adjustable rollerblades, only $12 new( gotta love Wa*mart), not as heavy to send. They are for her birthday, July 22. I HAD to send along a note to not get hurt on them, after all I am her momma and will worry about this. Even half way around the world, my girl, I will worry and think of you.




We are off to get cake and socks, everyone over the age of 18 gets socks for birthdays, they are glad as they hate to spend their money on socks for some strange reason. Kat is thrilled she can sing the birthday song all day to someone. Happy Birthday to our Derrik.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

More of Chloe Yun

Today I awoke with an e-mail all about our newest daughter. After we figured out the botched up measurements ( she is 4 ft 9 1/2 inches and 70 pounds) and got a huge laugh over the (62 cm= 24.4 inches) supposed foot size of her, we got to enjoy some news of her.

She is very happy to have a family. She is proud of us, showing off her pictures. She likes her new name Chloe Yun. She loves this color blue, she likes jeans over dresses. She has many friends but 3 best friends. She is learning English, she is in 5 th grade. She wishes to learn how to roller skate. She calls us her American family and can't wait to come live with her parents. (US!!)
We are soooo in love. What a sweetheart she is. She understands we are waiting on paperwork and will come to adopt her as soon as we are allowed. I am so happy to know she feels our love and our desire to be her family and can know this each night as she goes to sleep- you are wanted and loved, Chloe Yun. Sleep tight.


Only sad news for our little man. The appointment for him did not go well. The odds of helping his situation now are very poor and not worth the risk. It is so dissappointing to think his head size is beyond doing a shunt for him and if he had gotten one sooner he may have been different, but then maybe he would not have survived. Only God knows the reasoning and we are picking back up, enjoying his life, his smiles and having him for each day we are blessed with him. We did not expect miracles to cure him but to basically be told it's too late and it could have been done sooner at little risk to him was hard. We have to rejoice now that he is comfortable, he is sweet and loveable, he is resting well, alert during the day and a gift. His prognosis is very poor with the issues he is already facing. But his life has never been a waste, he has and will continue to be loved, and touch us forever, we're here for the long haul baby boy, can't scare us away:) I'm so glad to have him in our family.

So as we share our ups and downs today, we thank God for each and every minute we have here, hug your babies, folks, they are His children, each and every one, given to us as gifts to enjoy or not. Enjoy your gifts today:)

Monday, June 23, 2008

Fingerprinting DONE!

Oh dear, oh my, it was like a dream. Off we went with an 8 am appointment for a 2 1/2 hours away immigration fingerprinting session. We left a 5 am. We decided to take Kitty Kat since Camden said he did not wish to go.


Re-living the LAST time we got fingerprinted, 2 vomiting children, a puppy in the car (what WERE we thinking?) NO appointment times, broken machines, overcrowded waiting room and we went this time prepared for the worst. Wow, were we in for a treat. Appointment times, first of the day. We arrived 30 minutes before it even opened. We were first in, done in 15 minutes, out of there. I could hardly believe we did it, but I have the red stamp on our paperwork to prove we did. WOOOOHOOO! Miss Chloe we are working super hard to get to you girl!


Kat had a great day with mom and dad to herself, we stopped in at the Outlets and were able to pick up some B & B Works for about $2 a bottle ( Big size even) for orphanage nanny gifts. I was so happy. Kat got a pink rubber duck for the tub for a buck. Momma's wallet was spared and our love of shopping satisified.



Mr. T goes tomorrow morning bright and early for a consult regarding a shunt. Please keep im in your thought and prayers, he is doing really well, over the cold he had, and just a pleasant a baby as can be. He gave me the dickens when I got home today for having a nurse care for him all day. But then he smiled and cooed at me so he must have decided to forgive me:) He is so sweet, alert and awake almost all day now and starting to fuss about not being able to SEE what is going on. I think if we get his head size under control we will be able to get him equipment to put him in a sitting position so he can see more he will be happier. He is so much more responsive it's just a joy to see him as he stops, bats his eyelashes and waits to see if you will talk to him again.



Malaree was a great help today, keeping Camden and then off to work she went. Sure is nice to be able to trust her to keep the kids when we need her and her be reliable. Really helps us out. Grandma was good enough to come in for a time too, to help break up the day for the kids.



We are very happy today to feel this much closer to our girl, Chloe Yun. Gosh, I can't wait to hug our girl. I want to run off to China now. Hang on Chloe, if you see a redhead coming your way, it's just your momma :) Oops, I'm supposed to be patient here, right?

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Illness in summer

As usual, when not hearing from me for so long, I have been indisposed. Ill, snotty, sick, coughing, yucky, feverish, chills. Bronchitis has made it's rounds here, it hit me quite hard. The baby went to the hospital for his cold and the doctor kept him due to ME- he refused to release him till I got in to my doctor and got meds. He was having trouble clearing himself again but I wanted him home, it is actually harder to have him in the hospital since we do have night help at home.


I saw the biggest difference in him in the hospital, he was sick, yes, but not one nurse picked him up and held him, they were scared of him and I wanted to stay away from him as much as possible since I was running fevers so I actually had to get the kids here at home to come to the hospital to hold him for stimulus. He SLEPT the entire hospital stay, even off his medicine. It made me very sad for him but happy that within hours of being home he was alert, awake and 2 days later now, he is back to his usual and seems to have kicked the cold without it going to bronchitis. Thank God. He also is going for a consult for a shunt- if he can get one, this next week, another answered prayer.


In the midst of having a 102 fever and coming home to sleep, I checked the mail- MISTAKE- immigration letter again. I wanted to cry. SO at 12 midnight I am frantically e-mailing SW to fix this, it was silly stuff, like where will Chloe sleep within the house, not just, we have x people and x rooms. Did we ever have ALCOHOL problem - substance abuse wasn't good enough apparently, you had to have the word "alcohol" in there, even though we consider alcohol a substance of abuse- doesn't everyone??? AHHHH. So an addendum had to be done for that. It was stuff the SW had to do, good thing not me, since I might have goofed up something, as it was I told her not to be surprised if something I wrote made no sense at all. Anyone needing a GOOD Home Study agency in PA e-mail me:)


She did get it done, KUDOS to her again, we find we are really the trial people, going through Hague, making the way for others, to what is accepted and what is not and they want everything to pass the first time it goes to China, how can we be mad about that? Can't. Since it would be worse to get it to China and have them say it's unacceptable to them, it's easier to fix at this level. So my patience level is okay with this. We go for fingerprints this week too, so that will give us that step to check off.

In sad news for us this week, C left to go back home. We were sad as we know he was torn about going back and he almost immediately after the hearing said he thought he made the wrong choice. AHHHH- can't change it now, he will have to muddle thru somehow. He breaks my heart. He is coming today and staying to go on a family outing we had planned awhile back and stay the weekend. He leaves on a teen trip Mon morning for a week. Maybe he will be able to think and talk to someone during his time away.
He knows he is welcome here anytime, for a day, an hour, overnight, we told him that clearly. He is always going to be one of "our kids" no matter where he is in life. He really touched this whole family- and we love him.


Kat is over her bronchitis that she shared so nicely with all. Camden and her always seem to get it first, get over it the quickest , and then leave the rest of us in a dazed mess of illness while they are booming with energy. C had no sooner packed when Camden was claiming space in the room and fighting with Donobin over beds, drawers, messes and more. Kat was fussing asking when Chloe was coming since no one is in her room sleeping with Camden relocated. Just what mom needed as she is coughing and choking and hoping her bladder holds.
At one point I was laying down and looked up, the 2 buggers were sitting, Camden in the kiddie chair and Kat on the coffee table behind him and she was picking in his hair like they were monkeys grooming each other. I asked her what she was doing and she said "he have sprinkles"- then he says "It's sparkles Kat, not sprinkles" in his usual brother disgusted tone, like I've told her this 100 times! I dared to ask "WHY? And this is what I got- Camden had my paints out to paint a little ceramic turtle he found and got into the glitter which reminded Kat of Florida and the Magic Kingdom Bibbitty Bobbity Boutique and "let's make us magical," was the idea. 3 days later and glitter is still being found on them. Oh well, at least they didn't paint themselves with permanent paint purple or blue, right? What's a little glitter, just a pretty shine- we need some shine here:)
Hope you have a shining day, ilke us..............................................

Thursday, June 12, 2008

SHE KNOWS US!!!


Today I am sooooo excited. We got word through the local Chinese college student that is back in China for the summer break that Miss Chloe KNOWS US> she got our package. She must have e-mailed the student since she put her address in there for her to contact her. I did not hear yet what she thought- oh dear. Let's hope she is thrilled.

I also got word from a child adopted from her orphanage recently that her name is pronounced "Fung" so she would be affectionately called "Fung Fung". Glad to know this but also glad we gave her American name Chloe, since Fung Fung spoken here is not going to sound pretty. And our girl is pretty that's for sure. Her smile is gorgeous. I was saying her name and said we have Fung Fung and Tong Tong and Kat said "hey that my name". Ahh my girls.I just love 'em.


We learned some of her personality, she doesn't like sports ( we'll suffer through football, soccer, baseball season together, Miss Chloe) and she likes jump rope- I've not tried that for years but I jumped for joy when I heard she knew us. (no jokes about the house crashing down either). She is learning English in school. YEAH! I know God has brought us this girl and she will be the right child for us and us for her. It just warms my mommy heart to know she is holding that photo album, looking at it, the one my hands put together with so much love for her. WOW- what great news for us. We wanted to be sure she knew of us and would be as prepared as she can be for us and the big changes coming to her life, so now we have the news we longed for.


In other news, Mr. T is home from the hospital, we did an overnight stay for suctioning. He came out of his spell of low temp but had no been able to cough effectively and he needed to as he has a cold. Just a cold at this point. Now that he is more alert he is able to cough, and we found that positioning is crucial to his breathing, with his head size it is different than a normal child with airway difficulties. We have home suction now, and we can see that if he is beginning to slobber as gross as that sounds, he needs positioned differently to be able to breathe better. If positioned right, he doesn't need suctioned at all. This is his first illness so far which is amazing, but he seems to be pulling through, has to be all those prayers:) The doctor does want to have him shunted after he is well. We think this is a really good idea, I mean, how can he NOT have pain and pressure with the size of the head?? I keep telling the docs QUALITY OF LIFE, not quantity, we must give him QUALITY, it's only right. We do not wish to keep him here for him to just suffer. He's just an innocent baby.

I think his Bio Mom needs some prayers, she is backing out of his life more and more and I feel sad for her as he is so sweet and special, and she is missing so much. We love him the same no matter what. He doesn't know, I am glad for that. This is very hard for her.


We got pool passes for the summer today. Even Mr. T got his picture taken for one! Kat cried as she was not allowed to swim, being ill. BUT CAMDEN swimming, why not Kat???????? The joys of summer vacation. 2 days of it and I'm nuts. I think I need to be in the funny farm, oh no, that's right, it's right here, at my HOUSE!!! WANNA come over????




Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Prayers needed


This is gonna be quick. The baby is not doing well. His temp overnight was 93-94 degrees. After finding a whole group and website about his condition http://www.hydranencephaly.com and finding out that the oldest child living with this is 24, we are not really ready for him to go. (Is anyone EVER ready to let a loved one go, especially a BABY??)
No pictures of HIM are on the site, but he looks similar to the pics there. So beautiful.
He has rallied before. Prayers for him PLEASE>
Also for Kat, she has bronchitits, close to pneumonia (yeah in this heat!), which may be what the baby is trying to fight off too, hard to tell.

Please pray for them both. SO far I have the baby warmer and he is breathing easier. I'll post more later, gotta hold my angel babe.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Update post

Okay, if I bore you, just skip on by this post as it's all talk, no pictures :) We got back from our vacation, Kat and I had a fabulous time. Friday after getting in super late (Un**ed Airlines SUCKS) we hung in the pool, relaxed and got settled in. Saturday we went to the China Girl Reunion where I got tons of good advice for Chloe coming home and got to see a couple from our travel group I didn't expect to see. Kat had a ball and we got the first of the "are they TWINS?" as I took them super cute dresses for them to match. After the reunion we went to the Asian market and got some neat stuff, I got Kat a carved Goat (YEAR of the Goat) and Chloe a Boar (Year of the Boar) . I didn't get to get these in China, we didn't get to shop much as we traveled during the Trade Fair and were bused into GuangZhou from DongGuan.

We then went to the supper and had the best dim sum since China. WOW> was it good. Sunday we were off to the beach, where I got my lovely sunburn, Kat got tan lines and poor DanDan got stung by a jelly fish when we were collecting shells. Monday we went to Magic Kingdom, the girls had appointments for Princess makeovers and got the hair, nails, makeup, a sash and tiaras, all alike even sitting apart and picking their own stuff :) Too funny as the "are they twins" continued for the next 2 days then! Pink hair pieces and all. We had lunch with Tigger, Pooh, Eeyore and Piglet. That was a BIG hit. We rode a few rides and checked out Mickey and Minnie's houses.

Off to the car and into jammies and they were OUT cold for the night. Slept so well they didn't even muss their hair do's. The next day was the 5 day- the poor girls can count to 5 and knew the 5 day was the day to go. DanDan kept saying she wanted 7 day, not 5 when I told her we would come next time for 7 days. But home we had to go. We did a nice lunch with POOR service (shame on you O Garden) and then went shopping at the outlets. Didn't have much time but didn't want to spent too much anyway.

So then it was time. Time to go home. The girls were NOT happy, they parted without immediate tears but are still sad days later. They truly care for one another and remember being together as toddlers in China. Kat even came up with something that sounded like "to share" at the beach and we were trying to figure out what she meant when she told us " Dan Dan to share at Po Po's" and pointed to their shoes, I asked if she meant they shared shoes and she said NO, shoes mean "to share". She never told me that before, but then she taught me "meaguhh" is All Done shortly after coming home, we did not learn that in China. DanDan was shaking her head that Kat was right. Amazing.

Kelly deserves a HUGE thank you here, for opening her home to us, chauffeuring us everywhere, allowing mom to rest and not over booking us. We had a wonderful time, mainly in part to her and her generosity. It was a perfect vacation. Minus the air delays both ways.

As for everyone else, Baba survived without us. Grandma kept everyone in line and the house clean- thanks Grandma- you're super:)
C has a hearing in 9 days (can't tell we are counting) and he has decided to give it a try at home. This will hard for us, especially Kat who loves her "carat". But he will come by, we hope, as he sees the other one that left has done and we expect so we know they are doing okay.

The baby has been a total miracle and answered prayer. After being able to finally get medicine for this child, we are amazed at the difference in him. At first he was too drowsy on just 1/4 of a pill but he had adjusted to it now and spent all day yesterday awake, alert, not crying, just aware, and the drowsy part happened while I was away so I am not sure he was even aware much that we were gone :) Thank you God for that one. So much worry off my shoulders. He was kicking his feet, smiling, trying to coo yesterday, it was so sweet to see. I invited the guy who delivered our medical supplies in to see the baby he was delivering the stuff for, and you know what he said? This tattooed, huge earrings, spiked hair guy says " I was praying for the person these supplies were going to on the trip here. " I showed him the miracle baby and thanked him for the prayers. God is truly good.

As for Chloe. We got home and I had a message from Immigration. Poor Meredith. She said "still no home study." I thought AHHHHHHH. So I called back right away Wed morning and another worker told me Meredith was on vacation till tomorrow. At first I was bummed, but then I realized I could send the HS and would have it by tomorrow when she was back. We had gotten good news in the form of Fingerprint appointments in 2 weeks so that gives her time to work on our approval, we get fingerprinted and it should move right along. So there's more of God's timing. Working things out for an impatient redheaded momma.

In the meantime ,we have a family leaving for their son from Chloe's orphanage in just days and they are going to try to get pics of Chloe and see if she got our package:) YEAH!!! I want to know if she knows of us so badly.

Camden turned into Mr. Super Ball hitter while I was gone, he scored 4 hits in 2 games and has seemed to lost his fear of striking out. He just slams them out there.

Malaree had a job interview for DQ yesterday and got the job. She starts Tues. I wanted to know if this meant I got free ice cream but she said "I'm not giving ANYONE free anything" wow, so there. She's been looking for a job for some time now so she is quite happy to be a summer employee.

We are in the midst of a horrible heat wave, was are all camped in the downstairs AC and not wanting to do much of anything. The car said 100 degrees when we went for diapers earlier. (Can't be without diapers:) It's miserable. Mr. T does NOT tolerate this heat so I am thankful we have AC to keep the humidity and temps at bay for him. I can't imagine the people who do not have AC. I thought it was hot in Florida, as Kelly and DanDan just laughed at me. Well, this is bad. I guess since it's not like this all the time, it's hard to handle when we just have it in waves. It's supposed to break Tuesday.

I think that's it for the news from us. Hope you enjoyed catching up with us.





Wednesday, June 4, 2008

We're BACK>>>>>>>>>>>>

Gonna let the pictures tell it all.....................................................