Busy, busy, busy! Jada is eight months today and pulled herself up to her feet in her crib! Oh boy! She has two teeth that are actually visible and is constantly ON THE GO! She loves to eat--if you know Jakob--you know why we are so relieved that she loves to eat! She has quite the personality--taking after her birthmother--whom we were graced with a visit last Thursday! I have been spending more time trying to get some scrapbooking done--or at least feel like I am remotely caught up. We are going to be participating in the LSS education program DOMESTIC ADOPTION WORKS!, so I want to have some more scrapbooking done so we have something substantial for people to look at. I'm not sure how many people they are expecting, but it is at least getting me motivated to get some scrapping done! :0)
Jakob continues to change everyday himself--becoming quite the conversationalist. We are working on how to ask for things--rather than just whining and crying for something. He likes to hide and can be sneaky, but his giggles always give him away! Since Jada is on the go and Jakob can't really be fully trusted in her presence alone for even just a minute--there really is not a lot of time to get anything done. That's all right with me on most days. It does get frustrating every once in awhile. Maybe it is just this weird MN winter weather that is really frustrating me--the one who claims to be a winter girl. I want to be able to get outside more often and not have to bundle my kids up for a blizzard.
I am really looking forward to summer this year for the first time in a very long time! Speaking of getting stuff done. . . I am going to be short and end this here so I can feel like I accomplished something today! It is probably good that it is cold out. We have the Wii Outdoor Adventure game and my calves are so sore from playing that I don't even know how I am going to teach kickbox tonight. Those games are amazing!
You can't see it, but there is a tooth in there! I feel it!! I also feel lucky to get some smiles out of Jada since she has been kind of cranky while working on those teeth!! Maybe we will finally get some sleep at night! :0)
Here's a glimpse of Jakob's very first time eating chocolate chip cookie dough from the beaters. He has kind of a sensitive stomach, so I haven't let him do it yet--we'll see if his tummy holds out on this one. He sure loved it! I wish I could have recorded his little voice saying, "Mmm," about every 10 seconds. Far too cute! Yeah, we are all only 1/2 dressed. Perfect for a chilly and grey kind of day. Precisely what the chocolate chip cookies are for--to cheer everyone up!!
My baby girl can do a version of some sort of army crawl to get what she wants on the floor as fast as she can! Watch out! The girl gets what she wants. She is very good at throwing a tantrum already if she doesn't get her way. I could not keep my eyes off of her today--she is simply stunning and amazing and beautiful and funny and happy and getting oh so big. My baby.
My not so baby boy and I had a discussion this evening AGAIN about boys having a penis and that Mama and Jada don't. I didn't tell him yet what girls have. He is so obsessed with penises right now--I really don't need him yelling out "vagina" in public too! haha! As you all probably know. . . he is a product of first child syndrome. . . you know, where mom and dad do everything for you. Today when I went to check on him at nap to see if he was sleeping or not--the little turkey had his pants AND his diaper off--I was kind of unaware that he was capable of doing this. If he can get the super velcro diaper undone. . . then there really is no reason why he shouldn't be peeing and doing the other dirty deed on the potty. He knows how too. Just playing us, I guess--and the fact that he just really wants to be just like Jada. How can you blame him. But anyway. . . he said he missed his penis and that is why he took his pants and diaper off. I really do believe that this is the unspoken, untalked about, and uninformed truth that boys are obsessed with their privates starting at a very young age. We all know they are obsessed as adults! hahahahahaha!!!!! And everyone thought that boys were easier than girls! :0)
After everyone was in bed, I was watching American Idol and my not so baby boy came running out to sit on my lap. It was late--but I wanted him there. (This is when we had our talk.) I can't believe how amazing he is. The things that he sees. The things that he notices. The things that he tells us about. How he makes me smile--even on our worst days. I enjoyed every moment of snuggling tonight (and a little dancing too when he felt the music!). It was hard to put him to bed. I feel blessed to have these moments with my son--who won't be very little for long and most likely not willing to talk about penises anymore either! :0)
I have always been a tomboy--no make-up--hate to dress up--feel completely out of place and uncomfortable shopping at a place like the Galleria (located in Edina, MN) in my windpants--but I go there anyway--and sometimes don't shower on purpose just to see the looks I get from the other shoppers--because that is where the only Pottery Barn Kids store in the metro area is located. (I was so sad when the one at the Mall of America shut down!) Anyway. . . now that I have a daughter--I still do not find any desire to be a girly girl myself. . . but I want her to have every opportunity to express herself and to be herself as she grows. And if she wants to be a girly girl. . . then I will absolutely love every single solitary second of it. I hope she wants me to braid her hair. I hope she wants to wear all the beautiful dresses that I already have for her. I hope she wants to take dance class. (I do also hope she wants to play hockey!)
Sometimes I feel a tad guilty because she wears some of Jakob's old pajamas--which are distinctly for boys! She is just growing so fast--and she grew into his old winter pj's in the right season! Sometimes our whole family compensates for this lack of girly pj's guilt! Even Furby!
When Jada came home, Jakob moved into a big boy bedroom and Jada moved into the nursery. The design is from the John Lennon Musical Parade line and is totally awesome for a boy or a girl. . .but definitely blue dominant. I've been eying (is that how it's really spelled?) the butterfly chandelier from the Pottery Barn Kids store. We love mobiles here, I love that store, and it definitely brings a nice "princess" touch to any room!
But, really, I wanted something in pink--something really special for my princess! (And the simple fact that the mobile is $80 and not really something that I would consider a necessity for that amount of money!) So, I decided to utilize my creative skills and make my princess her very own unique and from the heart butterfly mobile! Off to Michael's I went and spent $20 and came up with this: And, yes, I still have enough supplies to make several more if I wanted too. They probably wouldn't look exactly the same. . . but I could make something very similar! It only took me a few days in between taking care of my babies and work. I didn't really do anything else around the house! haha! The best part of the whole thing was the big smile Princess Jada gave me when she saw the mobile hanging in her room! PRICELESS!! And worth every minute of work and a very messy house! A perfect girly touch to her bedroom! I should mention that Jakob loved it too. He loves butterflies! And he also loves anything that his sister has! ;0) I have to go take care of Furby now, before he wakes everyone up! He sure is loud! haha!
If you belong to a church. . . you probably partake in the directory picture process. It probably depends on when you join and how often they update the directory. This was our first time participating in the picture process.
You have to read Jessie's blog on her picture experience. It made me crack up so bad!! How do I know Jessie? I somehow found her blog when I first signed up. We were both in the waiting process to be chosen by a birth family to adopt their child. Her journey was simply breathtaking and well worth checking out her archives!
Anyway. . . that brings us back to the question--does anyone ever have a good church directory picture? Ours arrived in the mail the other day--pretty much crushed by the good ole postal carrier (but the people are sending us another one!) But, I have to say that I wasn't hardly disappointed at all. In fact, I thought it turned out quite well considering all of our other attempts at getting a family photo. Jada is pretty much ready to fall asleep and for pretty much the first time--wasn't smiling--and the rest of us look so pasty Minnesota winter white (I should have known better than to wear a cream colored shirt--DUH!), but other than that. . . it's not too bad! See for yourself! I, personally, hate posed pictures like this and am totally looking forward to our family photo shoot in the Spring (I suppose that is coming up soon!) for the CELEBRATING ADOPTION program! I hope we get some good ones out of that!!