Saturday, August 23, 2008

9 weeks and 19 months

As of tonight, we will have been home for 9 weeks with Evan. If we were in a school grading period, I am hoping Kevin and I would be graded as a work in progress. We are far from perfect and have so much to learn. I think parenthood is the hardest job I have encountered. I know that I need to work on my patience and take the time to just enjoy playing with Evan. He requires so much energy and a lot of the time I am just exhausted. I know that it is going to be even harder once I return to work.

Evan also turned 19 months old yesterday. He is constantly changing and learning new things. When I think back to when we first met Evan in March, he was a solemn little boy that we were only able to get a few smiles out of. Since coming home in June it is amazing the changes. His face has matured, he smiles, grins, plays peek-a-boo and loves to wave to people. Once he gets used to someone, he has such an engaging personality. Of course, the hugs and having his arms wrapped around your neck mean the most. He is a special little boy and we are so blessed to have been chosen to be his parents.

Thursday, August 21, 2008


It is hard to believe that I only have one more week at home with Evan before I return to work. That dreaded day is Tuesday, September 2nd. We began transitioning Evan into daycare the week of August 11th. It is a small church operated 5 star daycare near my house. His teachers seem really nice. I never realized how heartbreaking it could be to leave my little guy each day. He is not the only one that cries. Although, the teachers assure me that he stops crying within a few minutes and has a good day. The longest he has stayed has been today which was 6 ½ hours. Next week I plan to add an hour each day until he is there the length of time that I will be at work. So in reality, I don’t have a full week left with him at home. I have been using the time he has been at daycare to straighten out closets, catch up on laundry and attempt to see my kitchen countertop. Of course, it only takes a few minutes and the countertop is covered again.

He hasn’t added a lot of words to his vocabulary (bye, hey, da-da, and woo-woo(dog)) but he understands what we ask him to do and is slowly developing a routine. He loves to clap his hands when we tell him good job. He has also learned to climb the stairs. So we have to watch him closely. We do let him climb the stairs anytime we are going upstairs. He also loves to flush our commodes and shut doors. I am also sure it will not be long before he is opening and locking doors. I have made sure we know where our key is to unlock the bedroom/bathroom doors in our house. He is a determined little boy. Of course, the transitioning still does not include sleeping in his crib all night. We do have some nights where he manages 3-4 hours.

We hope to have his picture made one day if he can ever be bruise free. He currently has two left feet and it seems he has a permanent bruise in the middle of his forehead. His legs always seem to sport a bruise and his knees are currently scabbed from a fall on the driveway.

So please keep us in your prayers as we enter into the transition of daycare, returning to work and developing a new schedule.

Evan's new ride

Evan loves the waterhose. Luckily he isn't quite strong enough to make it spray. Otherwise, Kevin and I would be in trouble.

He loves to throw our mulch on the sidewalk for Kevin to clean up

Monday, August 11, 2008

More Pictures

I have the outfit, now I just need the clubs Daddy!

The results of not taking a nap

Helping Daddy get ready

Still Loves Playing in the Dirt