Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Sunflower Pooh was one of our first purchases in St. Louis when we arrived back in 2001. We were downtown taking care a business when we visited Union Station. The Disney Store had an incredible sale going on at the time and we bought this costume despite having only Joey, our poodle at the time. We had to let Ty try this costume on as it has traveled with us between all our moves, just waiting for the day a little bundle of our sweetness could wear it for Halloween (we have loaned it out for others to use). Well, it is obvious what he thought of this costume even though we would have modified it with holes for his feet. Oh well, no big deal. We will save it for #2, Lord willing.
I tease Troy about spending the majority of his childhood on a farm. If you knew me in my teen-age years, I was adament I would not marry or date a person who raised livestock or crops. I am not against these people at all, I just thought I was too "cultured" or a city girl to understand their way of life. God has a funny sense of humor and I married a "plowboy" as I call/tease Troy. He really didn't have an interest in the lifestyle and considered himself more of a city boy and moved to Austin once he got a chance. Now we call our current destination a mix between his hometown in Iowa and my birthplace, Austin. Agri-business is huge here and there are corn and soybean fields all around, which I have learned to appreciate their beauty. I am becoming more educated in the machines used and the difference between sweet corn and field corn.
Ty had his first try of corn this past Sunday and was not too sure of corn on a stick. I let him play around with the corn as he was intrigued with what it was all about. FIrst he tried a knife and then a fork. He figured out a way to eat some corn as he didn't want my help in his discovery.
You know you are apart of this family when Mexican food is at the top of your list. As a born and bred Texan, Mexican is a weekly part of our diet, if not daily with homemade salsa and tortillas. We have a neighborhood joint that has become a Friday night favorite with $1.99 margaritas and the best Mexican on this side of town. Ty has already discovered he LOVES refried beans, rice, guacamole and tortillas! I was SO proud of my boy and KNEW he was meant to be ours!
Friday, October 10, 2008
"Hello Grandma. I cannot wait to see you and Grandpa." (Ty loves his monkey slippers!)
The package is more fun then the gift.
Ty continues to be a trooper and so much fun. We saw a pediatrician that specializes in international adoption in St. Louis on Tuesday and poor Ty had 5 shots, 3 viles of blood drawn and 2 x-rays in addition to hanging out in a tiny room for 2 hours while mom and dad answered questions. We had great intentions to go the Dr.'s, eat lunch at our old neighborhood joint and shop at Trader Joe's, but poor Ty had enough.
This week Ty has been eating anything we give him, except milk despite our tries to make it good with chocolate syrup or vanilla extract. We have figured out we can hide it in his rice cereal with yogurt so he gets some calcium. We are grateful he likes cheese too. He has also cut his nap down to one hour a day, but sleeps 12 hours at night.
Ty LOVES music and we checked out a Justin Roberts CD this morning at the library in addition to a few others. While driving home listening to Justin, Ty was sucking one index finger and beating the other against his chest to the exact beat. It was too cute. We knew he had musical talent when he would drum to the beat when we sing songs, but this was another reminder. Ty is also giving lots of kisses to us and has even tried to kiss Jack.
Monday, October 06, 2008
We are all better now and have been out and about since we have been stuck in the house. Ty had his first trip to Target, Walmart, the library, friends house for a birthday party and took it all in like it was no big deal. We have also started to introduce him to co-workers and of course all those from house church when they came over on Sunday. Ty takes everything in and tries it all. The boy does not have any fear. He steps into a situation with full anticipation and excitement. He continues to charm those he meets with his giggles and smile.
Ty's diapers are getting better. We still have our occasional blowout that requires a bath, but we are getting to be experts now. The little guy still does not like to get dressed or have his pants changed, so we have our wrestling matches despite distractions to make it fun. He is also starting to eat fruits which make us proud. Bananas are the only "natural" fruit at this time beside canned mandarin oranges and tropical fruit, but we will not complain. Otherwise, he is a meat and potatoes boy.
Jack has been incredible with Ty. We were afraid that he may not do well and be extremely jealous since he doesn't have a great history with kids, but our prayers have been answered. Jack has been so gentle and full of kisses. He will even go into Ty's room when he is sleeping to peek into his crib. This morning he was howling along with Ty's cries as he was waking up. It was too cute.