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Friday, January 25, 2013

Month Eight!

We have had our precious boy for eight months today!!! This month has been wonderful as we got to make some great memories and simply enjoy being a family. Jack continues to make great strides in many things and we are so proud of our little buddy. This month, we celebrated our one year anniversary of our referral of Jack!  It was so much better to have him in our arms this time though. We got some pictures of Jack with his referral picture. He did a great job! :)

We also got to celebrate Jack's birthday this month! Our little man is two years old! I can't believe it! Bryan and I made the decision that we wouldn't have a big birthday party on Jack's actual birthday. Being so close to Christmas, it makes it hard to come up with the extra money to buy more gifts and do a party. So, we decided he would have an actual birthday party on his half birthday in July (like last year). It would be warmer then, and it would be at a good time to get him stuff that he might be needing or wanting then instead of having to wait until Christmas. Right now it works for us, but we will let him decide when he gets older when he wants to celebrate it.  That being said, we still wanted to make his day special. So, that morning we both woke him up, sang "Happy Birthday," and then gave him a yummy breakfast...a donut with sprinkles!

Good morning birthday boy!
We don't usually give Jack much sugar, so we thought he would love it, but he was really more excited about the strawberries! ;)

Special Birthday Breakfast!

He was so excited to see all his new presents that he was literally shaking while he ate! We eventually just let him get down, because he wasn't really eating much...just exclaiming with joy! :) I also brought down his favorite stuffed animals (that usually just stay in his crib) to join in on his party, so I think he liked that too. :)

Kitty, Scout, Cow and Poopies (yes, Poopies) joined in on the fun!

 Instead of giving him a card each year, I decided I would get him a book and write him a special message in it.
Looking for Maaaneeeeer (Mater). :)

All his birthday loot!

Trying out his pillow with Kitty. :)

Trying out his new crayons and coloring book too!
 We finished out the evening with a special Korean dinner (Bulgogi).
Bulgogi! Yum!
 Jack's grandparents, Ninna and Papa have a tradition of sending all their grandchildren Celebration Bear on their birthday every year. It makes them feel special!
Celebration Bear!
We started Jack's first savings account! :)

 We were working on how to say "two" with Jack when we asked him how old he was. He had a hard time holding up two fingers on one hand, so we taught him to do it this way...
Showing how old he is!

"Seriously, I'm two!" :)
Later, that day, I got an email from Korea. It was a picture of Jack when he was four months old! We were so happy to have a picture of him when he was that young, and it was kinda cool to get it on his birthday too!

Jack at four months!
I think he had a good day and he felt pretty special...so that made this mama very happy! :)

I feel like I have so much to catch up on with what's new with Jack. So, let me just get started...

Jack had his well check appointment the other day, and checked out great! He weighs 28lbs 5oz., and is 35 3/4 inches tall. I think they said he was still 50 percentile in weight and head circumference, and 70% in height. So, Jack is doing great and is healthy and happy!

I've been a little reluctant to get Jack out of the house much this month, because I have been so scared of how bad the flu is this year. So, we've been doing a lot inside. Jack got lots of new toys and books for Christmas, so he's been able to keep himself pretty entertained. He has been loving his flash cards and asks me to use them with him at least twice a day. The little guy is like a sponge and seems like he wants to learn all the time. He is always coming up to me with a letter, saying what he thinks it is, and then I either tell him he is right or correct him. He then goes and puts it back and gets another one to show me. He always seems to look up at us when he calls something a name just to make sure he is right. ;) He points to things quickly saying, "Wasat?" (what's that?) all the time. He exclaims, "Job!" or "Did it!" (meaning "Good job!" or "I did it!").

Speaking of speaking, Jack has done very well and has quite the vocabulary list of someone who has only been in this country for eight months!  He's not really speaking in sentences much yet. I can tell he still isn't understanding everything we say. Especially when we ask him questions like, "What are you doing?" or if we tell him to do something, like "Let's play with your toys!" Most times when we ask him that last question, he just cries because he thinks we are asking him to pick up his toys! ;)  It must be so hard to hear a language for a year and half of your life and then have to learn a whole new language.  He still counts randomly, but amazingly recognizes his ABC's already! Here's a video of him and his flashcards...


Some of the other things he says is, "I got it!" "Made a mess." "Heeeeeeeeelp!" (in the most southern accent you can imagine!), and "Than tu...much!" when he is really thankful. He likes to say "watch! watch!" when he's playing with his toys and wants us to see what he is doing. He says, "Bless you." when someone passes gas (not that anyone does that in our home!) ;) He will say "cawful" (careful) sometimes when he goes up the steps. He will also say "cheers" and click our cups together when he is pretending to drink with Mama. When he bumps into me or something, he'll say "Oh, sowy (sorry)." Every so often he just stops what he is doing and say, "Dada?" and turn his hands inside out wondering where Dada is. :)   He also says, "hey mama, hey mama, hey mama...." until I say "hey" back. :) And yes, he finally calls us Mama and Dada and doesn't mix them up anymore! :)

Jack has been teething for months now, but he finally has his last molar poke through the other day! He has been really a tough guy with his teething, so I can't even say for my sake I'm glad it's over. But I know it was painful for him, so for his sake, I'm glad it's over. :)

Jack still loves his books. When I'm working around the house, I will go in and check on him every so often, and almost every time he is in his rocking chair reading. :)  He still likes to pretend a lot too. He is obsessed with his play food and likes to serve it to me now. He uses his knife to cut it and prepare it for me. Here's a cute video of him with his play food...


Jack can draw lines and circles and enjoys coloring.  He likes to watch cooking shows and still loves his music. He enjoys all kids of music, but he seems to like listening to classical music the most, like Piano Guys (thanks to Pop), ;) and slow Christian music. His favorite song he sings now is, "Oh my soul!" He really has the sweetest little voice!

Jack loves to organize things. He knows that things have a specific spot and when he picks up his toys, he puts them right back where he got them. Yes, I know, I'm lucky! ;) When I go throughout the house I will find his cars organized in separate piles; wooden cars, metal cars, and plastic cars. He also likes to organize by color sometimes. He is very purposeful when he plays and wants to know the correct way to do things.

Another funny thing that has changed these last few months is that he actually has an opinion now. Before if I needed to go upstairs, I would ask him, "you wanna go upstairs with Mama?" and he will just come and grab my hand and we would go. Now, when I ask him, he simply just says, "no." ;) So, now I rephrase my questions and say, "Let's go upstairs!" instead. :)
Jack is also starting to get a little more interested in sports, but would still prefer playing with his cars most of the time. Recently Jack has been able to catch a ball, so Dada has been excited about that...

I've also discovered this month, that my greatest joy is staying home with Jack. I was a nanny for many years and although I loved my kids I watched very much, I always thought how much greater it would be to do this with my own child. And for six years I would dream about the day I would get to do that.  I know I've been at home with Jack for a while now, but it really wasn't until recently that I realized I felt this way.  Before, all my thought and energy went into making sure that Jack was happy and felt loved.  Then all of the sudden, I realized we were, and I've really been able to enjoy my time with him! We just "feel" like a family now. Just the other day, I was reading to him, and it hit me, "I love this so much! I finally have what I always wanted!" He makes me laugh and brings me such happiness everyday. I am so glad I'm home to experience these moments with him, and see him grow and learn and develop into a sweet little boy! Don't get me wrong, there are some days I want to pull my hair out, and it's a HUGE sacrifice for us financially, but it's so worth it!  There really is no greater joy than to be home with him! He is my biggest blessing (other than his Dada!) :)

Enjoy some more photos from this month...

Making sure Sam is enjoying his food. ;)

Organized by color...
Using his tools.
Flash cards!

My two loves! :)

A hat photo shoot...

I think someone knows he's cute!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Month 7!

Month seven started with the best day of all! Our finalization day! On November 30, we went up to Greenville, SC, and made Jack an official member of our family! It was such a special day that I already wrote an entire post about it HERE in case you missed it. Here are some more photos of that weekend...

Chillin with Papa before the big day!

So happy to have Ninna and Papa share this special day with us!

Our wonderful attorney, Mr. Godwin, made this day possible!

We celebrated at the beautiful Falls Park!
Officially an American!

Feeding some ducks.

Jack enjoying being carried up the stairs!

Dada being funny while we wait to eat.

Enjoying our meal at Smoke on the Water.

Ninna and Papa gave Jack a special gift...

Some Moccasins made by Papa!

After lunch, we went up to my parents house since it was only an hour and a half away. We spent the rest of the weekend with them...

We celebrated Jack along with the BIG GA/AL game!

"Come play Cooper!"


Aunt Co Co chasing Jack in a tunnel.

It was a fun weekend!

Once we got home, we immediately started decorating our house with Christmas decor! I was so excited to get the decorations out, because this time, we had Jack to celebrate it with!  Every year, after Christmas was over, I used to pack up our decorations in hopes that maybe next year when we get them out again, we will have a little one to celebrate with. I almost didn't even decorate last year, because I was so depressed. God was so good to bless us with a referral that Christmas, and now we finally had him home to celebrate together! Anyway, as you can imagine, I was eager to get home to decorate! Jack enjoyed watching...

We got to go to a couple Christmas parties with our church. One with our sunday school class and one with our adoption group. It was lots of fun to play with the kids and have a yummy dinners!  Jack also got to meet Santa for the first time. ;)

A little picture time before leaving. :)

Here comes Santa!

Mrs. Claus reading about the real meaning of Christmas, Jesus!

Jack showing off his belly.

The boys are storming the castle! :)
What an awesome place to have a Christmas party!

Ballin with Dada.

Some of the beautiful ladies from our Sunday School Class.

The rest of December, we were getting ready for Christmas and Jack healing from his surgery. So we were stuck around the house a lot. Here some of those pictures....

Jack's new favorite pose.
What Jack does when I'm on the phone. ;)

Helping Mama with the laundry.

The hat he got from the hospital. :)

Loves playing with his fake food.

Watching a movie with some of his friends.

Rockin Papa's Mocs. :)
Likes to play with his buckle under his high chair.

Mr. Potato Head was so kind to let Jack borrow his "gasses."

"Dad, can I have a car like this when I get older?"

There's that pose again.
Dada was proud of Jack's outfit he picked out for him. ;)
This is what Dada does to me when mom takes us shopping. :)

Naked baby!!!

Just another cute one!
Before we knew it, it was time to leave for Georgia for our Christmas vacation! I cannot tell you how excited I was to have Christmas with our Jack! I'm always excited to go on vacation, but this time, it was another level of excitement! :) Unfortunately, though, Jack got sick and was teething all week long. He had three of his molars coming through, and he threw up a couples times. Most nights he was restless and it didn't make sleeping with him in the same room very fun. By the time Jack started looking better, Bryan started to come down with a fever. Despite the yuckies, we still seemed to manage to have a great time anyway! We got to spend time with family and friends and even managed to get some rest time too. :)

All bundled up and ready to go!
We stopped at Tuckaway to see Ninna and Papa!

Pop giving rides!
Grampy with his Great Grandchildren!
Singing Christmas songs!
Loves his aunt Inz.
Playing with his lightsabor on our way home from Blairsville.

Jack decided to entertain us Christmas Eve by singing "Oh holy night"  It's so cute...

Merry Christmas Eve!
"Dad, it's too early to get up!"

Christmas morning!

Jack opening his first Christmas present. :)
Father and Son :)
I love Christmas!

His very own guitar!

Then Cooper came over and we opened even more presents!

Cooper "loving" his new chef hat and apron! ;)

Dad and his outdated helmet!
Nicole and Adam got engaged!!

Playing with Cooper!

Head butt?

My favorite Christmas!

Partners in crime!

Jack, you are so loved!

Visiting with the Howells!

Best buds!

My favorite girl!

Jack, Liam, and Abbie.

We even got to go on a date to see "The Hobbit"
What a wonderful way to end out year 2012! We are so blessed!!!!