Friday, June 02, 2006
My blog's been spotlighted, a new baby, matters of poop, & other loose threads!
Wow, 2 posts in one day. Yes, occasionally I am guilty of doing this. I'm loving the Five Ingredients Friday recipes I've gotten so far today, keep them coming!

I've got some news and some loose threads to sew up, so here goes:

1. The tables have been turned on me and my blog has been spotlighted over at Princesses, Dogs, and Chaos. Thanks Jenn! Stop by Jenn's blog for a peek. I've disclosed some tidbits about myself that you haven't seen before, for enquiring minds that want to know!

2. There's a new baby in the family! No, we haven't been matched again (not yet anyway), but my niece has arrived! Hooray, finally a girl to offset all the little boys we have on our side of the family!

She was born last Friday weighing 5 lbs., 15 oz. She was 18 1/4 inches long. Isn't she a beauty?! Since she's a preemie, she wasn't due until mid-July, she's currently in NICU. They were worried about her lung development, but she came out screaming! Now they're working on getting her to eat better and gain some weight. Other than that, she's doing well.

I wish I didn't live so far away. It'll be a while before I meet her. Thankfully, my family is good about taking lots of pictures. I nearly cried at the sight of a picture of my youngest brother (the only sibling that wasn't a parent), holding his baby girl. He's going to be such a great daddy!

3. If you don't want to hear about poop, avert your eyes, because I'm excited about this and I'm feeling the need to share! Last week, I decided to try to teach Snuggle Bug the word, poop. As I was changing his dirty diaper, I told him, "Poop. Your diaper has poop in it. You pooped." I even showed him his poop inside the diaper, to help him visualize what I was talking about (yes, I know, gross). He obediently repeated, "Poop" several times for me.

My hope with teaching him the concept of poop was that he'd tell me when he had pooped and needed a diaper change, a step towards potty training. He's much too young to start potty training, but it doesn't hurt to get him thinking along those lines, right?

This weekend I was wearing a ratty t-shirt with white paint on it, leftover from our house remodeling efforts. Snuggle Bug pointed at the paint splatters and said, "Poop."

"No, honey, that's paint," I explained to him. It's all so confusing, I'm sure.

Now for the exciting point to this story (well, exciting for me). Oronzo called to tell me that this morning, he went to get Snuggle Bug up from his morning nap. As he walked into his nursery, he was was assaulted with the ripe smell of Snuggle Bug's most recent poopy diaper. Oronzo pulled him out of the crib and stripped off his shorts, setting him on the floor as he turned to grab a diaper and some wipes. Snuggle Bug sat on the floor and proudly informed Oronzo, "Poop, poop, poop" while pointing to his bottom!

Yes! My instructions are working! Oronzo laughed at the fact that Snuggle Bug was stating the obvious, but I'm thrilled that the concept is sinking in. Our baby is so smart!

4. I don't know if I've mentioned that the visit from my dad last month did a world of good! When he left, I felt more connected to him than I have in a long time. We talk more frequently on the phone now and it's not just superficial conversations like it used to be. Who knew that one visit could make that much of a difference! God works in mysterious ways.

5. I think I've discovered my next BOTW, if she's willing to participate. I'm winding my way through her archives and loving it! When I'm done, I'll email her to see if she'll play. Stay tuned for that next week.

Okay, I think that's it for now. Part 9 of our adoption journey will be coming soon.

Have a great weekend everyone! And keep those recipes coming!
12:33 PM

At 5:51 PM, Blogger Catch said...

That is so cute about Snuggle Bun saying "poop" What a cutie! Glad to hear you and your Father are talking regularly now! Also I am eagerly awaiting chapter 9!!!! Have a great weekend!!!

At 5:10 AM, Anonymous Jess said...

YEAH! for poo!!! I was thrilled when Sophia started telling me when she had gone. Its so cool to see when they "get" what we're trynig to teach them. But, lo, no poo in the potty yet. Work in progress...

At 6:39 AM, Blogger Erin said...

Woo hoo on the poop business!! Widget is starting to tell us now when she has "poo-poo" diapers. Of course, when you change her, she goes "ewww".

Sounds like things are going well for you and your dad!

Congratulations on becoming an auntie (again)! I hope there are no additional issues for your new neice.

I'm checking out the link to you being spotlighted next!

Have a great weekend!

At 7:50 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

Congrats on the birth of your niece! How exciting! I know how it is to live far from family and not be able to get together as often as one would like; it's hard!

WTG Snuggle Bug on grasping the concept of POOP! so quickly :) That's great how quickly he caught on - maybe potty training will be a breeze after all!

That's great that your relationship with your dad has improved after the last visit; I'm sure it does your heart good!

At 8:07 PM, Blogger Katherine@Raising Five said...

How can a story about poo be so riveting? We're all going through it. Found your site by Jenn's spotlight. I love to hear adoption stories - can't wait!

At 11:42 PM, Anonymous Julie said...

Congratulations on your new niece! She's adorable!... What's sad is that my youngest wasn't a preemie, but she was still smaller than your niece. *lol*


At 6:17 AM, Blogger abebech said...

This is all wonderful news!
DS, who in the end wasn't so early, was smaller than your niece, too. How wonderful for all of you that she's so big already, and hearty! Best wishes to your family.

At 2:08 PM, Blogger firstborn said...

congratulations on the arrival of your sweet little niece!

:) mary ann

At 8:00 PM, Anonymous chelle said...

aww Congrats on the new member of the family. Poop talk is great!!! Next step potty training!! Hehe! Glad you are feeling more connected with your Dad too!

At 1:19 AM, Anonymous Sheri said...

hi, just wanted to stop by and tell you again thanks for leaving a comment on my blog.

I'm so glad to hear that you connected with your dad more on your recent visit.

Ahhh, doesn't everyone love "poop" ha. What a smart little guy you have!


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It wasn't supposed to work this way...Parts 1 through 10

(the story of the private, domestic adoption of our son)

(Part 1)
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(Part 4)
(Part 5)
(Part 6)
(Part 7)
(Part 8)
(Part 9)
(Part 10- Adoption Finalization)

Fostering isn't for the faint of heart!

(our journey to adopt again through foster-to-adopt, the good, the bad, & everything in between)

Adoption #2- considering the State
More Adoption #2 thoughts
Adoption #2- Back to considering the State
Adoption #2- The Paperwork (Round 1)
Adoption #2- The Paperwork (Round 2)
Family Foster Home Licensing Prep Checklist
Adoption #2- Long overdue update
PS-MAPP class homework assignment
Our preliminary home inspection went well!
Adoption #2: Licensing update
Adoption #2- Foster Facts
Adoption #2: I love it when things go my way!
Adoption #2- The home inspection
Adoption #2- We failed our home inspection!
Adoption #2- We passed the follow-up home inspection!
Adoption #2- Still waiting
Adoption #2- We're getting closer
Adoption #2- An update & a lead
Adoption #2- The lead that didn't pan out.
Adoption #2- We're licensed!
Adoption #2- We have a tiny baby here!
Adoption #2- Update on this precious little girl.
Adoption #2- Quick update on Baby Bug
Adoption #2- Baby Bug is staying longer!
Adoption #2- Baby Bug is growing!
Adoption #2- Overdue update on Baby Bug
Adoption #2- The latest on Baby Bug
Adoption #2- Shopping spree for Baby Bug
Being a Foster Parent Does Not Make Me A Saint
Adoption #2- Another Placement Call!
Adoption #2- Placement Meeting- UPDATED!
Adoption #2- We have Boo at our home!
Adoption #2- Meeting Boo
Adoption #2- I'm angry on Boo's behalf!
Adoption #2- A Birthday Party for Boo
Adjusting to three 3 and under!
Stressful moments in fostering.
Adoption #2- Update on our foster daughters
CPS Workers Jerking Our Chain!
It's getting much worse!
Fostering: Update on Baby Bug
Fostering: Update on Boo
The effects of fostering on Snuggle Bug
The time is drawing near to let go of Baby Bug.
Good conversation with Baby Bug's dad.
Boo has a Permanency hearing coming soon!
My heart is breaking!
Bittersweet news about Baby Bug.
Next Friday is going to be tough.
Packing up Baby Bug's belongings
It's done- Baby Bug is gone.
Working on finding peace, one day at a time.
Referral to the Early Intervention Program
Baby Bug update
Home Inspection for re-licensing
Parole granted for Boo's bio mom
Baby Bug is turning 1 year old soon.
Day 2 of Boo's permanency hearing
A prayer answered today!
Attending Baby Bug's 1st birthday party
Foster news
Good news for Boo's case
Boo's bio family visits
Termination Trial date set!
A new caseworker for Boo
I've been asked to testify in court.
Court hearing for "John Doe"
Contested termination trial begins tomorrow afternoon
Boo's adoption has been finalized!

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