Sunday, August 22, 2010

Can you believe these 2 sweet peas have been with us for 6 months??

I know, I know...I am breaking the cardinal rule of blogging (post a pic of your little ones in the tub). But seriously, does it get any cuter than this? Melt my heart. It is so hard to get a picture where Tate is looking at the camera and these photos represent such a happy moment for the boys. I filled the big tub and let them both play in the water one night. Water was everywhere but so were the giggles. These two boys have such a precious bond and I want them to someday know what a deep connection they have to each other.

These 2 sweet peas have brought such JOY into our lives in the last 6 months. Each day, we laugh together over such adorable moments. I can hardly believe 6 months have already passed. For the days seem long, but when you lump them all together it really has gone by quickly. And being home 6 months is HUGE to the adoptive family. A mile stone of sorts. We are halfway done with our first year. Everyone says the first year is just full of adjustments. And we have adjusted really very well.

  • It takes us longer to get ready to go places.
  • We fill out the van and don't have room for extra riders.
  • Tally and Tissy have become experts in buckling the car seat.
  • Tyce will now respond with "yes ma'am" if you ask him something (remember, we live in the south where that is appropriate).
  • Tate is sleeping in his own crib (still co-sleeping with mom in the same room).
  • Tate is almost dry every night and is fully potty trained in the day (even naps).
  • Tate can play independently with toys, books, balls.
  • Tate continues with his own made up language for some words. (bobo - paper or coloring, day - music, yaya - hands for washing or holding his hand, bidah - sit down...)
  • Tyce has started his MDO program and had a great first day.
  • Tyce doesn't like when other kids don't follow the rules or do what's right.
  • Tyce is doing better with structure and close supervision when we are at stimulating events though we still are opting to stay home and not bring the boys to many things.
  • Tate still doesn't go to the nursery at church and we haven't left the boys with anyone as a sitter.
  • Tyce is starting the blend in with his behavior and appear to be more acclimated.
  • Tate still will shut down for meals or eating when we are around others and go on a food strike.
  • When we are outside of our routine, it continues to be a challenge.
  • Tyce still doesn't enjoy toys. He continues to struggle with finding things to do and ways to play when he has free time.
  • The tantrums continue to be less frequent. Though, both boys do not like when their behavior is curbed by either Chuck or I.
  • When my attention is diverted from the boys (like visiting with someone), Tate can last about 30 - 45 min until he starts demanding my attention with his behavior.
  • I am able to come up with quick meals for dinner each night and am able to keep a better handle on my house keeping chores.
  • Tyce still struggles with impulse control and getting really wild and silly when it is time to settle down (like at night time tuck ins).
  • Tyce is starting to make friends and seems to be playing well with others.
  • Tyce doesn't seem to be trying to control each and every situation as much.
  • The girls have learned to "hold their own" with the boys. They both have gained some much needed confidence in the conflict resolution department.

Like I said...these 2 sweet boys have brought much JOY into our lives. I keep these lists here so I can see how far we have come and hopefully be an encouragement to others. The transition is slow. The progress is slow. But...oh...look how far we have come. We have seen great strides in the boys attaching and bonding with us. God has been good. He has given us the grace that we have needed in each and every moment. We have all grown and hopefully, become more like Christ in the process.


  1. Precious pictures!

    As I read this list I am overwhelmed, and thanking God for all these blessings.

  2. So happy for the blessing of your boys and your family.

  3. Sound s like you have made a lot of progress! Congrats- it is not always easy....
    Love seeing all the ways you have written them all down. Great reminders!!!

  4. They are just so precious!! It sounds like these past 6 months have been so wonderful and full of special moments! Praise God!!

  5. Congrats on the milestone!! I can only imgaine what it feels like to start the process and then now be 6 months home with your guys!

    Also tell Tissy.. Grace said hi!

  6. wow. has it been 6 months?! when i look at the world "outside of our wait," time seems to be flying!!! when matt and i are having a hard time waiting, we go back and watch our friends videos of their ET kids... last night we watched 4 of yours :-) thanks for helping us get through our hard days!

  7. Love it, love it, love it! Great pictures and post. What an encouragement to see God's hand of blessing for these precious boys and your precious girls as well. Cris - may your tribe increase (not literally!)

  8. I really can't believe they have been home 6 months already!!! I am SO thankful that they have been home that long though and am also SO thankful that the Lord gave them such a wonderful mama! :) You are doing such a great job, Cris! I was just looking at the pictures and videos we have of them at HH and remembering. Then I came and looked at the pictures of them here on your blog. Makes my heart smile to see them in the family God chose for them - with the mom and dad and sisters he know from the beginning of time would be theirs.

    Love to you six!


  9. you know how much I love them, and how thrilled we are that they are home! bathtime is the best! sweetest times for Mekele, and in your exact tub!! hahaoh, and I finally posted again tonight to catch up a little, one pic is of him in the tub too. I was thinking, I probably shouldn't, but then "adorableness" won out.

  10. Seriously, could they be ANY cuter??

  11. I love the pictures, they look like they are doing amazing

  12. Fun pictures. My boys LOVED (L.O.V.E.D) tub time. We did it almost every night. It was a distraction of sorts, always messy and a bit of an ordeal, but well worth it. Super cute pics.

    So good for you to list all these blessings and accomplishments. Be encouraged you HAVE come so far. I am sure the girls and grown through it too. God has His hand on it all and on each our our lives.