Monday, November 16, 2009

3 months with Shaun

Abby and Shaun
November 2009

We have been a complete family for more than 3 months now, Shaun is over 19 months old!

Time is really flying by as the holidays are just around the corner. It's still hard to believe Shaun is home, but at the same time, it is getting hard to remember what life was like before he came to us. Just today we were looking at pictures from our trip to Nashville, just 7 months ago.....we celebrated Shaun's 1st birthday there, but it seems like it happened years ago....

Shaun is doing great! I have said it before and I will say it again......he is the perfect fit for our family, and we seem to fit him pretty good too! He is such a sweet, happy, curious little guy! He spends the days trying to keep up with his big sister, dancing, building blocks, playing outside and just making mom and dad laugh and laugh and laugh... :) Honestly, I do believe that you haven't truly experienced parenting until you have 2 very different children to care for. Just watching them play together....they laugh, they argue, they are really entertaining ;) Some times it is CRAZY, I will admit. Dinner time at our house is not the way it use to be. Shaun has a ritual when ever anyone is preparing food. He stands at our heels and does this "I'm hungry" dance. We usually get Abby to help us out at this time of the day. She can find anything to get his attention (see above picture). She is really helping Shaun with his speech, she just started sitting down with him this past week, and he has had improvement. I think she is eager for him to start communicating better, and he seems ready and willing to be her "student". She breaks words down for him and repeats them very slow and clear. I was delighted when he started responding to me a few weeks back, but I was tickled when he would do it for Abby too. You can tell that she is proud to do this and we are so proud of her and her patience with her Thai born brother. She loves him so much and it shows every morning, every night. (hopefully it will stay this way!)

We are heading to NY for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will be spending our time with family, which we are so grateful for. We will see Grandma's and Grandpa's, many Aunts, Uncles and cousins. Hopefully some old friends of mom and dads too. It will be a fast whirlwind of a trip, but they are all worth it. We are so excited for Shaun to see his family again! Abby is super exited and is hoping for snow! I am sure that we will have pictures to share!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Texting on Mommy's phone!

Just had to post this! Is he Americanized or what?
Shaun is very comfortable, as you can see!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from our family!
We had a great night for trick-or-treating.....mostly treating!
The kids had fun getting dressed up together, not sure Shaun knew what was really going on.....BUT once he saw the candy go into his pumpkin bag...he was off following his sister o the next house! (we actually practiced this the night before with cotton balls and me hiding behind his bedroom door!)
Can I just say that I LOVE our neighborhood at times like this! We have made so many friends all down our street this year, all anticipating Shaun's arrival. They just love seeing him every chance they get! He is like a little celebrity around here, with his big sister!
What fun it was to watch our 2 kids on this holiday. It is times like this that I imagined over and over again!
After the treating, the kids web-cammed with Grandma and Grandpa in NY so they could see them in their costumes and share their excitement! Shaun loves to web-cam.....anytime the computer screen is on he just expects someone's face to be on the screen. He and Abby actually share a chair for this and to watch them is so much fun too!
We kept the kids up a lot later last night, watching the Yankees take game 3....did I mention that we are YANKEE fans....GO YANKEES!
We all woke up around 8:30 well rested and ready to enjoy yet another day as a family of 4!
These are such good times!