Grandma and Grandpa are currently visiting, so we'll have photos with them to post soon!
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Grandma and Grandpa are currently visiting, so we'll have photos with them to post soon!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
I wanted to share the story of Matthew's name, as I think it is really amazing. First, we'll have to go back to the story of Cameron's name! When I was pregnant with Cameron, we chose not to find out if we were expecting a boy or a girl. We loved being surprised, but it also meant we needed to chose both a boy name and a girl name. This presented quite a challenge, as I am a bit of a name-o-phile and David is, well, not. We chose a girl name with relative ease, but just couldn't agree on a boy name and I had a strong feeling I was having a boy. Finally, one day, I said, "How about Cameron?" I remember so clearly my relief when, for the first time, Dave responded to one of my name suggestions with, "I like that!" We didn't tell anyone our name choices. A few weeks before Cameron was born, my mom told me that she had had a vivid dream that I had a boy and his name was Cameron. (And SERIOUSLY, I had NEVER even mentioned the name to her!). Weird, huh?
So, this time David and I again had our usual disagreements about names. The name Matthew did come up, but I thought it was more middle name material. Then, on August 16, my mom called me. She was on her way to dinner, but had a strong feeling that she needed to call right away to tell me that she thought we'd have a boy and his name would be Matthew. Not ten minutes later, the social worker called to ask if we could come in the next day to learn about a potential match -- which turned out to be our new baby boy. As soon as we heard it was a baby boy, I knew his name had to be Matthew!
Saturday, August 25, 2007
We have gotten so many e-mails from so many of you -- thank you, thank you, thank you! Eventually, I will e-mail each of you back, but at the moment the blog is the quickest way for me to keep every one in the loop! Please know that your congratulations and well wishes mean so much to us!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Matthew had his first bath at home, which Cameron found fascinating. He love the little sponge Matthew laid on and hearing about how he screamed & cried the first time he had a bath! Matthew actually slept through most of his bath, but did cry when we washed his hair. Cameron was quite sympathetic, as he tries to convince me each and every time he has a bath that his hair does not need to be washed.
Matthew calls . . . more later!
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Matthew is doing great and we are learning more about him every day. Charming details which I am sure Matthew will appreciate when he is older and can read this:
1. Matthew is very gassy and can burp like a teenage boy.
2. Matthew is a slooooow eater.
3. Matthew loves to be cuddled.
and, as Cameron shared with his teacher today:
4. "My baby cries ALOT."
Today I got a chance to try out my Hotsling pouch. I've been waiting for this moment since we began the adoption process and it was not a disappointment. I love babywearing! And, as it turns out, so does Matthew. A very fussy Matthew quickly calmed down and fell asleep once he was in the pouch. Now to convince David that I NEED the blue/seersucker Ergo baby carrier and a mei tai carrier . . .Cameron has also repeatedly told Daddy that I need a new necklace. When Cameron was born, David gave me a beautiful necklace with three diamonds for the three members of our family. I always wear it and have told Cameron its meaning. Without prompting from me, it occurred to Cameron that we now have FOUR family members and I should have FOUR diamonds. I like the way he thinks!
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Since we got home, Matthew has been held almost constantly -- we just can't get enough of him! Cameron is very happy with our new addition (so far!) and has pretty much asked us to give Matthew a running commentary on his activities. "Mommy, tell Matthew that that's ME making noise." "Mommy, tell my baby brother to look at me jump on the couch!" He was very anxious for Matthew to wake up so that he could show him his badge and he helpfully held it about an inch from Matthew's face, loudly pronouncing, "See, I'm your big brother!" He held Matthew and very sweetly gave him two kisses (without prompting from Mommy or Daddy!). Cameron has also discovered that Daddy knows NOTHING about babies and has taken it upon himself to educate him. Today, Cameron has taught Daddy that babies don't watch Rescue Heroes, babies don't have teeth and babies don't eat strawberries. He is bemused that Daddy asks questions like, "Matthew, are you hungry?" or "Are you sleeping again, Matthew?" Apparently, Daddy doesn't realize that BABIES don't TALK.
Next, you see Matthew pointing towards the wall with a look of reproach on his face. "What's this Mommy and Daddy? My first day home and already you're playing favorites? Where are MY photos?" Steph Carson, we're going to need to get you over here soon for a photo session!
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Today, Cameron was able to come to the hospital. We were told that he would be able to see Matthew through the nursery window, but he could not come inside the nursery. I was in the nursery, holding Matthew, while David and Cameron looked in. Cameron looked a little dazed, but smiled and smiled. Then, I went out to join Cameron and David in the hallway. I gave Cameron his "Big Brother present" -- Batman PJs with a cape. This produced an even bigger smile than Matthew did. Cameron carefully laid out the PJs on a bench and admired them. Then he said, "Oh! I better show them to Matthew!" He climbed up on the bench and ceremoniously lifted the Batman shirt in front of the window. Then he slowly turned it around so that Matthew could get a good look at the cape! Matthew appeared duly impressed, as you can see here:
As I was about to leave with Cameron, Dawn (one of the fantastic nurses taking care of Matthew) motioned for us to wait and brought Matthew to the doorway so Cameron could see him up close. Cameron was initially hesistant to touch him, but eventually softly patted his hands.
Some funny things Cameron has said and done:
Over dinner, Cameron says, "And if we have more babies . . . " long pause "well, we don't need any MORE babies!"
On the ride home from the hospital after meeting Matthew, "I thought it was going to be Arthur's baby. But it's not, right? Ha! I'm just pretending. I love Matthew. But I love Arthur's baby, too." For the unfamiliar, Arthur is a cartoon aardvark on a PBS children's show.
On his contribution to baby care, "I'll change his diapers. And feed him ice cream."
On learning that his brother's name is Matthew:
Mommy: And your new baby brother is named Matthew!
Cameron: No, Matthew goes to my school.
Mommy: No, no, this is a baby named Matthew. Not big boy Matthew from your school.
Cameron: They're brothers?
Mommy: No, baby Matthew is YOUR brother.
Cameron: But baby Matthew and big boy Matthew have the same name? They're twins?
And one more funny story. Yesterday, my friend Kris kindly watched Cameron all day long when we were at the hospital. Her oldest daughter, age 6, apparently gathered from our conversations that there was a new baby. She said to me, "Are you having a baby?" "Well," I answered, "we are adopting a baby. Do you know what adoption means?" Her face lit up and she responded excitedly, "YES! I'm adopting a wolf from the zoo!"
So, a very exciting few days for our family! We hope we'll have photos of Matthew at home to share tomorrow!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Today, when I walked into the kitchen, I was confronted with a familiar scene. On the counter, directly above the dishwasher, sat a dirty coffee mug, a cereal bowl and a spoon. While David is a talented engineer, it seems that he, like so many men, is unfamiliar with the complicated operation of the dishwasher. He apparently believes that the machine cleans anything placed in its proximity and does not gather that the machine actually OPENS and dirty dishes can be placed INSIDE it. I know it is a long shot, but I am hoping that with extensive training, Cameron can defy the odds and grow up to perform the complex process of loading the dishwasher.
In other news, I am hard at work on the Buzz Lightyear costume. Here is what I've done so far.
When Cameron saw this photo, he said with regret, "Oh. I should have stuck my tongue out."I've still got a lot to do on the costume, especially as David keeps saying things like, "Are you going to make gloves, boots, kneepads and a jet pack with pop-up wings like Buzz has?" Which would be fine. Except he says these things in front of Cameron. Who then, of course, cheers, "Yay! And make a laser beam that pops out of my arm, too!" Good thing I'm starting on this in August!
Saturday, August 11, 2007
This year, Cameron has asked me to make him a Buzz Lightyear costume which should really test my skills! Yesterday, we went online to buy some of our supplies -- a hoodie, pants and fabric pens. Cameron was very excited to make our selections. About 10 minutes after we placed our order, we heard the mailman at our front door. To my surprise, Cameron went racing to the door yelling "Yee-hah! The mail is here!!!" He whipped open the front door, threw open the mailbox and then looked in confusion and disappointment at the bills and junk mail. "Where's my Buzz Lightyear costume?" he asked! I blame his belief that all things are instantly available on Tivo.
Friday, August 10, 2007
David is a great friend. With old friend James. We think that this is in 6th or 8th grade.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
I don't know if we are going to be able to take many more photos of this bench before Cameron is too big to fit on it!
Next, we headed to the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum where Cameron was enthralled by the simple ball-and-ramp activity.A more sophisticated display, in which Cameron's movements were recreated in colorful 70's-style outlines, also kept his attention!
We capped off the evening with a visit to Ellen and Stacy's gorgeous new house and some delicious pizza.
Today, we hit the road to Ohio and made a stop at the National Air Force Museum which is FREE! It was 102 degrees out, so a free and air-conditioned attraction was much appreciated. The collection of airplanes was amazing and it looked like there were some interesting displays if we hadn't been chasing Cameron most of the time! Here are a few photos of Cameron and David posing as astronauts!
Now, we are HOME. We had a great visit with friends and family, but it's always nice to sleep in your own bed! And with that, I'm off to put Cameron to bed!