Monday, November 24, 2008

'Tis The Season...

to be sick!

Yuck! Today is day #3 of achy ears, sore throat and a nasty cough.

I went to work today but boy am I regretting it now. I think I should have stayed home and rested because now I feel twice as bad as I did this morning.

Stay well everyone cuz this SUCKS!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Weight Loss & Fun Friend Friday

Today’s weigh in was a wonderful surprise!! I lost 2.2lbs and this means I finally reached…

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I am so happy and surprised!! It has been quite an up hill climb but I have the feeling that now that hill will get even steeper!

I AM going to give it my all though!


I am really excited for tomorrow!! After work a bunch of us girls are getting together for supper with 2 of our girls that were left go back a few weeks ago.

After supper we are going to draw names for “Secret Santa Sister”, then before Christmas we are going to get together at Donna’s new place and exchange gifts!! I can’t wait to know whose name I have so I can get shoppin’!!!

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This is the first time for some of us being back together so I’m sure there will be a lot of chatting and plenty of laughs…but NO TEARS, we all have had enough of that, right girls???

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Waiting, Waiting, Waiting...

I have sent the email to my agency...

I haven't received a responce...

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Tomorrow is our weigh in at work for "Wait" Watchers...I don't think this is going to be a good one...

Monday, November 17, 2008

Getting Closer Causes Questions...

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I am contacting my agency tomorrow concerning our SN adoption. This is quite a few times we have been in touch lately because we are very close to actually being on the "Official Waiting List" and not just the "Call Back List".

It seems like the closer we are getting, the more questions I have...

Having all these questions & concerns swirling around in my head is making me crazy!! I guess this is one of the "symptoms" of being a waiting parent...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Pumpkin Path Pictures

These pictures are from last month but I thought they were fun and I wanted to share them. Enjoy!

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I have notice that a few people have been signing my guestbook on the right side of my blog. I love that you are taking the time to do this but the last few people who have signed it have not signed their name so I don’t know who any of the well wishes are from. PLEASE, if you sign our guestbook put your name at the bottom so we know who you are and if you have a blog please share it so I can visit you as well.

Thank you to all the friends that have been following our journey and have taken the time to comment or send emails to encourage us during this long wait.

We are so blessed to have such wonderful friends & family! xoxo

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Day of Pride & Remembrance

“On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month 1918, the guns of World War I fell silent. Now, come and remember all those who have fallen in all wars and who still die for their countries...”

Remember the heroes…

For our tomorrow,
They gave their today…

I watched these two videos this morning and was very touched by them. I hope you enjoy them as well. Take the & remember...

This is the video I posted last year for Remembrance Day but because it is so special I thought it was well worth posting again. It is an amazing song!

Friday, November 07, 2008

It's Been A Rough Week But As Far As Weight Loss Goes...

Yesterday was our weigh-in day and I finally made it over the 15 lb mark!!!! I can't believe we are already on week 9! Only 11 more weeks to go and then we are all on our own!!!

I was so happy to have had a loss today because after the week I had last week I was sure I was going to gain...

We have had some adjustments at work early last week and have recently lost some people due to restructuring. One of the girls we lost was my bestest girl LeeAnn.
(((HUGS))) Miss you girllie! xoxo

I/We have had some very tough days and we are all trying to get through this as best we can. I'm sure in time we will all get back in the swing of things. But at work there will always be one missing pea from the pod...

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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Helpful Dos & Don'ts...

These tips were posted on Waiting For Baby Mia and I thought they were great so I borrowed them to share with you.

For those that don't know, there are some things that need to be done a bit differently when bringing home an adopted child.
There are attachment issues to consider. For example, we're told to not allow anyone else to hold the child for the first 4-6 weeks and to lay low, stay home, have very limited visitors. All of this is to help with the critical period of attachment.

All of us adoptive folks have had to read books on this topic, attend workshops, etc. So, we feel pretty comfortable with what needs to be done. However, it's another thing to sometimes try and explain it to friends and family. I have heard of other folks really struggling with it.
There are some great resources out there. But, for those folks that will be part of the community of people welcoming home an adopted child (friends and family), you may want to check out the list of helpful hints below.

It's a list of "Dos & Don'ts" for folks on adoption and attachment. It comes from a site that deals with attachment in adopted children, A4EverFamily .

Dos & Don’ts for Family & Friends of Adoptive Parents

Offer household help (running errands, preparing meals that can go right from the freezer to the oven, etc.) so the mother can spend more time holding the child.

2. Trust the mother’s instincts. Even a first time mother may notice subtle symptoms that well-meaning family and friends attribute to “normal” behavior.

3. Accept that attachment issues are difficult for anyone outside of the mother to see and understand.

4. Be supportive even if you think everything looks fine to you.

5. Allow the parents to be the center of the baby’s world. One grandfather, when greeting his grandson, immediately turns him back to his mom and says positive statements about his good mommy.

6. Tell the baby every time you see her what a good/loving/safe mommy she has.

7. When the parents need someone to care for the baby for a night out, offer to babysit in the child’s home. (After the child has been home for a substantial period of time.)

8. As hard as it may be for you, abide by the requests of the parents. Even if the baby looks like she really wants to be with Grandma, for example, she needs to have a strong attachment to her parents first. Something as simple as passing the baby from one person to another or allowing others, even grandparents, to hold a baby who is not “attached” can make the attachment process that much longer and harder. Some parents have had to refrain from seeing certain family members or friends because they did not respect the parents’ requests.

9. Accept that parenting children who are at-risk for or who suffer from attachment issues goes against traditional parenting methods and beliefs. Parenting methods that work for many children can be detrimental to a child with attachment issues.

10. Remember that there is often a honeymoon period after the child arrives. Many babies do not show signs of grief, distress, or anxiety until months after they come home. If the parents are taking precautions, they are smart and should be commended and supported!

Assume an infant is too young to suffer from emotional issues related to attachment. Babies are not immune.

2. Underestimate a new mother’s instincts that something isn’t right.

3. Judge the mother’s parenting abilities. What looks like spoiling or coddling may be exactly what the child needs to overcome a serious attachment disorder. Parenting methods that work for many children can be detrimental to a child with attachment issues.

4. Make excuses for the child’s behaviors or try to make the mother feel better by calling certain behaviors “normal”. For example, many children who suffer from attachment issues may be labeled strong-willed by well-meaning family members. While being strong-willed can be seen as a positive personality trait, this type of behavior in an attachment-impaired child may signify problems.

5. Accuse the mother of being overly sensitive or neurotic. She is in a position to see subtle symptoms as no one else can.

6. Take it personally if asked to step back so the parents can help their child heal and form a healthy and secure attachment. You may be asked not to hold the baby for more than a minute. This is not meant to hurt you. It is meant to help prove to the baby who his mommy and daddy are. Up until now the child’s experience has been that mommies are replaceable. Allowing people to hold the baby before he has accepted his forever mommy and daddy are can be detrimental to the attachment process.

7. Put your own time frames on how long attachment should take. One mother was hurt when she was chastised by a relative who couldn’t understand…after all, the baby had been home six months. It could take weeks, months, even years. Every child is different.

8. Offer traditional parenting advice. Some well-meaning family members will tell a new mother not to pick the baby up every time she cries because it will spoil her. A child who is at-risk or who suffers from attachment issues must be picked up every single time she cries. He needs consistent reinforcement that this mommy/daddy will always take care of her and always keep her safe.

9. Fall into the appearance trap. Some babies/toddlers with attachment issues can put on a great show to those outside of the mother/father. What you see is not always a true picture of the child. Even babies as young as 6-months-old are capable of “putting on a good face” in public.

10. Lose hope. With the right kind of parenting and therapy, a child with attachment issues can learn to trust and have healthy relationships. But it does take a lot of work and a good understanding of what these children need.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, November 03, 2008

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