Monday, August 27, 2007

Showers of Blessings

It was a really nice day on Saturday. They had a baby shower for me at my old church and I got to spend a nice afternoon with people I haven't been able to see in a long time. . I feel so blessed to have the people I do in my life. Everyone was so excited to see Gracie and the other kids. It was like we never left. I love this picture of Dominic and me.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Show and Tell Friday

I thought I would do my own little show and tell. The butterfly got this as an adoption day gift from some good friends of ours. I thought it was so cute and I love the color combination. It is something she will always treasure. I am so happy that she is finally ours for good. We finally closed our home down to foster care and as much as I was ready to be done with it, I was sad about it. There are so many children out there that need a forever home.

One Month Already??

Where has time gone? My little sweet potato is one month old today. The kids adore her and love to smother her with love. It is a daily fight over who gets to hold her. Kiarrah is adjusting to not being the baby anymore and only girl. The green eyed monster comes out once and awhile but it is getting much better. We spend a lot of time with her alone doing big girl things and involve her in helping take care of Gracie. Thought I would share some pictures for all you out their begging me for more.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Pictures, Pictures and more Pictures

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The Land of Lack of Nod

Greetings from Sunny Jersey. I write to you through bleary eyes caused by lack of sleep but with joy bubbling over in my heart. I love being a mom. All of my kiddos are doing great. The butterfly is flourishing at her little preschool and coming home with songs and stories of her classmates. She loves the program and it is the best thing we could have done for her. I have decided to keep her there for the Fall instead of putting her in the public school system.
Rey is loving having all of the kids in the neighborhood to practice all his sports skills with. He is quite the athlete and especially loves to play football. There are a few little boys in the neighborhood that you will find in our yard on a regular basis. I am so happy we moved here and that the kids are so adjusted to it. This is the kind of neighborhood that I wanted them to grow up in. It is all about families and playing outside and just being kids. Not an overbooked social calendar filled with classes to the max. Kids are only kids once.
Dominic loves the outdoors too but also likes his quiet time in his room. He has developed a major love of reading!!! That brings a major smile to my face because I share this hobby with him. You will find me with my nose buried in a book quite often. Dominic has also been enjoying corresponding through snail mail with his cousin Sean who lives in Indiana. He misses him so much.
Miss Gracie is doing wonderful. She loves to sleep!!!! DURING THE DAY!! Lol but not at night. She is a total cuddle bug and loves her siblings. They enjoy feeding her and holding her. She has changed our whole family in so many ways. Ki loves to sing to her. Especially, You are my sunshine. We took Gracie to the Dr. and she needs to eat a little more. She is still not at her birth weight. She only weighs 7lb 14 oz. I have tried many times to breast feed but she just will not latch on. I am currently pumping and then supplementing with 2 bottles of formula. Would love any advice on how to increase my milk supply. I had a breast surgery 7 years ago and I think it affected a few of my milk ducts so I am not able to produce enough for her. I am giving her what I can because it is better than nothing at all.
I will post pictures later after I upload them.