Monday, February 27, 2012

June's Top Ten: Week 3



Mia is June's self-appointed comforter:


Sweet cousin Sydney is particularly interested in our real-life dolly.


Dad soaks up all the June time he can get...and it usually looks like this:


As tired as I've been, I love the new look my bed has during the 5am hour:

Our musical repertoire is limited to whichever movie was last on the docket...
and as lovely as my out-of-tune voice is, please try to tune it out.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Mia's Top Ten

Fearlessly (as always) gettin' her climb on:

Concrete floors and high ceilings make for lovely acoustics...
but not so enjoyable when a toddler is still developing her fine motor skills!

Finally, Mia has a real dolly to rock in her chair!

Since she could walk, Mia has had a cleaning fetish.  
I try to encourage it--especially when it keeps her occupied for any length of time.  
The vacuum is often running, but my floor isn't necessarily any cleaner.

I never tire of recording this sweet cousin-ship!

Baby June arrived at home bearing a peace-keeping gift for her attention-laden big sis.
Here is Mia giving it a trial run!

Sunday morning pancake routine with Dad:

Savoring her chocolate dipped marshmallow from a fancy-schmancy brunch we had with June's birth family:

Directing Dad's wood-chopping chores:

Trying oh-so-hard to fulfill mom's "soft & gentle, soft & gentle" mantra:

Saturday, February 11, 2012

June Saves the Day, too!

Our beautiful girl is here!

Julianne Pearl
February 8th 2012

6 lbs 15 oz
21 inches

We've been calling her "June" or "Baby June" (for Mia's sake).

Su, our ever-gracious birth-mom, sacrificed her privacy to let us be a part of every second of June's incredible birth (I even got to "cut the cord." I'm surprised I was allowed to hold the scissors...I was such a mess!). Su is such a trooper and quite the natural birther. Like Asia (Mia's birth-mom), she has been so courageous and is trying hard to be strong though this heart-wrenching process. We also get to have birth-father, Anthony, involved in this adoption.  He is, likewise, our hero.

Our precious first moments with our new daughter.

                                                              June meeting grandmas...                                                                   

and grandpa...

    And the part I had been waiting for all day, 
June's intro to her proud big sis:

Home at last!

Next step? Finalization.  
Prayers please for all parties involved.  
This is joyous, but difficult and highly emotive stuff.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Of Birthmoms, TteokGuk, and Metric Measurement

For the last year, amid major career changes, return to academia, theoretical homelessness/construction, and the trying throes of toddlerhood, we have been privileged (ahem) to have lead after lead of potential baby #2.  Mia's adoption had been so smooth... She almost literally fell into our laps!  We were certain that round two would surely be a gloriously similar experience. I thought that in the baby-getting arena (biologically) I had maxed out my difficulty quota and our gathered babies wouldmake their way to us easily.  I haven't said out loud that I am grateful for the heartbreaks we've had while trying to grow our family and I don't think I ever will.  I have sincerely loved these girls with whom I get to anticipate life--and I've loved the babies.  So, since we are dealing with real people and some of the strongest of human emotions, each of these losses will always hurt. But I am grateful that I have seen what I can do regardless of hard stuff...not just once, but over and over again.

Now you have my disclaimer for being shy of documenting any hopeful (but potentially tragic) events.  Having no record of the experience makes for a much less difficult recovery.  Alas, I made the realization as I was driving our sweet birthmother, Su, home from today’s prenatal check that nearly all of our inner (and outer!) social circles are very aware of Su’s growing belly size, her purpose here, and our little family’s BIG hopes, because they see her every Sunday.  So there is no reason to keep it quiet, right? And although our entire social circle does not (I hope!) solely consist of ward or family members, here’s the scoop for the rest of it. Su made her way to us from Korea in November and is staying here with our dear friends until baby (girl) arrives and she has time to recuperate.  She met birthfather, Anthony, during a summer internship in Michigan (he is African- American btw, so we are thinking this baby has got it made when it comes to beautiful genes!)

We get to be an ultramulti-cultural group now which will add so much more spice to our whole family’s lives.  To our delight, Su has been giving us a crash-course in Korean culture while she’s here!  Just last weekend was Chinese New Year (which Koreans also celebrate), and while Su’s mom was making it on the other side of the world, Su and her friend, Jihye, Americanized the same thing for us here.  

Jihye & Su whipping up someTteokGuk (Ricecake Soup)

So, as far as centimeters go (she's been at 4 for a week), circumstances are right for this baby to make an appearance any day now. I am down to 8 boxes of non-essentials yet to unpack in our new house. All the good stuff (i.e. really small outfits) is clean and folded in a new dresser.  Despite the fact that Mia previously wore most of the clothing and used most of the toys, pulling them out of storage with the anticipation of the little warm body to be their inheritor is far better than Christmas!

Baby's 3-D Ultrasound: Can you believe how much detail is in this photo?!
She is posing contemplatively...