Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, after the surgery, he seemed to be doing so well! However, he was still under he affects of the local and of the anethesia. Still, nothing seemed more than we could handle. He had a 4 1/2 hour nap that afternoon and then slept 11 1/2 hours that night. Great! Until we got up and had to change his diaper. . .He cried, cringed, and pulled his knees up and told me not to touch it! I started crying and Pat had to help me get Aidan calmed down enough to put the new diaper on. Man, that was bad.
But, he got so much better throughout the day that I thought we were going to get off easy and had already seen the worst of it. Not so much. The same scene played out Sunday morning and for more than the just the first diaper, too!
But, again, he was so much better by that evening, I was questioning whether or not he had really been so bad in the morning. We had our first bath, post surgery on Sunday evening and the bandages literally fell off. We put the diaper back on and seemed good. Then we got up this morning and he literally began to cry before the diaper was all the way off. He was so raw! Pat and I looked at eachother and confessed we were worried we had made a mistake. Of course, everyone has been wonderful, telling us we hadn't. . .and that a few years from now, when it will really make a difference in Aidan's life . . .we'll all be glad of this. Okay. If you say so! : )
I spoke with the doctors office, the surgical center and referred to notes from my dear blogger nurse friend Joy and all seems to be progressing as normal. Aidan is healing. We just need to be patient and not expect it to be overnight! We're doing vaseline in the diaper with neosporin on top of that (we don't touch him directly this way and he is happier) and it really does look better tonight than this morning. And Aidan even says "Better. . .it better, Mama!" My poor baby, Aidan!
But, Friday is Halloween! The costume is ready, tomorrow night ABC has "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!" on and then we'll carve the pumpkins on Wednesday. . .It will be fun for us all!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
When I got to my neighborhood, the streets, all of them, were lined on both sides with cars and streams of people walking toward the park. The closer I got to home, the more intense traffic, vehicular and pedestrian alike! When I did get home, I was able to pull into my driveway and got out to see that the park was already full of vehicles (thus the lining of the roads) and there were sooooo many people over there! Several of our neighbors were outside and it quickly became a party-like atmosphere. One neighbor noted to me that people began showing up at 10:00 in the morning and the park had opened at 1:00 instead of the expected 3:00 and that it was full by 2:00! Amazing. . .
After getting inside and putting a lasagna into the oven, we ultimately decided to hang at our neighbors who looks out over the park. We could just barely make out where the stage was from their deck (it was clearly visible from my driveway in the morning, but not with all of the cars and people!) and could see the lines and lines of folks waiting to get up close after going through security.
About 5:00, Mark Warner, former Virginia Governor and now running for the Senate, began speaking. . .all about Change. . .and then Tim Kaine, our current Virginia Governor spoke. . .more about change. . .and then Senator Obama came on and spoke for 40 or 45 minutes. It was all over by 6:15.
During it all, we, our neighbors and us, began to talk about these candidates and what we think. I shared my theory that McCain may have changed his mind about running and thus the choice of Palin as a running mate. Seriously, had anyone, outside of Alaska, ever heard of her??? But, then there is the whole theory/speculation about Obama’s past. . .is he connected to ACORN??? What about Joe Biden, well we all kind of agreed that he was the only one among the group that seems somewhat normal. And finally, does anyone really think there will be change with either candidate? With today’s economy in the toilet, will we truly be better off in 4 years with either of these men?
And here’s a final thought that kind of sent a shiver up my spine: When talking about the inconvenience of having so much traffic in and around Leesburg, I had several folks say, with stars in their eyes, how much they admire Obama and what a “fan” they are of him and how envious they were of where I live. . .FAN????????????????????????????? Isn’t he running for President of the United States? Are people really fans of the President? It reminded me of the Kennedy’s back in the ‘60’s. . .Scary!
This morning the news indicated that the expected 10,000 folks ended up being closer to 35,000. Wow! I knew it was crowded. The park didn’t get fully cleared out until a little after 8:00.
And, the lasagna was good, by the way. When we went to the neighbors, we went back when the timer went off and turned the oven off. . .it stayed warm and delicious until we were ready!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Today I am getting off work an hour early and taking a half hour lunch today and tomorrow in order to make up for it. Why, you ask??? Well, let me tell you of the traffic nightmare that will descend upon Leesburg this afternoon!
First, let me explain that Northern Virginia has more that its share of traffic issues. We're only 35 miles, here in Leesburg, from Washington, D. C. so we have a lot of folks who live out this way who work down town. In order to get to D. C. from Leesburg, you have two options: You can take the Greenway, which will cost you About $3.00 each direction and then you get on the Toll Road, which is another .75 each way, and this will get you to Rt. 66 inside the Capital Beltway. Or you can take Rt. 7 (a highway that runs east-west), which is two lanes going each direction.
Leesburg lies at the crossroads of Rt. 7 and Rt. 15. Rt. 15 is a two lane road-one each direction-that runs north-south. Inside of Leesburg, Rt. 7 becomes Market Street and Rt. 15 becomes King Street. I live within the town limits one house off of King Street. Directly across the street is Ida Lee Park (She was a niece of Robert E. Lee, so the park will aaaaaaaaaaallllllwwwwwaaaays be there!). Our location is great because whenever there is a parade, it starts right across the street and we can technically watch it from our driveway-although we usually go down to the street to be with our community. OUr street is always blocked off during parades so that folks can't clog up our driveways by parking there. The police are very specific and good about sticking to this.
That advantage will become a decided disadvantage today. Why, you ask? Well, it seems one Senator Obama will be holding a rally at the park this afternoon. In fact, they will open the Park to the expected 10,000 or more folks about 3:00 this afternoon and the speach will start about 5:30. Did I mention that my house is one house away from King Street? And, did I mention that I can see Obama's stage from my driveway? I imagine I'll be able to hear his speach from my deck. . .if I can get home! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. . . .
Monday, October 20, 2008
The weather this weekend took a turn for the much colder. Yesterday morning it was in the low 30's and never actually got out of the 50's. It would have been the perfect day for a fire in the fireplace. . .we just never got around to it! After nap, I took Aidan outside to ride his bike and he insisted on pulling the hood of his sweatshirt up over his hat to keep his ears warm. Our little Siberian doesn't like to be cold! With the hood up, doesn't he remind of the newspaper kid from "Better off Dead" who rides his bike around yelling "I want my two dollars!" Funny!
Pat's mom and dad came out to dinner yesterday. We enjoyed our time and had some stew and cornbread. It was nice to visit with the football game playing in the background (they won, but they sure didn't play well!) During our talk, my mother in law told me they had discovered that they had a mouse. . .they had found a couple of apples with some bites out of them. . .Aidan sized bites! Apple fiend strikes! Anyway, Pat and Aidan took them home later in the evening. When they came home, Aidan had an apple he was munching on that he had helped himself to at Grandma and Grandpas. . .No problem, really. . .
Except that Mosby likes apples, too!
No trace of the apple exhisted 2 seconds later. . .
We've decided to plant an apple tree in our side yard. . .
Friday, October 17, 2008
Tomorrow marks one year since we got a phone call from our Social Worker telling us only that a child had been identified for us. There were some potential health issues, which were all explained to us, but that, and that the child was in the Krasnoyarsk region, was all we were told. After discussing it and researching the potential health issues, we called our Social Worker back (the next day) and said we would like to pursue adoption with this child. After calling the main office of our agency and advising them of this, she was then told that the child was a boy, 17 months in age. The only travel information we were given at that time was that our first trip would likely be before the end of the year. We didn't know when we would meet him. But, that was the day Aidan was born in our hearts. He became a reality, even though we didn't have a picture or any medical information other than that which was provided verbally. But, we had a son.
Incredible how much our lives have changed and been enriched in the past year!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Once home, I turned on the game and Aidan said (yelled) OOTBALL! His version of football. . .
Good times with my boy!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
So, off to the trike we went. . .
And, then, after dinner, Daddy came by in his Bucket Truck and Aidan got to get in! Do you want to see a happy boy????
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Okay, so this is to let you know six little known things about me. So, here goes!! Are you ready???
1. I am a clean freak. Perhaps the people who know me in person know this, but my blogger friends don't (I say a little defensively!) I am a clean freak. I need to have a clean house. All the time. It drives me crazy if things get messy. I hate walking in to a house and things are strewn about! So, the toys are in the basement, where I don't see them when I walk in and I strive to keep the kitchen (the room I walk in to) clean and clear of clutter so that I come home to a clean house. I am sick, I know! It's really an OCD situation. I won't tell you about how it used to be when I vacuumed because someone would be giving me advice about a psycholigist. . . : )
2. I am obsessed about my weight. Yes, that's right, I am. I weigh myself twice a day. I grew up a little chunky with a mother who isn't even 5 feet tall and barely weighs 100 pounds. So, you can imagine the pressure. I get upset about 1 or 2 pounds of weight gain and lately am up a little more than 5 since we came home from Russia. I know it's because I am eating really good (I want to set a good example for Aidan and don't want him to have an eating complex!) so I will swallow my horror of my weight gain and go on with life. Okay, another OCD situation!
3. I can't decide how to wear my hear. Should it be short? Should it be long? I have gone through both and think I like it short best. . .and then I get it cut and think it should be long. . .and then I want it short. . .Another OCD situation? Maybe a trend. . .
4. Do you all know why we chose Russia to adopt from? Well, breaking from the emerging OCD complex discussion that I started above, here goes: we went to Russia because I loved the Russian culture. . .truly. . .I studied history (my degree in college) and fell in love with Russian history. Kind of interesting for someone who grew up in the Cold War, right? Well, I always wanted to see everything there and when we decided to adopt, I immediately said let's go to Russia. Pat didn't disagree and we got Aidan, so it must have been also God's plan, right?
5. I run. I run a minimum of 3 miles a day Monday through Friday and was up to 4 miles a day until we went to Russia. While in Russia, I ran once. . .for 2 miles. . .that was it. It has taken me this entire time since we have been back to get back to 3 1/4 miles on a consistant basis. But, I am doing it again. And I am glad. My pants will be happy not being so filled out, too.
6. I have changed my mind about what I want to be when I grow up about 6 times over the last 10 years. I wish someone would tell me what to be, but I think I have to figure it out for myself, or something! If I could be a professional Mom/Student/Redskin fan, I would. But, I don't think the pay would be enough for our budget. . . : ) In all seriousness, I would love to be a teacher. . .probably a Social Studies teacher for Middle School. However, that means more schooling and I don't think Pat could handle supporting us solely again for the next year and a half to make it possible. So, I will continue in the Insurance Industry. It's all good!
It's outside the six, and something that you all probably know already, but I'll say it anyway: Pat and Aidan and the best things in my life and the best things that have ever happened to me. I don't know what I would do without them and don't even want to think about it! Thanks be to God for both of them! Happy Anniversary, guys. We've been a family six months!