Friday, May 31, 2013

Some Adoption Fundraisers to Check Out

We are only a few months outside of the 'fundraising for adoption' stage.  But I'm thankful each and every day for all the many people who helped us bring our son into our family.  We literally could not have adopted without the help of MANY friends and family members and fundraisers. 

So, I have a soft spot in my heart for adoption fundraising.  I probably always will.  I also love good deals, so I helped a local family put together an online auction.  They are adopting from Uganda and are only a few months away from bringing home their 4 year old son.  PLEASE check out their online auction.  It ends Monday. 

Also, there is another family who are friends of friends who are in their final stage of adopting from China.  They are challenging folks to give $10 to be part of bringing their daughter home.  Check out their video here.  

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Five Months Old!

Tyndall James is 5 months old!

Five Month Stats: 
Weight:  12 pounds even
Length:  23 1/2 inches

I definitely intend to do more blog updates than just T's monthly progress reports, but man, the days just fly by.  I will really try to do better, but at least I'm managing the monthly updates, right? :) 

So, this was a very full month.  All of a sudden Tyndall James has become very active, observant, and playful.  He's always been very alert, but he's reached a whole new level.  He just looks all around the room he's in, smiles at everyone, 'talks', and now he will entertain himself.  He's also not usually content to lay in someone's arms and be talked to anymore.  He likes to 'sit up' and be interactive. 

He likes touching his feet and reaching them into his mouth.  He continues to drool a lot and chew on his hands, but no signs of teeth.  Just lots of chewing and gnawing and drooling. :) 

He LOVES playing with toys.  The toys on his car seat. The toys we give him, the toys on his bouncy seat and exersaucer.)  They all go in his mouth if he can get them there, but he also enjoys playing with them too.

He has laughed a few times, but it's still not a regular thing yet.  He also still isn't rolling over, but I think he's getting close. He is really working with pulling his feet and legs up to his chest. :) It's so adorable.  

He has had a LOT of 'first' experiences this month.  (Let's see if I can remember everything). 
  • First Kid's Birthday Party (Hailey's 2nd at the Little Gym)
  • First golf cart ride with the Petersons
  • First day at the beach with Mommy & Daddy (was very windy and kinda chilly, but he did really well!)
  • First sporting event. Charleston RiverDogs Baseball game (and fireworks!)
  • First Zoo Trip (to the Greenville Zoo on Mother's Day)
  • First Aquarium trip (to the SC Aquarium the next Sunday afternoon with Daddy, Mommy, Uncle Steven, Uncle Mark, Aunt Stephani and Hailey)
  •   First time falling asleep while playing (vertically)

Other Special and Significant Happenings this Month:
  • Another Road Trip to BeBe's house to celebrate Mother's Day.
  • Met Uncle Charlie, Aunt Betsy, and Nonnie (Mother's Day Lunch)
  • Final Home Study Visit 
  • Started playing in the exersaucer (feet don't reach the ground, but he still likes it)
  • Road trip to Goldsboro to meet lots of Tyndall family (Met Great-Grandma Tyndall, Uncle Kenny and Aunt Karen (who he shares a birthday with), Cousins Julianne, Matt, and Ethan (10 months old), Cousins Jeannene and Gus. Short trip but tons of fun meeting lots of special family! 
  • Spent the night at Clay & Gail's and slept in a Pack 'n Play for the first time
  • Found out your Baby Cousin Goldston is a GIRL
  • Outgrew the Snuggle Nest and started sleeping in the big crib
  • Started sleeping 10-12 hours at night and eating lots more during the day

We are so in love with this precious gift from the Lord!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Thinking of You Today

Dear "L", 

You have been on my mind and heart so much as this Mother's Day approaches.  And today is Birth Mother's Day.  I really wish we could be together today.  I would love for you to see the child that both of us love so much.  I would love for you to see his smile and hear his laugh and know that he is SO loved in his new family. 

I am so, so thankful that you chose Matthew and I to be the family for your son.  Again, I'll never know the things you considered or know fully why you chose us, but I have confidence that God led you to choose us to be his family.  

I don't know how you're feeling today, and I'll probably never know the journey of emotions you have been through this past year.  But, He does. 

L, I don't know your story.  I know bits and pieces, some pieces filled with hurt and pain and struggle.  I'm so, so sorry for the sad parts of your story.  But, I want you to know that you are Loved.  Not because you're a 'birthmom', but because you're a creation of the King.  God has a plan for your life, though you may not understand it.  He can make all things beautiful.  

Speaking of beautiful, I will ALWAYS treasure the picture we have of you with our son.  You and your mom.  Yet the sadness in your eyes haunts me.  I'll never fully know where it comes from, what led you to choose adoption for your child.  SO, when I see it, I pray for you.  I pray that you will one day be able to rejoice knowing the purpose God has for your life.  Not as a mother who placed her child(ren) for adoption, but as a Daughter of the King of the Universe!    

One day, I hope we can meet, and I can tell you about how He changed my life. How He changed the sad and hurtful and painful parts of my story into Peace, into friendship with the Creator of the Universe.  How He led me in this journey to being the mother to your son. 

Dear L, you are beautiful. You are loved.  You are valued, treasured, respected.  Your son will always know these things about you.  I promise.   And I pray that you know them too.   


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Four Months Old

Tyndall James is 4 months old.  
So crazy to think that only 4 months ago, God brought this baby into the world,
and we had no idea how much more joyful and full our lives were about to become.
This has been a fun and very memorable month! 
-It was Tyndall's first Easter and also his first time gathering with our church family. 

 -Tyndall's adoption became finalized!

-Tyndall went to his first wedding.

...and we continued to enjoy everyday life with our precious son. 

Four Month Stats: 
Weight:  10 pounds, 13 ounces
Length:  22 3/4 inches
Head Circumference: 15 1/4 inches
He's still not on the official charts yet. 

This month, Tyndall started to love putting his hands in his mouth.
 -He still enjoys baths, and also showers now. 

 -He loves to 'fly' and does a good job at keeping his head level with the rest of his body,
even when being pulled up from laying down to sitting up. 

 He has also started noticing his toys more and reaching out to play with them and/or grab them.
 -He's still a great sleeper, for the most part and consistently sleeps 7-9 hours at night,
though we have a few nights where he eats every 4-5 hours.

 -LOVES to stand and talk/scream/squeal at whoever is holding him.

 -He plays with his tongue a lot and has a lot of mouth 'bubbles' as a result.

 -He is very smiley and has started laughing a lot more regularly. 
 -He likes to put things in his mouth. :)

  -He is starting to tolerate tummy time and can lift his head up pretty well
but can't lift up his chest yet. 

-Sweet, smiley boy... who has probably finally outgrown these 'jeans' that I love so much.

About three weeks ago, he changed to Size 1 diapers.
He still mostly wears newborn clothes, but he has recently upgraded to some 0-3 month sized clothes.

Memories from his Fourth Month:
  • trip to Charlestowne Landing with Aunt Steph, Hailey and Uncle Steven
  • first time hanging out alone with Uncle Steven and riding in his car
  • first belly laugh & laughing every now and then since
  • hanging out with some other baby girls close to the same age.
    flirting with them and learning from them. 
  • squeals of delight. so fun! 
  • first cold. :(  dr. said he was fighting it 'like a champ'.
  • and second cold. :( (which was much shorter)
  • has learned different volume levels and inflections and loves to talk
    (as you can see in this video, even though this is pretty tame for him. 
    he always gets shy when the camera comes out.)

We are so very much in love with this boy.
Each and every day, my heart overflows with thankfulness that God chose us to be his parents.