China Girl

International adoption through the eyes of a new father.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Yoda, you will be missed

Yesterday, Sunday July 30, Yoda left us for doggy heaven. Yoda "Marie" "Little fella" Ringer passed away very unexpectantly at the age of I believe 12 or 13. Saturday he spent the day mingling with over 100 people at the Gullett family reunion. He spent the day swimming and eating whatever scraps of food he could manage to find. The little guy was always a big part of going and visiting Faye's mom and her husband Joe. This was by far Joe's dog, and pretty much anytime you saw him sleeping he was normally at Joe's feet or on his lap especially at night. RIP Yoda you will be missed.
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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

This girl is just so cute, I can't stand it

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Faye and Alex just got back from a visit with friends on the east coast, Delaware to be exact. They were gone for about 6 days and by the end I was missing my girls alot. Well last night when they got home I knew exactly how much Alex missed me, she was giving me big hugs and a few kisses (she is stingy with the kisses anymore). I couldn't believe how clingy she was being with me, I was worried the time away might make her forget me or at least want her mommy more, well I was wrong. I also couldn't believe how much I really wanted to hug them both, normally when Faye goes away I actually enjoy the time to myself, well not this time. I simply couldn't wait for them to get back.

The time away did some good for Alex, now that she is back I see exactly how much she is learning. When you see your child everyday, you don't realize how much they are learning on a daily basis, well let your child leave for about a week and see what they know when they return, it's amazing.

While in Delaware Faye took Alex to the beach and like I figured Alex wanted nothing to do with the sand, this is no big surprise as she doesn't like the grass. However she loved the big ocean, all of Faye's friends took turns taking her right to the edge of the water and let her play. Must be like bath time in her eyes, all she knows is that she is getting wet and loves the water. Faye took plenty of pictures, but not many of them turned out, I think that Alex has learned what the camera is and is now for the most part refusing to look at it. I will attach what picutes I can, but like I said they are few and far between. Todd>>>>

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Our little buckeye

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

3+ months and counting

Well all, it has now been over 3 months that Alexandria has been with Faye and I and there isn't a day that goes by that I am not grateful in one way or another. Have we had our moments? YES!!! but those few moments in no way changes the love and just unexplainable emotions I have for this child. Alexandria is currently up taking her afternoon nap (yes she is still napping twice a day). I know that it has been a while since I have wrote, but you really just want to see pictures anyhow. I have been very busy and will continue with that trend for a couple more weeks, lots of work going on around the house and Faye's dad is coming to help me put a deck on the house next week so I probably won't post much between now and then.

Alexandria is growing by leaps and bounds, I think she has sprouted about an inch a month since we have had her, but she isn't putting on a lot of weight, and that isn't our fault at all, this girl eats like a champion and the doc say she is just going through growth spurts. I think she weights almost 19 lbs. this past visit, we are looking forward to that 20 lbs. so we can officailly turn the car seats around.

She still won't walk on her own, hasn't worked up the nerve to just let go. She will walk between Faye and I, but won't do it on her own, we have to encourage her almost every time. My brother cruises that girl around the house and you would think that she was going to run first. I give her till the end of the month and I think we might have something, but I also said the same thing last month I think. Not much in the talking department either, we get the occasional dada or mama, but nothing official for the most part it is still babbling. I look forward to her asking for me and meaning it.

Faye and I have discussed going back and getting another baby, but for the most part it has been just that, a discussion. Don't know if we want more than one, some days we do and some days we don't. Is it really a bad thing to just have one? I consider this one such a blessing, I just don't know if I can handle more than one. We do know that if we are going to do it again we have to get our butts in gear, the wait is getting longer and longer, we don't want alex to be 10 by the time we decide to do this. We aren't getting any younger. Well I have to go, will try and write again soon. Take care, Todd>>>>

I just love this child in black & white photo's

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Brushey, Brushey, Bed time

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy 4th of July EVERYONE!!!!!

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Sunday, July 02, 2006

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