China Girl

International adoption through the eyes of a new father.

Friday, September 22, 2006


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Just pictures

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Just a few things to get used to as a new dad (I've gotten used to them)

1. The whole diaper thing, it really isn't that bad. After a few attemps at it I have it pretty much down to about a minute for a #1 and 30 seconds for a #2 (Just kidding) as long as it isn't too messy it goes pretty quick. Learn to breath through your mouth. Don't worry your going to get it on your hands, on the changing pad ect. there is nothing you can do about it. Just know that it WILL happen. Just wait until the first time your child grabs the creamy diaper and starts flinging it around because you didn't get it out from under them fast enough.

2. Get used to them falling, it really didn't take me long, I still have to tell my dad to just let her go, it's not the first time or the last time she's going to fall.

3. The whole eating thing, it's hit and miss. One day they will love everything that you give them and the next day you could feed them the exact same things and they won't touch them. Now I feel that we have been very fortunate, Alex eats just about everything, but she is starting to show some dislike for a couple of thing. She doesn't care for the pasta pick-ups or green beans. Now when we first gave them to her she loved them, she would clean her plate, now she won't touch them. Well she touches them and throws them all over the place. Just put them in your mouth sweetie!

4. If you don't want her to get into it, then lock it in a safe. This child started walking and has moved into overdrive, she is out of control somedays. She will actually stand there and turn the outside lights on and off for 10 minutes. Thank god it's during daylight hours or the neighbors would think we're nuts. It would look like a freaking light show outside. Were going to have to explain the electric bill to her one of these days. Maybe she can contribute.

5. Murphys law here, you get your child all gussied up to take them for their pictures, you get there and all they want is you and they refuse to be put down. Now here is our delimma, we took Alex to the mall the other day, and one of the cute little teenie boppers standing outside the picture people says come in for a free portriat and no sitting fee. Well of course we do and granted she had a cute outfit on, it wasn't something that we were prepared to have her photos taken in. Wouldn't you know it, she was loving the camera, smiling, giggling, and then wham. They have her standing in this flower pot and she falls over backwards and the bloody nose is running all over the place. Just our luck. Now granted we did end up with some cute photos and ending up purchasing a few of the photos. Exactly what the picture people wanted minus the bloody nose.

Well that is all I have for now, I'll write when I have more. Todd>>>>

To make up for her big fall, which was my fault

We went and got Alexandria her very first build a bear, I really tried to get her to pick one out (by her response), but she gave the same response for all of them. I was hoping that she would just reach out for one different than the others, but no luck. So she got the one that I thought was the best for her at this age. Also they told me that this bear was completely washable, we'll see about that. I really want this to be a special bear. I don't know they are always getting different styles of teddies in that place, maybe that will be something for Alex and I to share on special occasions. Who knows? Todd>>>>

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Wanna talk about freaked out

Today I laid Alex down for her morning nap, she went down with no problems. Well I got to my morning routine and after that I decided to clean the bathroom, when I finished that I took all the bath mats, towels and wash cloths to the basement. When I was on my way to the basement I heard Alex babbling, I said to myself your just gonna have to wait, well was I ever wrong, on my way back up stair I hear "THUD" and her screaming at the top of her lungs. I knew it had finally happened, she fell out of her crib. In a flash of light I was to the top of the stairs and there she is on the bedroom floor looking up at me and I scooped her off the floor and that was it. Next thing (Thankfully) was her looking at me smiling. The only thing I can guess is that she landed OK, but the fall freaked her out and that is what caused the crying. I have looked her over about a dozen times just to make sure that there isn't anything visibably wrong.
Needless to say her crib mattress got lowered all the way down, she will need a step stool to get out of her crib now. The girl is growing like wildfire, I knew that I needed to lower her mattress, but I just didn't think that she had the upper body strength to pull up over the rail. LESSON LEARNED, don't under estimate the strength of a child that wants out of their crib. TOdd>>>>

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Cutie Pie

Hi Everyone, this is mommy writing. I thought I would post some pictures of our sweetie. Daddy went to the store and bought some magnetic letters to put on the refridgerator. It is never too early to start learning. I love hats and bows and Alex, well, she usually doesn't, but this day we went to the park I put her hat on and it was sideways and I was adjusting it and she was wanting me to put it back on. YEA!!! I was so excited, but alas, it only lasted that day. She is back to pulling it off every 10 seconds. But I will keep trying.

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Friday, September 01, 2006

How about this???

Yesterday, little miss independant was out in the dining room while I was cooking dinner (normally she is under my feet) and I just knew that it was a little too quiet. What do I look around the corner and see, my daughter is trying to feed the doggie DIRT. Luckily I have a smart dog, but I do have a mess to clean up none the less. Just finding it funny that a little over a week ago she started walking, now I think she is ready to go to work. Today she was just way more independant than I have ever seen before, normally while I am cooking she is right there under my feet dragging all the pots and pans out of the cabinets. Part of me is happy for this, but other parts already feels that "I don't need you" attitude. HMMMMMMMMM! Todd>>>>
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