Saturday, February 20, 2010

Having fun and enjoying our time with Tegegn!

Like always, we tend to schedule our weekdays and weekends because there is so much to do and see these days. We have really enjoyed hanging out with Tegegn because he is learning new things each and every day. He is back into Thomas the train and loves us to play with him. He continues to develop new words and phrases each day. We often hear "blue truck" "mommom" "stink-a-bug" "toy story" "Thomas-watch Thomas" and "hi-n-see (hide-n-seek)."

As you know, we love to check on him when he is sleeping. This boy can sleep in some cRaZy positions. We thought this was the cute position this week. Good thing he doesn't wake up when I turn the lights on to capture the moment.

This past week when Chris and I were getting Tegegn ready in the morning, he was in rare form. he woke up and started bouncing on his bed. He then wanted to play "hi-n-see" and hid behind Chris. As soon as I found him, he wanted me to tickle him. Afterwards, we still had his pants to put on so we did and he tooted. He noticed what happened and he looked at me and said "Excuse You!" He burst out laughing because he thought it was so funny. The moment was priceless.

I also heard him say this week as I was heading to work one morning, "Mommom, don't go, play choochoo." I hope he always calls me mommom and it was so sweet that in his world playing choochoo was all he wanted to do with me.

Today Chris and I attended a prenatal class to help us prepare for our little miracle baby. I am still amazed that we are actually expecting a baby in nine weeks. I have been so blessed and really have nothing to complain about regarding being pregnant. I am so grateful for this opportunity and praise God that the baby is right on track. As we continue to plan, we continue to see God's mercy and blessings upon our family.

We have a busy couple of weeks planned and then we will begin to lay low for a bit. We still have a lot of work to do in the baby's room, but I know it will come together soon!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Adoption Tax Credit? What in the world?

As some of you may or may not know, the United States has been extremely helpful in supporting families with adoptive children, with an adoption tax credit. Unfortunately this credit is set to expire in December.

Unfortunately finances can be a major roadblock in preventing a lot of families from pursuing adoption because of the high costs and without this tax credit it will become even more difficult for many families.

I urge you to take a few minutes and learn what the credit is and if you feel like it is important to keep, please take a minute and email your state senators asking them to renew the credit.

Adoption tax credit information:

Contact information for Indiana's senator's:

Evan Bayh

Richard Lugar

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Ironing Boards and Fire Trucks

When: Wednesday
Where: At Grandma Coon's House
Who: Tegegn and Grandma
Setting: Tegegn was playing and my mother decides to get out her ironing board to iron a piece of clothing.

Around 10:00 in the morning I called my mom to see how Tegegn was doing and what they were planning to do for the day. My mother proceeds to tell me that Tegegn told on me today. I questioned her on what she meant and she repeated the same thing. In my head I was thinking, Tegegn is just starting to talk...what in the world is she talking about. She told me that Tegegn came over to her while she was ironing and kept saying and pointing, "what's that? what's that?" It was apparent to her that Tegegn hadn't seen an ironing board is true, my dryer does our ironing the majority of the time. I guess kids tell it how it is. I just didn't think we would be at that point already.

Tegegn is really into fire trucks right now. I found this towel that was given to him that had a fire truck on it. He wouldn't let go of it. I decided to cover him up with it tonight and he was as stiff as a board when he told me he loved me because he didn't want to mess up the "blanket" with the fire truck. He fell right asleep. If only we knew that all it would take was covering him up with a fire truck towel, we would have done that weeks ago.