Saturday, May 18, 2013

Backyard fun!

Well, Victoria day weekend has started out with a small project for Bedilu to enjoy for a long time. We started with this:

Then moved to this:

Then this:

And finally... this!

Oh, and he enjoys it very much!

The only thing missing now is the sand! I wasn't sure how quickly construction would go (especially with some "help"!), and we need to calculate how much we'll need, so the sand will wait for another day. It's been a very busy day around here, and now I'm very tired and sore! But I really love to do things for my family, especially things we can all enjoy together!

Friday, May 10, 2013


This week I have been busy reminiscing.  May 12th (Mother's Day) will be our first anniversary of our 'family day'.  The day that Bedilu officially came with us and we started our life as a family of 3.  After waiting almost exactly 4 years we picked him up and bundled him into the Kidslink van.

It has been an amazing year!  Some days its hard to remember that tiny little guy we met in Addis.  He has grown so much!  He is talking and pretending and kissing his babies and shouting at the neighbours and running outside and yammering and quite successfully wrapping everyone around his little finger.  He is the neighbourhood social butterfly yet doesn't stray too far from Dad and Mom in public.  He is funny and sensitive.  He is a huge helper.  He insists on emptying the dishwasher and knows where all the dishes go.  He loves to dust and clean.  He loves to dig in the flower beds.  He loves Toopy and Binoo... and Mr Grouper.  He loves cars and buses.  He loves Poppa and Aaron (he loves everyone else too :) but those are the names we hear constantly)  He loves his pal D - they can't get enough of each other.  He loves his babies!  There are 4 of them that must be with him almost everywhere he goes.  They sit at the table with bibs, they come to the bathroom for baths, they get fed and hugged and kissed and told good bye whenever he leaves the room.

One year ago was an amazing time.  It was a time of excitement for us.  But its almost painful to see the pictures of Bedilu.  He was so scared.  He handled things so amazingly well but in those early days you can see the confusion and fear in his eyes.  He was old enough to know something was up but much to young to explain...  He has attached so amazingly well but part of me will always remember that scared little baby.

It's been an amazing year of getting to know each other.  It is such a pleasure to see him grow and to see him experience so many firsts.  We may have missed his first 18 months... but he has sure had many firsts here at home.  First ice cream, first camping trip, first swim, first snow, first Birthday party, first Christmas, first steps, first haircut, first trip to the ER...  It is such a learning experience - to be part of the adventure along with him, to experience the firsts along with him.  It's amazing to see his mind at work.  Now that he is communicating more we getting a bigger glimpse of what is going on in his head.  Often you can see the wheels just a turning and I would love to know what he is thinking.

It's been amazing to be the Mother of this child.  Luckily for me, he loves to cuddle and snuggle.  He loves hugs and kisses.  It is a joy.  It's not always easy - but nothing worthwhile is.  God didn't have to give me the desire of my heart... but He did.  Was it an easy road?  no...  Am I blessed beyond measure?  yes...  I am so incredibly thankful - that God would intrust me with the job of raising this son.            Every day I think of a woman who did not have the chance to raise her son.  We remember her as well on Mother's day.  It's incredible to think of how God brought our family together and we will never take that for granted.

Happy family day Bedilu.  You are the child that grew in Mommy's heart.  This first year with you has been full of love and wonder and life.  You are amazing.  You fill our days and our lives with so much joy.  We love you!!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Some updates from the past year

Well... I know it's been a while, but we are still here and just a tad busier than we used to be! Our family has grown a lot in the last year. Yes! It has been over a year since we met our boy for the very first time. It's hard to look back at those early pictures, and even harder to imagine that he is the same boy. He has developed quite a personality! It's been a great ride, and every day he comes up with new words and adventures! We are so blessed to have him as a part of our daily lives!

Happy Easter! This may be the only time he gets to wear this outfit, since he is growing more each day!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Hi there!

I know it's been a while.. and thanks to a comment from Karen :) I decided to update you on what is happening at our house.

I can hardly believe that we have been home with Bedilu for almost 16 weeks.  Where has the summer gone???  I can hardly remember the days without him.  But then, Mike and I still look at each other as B zips past us and we say - that is our kid!!!  He amazes us every day.  He is learning so much - and we are too!!!

In 16 weeks:

*he has popped out 11 teeth.  All we have left are the 2 year molars.  5 of those teeth just came in all together last week.  He has been pretty good about it all - mostly it has effected his sleep.

*he has gone from bland soft foods to all manor of table food.  We struggle with fruits and veggies - he would live on carbs if we let him!  He loves him some mashed potatoes and any kind of pasta!

*he has gone camping 3 times and there is one more trip before the end of the summer.  The boy LOVES to be outside.  Mention the word 'shoes' and he is running for the door.  When I reach for my sunglasses he goes giddy - knowing we are going outside!!  He loves the water!!!  He will just dive in head first - no fear what so ever.

*he has gained about 3 lbs and almost an inch.  We are heading to the Dr this week so will get the proper numbers.  He is wearing a 12 month size on bottoms and an 18 month size on top - his tummy is growing!!

*his vocab is increasing.  He came home saying dada and momma.  Now he includes: up, all done, bib, bump, poppa, puppy, hi, all gone, cuddle, ba ba (bottle), help, night night, shoes, socks, hat, pizza, tub.  He will also say 'hi puppy, hi dada etc.  He babbles alot and sings to himself all the time.  Just in the past few weeks we can pick out actual words in his babbling.  Just this past week we hear him saying 'pizza mmm' over and over again.

*he has been the guest of honour at 4 baby showers.  It has been amazing to introduce him to our friends and family.  We have been blessed beyond words with wonderful gifts.  The fact that I still have 60+ thank you cards to write is proof.  They are coming!

*we finally have a routine of sorts.  I allowed B to do what he needed to do regarding sleep.  It drove me crazy.  We went from one nap, to 2 naps in the day back to one and some days none....  We are now on a consistent nap time and bed time.  Sleep at night is not great.  In the beginning he was up every hour or so.  Now he is up 2 or 3 times a night.  Its been HARD.  I am a sleeper and love/need my sleep.  Mike and I take turns at night and I am napping during the day.  It is getting better and now that the teeth are all in we are considering sleep training...  He will fall back to sleep on his own some times and will play happily in his crib when he wakes up.  I feel like he really needs us in the night.  He seems to need lots of cuddles and comforting.

*I have learned to do grocery shopping in the afternoon.  In the morning the stores are full of retired folk from our 2 large retirement communities.  It takes FOREVER for B to meet and greet his peeps.  The feeling is usually mutual.  He loves his public!!!!  He waves and says hi to EVERYONE equally.  It can get some what embarrassing.  He loves to sit on our front porch and just watch the world go by.  In our small town...there is not much world going by... but a few cars and a few pedestrians make him happy.  We wait (almost) every night for Daddy to come home and he loves to sit out there and is content just to sit and watch.

*he is walking on his own.  When we picked him up he was 'cruising' around furniture and the walls.  He is now running and walking on his own.  He is FAST.

*he is doing magic tricks.  He loves to hide things beside himself in the high chair - ask you where it is - and then pull it out like a rabbit out of a hat.  We respond with 'surprise' and he just loves it.

*we have totally fallen in love with this little guy.  He is just amazing.  He is funny, sensitive and sweet.  He is a boys boy - banging and hitting and crashing and so LOUD.  Everything is made for climbing.  We are so proud to call him our son!!


Friday, June 15, 2012

My first official "Father's Day"

So this is it! My (Mike, if you couldn't tell from the title!) first Father's Day with my boy! I really enjoy coming home each evening and having Bedilu reach out his arms and yell (almost at the top of his lungs) a joyful greeting. He truly is a gift from God, and has made my life even better. Brenda is doing a great job here at home, even though she will tell you that it doesn't seem like she gets much done while he's up, she keeps this place running! Bedilu is adjusting to life in Canada, and getting really used to the run of the house! I can hardly remember the very cautious boy that we first met, but I'm glad he has achieved a level of comfort with us that allows him to explore, knowing that we are not too far away if he needs us. I know this is "Father's Day", but I'd like to celebrate my "Family Day" everyday!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Home for 10 days

It's hard to believe that we have been home for 10 days.  In most ways it feels like Bedi has always been here!  The crazy of travel is behind us - which is a very good thing!!!  I hope to not fly anywhere again for a very long time!!!!

The first flight was amazing.  Bedi slept the whole entire 8 hours.  He was so good and so quiet!!!  We also even slept a bit and it was a nice uneventful flight.  Then we had 7 hours to kill at the Frankfurt airport.  By now Bedi's poor tummy was just not happy.  Good thing we had lots of diapers and changes of clothes - cause we just about used them all.  Poor kid.  He was not happy at all.  By the time we got on the last plane, I was just about ready to cry myself.  In fact i believe i did.  An hour into the flight the nice head steward re-arranged some seats and got us a bulkhead seat with bassinet.  At that point I really did cry!!!  God bless those very kind folks who allowed us to have their seats.  Bedi slept for almost 1/2 of the flight and screamed for the rest.  I have never been so happy to land and have our feet on the ground again!!!!  Immigration, Customs and finding our luggage all seemed to be pretty easy... and then to meet our welcoming committee!  By now Bedi had fallen asleep - so he woke up to Grandpa and Grandma, Uncle Larry, Auntie Sheri and cousin Dayna!

And now we have been home for about 10 days.  I was sick for the first 5... am happy to say that I am much better now (lost 12 pounds!!).  I think we are all working in the same time zone by now.  We have no schedule or routine yet (which is kind of driving me crazy).  We have been letting Bedi sleep when he needs to and will hopefully soon be in a routine.  His tummy has calmed down and we are sticking to pretty simple foods and formula for now.  I think next week we will slowly start to introduce some veggies to his diet.  He is gaining weight and has a bit of a tummy now.  He is a very happy boy during the day.  He is very silly and has lots of 'tricks' to get attention.  He love to have an audience but he also plays well on his own and loves his new toys.  At night he is fairly restless.  He sleeps well until midnight and then is up 4+ times until he gets up around 6:30.

He has a few new 'tricks' and some new words - momma, daddy, hi, up.  He fake sneezes and fake coughs - which is new.  He loves to be in his stroller and outside!  He loves to just sit on our porch and watch the cars drive by!  We went to church for the first time yesterday and he LOVED to play with the other kids in the nursery!

We have been blessed with friends and family bringing us meals!!!  We are so well looked after!!!  Over all we are doing really well.  A bit more sleep would be nice...  But its getting better all the time.  I am finding my way as a 'stay at home mom'.  It's great to be home - but it still feels like I am on vacation and will be heading back soon...  Am sure I will get used to it.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Home with our boy!

Our house had been "vandalized" while we were gone!
Well, we finally arrived back in Canada, even better, HOME! We were very blessed with a good boy on our flights home. He only had one melt-down somewhere over the Atlantic. Brenda and I (Mike) didn't sleep much on the plane, so by the time we got home, we were pretty much worn out. Bedilu slept pretty good, only up a few times in the night, so we took shifts looking after him while the other one slept. Bedilu is still adjusting to our time zone, but he already knows that he has the run of the house! Thanks to our family and friends that have been with us along this journey! We are a truly blessed family! WOW, we're a FAMILY!!!