Sunday, January 31, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Our church outfit. So handsome.....Jill and her new best friend
All bundled up for our first stroller ride
Zoe and Ari Getting blood drawn s.u.c.k.s.
Our newest favorite stunt -- standing
Friday, January 22, 2010
Still learning how to edit/upload movie clips. This one is a little long, but the ending is pretty good. Plus, his laugh is pretty contagious. (This is the second morning we had him -- amazing.)
He's an awesome kid that is this happy 90% of the time. The other 10% he is either chilling, hungry or sleepy. We. Love. Him.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
We've been home about a day and a half now and things couldn't be going any better. Ari is adjusting incredibly well to his new surroundings (as are we to having a baby in our house!). Jack and Jill love him and Ari is mildly entertained by them. He is a big fan of his homemade baby food, not a big fan of sleeping through the night. That is by far the hardest part of having a new baby. He is only sleeping in about three-hour stretches right now, getting up for good at about 5:30 a.m. I think part of the reason he's waking up so frequently is because of his nasty cough. He has his first doctor's appointment this afternoon, so hopefully we'll start an antibiotic that will get rid of his respiratory issues SOON! Other than that, he is a very healthy, happy little boy and we love him to pieces. Thank you, everyone who welcomed us home at the airport. It was so awesome to see you all, and Ari is very lucky to have so many wonderful people in his life already.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
We came back to the hotel afterwards and made mac-n-cheese that we brought along with us on our makeshift stove. It tasted amazing, but the aftereffects were not so good. The only time we've gotten sick so far was after eating mac-n-cheese. That we brought with us. Go figure. That and the fact we slept about three hours the night before. I'm sure that didn't help. Our hotel is pretty nice, but because the hallways are marble and the doors and walls are thin, you hear everything. Like when someone shuts their room door at 1:30 in the morning, it sounds like a bomb going off. It's amazing what happens to your imagination when you're sleep deprived. At one point Roger even got out of bed and went downstairs to make sure we weren't under attack. So we have learned our lesson and now take Tylenol PM/NyQuil before bed every night. Needless to say, the novelty of living in a hotel room with a baby is starting to wear off and we are looking forward to coming home. Ari, on the other hand, is sleeping like a champ. Down at around 8:30, wakes at 2:00 a.m. for a diaper change, up between 6:00 and 7:00. Not too bad.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
After we spent time with the kids we went back downstairs and had a coffee ceremony. I'm not going to lie, I was a little nervous about this part. But no need to be. It was really good (with steamed milk and sugar), and really hot, so I wasn't quite as concerned about getting sick after I saw that. It was delicious and strong! For all you coffee lovers out there, authentic Ethiopian coffee is the real deal!
We ate lunch at a restaurant called Rico's with the two other adoptive families here with us. So far we've had a great experience with food. Our driver Melke makes sure we only eat at "safe food" restaurants, and so far he hasn't done us wrong. One family here is adopting a little boy the same age as Ari and the other family is adopting a 5-year-old girl. It was neat to witness that little girl's first hours with her new mommy. I am excited to see how she progresses throughout the week as she adjusts to her new reality. As we neared the end of our meal, our waiter come to our table and said something about the road in front of the restaurant being closed. Or at least that's all we could understand. We looked out the front window and sure enough there were soldiers lined up and down both sides of the street. It's not necessarily uncommon to see men in military uniform and weapons out and about, but we could definitely tell there was something going on when we saw how many of them there were. We walked outside to quickly get in with our drivers, and Roger asked the waiter as we were leaving what was going on, and the waiter replied with what Roger thought was "beekeepers." Yes, Roger is having somewhat of a difficult time picking up the dialect here. He then turned around to me and exclaimed "beekeepers!!" with a midly panicked look on his face. Seeing that many men outfitted with rifles is a little unnerving. I said, "What? Beekeepers?" Well, we asked Melke, our driver, what was going on and he explained that someone important was getting ready to travel down that road and it was being secured by the soldiers. We then later figured out that the waiter had said "peacekeepers," not "beekeepers," and even now I cannot think about the look on Roger's face when he said "beekeepers!" without laughing so hard I cry. We will never forget those intimidating Ethiopian beekeepers. Ari continues to do amazingly well. We have video of him full on laughing that we tried to upload to YouTube, but no such luck yet. He is basically sleeping through the night, going to bed at 8:30 and waking between 6:00 and 7:00. Although, as I'm writing this it's 5:25 a.m. and he's been up for 25 minutes now. We have started feeding him warm rice cereal with banana, and he loves it! I've started titrating Similac formula with Bebelac, and he's tolerating it well. A little more gassy, but that's about it. We are not so much worried about establishing a routine right now, just keeping him healthy and happy. God has blessed us with an easy, happy baby, and it is not lost on us for one second. We continue to get lots of smiles and giggles. Now, sleeping for us, on the other hand, is a different story. I'm not sure if it's because we aren't adjusting to the time change or if it's because we have so much adrenaline as a result of being new parents, but so far every other night we've only gotten about 3 hours of sleep. And it's not because of the baby. Oh, well. This week is already flying by. What's a little lost sleep; right?
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
He is the happiest baby we've ever seen. Truly happy and content with such a sweet disposition. We already have him smiling and laughing and we only have to work for it a little bit! He loves to blow bubbles, rock on his hands and knees, and is not much into sleeping so as not to miss anything new. He is sleeping as I write this, but it is only 9:30 and I'm expecting a few middle of the night wakeup calls. The nannies are amazing. Ari is so blessed to have had such wonderful caretakers for the first six months of his life. All of the infants receive so much attention and interaction. It really is like a daycare you'd see in the United States and nothing like the orphanages people tend to think of when they think of international adoption. It was hard to take him from them today, even though we'll be back multiple times throughout the week for paperwork and to deliver donations. We had the privilege of going to a medical appointment with Ari, another adoptive couple and their baby boy, and two of the nannies. This was unexpected, but it was a neat experience and we are grateful to have been a part of it. It was a pretty generic checkup, but he got a clean bill of health and is developmentally right on track. We have a wonderful private driver, Melke. He is basically at our beck and call 24 hours a day and is a great asset and blessing to us. The Ethiopian people are so friendly and sweet, just like we've heard. We ate dinner at a restaurant in our hotel tonight (very good!) and Ari had two of the female employees holding him and cooing over him, commenting on how beautiful he is. And he really is. He is not as big as we thought he might be and how he appeared in his pictures, although he is definitely not on the small side either. His six month clothes fit him perfectly and he will turn six months tomorrow, January 9th. Okay, I think that about covers the main highlights. We think he is just perfect and sooooo much fun. I think the rest of our week will be pretty low key, just giving Ari a chance to figure out who we are.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Roger, Abby & Ari Madigia
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
So tonight Roger and I went on a date to a nice restaurant (thanks, Cheri!) -- somewhere we won't go with Ari -- and then wandered around Barnes & Noble afterwards for an extended amount of time just because we can to find some travel time reading material. Well, I did anyway. Roger kept coming back to find me, wondering what the heck was taking so long. I was just trying to savor the quiet, uninterrupted evening. It was wonderful and strange all at the same time. Once again, STILL difficult to believe this is happening this week.