Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
In DC a child can't be legally adopted until he is 6 months old. That would mean November 28th at the earliest in our case. The judge seemed to have no concerns about our case and very sweetly invited us to attend a big annual event called DC Adoption Day. Our original intent had been to skip any ceremony and just get the signed papers in the mail, but truly, the judge was so sincere in her invitation (and smitten with our beautiful little boy) that we just had to say yes.
The judge excitedly explained that there will be a fun breakfast, clowns, balloons etc... Hundreds of people who've particpated in adoptions this year are invited and she'd be delighted if our family could participate too.
Susanne, my ever quick witted Susanne, asked the judge what day the ceremony was scheduled for.
Well there I was, clapping Danny's little hands together, dreaming of balloons and clowns, when Susanne asked the judge:
"So, if we can't adopt him legally until November 28th, then we really can't particiapte this year can we?"
Oh, what a moment of crestfallen faces. (Mostly mine in retrospect.) But the judge, after a brief moment of deep thought, smiled brightly and she said that she could issue an Interlocutory Decree.
"Huh?" I thought.
Long story short, our lawyer will now draw up papers that the judge will sign prior to November 17th making him my legal son about 10 days earlier than we thought he would be. Then the final decree will be signed once he turns 6 months. It's sort of like a "pre-approval" but it is in full force as of the date she signs it.
Since it's still hard to stomach the fact that I have to ask the govenment's permission to have legal standing in regard to Danny, I guess a part of me thinks that this is no big deal. But another part of me thinks that I "get him" 10 days early. Interlocutory, interlocutory, interlocutory--say it 3 times really fast if you can! -Monica
P.S. We've now posted some cute pictures from Danny's baptism. Check them out.
Monday, September 24, 2007
We are of course proud of our little guy and hope that his luck holds out when the Nationals start playing in their brand new stadium next spring.
The game was almost a sell out because of its historic nature, so it was fun to be in a full house. As you can see from the picture here, Danny was having a wonderful time (especially when Auntie Em was tickling him.)
Overall it was a very fun game (first time tailgating for Danny and Susanne) and we are already looking forward to next year's games with Rebecca, Lance, Amy, Hannah, Emily and Zach. And of course our mystical, magical, lucky little charm! -Monica
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
“No problem” I was assured.
A half hour later Su called to let me know that we’d just gotten e-mails informing us that we’d signed up for two new features. What the Heckle and Jeckle????? This made me very irate to say the least.
After being on hold (again) for what seemed like forever I was assured that these were now taken off of our account. Unbelievable huh?
The best part was when the customer service representative asked me,
“Could someone else in the family, like a child, have called up this morning to request the order I see on your account for Verizon Games on Demand Family Place”?
“Well our three month old is going to be SO GROUNDED if he called you.”
(That would be a “no” I translated for the representative. Sigh...)
I’m now assured once again that all is well. We later got some e-mails confirming the “cancellation” of these new service. Looking forward to seeing next month’s bill.
Tune in tomorrow for more adventures of the mundane! -Monica
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Apparently this special place has the same magical effect on our son. I had to post this photo from our latest trip to show that as he nursed and drowsed off, he actually left an imprint of his little ear on mama's arm. Now that's one relaxed baby huh. Dreamy I'd say ;-)
In a more recent development he's now developed the ability to laugh-really laugh! For a while he was doing these short little bursts that sounded more like a single cough while smiling, but now Susanne has him laughing and laughing and laughing. Which of course makes us all laugh and laugh and laugh. Alrighty then, have a great day everybody! -Monica
Monday, September 17, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
We all had boys, and even though Danny is the oldest, he's the littlest guy. In this picture we see Danny sandwiched by little Aidan and Oscar. It kind of looks like they are trying to silence our little guy huh? They are all just beautiful, beautiful boys don't you think?
When we tried to get them all smiling to snap this picture, Aidan's mom made the cutest little "raspberry" sound that not only didn't really make Aidan smile like he usually does, it scared the bjeezus out of Danny and he began bawling his little eyes out. We'll remember not to make that sound. ;-)
Also, since Oscar's mom and dad who hosted our lovely dinner (thanks guys!) have a baby scale we all trooped upstairs to weigh our little ones. Even though Aidan is only 2 months old he weighed in at a whopping 13.45 lbs or something like that, and the best part was that as we all started cheering, he thrust his little arm up as in victory! Priceless! Danny weighed 12.55 lbs I think and Oscar who is two weeks younger than Danny and two weeks older than Aidan took the weight title. Just can't remember how much he weighed. Regardless, it's just wonderful to have such healthy, happy little babies!
I can't help but imagine that before too long we'll be hearing "and now, starting at forward, 6'2" sophomore (insert name here)...." Yes, time is already starting to fly. Have a great day everybody! -Monica
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
"You are a masterpiece, a new creation he has formed
And you're as soft and fresh as a snowy winter morn
And I'm so glad that God has given you to me
Little Lamb of God, you are a masterpiece"
It was simply lovely. And to look around the church and see so many familiar faces, what fun! We had a brunch after the ceremony and overall, it was just a very special day.
This picture was taken a few weeks ago. For Danny's ceremony we changed the ribbon from pink (little cousin Leah wore it last) to the other option used throughout the generations--blue. Does that mean we caved to societal pressure? Nah...I don't think so. Apparently as I held Danny up in the front of the church next to our pastor he had his head sort of cocked to his left and it looked like he was reading from Pastor Robin's script. He is very bright, so who knows? ;-)
I just have to figure out the whole "maternal" side thing now. This came from Danny's maternal great-grandmother's family. His "other" maternal grandmother. Or is my side the "other"? I'm sure there are more complex things in the world to worry about eh?
Happy Baptism day little one. You are our little lamb from God. Love always, your moms
Thursday, September 06, 2007
I have always been a very faith-filled person, and for me the sacraments are very powerful. I hope that Danny will come to know that he not just our child, but a child of God. And so very loved.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Does anyone else remember this song by Todd Rungren? Does anyone else have an "earworm" now?
We had a lovely weekend at our favorite B&B but it ended all too soon. We also caught a Nats game yesterday and I’d like to report that our son’s winning streak remains intact. He’s been to 4 games and the Nationals have won all four. We’ll go again tomorrow and see if the streak continues.
What was that? Ah yes…
“I don’t want to work. I just want to bang on my drum all day”. -Monica