Sunday, January 29, 2012

Pyjama Party!

Last night we had a nice get together with some friends.  It was William's first gathering with our friends and he did amazingly well considering there were adults and kids all over the place.   Friends started to arrive around 4:30.  They kids looked totally cute in their pjs.  Earlier Olivia (right after she woke up from her afternoon nap) had a mild freak out because I was telling her to change into her pyjamas.  She was crying and refused to put it on. She must of thought she was being punished and had to go back to sleep.  Poor thing. She didn't quite understand the concept of a "pyjama" party.   Which is funny because most of the time when people come over the kids are usually in their pjs. I'm just too lazy to get them ready especially since it's such a CHORE to get them BOTH dressed!

Luckily the first guest to arrive was Nalina, and helped Olivia somewhat to calm down.  Then the doorbell kept ringing, and Olivia and William loved to flock to the door to see who was coming.  In my (teacher) mind, I thought there would be time to have a craft table - cereal necklaces. Ya...that wasn't going to happen. The cheesies were on the table and the kiddies just sat around the table devouring these treats. Oh well, next time!  :0P

We ordered pizza and had paper plates and plastic cups. It was the perfect "no-brainer" get together. After dinner, we let the kids loose to the playroom upstairs. So in the end, half of the kids and adults were upstairs and half were downstairs. It was perfect - everyone was safe and there was a good adult to child ratio. hahhahah.

It was a lot of fun. We were able to see friends that we hadn't see for awhile. We were able to catch up other friends and "vent" or chat about family life.  We love our Stittsville family.  They are awesome families and we are blessed to have their friendship and support. As the night progressed, William did wonderfully. No tantrum, no crying, no fighting over toys.  We're beginning to think he is like his sister - the social butterfly.  He was his charming self, played here and there, did the room. It was a great night, and I hope we will have plenty more.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Dare to compare?

We would never compare these monkeys.  They are similar in some ways, but different in more ways. But comparing their pictures is lots of fun.

Who likes doing laundry?  Olivia and William do.  

The mandatory first month visit from Martha.

The "wriggle and move" photos.  Sigh.

The teething fun!

Car seat dreamers.

Hab fans by default.

Our first trip out with Maman - Chapters!

Both love to visit Papa in the washroom. It's their special place.
We are so glad they have each other. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

13 months old - Home for a month

So many changes in a few weeks.  To think I was worried - that because we got William at 12 months instead of 8, I would be missing all these wonderful milestones.  As a family, we have grown and changed, adapting to this little one.  The experience with adopting Olivia was so much more different than this experience - not better, not worse, just different.  For one thing, the home environment is different. When Olivia came home, the house was her world. Everything was catered to her.  Everything she touched or wanted was hers. When William came home, there already was a toddler in the house - who knew what belong to her and what didn't.  He had to play with O's toys, and learn to sleep in his own room.

We had more of an adjustment when William came home. The reason really is because now we have 2. We have many things to take into account - sleep, eating, bathtime,  and balancing home and work with 2 children.  When 1 cried in the middle of the night, we had to make sure 1 parent was with the other child, and the other with the other one. What is with the soaked diaper every morning (and sometimes bed).  This monkey sleeps on his tummy. So most of the timethe front of his jammies and bed get wet.  Boys...can't they learn to pee normally. hahahahha

Breakfast time has totally changed.  Olivia wakes up early so we have to tiptoe and eat quietly downstairs so not to wake up William.  Before, it was the busiest, even nosiest time of our day.  We would be playing some music or had the TV on in the background.  Sleep time - William is sleeping through the night, and well Olivia currently is back in our bed - after we tried for months to get her into her own room and bed. :0P

William is quite the boy. We've always said Olivia is such a "tomboy" - strong, active, boisterous.  She is such a princess compared to this brute.  Not only is he adorable and a charmer, he's strong, hot-tempered, and very smart.  He is not a pushover, but can be whiny.  To think that Martin's mom had 3 boys and to this day is so patient and calm. She is amazing! hahahhaha Raising a boy, is totally different from a girl.  When he doesn't get his way, he gets mad.  Arms fly, wails come out, head flings back and forth.  Tapping objects, people, the floor, or himself when he is mad. What is that??  Friends just reply, "He's a boy who is frustrated".  When Olivia is frustrated, she screams and stomps her feet - girl. Boys I guess use their upper bodies more. hahahah.. Something we don't want to get used to.

He's a smart cookie. Today when we put him down for his nap, he was not happy (because he already had a power nap in the car for 20 minutes and he thought that was enough :0)).  We thought he was sleeping, but he sat up and started playing with his pillows in the crib.  We knew that he couldn't pull himself up and go over the crib, so it was pretty safe.  But then we saw him climb on top of a pillow - teeter-tottered on it. Hmmm. We could see what he was thinking. "Maybe if I stand on this pillow, I will be tall enough to climb over the rail!".  Close, but not close enough my love.  :0P

Then later,  Olivia was playing with her princess stickers and putting them on our hands.  She never gave William any, but he decided to take mine from my hand and put it on his hand.  Then he walked off to play. Smart cookie!  Food wise he notices when he's not eating the same thing we are. Arms stretch out and "Ba!" - which we think means "Mine?".  If only you could chew properly and not gag on stuff!  He gets mighty upset when things are different.  He wants to use the spoon, fork and drink from the cup.   He is a great meat eater, unlike Olivia. However, both are happy with pasta and breads.    Olivia is the fruit lover and William is a veggie lover.  Actually, Olivia will eat both happily.

He's definitely talking/babbling more. There is a definitive "Maman" and "Papa", along with "Baba".  That pretty much goes for everything.  He clearly understands the word "No!" - which is great.  If only Olivia could learn from him. Sigh.

He was playing with the clock radio in our room the other day, and then the song "Holiday" from Madonna came on.  He started to really rock it. Before, when there was song he liked, he would sway side to side, or move his head to the beat. That day, everything was moving!  He was stomping his feet like crazy.  It was hilarious.  So happy that my two little ones love music. I guess it might be time to find a Kindermusic class somewhere for him.

Everyday there is always something new.  He's learning something new everyday, and so are we.  Oh the places we are going to go!

Monday, January 9, 2012

3 Weeks Home!

It's Sunday night and Olivia and William are fast asleep (hopefully for awhile).  William is a much better sleep than Olivia but we are still working through some crying at night.  The last couple of days he has been sleeping 12 hours straight, so keeping my fingers crossed it keeps going. Things have been slow going, but every minute of it has been wonderful.  I say if feels like a year that we've have been home with William because everything seems just right. He really is a joy and his smile and laugh melts your heart.  You can already see that he is going to be a little monkey like his sister. I'm not saying though it has been smooth sailing.  The rough and tumble -"say how you feel" kind of boy behaviours.  This week though has been much better than the last 2 for sure. Totally different from a girl. And more exhausting. hahahha.

 A part of me is so happy that we were able to travel and be home for the holidays AND celebrate his 1st birthday, but it's been super crazy and hectic with the holidays.  Sometimes I think how different would it have been if we left for Korea after the holidays.  But in the end, we wouldn't have had such an amazing experience in Korea if it weren't the holidays too.  Christmas celebrations in Korea are so wonderful. 

William is adjusting (we think and hope) very well- despite the few tantrums here and there.  The social worker and foster mother claimed that William was a very happy, sociable baby boy. Which he is - when he gets what he wants. hahahaha. God forbid we take something that he wanted - foster mom (God love her) definitely catered to it. But he has a smile that will melt hearts and 6 teeth to show (4 on top and 2 on the bottom).  I'm sure there were lots of treats for this monkey to be happy. hahahha.  But it's nothing major..just typical short tempered boy stuff (like Papa). :0P  Learning curves. 

He started walking more and more after the holidays, and now it's his preferred way of travelling around.  Loves to climb things now too - the stairs, up and down the sofa couch, up and down the toys. Sigh.  Eating now has been much more manageable.  No more formula - woohoo!  In the beginning I was telling a friend that he was gagging on the solid foods we were giving him, but now he is doing very well. We went to Hockey Sushi today and it was a great dinner for everyone.  Everyone had something off the menu and were very satisfied.  PHew. Tomorrow we'll try an Italian restaurant. We'll see how that goes. Food wise - he's a carb loader. Loves his bread, pasta, crackers, cereal - anything he can just nibble on.  He'll hold it in his hands for hours.  Fruit is not a favourite - unless it's mushed and it can be spooned. Sigh. We're working on it. 

Toys/Playing - Well...he's really interested in everything he's not supposed to play with (phone, cellphone, computer etc).  Also, he's interested in everything Olivia is interested in, which is not making Miss O too happy these days. She could be at 1 end of the room playing with something and he'll walk across the room just to take if from her. Sigh. Good times.  I am happy to say that he's not an oral fixator. Not everything goes in his mouth, like his sister at this age. He also understands "NO!" - at least he should be now because we say it so many times. ahhahahha

Winter is hard! Besides the holiday travelling we have been stuck at home and "cocooning" because it has been so cold or the weather has been yucky.  And getting these 2 monkeys dressed to go out is just not fun at all.  Olivia is back in her PJS only stage and William, well he just hates getting dressed and bundled.  Car seats and William - are only good for about 15 minutes and only with a bottle of milk. hahaha We'll get there.  There are a lot of road trips ahead for this family. hahahha.   Really in the end, everyone is much more happier being in PJS for the whole day anyways. But at the end of this week I did have cabin fever. I ended getting the 2 dressed and driving over to Children's Bridge to drop off some papers and back home. That was my "exciting" outing. hahahaha.  The only good thing that has come out of these outings so far is that Olivia (who used to be running everywhere and would rarely want to sit in the cart), will ask  to sit beside William in the cart. Strapping them in makes a much more enjoyable shopping trip.  :0)

Like a boy however, he is into everything Olivia is.  Which is frustrating her quite a bit lately.
It has been an adjustment for Miss Olivia for sure, but she's been doing so well. Quite the Mama's helper and very eager to come to William's rescue when he is crying or in distress. It's been hard to keep her quiet in the mornings so she doesn't wake him up because she's so excited to go in his room.  She has had her share of meltdowns though and she has definitely picked up on the screaming and attention that William has gotten.  But they love each other. You can tell. He immediately stops crying when she approaches him. She definitely knows how to calm him down. It was a perfect sibling match too.  

Next week, Olivia will be back to school and I will have William all to myself. What to do?  What to do?  

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Funny Moments

1.  I can't help add to this blog a little something I read the other day. I picked up the mail and got a holiday card from my friend Kate who has been blessed with 3 gorgeous children.  On her photo card it reads  "Wishing you many full nights of sleep, peaceful car rides, and dinners free of meltdowns. - Ooppps!...That's what we're wishing for!"  - It's hilarious because it's true.  Thanks Katie for making me laugh as my kids were screaming in the car because they wanted a snack.  I know I'm not alone. Love it!

2. Stickers - Seriously. I know the kids love them, and I know they can spend some time playing with them (mine will only spend about 5 minutes). I get it. We spend tons on money trying to get the animal ones, the sea creature ones, the "princess" ones, the "hello kitty" ones - any cartoon stickers that they have taken an interest to.  But I am tired of picking up the odd stickers stuck on the table, the floor, the fridge, the oven, the computer.  And of course, the ones that are stuck are permanently stuck there because they use super glue when making them!  They are everywhere but in the sticker book.  Who thought giving stickers to toddlers was fun?

3.  A couple of weeks ago Olivia was playing with her bags and stuffing them with toys. We asked her where she was going and she said as-a-matter-of-factly "I'm going to KOREA!".  Ok then, bye!  It made us laugh so hard. We couldn't believe she said that.  I'm glad she knew where we went. hahahahha

4. The other night as I was putting Olivia to bed, we always say our goodnights to everyone. It does drag the sleep routine, but I think it calms her. All of a sudden she was saying "KAMSAMIDA (thank you in Korean) Mickey Mouse - and every stuffed animal she had.  Then proceeded to say "ANNEYONG HASEO (hello how are you? in Korean) Tasha! - and to all her toys".  Did we really drill it in to her that much while we were in Korea? hahhahahah

Happy New Years Everyone!

Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year!  Our family has been blessed again this year with the arrival of William.  Martin and I were talking on our way home from Ste. Sauveur about how this time last year, we made the final decision about going forward to adopt a second.  Olivia's adoption was finalized mid-December. We were only able to more forward once it was finalized. I remember clearly having dinner with Martin at The Keg in Brampton. (This year for New Years - when we arrived home we ordered pizza and drank a bottle of wine and put the kids to bed  hahhahaha). 1 year later, we have a beautiful daughter AND a son. We love them so much and it's hard to believe life without either of them. It was just meant to be - we were destined to be together.   Praying that 2012 will bring more blessings and cheer to our family and to the ones we love.

New Year's Eve - Outdoor BBQ 2011

The kids woke up late in the morning, but we had decided to leave on the 31st, just to get settled.  Before we left Ste. Sauveur, we had a outdoor BBQ to go to. :0)  The Savard family gathered at Marc's place for some good ole hotdogs on the firepit. Luckily I brought the kids their snow pants because we stayed outside for a couple of hours.  Also, it was the first break in the cold front and it wasn't -20 outside.  It was a perfect day to be outside. Olivia loved it!  As soon as she got there, she jumped out and ran to see her cousins. Then she saw the huge ice rink and the cousins playing hockey.  Of course there would be a hockey stick just her size!  hahahhaa.  She was ready to hit the ice.  Sigh, my little hockey player.

She was really getting into to it, so we decided it would be best to put on a helmet.  She was super excited - "Just like Mathieu!".

And then there was William who was bundled to the max. hahahaha.  He quickly got into the outdoor activities with this cousins.

After about 30 minutes, her hands were bright red.  She was reluctant to wear her gloves as she couldn't hold onto the hockey stick properly.

Uncle Marc took out the red sled and off we went sledding on their hillside.

Olivia quickly hopped on board and wanted to slide with her cousins. This girl had no fear.  She first started going down on her bottom with her cousins. Then she saw her older cousin Mathieu (being the daredevil) go on his tummy on this super sled.  Yup, she wanted to go down too like that.

Olivia and her cousins had a blast!  It was a perfect stop before we headed home.  Olivia and Williams' smiles and laughter made it more wonderful to see.  They got along so well with their cousins. We were sad to leave everyone, but knew that it was time to get back to reality and get William settled.  Winter has just begun, and I'm sure there will be plenty more times when we can go have some outdoor fun.