Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Smiling






More photos added to June photos

Thursday, June 25, 2009

First freezies

It was 40 with the humidex so we thought it was a good day to see if babies like freezies (100% juice of course). They are halfway through in this clip.



When Max can't get into his he tries to take Vanh's. You can hear me giggle at the end when Vanh's successful save sends his freezie down his back.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New recipe

Here is a recipe we tried today:

Mom`s no-guilt snack
Mix 1 egg yolk, grated carrot (couple spoonfuls) and puffed wheat (couple spoonfuls). Fry in non-stick pan to make "cookies". Serve with bottle to cover all 4 food groups.

(Max tore his into bits but refused to put it near his mouth. Vanh ate his and Max`s bits.)

Friday, June 19, 2009

11-month birthday

I made monthly birthday cupcakes for the last time yesterday. Something strange happened with the icing and it went runny: yesterday they looked like this:

I haven't looked yet to see what happened after a night in the fridge.

I've been finding it hard to read other adoption blogs lately because it seems their babies are so much further ahead. One little girl from Ethiopia has several words at 9 months. A little boy started walking at this age. I know I'm being ridiculous but you know, you always worry that you're not doing enough, and I think it's more so with twins. I notice more and more the times when I would be cuddling and talking with one child - if only his brother didn't need me - and then he doesn't get cuddled either because the first one needs something, or, more likely, I'm tired. Not that they don't get cuddled a lot - but if you're a Mom you know what I mean. It doesn't help when people ask their age, then ask if they are walking and what their first word was, when they are nowhere near either.

Not that they don't have their own bragging rights! Vanh was an early clapper and first to crawl. Max was first to pull himself up and to roll a ball back and forth with someone. They are easy and fun to be with. And of course, they are absolutely adorable.

Here is our schedule:
7:00 up, bottle, diaper, play
8:30 breakfast
9:00 play
10:00 bottle, nap
12:00 diaper,play
12:30 lunch
1:00 play
3:00 bottle, nap
4:00 snack,diaper, play
5:30 supper
6:00 play
7:00 diaper, bottle, bed

The boys are very good at playing - I guess it's all that pratice. We rotate between the front room, family room and outside (if it's nice) and the toys get rotated as well, so things stay interesting. Favourite toys are always whatever's new (yesterday it was a margarine lid and the tear-out bit from a new box of tissues).

The two long naps are nice... And by nice I mean isolated periods of calm when I can do self-absorbed time-consuming tasks like shower and vacuum. Or lay in bed and read. Or even blog. Don't bother phoning, I'm not in.

We will have been a family for 4 months tomorrow. I have 15 months left at home and I intend to treasure every minute of every one.

By the end of that we will be about $50 000 behind where we were when we started. Much of that is in lost wages. For a teacher maternity/ parental benefits don't do much more than cover pension and benefits payments - but how lucky we are to have this option, I'm not complaining, just explaining. Some good news is that the issue of adoptive parents needing a year of leave is working it's way into law:

Private Member's Bill on EI and adoption

So hopefully that will be sorted out by the time we go back for our next child. Ha ha just kidding. But you never know...

Have a wonderful 11-month birthday my darling, darling little boys!

cupcake photos

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Big Laugh

Our firstborn

Just turned three, and we love him more than ever.
photos

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Now with sound


(Vanh in blue, Max in red)


(Max in the tub, invisible Vanh tugging on Daddy)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Quick clip


(Vanh in blue, Max in orange, laughing)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Friday, June 12, 2009

Look what we can do!

Max pulled up for the first time today!

photos

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Rice from Tra Vinh

On our way our of Tra Vinh our guide stopped to pick some rice stalks for us, something they do for all the adoptive families. Custom's literature makes it pretty clear you're not supposed to be bringing plant parts over borders, but we figured since "all the families" did it we should too, and even declared it (by printing "rice" on the little form).

Here is what I did with one of the stalks:


Monday, June 1, 2009