Our Journey, so far...

June 8, 2008 - Submitted Application to Children's Hope International (CHI)
June 27, 2008 - Application Approved
August 14, 2008 - Submitted Home Study Documentation
September 12, 2008 - 1st Home Study Appointment
September 17, 2008 - 2nd Home Study Appointment
October 9, 2008 - Submitted Immigration Application
November 13, 2008 - Submitted Dossier to CHI
November 19, 2008 - CHI Forwarded Dossier to US
December 8, 2008 - Officially a "Waiting Family"
September 25, 2009 - Dossier sent to Ethiopia
November 16, 2009 - Referral of Little Man Haney!!!
December 16, 2009 - Court Date Scheduled (1/4/10)
January 4, 2010 - Adoption Approved by Ethiopian Federal Courts - Officially a Family of Three!

February 12, 2010 - Leaving on a Jet Plane!!!
February 15, 2010 - Forever in our arms!
February 21, 2010 - A family of three, home at last!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Nine Months... Yesterday

Reeves is 9 months old as of yesterday!

Last week he said his first word – Uh-Oh… for a while now when he drops a toy I say “uh-oh” and pick it up for him. So, last week while playing in his saucer he dropped a toy on the floor and looked at me and said “uh-oh” (without any prompting from mommy)! It is the cutest thing EVER!!! He definitely knows that it means: "oops, I dropped my toy – can you pick it up for me?" Now he says "uh-oh" everytime he drops something that he wants back.

Some of the other highs and lows we have had in the last few weeks:

  • We spent a week back east visiting family – Reeves got to meet and spend time with Grandma Great Haney, Grandma Great Hinson, Granddad Great Hinson, and Aunt Marianne (back-up Nana) and Uncle Frank. Despite the fact that he did not sleep well while we were there (and therefore neither did we) he was in great spirits as usual.

  • We spent our first Mother’s Day together at home (since we had just gotten home from NJ the day before) and it was wonderful! Then the following weekend Reeves and Daddy took Mommy to the Zoo to celebrate Mother’s Day. It was so much fun to walk around and see all the animals with Reeves.

  • On the not so fun side… Mommy had to go back to work. It has been really hard, but it’s a little easier knowing that Daddy is home with Reeves (at least for the next 8 weeks). But, at least my job allows me to come in really early so that I can get off early and flex my schedule so that I have a day and a half off within a two week period… it’s not much, but it helps!

We have been together as a family of three for just over three month (three months, one week, and six days to be exact) and every moment is amazing! I am so in awe of the adoption process that brought us together as a family, it has been the most amazing journey… and we still have so much left.

So, happy 9 months little man! Mommy & Daddy love you so much and continue to realize every day how lucky we are to be your parents!!!

And because no blog update would be complete without pictures... I mean come on, I'm not stupid - I know that's why you came! :)

Reeves & Grandma Great Haney

Reeves & Aunt Marianne

Reeves & Mommy in NJ

Reeves & Daddy in NJ

Mr. Flexible

With Aunt Marianne at the Italian Market in Philidelphia

Yes that's real cheese... & I was in heaven!!!

Mommy & Reeves celebrating Mother's Day at the Zoo

Daddy & Reeves checking out the hippo's at the Zoo (I love the little grin on his face in this picture!)

Reeves and his cousin Stephen (who is exactly 11 weeks older) having a play day

Stephen is also a big part of the reason Reeves always looks so "stylin'" - he shares all his cool stuff with Reeves when he's done with it. Thanks Stephen!