Shut It

February 29, 2008 at 10:00 am | Posted in Henry Stuff | 1 Comment

To the people who bore witness to my shopping excursion on Monday, February 25 at Jewel I will not apologize for the screaming tantrum Henry delighted us with.  Yes, I know you could hear him throughout the entire store on a tirade that lasted approximately 23 minutes and 13 seconds.  Yes, I know that you wished we weren’t there disrupting your morning shopping.  Believe me, no one wished we weren’t there more than Henry. 

But you see he is 18 months old and sitting in a shopping cart isn’t exactly his idea of fun.  We were expecting freezing rain and snow that evening so I had to stock up on essentials before the weather hit.  For some reason, it just wasn’t sitting well with my little man that morning and I didn’t think to bring him a snack or his blanket.  So despite your sideways glances and snarky comments about where I could locate stuffed animals, we persevered and made it through the excursion both of us emotionally exhausted.  And next time you see a frazzled mom with a screaming toddler perhaps it will cross your mind to send a slight smile their way and say, “Been there, done that.  Sorry to see you’re having a rough day.”  But if you can’t, then just shut it and keep it to yourself.

Safety First

February 28, 2008 at 9:46 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Never underestimate the blanket powers of protection…especially a yellow blanket.

It can protect you from all things Scooby-Doo evil.

Lost Highway

February 24, 2008 at 11:37 am | Posted in Guilty Pleasures | 2 Comments

So after years of teasing my neighbor CJ about her infatuation with Bon Jovi I had agreed to tag along the next time they played in Chicago.  Well that next time was this weekend and we went to the show last night.  Now I’m not a fan by any means – it isn’t my typical listening genre of music – but I also wouldn’t always turn a song or two of theirs off the radio.  I was a bit hesitant about my ability to enjoy the concert, concerned that I may not know enough of their songs to enjoy myself.   Mostly I was excited about Daughtry opening the evening. 

So here are a few pics of our fantastical view from the skybox compliments of CJ and her connections at her place of work who own the box:

Of course the pictures don’t even being to do justice to how wonderfully close we were to the stage. 

After all is said and done and I’m nursing one mutha of a bruise on my knee from bumping it into the low wall of the box while dancing and a very scratchy throat, I must say I’m converted.  I knew way more songs than I thought I would plus we sang and danced the ENTIRE concert.  So I’m planning on spending some time on itunes today downloading a supply of Bon Jovi songs to add to my ipod.  It was a great night out for me and a good time was had by all.  On that note, I’ll leave you with this:

I’m most certain he was reaching out to just us!!

Diggin This

February 10, 2008 at 9:49 am | Posted in Things I'm Diggin', Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I heard a song on the radio yesterday and have fallen in love with Brandi Carlile.  The song I heard was Turpentine but there wasn’t any video on YouTube I could post except this one.  If you’re a Grey’s Anatomy fan you may recognize her voice as she has had several of her songs featured on their show.

Brandi Carlile – The Story – Grey’s Anatomy

Reaction from the Peanut Gallery

February 9, 2008 at 11:28 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Mom:  Hey Sophie, do you know what today is?

Sophie:  I can’t hear the TV.

Mom:  I know.  I turned it down so I can talk to you.  Do you know what today is?

Sophie: No.

Mom:  One year ago today, Daddy and I brought Henry home from Korea!!!

Sophie:  Are you going to take him back?

Spoken like a true sibling.

In the Beginning…

February 8, 2008 at 8:48 am | Posted in Henry Stuff | 4 Comments

There was this little glimpse of our future:

It was amazing to see this little man, so close to us yet still so far away.  It had been a maze of paperwork and meetings and anxious days awaiting a phone call.  Then this.  This gem of a piece of paper with his name and his birthdate and this picture.  And we clung to it as the minutes gave way to hours and hours gave way to days. 

And then there was this:

And the nickname Boy King was coined.  He had chubbed up a bit and with his “What’s up” expression we were so thankful that we received updated information on him including this picture.  We began to really wonder when our travel call would come.  But mostly we wondered what his hair looked like under that hat!!!!

We never intended to travel to Korea – not with Sophie at home and my intense fear of flying.  Instead we had planned on having an escort fly Henry home to us so we could experience meeting him as a family.  But as time ticked by and the prospect of an available escort became questionable, we started talking about making the trip. 

I was terrified.  I had never left Sophie for more than one night and that was for a trip to St. Louis for a wedding.  This was a week half way across the world.  No easy way to get home in the event of an emergency.  But our families rallied and arranged their schedules to care for her and I got some good drugs from my doctor and off we went.

I could not believe I was flying so far away to bring home our son.  There is an aspect of this journey that was so unreal for me because he was so far away and the paper chase is so long.  It still seems unreal in a sense.  We met Henry for the first time on what was Superbowl Sunday 2007:

We were so taken aback by the whole situation it is difficult even now to put into words.  It was dreamlike and nerve wracking all at the same time.  We had a thousand questions and wanted to follow proper protocol but it just still seemed so unreal.  We were fortunate to have a second meeting two days later:

Honestly, the cuteness was just too much to bear!  We were so amazed that during both visits Henry never cried or was hesitant to let us hold him and feed him.  His demeanor was easy going yet energetic – we were just shocked that he seemed to feel calm with us.  I imagine it was because it was meant to be and he possibly knew he was home with us.

We spent a few more days in Seoul before heading home.  We had a quick flight from Seoul to Japan then the long flight home to Chicago.  Henry slept for 7 hours straight, on our laps, from Japan to Chicago and was quite refreshed when we landed.  Too bad I can’t say the same for us (well for Ed anyway…there is no photographic evidence of my exhaustion!):

We settled into a pretty good routine after about 3 days or so – we got his days and nights flipped around by then and he was sleeping through our night.  And now it’s been a year since we stepped off the airplane with a baby strapped to my chest.  There are days it seems like a year and others it seems like just yesterday.  When I look back to these pictures it is amazing to me how little he was and how much he has grown in that short year. 

He is a spunky monkey, determined and curious and enegertic as all get out.  He has tested me in my ideas of parenting but we’ve come to an understanding that I’m just barely in charge of what goes on around here.  He has an infectious laugh which is easily summoned by the slightest tickle just about anywhere on his body.  And he is my son.  My son.

Conversations with Sophie – Act 10

February 6, 2008 at 7:53 am | Posted in Sophie stuff | 3 Comments

Tired mom is trying to wake enough to ensure she doesn’t fill sippy cups with coffee and her mug with milk while children dine on a scrumptious breakfast of waffles and powdered sugar doughnuts.  In a moment of clarity mom realizes she only has two cold diet cokes in the refrigerator which surely will not last past 11 am.  She sprints to the basement to fetch reinforcements and upon returning to the kitchen she hears:

Sophie:  Henry when you get bigger, you can drink beer.

I remember….I remember….

February 3, 2008 at 1:11 pm | Posted in Henry Stuff | 3 Comments

No, not the Alamo.  But a week or so ago I was searching my brain in an attempt to remember what we did last year for the Superbowl.  I couldn’t place it for the life of me.  I couldn’t remember who even played in it let alone where we went.  Then it came to me….sadly enough the Bears were in the Superbowl last year which, being from Chicago I certainly should have remembered.  But where did we watch it and most importantly what snacks did we eat.   

Ah yes….now I remember.  Superbowl Sunday evening in Chicago was actually Monday morning in KOREA!!!!!  We were in Korea getting ready to meet Henry for the first time.  No wonder I couldn’t remember something as trivial as the StupidBowl.

Stay tuned for a longer post to come on his 1 year anniversary home.

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