Friday, October 19, 2012

6 weeks

Today marks 6 weeks home for Jacob.  He continues to amaze us with how well he is doing.  A few days ago he began allowing me to nap with him (was so sweet and a huge step).  He also began last night wanting to give hugs to me and Brian.  I know these things seem so simple but they are huge (it's like watching your baby take their first steps - so exciting)!  He knows his new name and can tell you where his brother and sister are and what their names are plus he is learning English by leaps and bonds.  He has really bonded with both siblings but especially his big brother now.  There is a special bond between the two of them.  Life is going great for us!  Jacob even went to vote with me yesterday-he slept through our entire little 15 minute wait to vote (wasn't bad at all).  Life is good-he is such a blessing to our family.  He is a special little guy!  Below are some recent pictures (enjoy)...
Playing at the lego table at Barnes and Noble

Nothing like voting


Going for a run

Helping decorate for Halloween/Fall (he is almost as big as our pumpkin guy)

Being silly with his brother

Getting ready to dig

Playing with friends at the park

Sliding with big sister

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

1st Post Placement and Life as 5

Well, we are working on completing our 1st post placement documentation.  So far, I placed the pictures on the wrong type of paper (there was a specific form to put them on - so minor redo, thank goodness for Walgreens)!  Our visit with the social worker went very well - he stood off from her for awhile (his normal stance until he understands you are cool) then he began sharing his snacks and stickers with her.  Overall, post placement 1 is behind us and now we prepare for the one in November (round 2).
Almost 1 month home and we have been a busy busy family of 5.  I feel so fortunate that Jacob loves to go out.  He has been to a marriage conference, a women's retreat, birthday party, grocery, Chuckee Cheese, church, CBS, etc - he loves going. Which our family is always on the go - so he fits us so so well.
Yesterday was a huge milestone for him - he began giving me kisses and hugs freely and told me he loved me in Korean.  He loves, loves, loves his bed (and sleeps through the night-huge blessing)!!!  He had his first hair cut by Daddy last night - went very very well (he stood very still and let Daddy give him a great hair cut - check it out)!
His new hair cut - he loves it!
I know that the first birthday is huge in Korea (a Dohl).  As far as we know he didn't get to celebrate a traditional Dohl (with all the items laid out for him to select what his future might be) and we are going to have him a little one in a few weeks with just some really really close friends.  Yes, he is alittle over 2 now, but we didn't get to celebrate his 2nd birthday with him either (so this will be his birthday celebration/Dohl).   
I also have very sweet sister-in-laws who are putting together a welcome home Jacob party in November for both sides of our family and friends.  It will be a way for us to share our adoption journey with them and to meet Jacob.  I love the fact that there will be no gifts but instead food for a local food bank in that area.  We are planning on doing something like it here at home very soon for all our family and friends who helped bring Jacob home here in the 'Boro (hopefully an 80s party).  I could go on and on about the support and love from our church family (it has been truly amazing and moving to see the body work as it should).  We have had yummy meals that are still coming ever since we came home (which has been awesome and so so helpful) and my husband has been amazing helping me when he comes home after a long day at work (we tag team and get everyone in bed by 8:30 so we can have a mini date night at home almost every evening).  
Life as 5 has only been more laundry and more planning when going out (like I had all 3 at the grocery the other day - a little crazy, but so doable).  It hasn't really slowed us down.  We love our family and feel complete as 5!  Thank goodness the Lord saw to add Jacob to our crazy family.  He is such a blessing to us all - we love him so so much!!! 
Below are some recent photos and video (enjoy)!!!
Feeding himself
 Sleeping in his bed in his room with his big brother Mason

 Being silly with Rebekah

 Mommy playing with the kids with Lincoln Logs

 Mason and Jacob working on a tower

 Rebekah and Jacob working on spelling

 Daddy being silly with Jacob

3 baths ready for bed watching some last minute TV with Daddy