This trampoline has been a life saver. Every afternoon (rain or shine) we head out for some much needed large muscle movement. Against all manufactures recommendation the 5 or 6 of us jump all together...it's awesome!
The littlest two just waking up. Sitting in front of the fire on the elmo couch.
"Helping" mom get the garden ready.
My laundry diva. As you can see from the photos...yes, we pretty much let the kids wear whatever they like.
I cannot believe we have had Naomi in our home for almost 2 weeks now. The first few days were a bit wild but things have definitely started to settle. She has been calling us Mommy and Daddy from day one. She loves, loves, loves to be carried, snuggled, rocked and kissed. Every morning she wakes up and asks to come into our bed to snuggle. It's like she has a touch bank that was in serious negative and now we get to fill it up. I have a very small bubble and love to cuddle so this assignment is right up my alley.
Sleeping has been great as well. So far she has slept 11-12 hours straight. I usually read to her and lay with her for a few minutes. Tonight she asked if she could lay on Mommy skin while we cuddled. She tried to use my stomach as a pillow until she decided it was much too noisy for sleeping.
She has been eating and eating and eating. She has already gained 2 lbs. She is now 28 lbs! We have been struggling a bit with digestive issues but taking her off cows milk and giving her probiotics has made a HUGE difference.
Sibling relations have been getting better. She no longer runs to me shrieking when ever Levi makes a loud noise....which is about every 5 mins. She loves to play with Emelia and Charlie. Levi LOVES her but she could do without him. He literally follow her around all day.
God has been blessing us more then I could imagine. The love I have for this girl is exponential every day. I thought it would be much harder to attach to an "older" child but it has so far been easier. Sometimes I think about what a crazy decision we made to adopt this girl all within 3 weeks. Totally nuts, right? ...But when I am with her it feels that all along God was preparing me to be her Mommy.
Anyways, my brains capacity has lowered...and I think I may be rambling...and I am too tired to proof read what I wrote. So here it is! Enjoy the pics!
Silence So it's been a bit since I last blogged...yep, almost 8 months. So what the heck? Well a lot has been happening in the Weiseth household and I decided tonight was the night to break the silence.
What Happened? We were in the process of adopting from Ghana last summer. Things sort of slowed down in the country during some investigations of Ghanaian officials. When they reopened the rules were a bit more strict. Therefore, we no longer could qualify in Accra for a child between the ages of 0-4. There were other "possible" options but at that point we didn't have peace to continue on our adoption journey in Ghana...The door was closed. So we asked for our dossier back in October 2010. But it was strange...since 2008 we had been praying for another daughter, Naomi. I honestly don't think a day went by that we didn't pray for her as a family. The kids cannot remember a time without this sometime sister. We thought we might try again in a few years. We tried to convince the kids that it was going to be along time until Naomi came to our family. We tried to move on.
SIDE NOTE: At the same time our middle son was diagnosed with sensory processing disorder. We felt this was God's way of closing the door to another child so we could focus on getting our son the help he needed. So within a few months we were in therapy and a special preschool...Charlie began to flourish. Life seemed to be cruising along. We then decided to sell our house. Since we weren't going to be spending 20K on a daughter we thought this might be the time to move out of our 1 bathroom house. So we worked like crazy, with the help of our amazing friends, to get our house ready to sell. Except that it didn't. It was on the market for 2 months when we got a SURPRISE PHONE CALL.......
OUT OF THE BLUE It was Tuesday, February 9th, 2011 at 5pm. Our lovely and talented social worker from Levi's adoption and our unsuccessful Ghana adoption called. She was making small talk and asking how we were doing. It seemed odd for her to be calling...Then my friends just showed up as I was suppose to be babysitting their 2 kids. So I bluntly said, "Is there something you need or can I call you back?" (at this point I was hiding behind my closed bedroom door while chaos was happening in the living room.) She said the most shocking and utterly surprising thing: "Are you still interested in adopting?" I think I uttered a few confused, umms and then said yes. She then proceed to tell me about a 3.5 year old girl who was in immediate need of a new family. She also proceeded to tell me our homestudy was mostly still good and she could easily update it. Our FBI fingerprints were good for another month. She asked if I could be off work..."um yes, I had been saving time off to go to Ghana." So basically we had the money, the time off, the homestudy, the previous desire for a 3-4 year old girl to join our family. Now all we had to do was pray...
Whirlwind The next 3 weeks were crazy. It didn't make sense but Andrew and I had the most amazing peace to proceed. God continued to supply our needs and give us the courage to step forward. We used Agape Adoptions (www.agapeadoptions.org) to complete our adoption. JoAnn and Myriam were amazing. They were basically on-call to the Weiseth family for 3 weeks. We had such a wonderful, supportive experience and recommend them highly. On March 5th, 2011 we adopted and welcomed Naomi M. Weiseth into our home. She has been with us 6 days so far and things are going really well. Tonight as I write this..I still in awe of what God has done. How is has orchestrated to the smallest detail this little girl coming into our home. I won't go into her story but that it delights me to someday be able to explain to her that God planted a seed in our hearts for her almost 3 years before we met her. That he led us to pray for her daily protection and needs. That he gave us love for her long before we knew her...that he loved her so much that he never abandoned her but made a rescue plan which we are privileged to be apart of.
So Surprise, to you and to us! We have a new daughter.
Mommy (yes, i am in pj's), Levi- 2 yrs, Charlie 3.5 yrs (horse costume), Emelia 5 yrs (pj's), Naomi 3.5 years (princess)
With 4 little kids there is no time to download the cute new pics. So here is a picture of real life... our first dinner as a family...minus the incredibly wonderful photographer, daddy.