Monday, April 16, 2007

Monthly Update - 7 Months old

Dearest Seamonkey:


Another whole month has gone by. I know I say this in every letter, but the time sure does go fast. Recently I heard the phrase "The days are long but the years are short". So true! You are such a solid little boy already, and we can't even remember you as the little peanut we first grew to love. We watch the videos from Colombia over and over and you look so small and different than you do now.
I wouldn't say that there have been dramatic changes in you this month. More like a general improvement in everything. You've got that pincer grasp thing down, and you concentrate very intently when there is a small speck of something you want to grab on your high chair. Your brows furrow in deep concentration. You seem to eat more hungrily now, and it is less of a chore to get you to eat. Sometimes I can't seem to shovel it in fast enough for you. You also roll over both ways now, and it's your preferred method of transportation. You can get yourself into crawling position from a sitting position, but once you're there, you're not quite sure what to do. You'll rock back and forth a bit, making us think you're about to start moving forward, but alas, you're not quite ready yet it seems. We're trying to keep you on the floor as much as possible to encourage you.
Your amazing personality continues to shine. Anytime you see someone you know, you smile a big cheesy grin. If it's someone you really like, like Daddy or Grandpa, you jump up and down and laugh. You have really been cracking up alot lately. One of us will say something that suddenly strikes you as hilarious, and you'll giggle so hard you can't catch your breath. That of course, makes us laugh, and you start laughing at us laughing. It never fails to make tears of laughter stream down my face.
With strangers you start out a bit wary...looking from the person to us and back again, as if to say "I don't know Mom, this guy looks kind of shifty to me..." But after a few minutes you are smiling. You LOVE other kids. Especially your cousins. You'll spontaneously grab them for your version of a kiss...it's the cutest thing.
This is your second cousin N, who is the closest in age to you...she's just a few months older. We love to see you together, and we hope you develop as strong a friendship as her mother and I do.
This month included your first Easter. The Easter Bunny brought you a ton of gifts via your grandparents, aunts and uncles. You even opened it yourself:We started the day by going to Aunt M's house and having dinner with Daddy's family. You were intrigued by the little dogs and didn't even cry. Afterwards we went to your Great Aunt's house to see my side. I hardly saw you the entire evening, because you were passed around from person to person. You didn't mind one bit. At one point I think I saw you holding a chocolate twizzler in your hand. I knew any attempts to tell my family what you were allowed to eat would be met by yelling and shooing, so I didn't bother. I figured one day wouldn't kill you. By the end of the night, I was handed back an overstimulated, sweaty, sticky, but extremely happy baby. After a good hose down, you slept like a rock.

Almost every day your father and I comment about how blessed we are. We wonder if everyone loves their child this intensely, and if a baby can get bruises from being kissed so much. Your grandma (my mom) went through her old pictures to show us how you look just like me when I was a baby:
What do you think? Same eyes and nose...but maybe all brown eyed brown haired babies look the same. Anyway, we know you were chosen especially for us, no matter what. We love you very much.



17 comments:

Chelsi said...

Oh, how I love your updates - gives me such a warm feeling. That argyle sweater and the kiss photo are adorable!!

Jennifer said...

love the easter outfit. think he does look exactly like you and I have seen you in person and really think he does resemble you.
And I love the kiss!!!!

Happy 7.

Beagle said...

Seamonkey is clearly on very HAPPY kid!

Bezzie said...

I'm loving the baby/kitty pic! How'd you get them both to sit still that long?!

Dana said...

Oh that sweater vest is just CUTE! And I love the kitty picture as well! I wonder if my cat will sit like that...he doesn't mind kids or dogs...just other cats!

Maggie said...

He's rolling over, grabbing for things, doing the pre-crawl scoot -- he's growing up so fast!

Andrea said...

*swoon* The sweater vest is adorable! Poor K. is going to have a HUGE collection of them.

I just love your updates- they make me warm and fuzzy! Makes me feel closer to K, even though he's a million (give or take) miles away. Thank you!

Miss Scarlett said...

The kiss and the easter photo are so cute!
How on earth did I miss visiting here for so long?!? SeaMonkey is huge!
So beautiful and so happy. That is the best thing ever.

Nicole said...

Congrats you made someone cry today. Its pretty special to fall pregnant and have a child, but I do think that it is even more special to find a child and bring two sets of people together. Maybe because adoption is a harder process. My friend adopted and it was a very special and happy day when the papers went through and it was official. I'll be adding this blog to my favourites. : ) Have a lovely day.

ruth said...

A beautiful post, I love the photo of Seamonkey and the cat. He's just too cute.

Lauren said...

Very touching update as always. He really is just the cutest little boy. I love baby pictures...

mama k said...

What a little man! He's too cute.
And how weird about the baby pictures. There really is a similarity!

MMrussianadoption said...

what a wonderful post. He is really changing before your eyes. So cute.

Samantha said...

Thanks for the words of support on my blog. The cat picture is my favorite also! You have a beautiful son.

Bumble said...

As usual, he melts my heart! And I can't believe how simliar you two do look! Its pretty amazing. You were meant for each other thats for sure x

Jenn said...

He is getting so big and so cute! I love coming here and reading hte updates on your little seamonkey! :)

Tami said...

Seamonkey is absolutely adorable...and growing up so quickly! :)
I have a question completely off-topic. Could you tell me how you set up your "Paper Chase" sidebar? I've been trying to get mine to look like yours for awhile now and can't figure out how to do it?