Saturday, October 24, 2009

Potty Time

Well, we are knee deep in potty training...not because Mike and I wanted it, but Bradyn has been SO excited for it! So, we went out and bought him a potty chair. Bradyn picked it out and it is, of course, a baseball chair! The chair is equipped with a baseball "flusher" that cheers for you when you push it. Well...we pushed it and the sound scared Bradyn SO badly that he started "shushing" it and telling it to be quiet. After that he wouldn't go anywhere near it. So, during naptime, Papa dissassembled the baseball flusher and now we have a potty-loving baby! We had plans of keeping him in diapers for quite awhile, but he kept showing such an interest, that I guess we are now full on potty training. He is so proud of himself when he uses it and then we get to do the potty dance! Even Eiger joins in the dance, and when Papa is at work, he gets to listen to us do the potty dance on the phone! Such exciting stuff!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

1 Year Post Placement Completed

When you adopt from Russia you are required by their government to give the courts reports on how your child is doing. We had to do a report at 1 month, 6 months, and now at 1 year. This isn't just a report that you write yourself, but you have a social worker come into your home and assess the conditions of the home, child, etc. Then the social worker writes the report and sends it to our adoption agency, who in turn sends it to Russia. Well, our 1 year report is done! Woo Hoo! Our social worker was amazed at how well Bradyn is doing and how he fits into our lives so perfectly. His comment was "You guys really do have a perfect family". We agree!

Not only have we been working on our post placement report, but we've been very concerned about Bradyn's Oomba (Grandma Taresh). She wasn't feeling very good and then got progressively worse to the point where her foot went numb and she was in great pain. She ended up being admitted to the hospital and was there for 9 days. They finally figured out that she had vasculitis. Luckily they were able to catch it in time and she is on the mend, although she is taking some pretty serious drugs. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers so that she is back to chasing Bradyn.