Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Easter Time Fun!

We had a great first Easter with Andrew. We turned it into two days of fun, starting with Easter at my parents on Saturday, and then Easter with Cain's family on Sunday. Andrew was quite confused of some of the things we were doing, but he did enjoy eating the sugar easter cookies we made on Friday. He loves his sugar!
I make a cute winnie the pooh!


I turned the kitchen utensils into drums and played while mommy and my sisters made the sugar cookies!

I want more sugar cookies mommy! Two wasn't enough!

Me and Megan played dress up in her room, and I don't think mom and dad were two happy with our choices!

Daddy helped me decorate my first Easter egg!


Me and my big sis Alisha!


Me and my great grandma!


I have learned how to give kisses now!

Our Easter baskets!


I got to be in the family Easter picture this year!


Fun lazing around at Grandpa and Grandma Stahnke's house with Uncle Tyson and Megan!

Normal Family Picture!

Not so normal family picture!

Daddy has me in training to work with him!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Busy, Busy!





Only in Ohio can you take a walk on one day when it is 60 degrees, and then have an ice storm the next day.





Andrew had fun at Megan's Sports Banquet because all the cheerleaders made over him.



My friend Mary and her daughter Emily come to visit Andrew.

Andrews two little teeth!


Uncle Ryan comes to visit Andrew!

Andrew enjoys watching Megan do gymnastics!

This picture puts in perspective of how small Andrew still is! This is his favorite place to be when I'm working at my desk.


Megan taught Andrew how to climb the steps. Time to get those baby gates out!

I took Andrew to get his first hair cut by my friend April. Andrew's hair has grown a lot since his buzz cut they gave him at the orphanage in December.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Andrew is Eleven Months Old Now!

Andrew has been becoming more secure every day. He has actually been playing on his own, and will crawl away from me some. He is pulling up on everything, and I have to keep a close eye on him or he gets hurt. He will actually let go of things and stand for awhile, but he doesn't seem to understand how to try to take steps yet. He also has been saying Ma Ma which is so cute, and he so badly wants to say other things but he doesn't seem to get it out like he wants. Andrew brings so much joy to our home. We are always laughing at some thing that he is doing. He loves to be the center of attention, which blows my mind because at the orphanage they said Andrew is a loner and likes to be alone.

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Andrew has been growling since we picked him up from the orphanage. When we took him to the Dr. last time, he growled from the minute we got there until we left. The Dr. said she would like to see more syllables and less growling. The first time he said Ma Ma after that he growled it. He sometimes sounds like a little gremlin. He is now learning to say sounds with out growling effects.

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Andrew has had an unique way of eating since we got him. He always sticks his little fingers in his mouth between every bite. I tried to get him to stop doing that when we first got him, but it wasn't worth the battle. He puts those fingers in his mouth no matter what. It does make for a mess, but we feel he learned to do that to passive himself at the orphanage when he had to wait for his next bite. They would line 4 babies up at a time to feed them. He can be the most laid back eater, which doesn't help in the morning when we are already running late to get Megan to school.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Some Winter Fun!

Andrew had an echo done for his heart this week. The hole is only 2 millimeters (which is considered very small), and the Dr. said we shouldn't be concerned about it at all, unless Andrew isn't gaining weight and growing. He definitely hasn't had that problem since we got him. Andrew also got to experience going out and enjoying the snow this week, and he didn't really seem to like it. In fact he hates the cold, which seems unusual since he came from a country that is colder then Ohio. We just think he was never taken outside before at the orphanage. When we had him outside for the first time in Kyrgyzstan, he closed his eyes real tight and it took awhile before he got use to it. He also still gasp for air when we take him in the cold.

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I love playing piano with Megan!


I love pulling up to everything and playing! I'm getting quicker everyday and mom almost can't catch me sometimes!!!

I'm not sure why mom spent 15 minutes bundeling me up, and then she put me in all this white cold stuff! I don't get the point of it, but Megan seems to enjoy it!

I did enjoy however, when mommy pulled me and sissy around on the sled!


I had so much fun playing with all these pretty girls in the pool!