Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Saturday, March 13
He is calm and has a soft spirit. He still avoid us with his eyes today, but with work and giggles he starts looking to us and smiling.
This was a “get to know each other” day. We went to the park and had fresa ice cream. Johan Mateo enjoyed it a lot!!! Ate all the ice cream. He is very petite but eats a lot.
Gisele is doing wonderful, her transition is mainly related with obsessively wearing her monkeys pajamas or her Cinderella dress. Otherwise she is a little helper, especially with changing the diaper (more than Papi) and preparing the bottle.
He likes to feed himself. We gave him a Mickey Mouse plate with 2 plastic spoons and he really enjoys playing with them. Spits out the plantains, papa. Loves eggs with ham and queso. We got him a sippy cup with 2 handles and he drinks water constantly.
Camila is playing very well with a pushing car and he loves her. He smiles at her and is getting warmer with her. He likes his space though …..not to close….
Today was abuelita’s 65th birthday, and what a great present to have him.
For bath time he does not like bubbles or the tub. Brushing his teeth is a nightmare.
I am trying to let him hold and play with the toothbrush but he rejects it completely. I will try the finger one latter.
Friday, March 12, 2010
and pretty soon was smiling and playing. He laughed and played the
whole car ride home, ate in his high chair, took his bottle and went
straight to sleep. Time will tell, but he seems to be attaching to us
all and feeling very comfortable. And we are all just silly giddy
about him. It truly couldn't have been a sweeter experience, and they
were right ... he is a muñeca.
ICBF was incredible, very caring and professional, and Gladney too, as
always. A special thanks to Beth and Raul in the states, to Sylvia and
Jaime in Bogota, to Nora, to Fanny and the ICBF folks in Florencia.
And to the incredible foster family that obviously loved and cared for
Johan so well these last 8 months. Mil Gracias!
Our families have been so supportive and loving. Muchas gracias a
Mariela, a Julita y Alvaro, y a Romel y Alejandra por su apollo en
estos diás. Thanks Gigi and Papa and Al, Kevin and the girls for love
and special prayers. And special thanks to everyone who covered this
adoption and this day in prayer. We TRULY feel it and attribute all
this to God's spirit of love that moves freely and abundantly, and
also responds to the prayers of His people ... a mysterious thing but
one that days like today just make abundantly clear. Thanks God for
today and for sending Johan Mateo into our family.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Zuetana. A couple from Germany just got here after their reunion with
2 girls, 3 and 5. They looked happy and shellshocked, as I'm sure we
will too. Several other families are here with kids near the age of
Going out now to buy a cake and balloons for tomorrow, and to register
the kids for swimming and gymnastics around the corner at Fitness
Killing time. 24 hours to go...
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
for 2 weeks after getting Johan Mateo. Playground, lots of kid
activities, 3 meals a day and basically all we need, and in a great
location. We spoke to Johan from here for the first time, he heard our
voices but didn't speak much. It felt like getting a single cracker
after a weeklong fast.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
We're somewhere in that foggy area between ecstatic and exhausted. Half-packed and half-baked, and all drugged up. Gisele has an ear infection and Camila has strep throat. Mom and Dad are just trying to steer clear of the germs (good luck!). Just to make things exciting, Liliana traveled overnight to Dallas last night for a filming of some teaching videos... lookout Hollywood.
All that said, everything seems to be falling into place. Cleared the last major hurdle when my passport and visa arrived just in time from the Colombian embassy in Houston. Whew!
We had a great talk with our Gladney reps yesterday to go over the final details. We'll be staying at the Zuetana guesthouse in Bogota from the day before we receive Johan Mateo until 2 weeks after. The Zuetana is specially designed for adopting families, so its very family friendly and knows what we'll be needing. Its in a great location, near parks and swimming pools and other activities. After that we'll spend 3 weeks at Liliana's Mom's house. And then hopefully we'll be on our way home. Beth and Raul gave us some more info on Johan Mateo's foster situation that was really encouraging. Word is he's a real "muneco" (doll) and quite spoiled by the foster mom. God bless her for taking such good care of him!
OK, back to the packing. First time we've ever packed little boys' clothes. Looking forward to trying on those little shoes for the first time.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
fallen into a bureaucratc black hole. Thought certain we would hear
today. Now we are REALLY certain we will hear tomorrow. Still holding
off on our ticket purchase and other details. The wait is rough but
will soon be over.
We spent some of the day today getting his room together. Yesterday
the church had a very nice blessing over us and the trip and everyone
there is very anxious to meet Johan Mateo. After that we had a big
Colombian lunch at La Fonda Latina with another couple adopting a
little girl from Bucaramanga in a couple weeks, as well as a two
families who have already been down the road ... All very encouraging,
informative and filling.
There is still some chance we will get to Skype with JM sometime this
week. We really hope he can get some sort of introduction to him
before entrega day, at least the video and pics, so we are not total
strangers for him.