Time flies when you're having fun. Drew is 18 months old today. He's such a joy and we're so happy that he's home with us now. I can't imagine our lives without him.
His vocabulary is expanding (I love this stage). He clearly says momma, daddy, up, more, yeah, dog, car, cup & ball. He's working on Ian, Drew, please, thank you, and quite a few more. He's signing more, please, thank you and all done. He giggles so much more these days. He is still very "determined" and curious. He loves to give kisses, blow kisses and wave bye-bye. He gets so excited when I come home from work. He meets me at the door with his little arms lifted high saying "up-pa, up-pa, up-pa". If I don't pick him up quickly enough he gets mad. Thanks goodness I remember to go to the bathroom before I leave work. He still loves to eat. The only thing we've found that he really doesn't like is green beans. What? All kids like green beans. He has discovered dipping sauces for his chicken and french fries as well as salsa for his chips. If we don't dip them, he tells us about it.
Drew and Ian are doing amazingly well....considering. There are days when Ian struggles greatly with being a big brother. I have to keep reminding myself that it's only been 5 months. Ian was the center of our world for so long....it's tough to share. Just when we think he's turned the corner....wham....another bad hour or so. It will get better. It's just hard watching Ian struggle.
Charlie may not agree, but I think him being home with the kids has been GREAT for them. Drew especially. He has really opened up. Charlie will be going back to work soon, so their time home with Daddy will be coming to an end.
If you have a moment....please say a quick prayer for our friends Mike and Donna. They are waiting to bring Caroline home from Korea. It has taken much longer than expected and Donna is really struggling. We met Mike and Donna at our adoption workshop when we were in the process to bring Ian home. They were in the process to bring Ryan home. We all know how long and grueling those last few weeks can be when you're waiting to hold your precious baby.