Monday, April 30, 2007

Miss Personality

I had to share this picture. She absolutely is the most precious child. She is always in a good mood and I know already she is going to be Miss Personality. Enjoy!!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

More pictures & a Thank You to Candy & Kya Blu

Candy & Kya Blu got this outfit for Analise. It fits her perfectly!!! Thanks so much girls!!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Sleeping Princess

Analise has been a dream this week. She only fusses when hungry, needs a diaper change, or when you take her socks off. She falls asleep between 9 & 10. Wakes for a bottle at around 2 or 2:30 and then again at 6:30am. She will then usually take her bottle and sleep for another couple of hours. She has made being a Mommy this week - very easy.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Social Worker Interviews-Completed

Today they picked up Analise for the Social Worker Interviews. She was gone for about an hour and fifteen minutes. They came back and said everyone showed up and the interviews were complete! What a relief!!! So, now we just need their report and Pre-Approval from the US Embassy so we can enter the final step (PGN).

Here are few pics from today....

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

God's Best Gift...

She is so beautiful...more than I could have ever imagined.

For you Miss, make good price....

This morning we had some extra time after breakfast. We headed over to the shops right next to the hotel. I did not feel at all scared to go there and felt safe the whole time. There were several families there purchasing mementos for the kids. IT was great!!

The ladies were SO nice and always said, "For you miss, make good price.." And boy did they-compared to the hotel! I picked out a doll at the hotel but purchased the same doll for $14 less at the shops outside.

This was yesterday. We are having a GREAT time and I only have 3.5 hours until Analise arrives!! Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

HELP!! What can I eat!!

OK. I know I read about what to eat but I need some help! Please leave me a comment and let me know what I can and cannot eat!! Thanks for all your help ladies!!

We´re in GUATEMALA!!!!

We made it here safe

I am amazed at everything!!! Emotion & Sensor overload!!


Monday, April 23, 2007

Change in plans.....

Today, I start my journey to Guatemala. I arrive tomorrow in the afternoon. We were suppose to get Analise tomorrow afternoon. That time has been postponed 24hrs. Ugh! So, we are still leaving but will not get Analise until Wednesday.

The upside-the reason is that her SW interview is scheduled for Wednesday. At least we will know that the interviews have taken place!! YES!!!

So, I will post tomorrow from Guatemala but Analise pics will not be posted until Wednesday.

PS-I am still WAY excited to be going to Guatemala!!!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Still here - Packing like a mad woman!!

This week has been SO busy!! I can't believe it is already Thursday!!! I have been preparing for the trip to Guat on Tuesday!

So far, I think I will have one carry on bag, backpack (with purse and laptop inside) and two large suitcases!!! Is this tooo much? I can't seem to fit it into anything smaller!! Oh well!

I will post something with a little more meat to it later!!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Family Court

We are in Family Court and Social Worker Interviews are this week!!!! I am so excited to find this out right before I leave!!! YES!!!

Please pray for a speedy trip through Family Court!!

Friday, April 13, 2007

Wind Swept Thank-You

I would like to offer wind swept thank you's to Candy & Kya Blu and my Secret Blog Pal for the GREAT gifts to Analise! Candy-I haven't taken a picture of your stuff yet but I will and post it tomorrow!

So, I headed out to the mail box in the rain and wind with my "trusty" umbrella. Note to self-umbrellas sold at the local Tractor Supply Store are a little lacking in durability...please to see below.

Note: This is a reenactment and no animals were harmed. But please note the superb acting skills....

Secret Blog Pal- I was "blown away" by your generosity!! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! Analise will love her new sweater & tights!!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Video of Analise

Analise 1 1/2mths.

How absolutely adorable is this kid?!?!?!

I am doing a video too!! I will post it tonight!!!

I have a SURPRISE!!!!!

So, I had a pretty normal morning - feed the horses, laundry, clean out Analise's bedroom, shower, etc... Then I went to check the mail (it's a beautiful day today-not a clud a cloud in the sky). Opened it up and saw that we received our DNA letter and picture of Analise with her Birthmother!! I admit-I cried!! Tears of joy!! Her birthmother is beautiful!!! I ran in to show my husband (who of course is on a business call!!)! Then got online to see if Natalie or Candy was online so I could share the news with someone!!! But I saw I had an email from our agency!! Our APRIL UPDATE!!! Holy Cow!! That's alot of emotion in five minutes!!!

I haven't even looked at the pictures yet!! Hubby is on a business call and we always look together!!!


Tuesday, April 10, 2007

What questions should I ask?? & a SHOUT out!!

First and foremost, a HUGE shout out to Ginger for getting PINK and for the beautiful outfit and bows she sent for Analise!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Second, what questions should I ask the Foster mother when I get Analise??? I feel this is SO important so please everyone give me a question!!!

Monday, April 09, 2007

Shopping Extravaganza!!!

Whew!! I am exhausted from the LONG Easter weekend!! Of course, I did the Guatemala trip shopping and then helped the grandparents move on Saturday!!! There is a picture to prove just how hard I worked!!

Without further are the supplies and clothes for G-City!!! Please tell me I you all bought this much STUFF!!!

These are the outfits that Analise's Grandad & Grammie bought for her.

These are outfits that we bought her...

This dress is for portraits!!

Here is the OTHER STUFF!!

Of course, this does not include blankets, wipes, birp rags, etc!!! I am getting SO excited but VERY nervous at the same time!!

Now, for a little humor!! I helped our 89 yr. old grandparents move this weekend! By the end of the day-I was ready to take a load off!!!

Don't ask me where this latrine came from!! It was just sitting in front of the apartment and I thought it would be funny!!!

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Caden Lane Love

I have been wanting a Caden Lane diaper bag for quite some time!! I just couldn't bring myself to pay the $150 price tag!! So, whatever are you going to do you ask? Why, go to ebay of course!!! I was patient and I waited for the exact bag!!! Here it is! The Caden Lane Kasey Bowler bag. All for the low, low price of $50 bucks!!!

Also, I am heading to BRU (Natalie, are you proud of me?) tomorrow for the shopping extravaganza!! My MIL (Natalie, are you proud again?) is going with me. It is going to be SO much fun to buy things that I have waited 7 years to buy!!!

Here is my list. If I am missing something let me know!! If there is something I don't need on this list-tell me!!

-Diapers, Sizes Newborn & 1 (Just in case)
-Travel Bouncy Seat
-Boudreaux's Butt Paste
-Wipes for sensitive skin
-Baby Powder
-Formula Sorter
-Disposable caca bags
-Bottle brush
-Toys (Any suggestions?)
-Clothes (Onesies, bibs, etc.)
-Baby Tylenol, Motrin, Mylicon
-Nosebulb (Just the thought of this makes me gag!!)
-Baby Brush & Comb
-Infant Nail clippers

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Headin' to G-City & a side of questions

Plane Ticket to G-City - 35,000 Amex Points
6 Nights at the Marriott- 25,000 Amex Points + several quetzals
Meeting my daughter for the first time - PRICELESS

The trip has been scheduled and confirmed!! I am heading to G-City in three weeks!! Let the countdown begin!!

I am SO excited about going. There are so many things to buy & pack. There in lies the question part of this post. I know you all have given this advice before but it wasn't for me. Remember, I am a first time Mommy so I need to know all the tricks of the trade!!!

For instance, what diaper ointment do I need? Do I use it every time I change a diaper? When do you use powder?

What if I don't get an update before I leave? How do I decide what size diapers to buy? She weighed 5.7lbs. 5 weeks ago.... What wipes are the best???

Do you need a stroller for an 8 week old baby?? Will a sling or snuggly work ok??

What do I absolutely need to take with me???

Come on ladies, lay it on me!!! I need to earn more Amex points for the next trip!!!