Connor Oneal & Lilly Grace

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Happy Holidays!!!

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! I know we sure did. Connor got spoiled by his family and santa. On Christmas Eve we went to my parents to exchange gifts and then to Don's cousin's for a family dinner. Connor got to see his cousin Harry, who's 3 mos older than he is and Connor weighs more than him!!!

Connor had his 4mos immunizations on Friday, Dec 22 and the Dr told me he's off the charts in his weight and height for his age! I said "so does that mean he's fat?" She said "no, he's in proportion, but he's just bigger than most 4mos olds". lol He weighs 15lbs, 8.5oz, and is 26 inches long! His head was in the 97th percentile which made me laugh cause I figured that would be off the charts! He's got a big ole round charlie brown head. ha ha

So back to the Christmas Eve dinner. Don's family hasn't seen Connor in a few months and Connor was soooooooo cranky from not having a nap. He was too excited at my parents house when he opened gifts and was playing with his Aunt and cousins to take a nap. So when we got to Don's family's house, he was crying and throwing a fit. His cousin Harry was all smiles and giggling and having a good ole time and here was Connor, being a cranky butt! He finally went to sleep and slept the entire time we were there. I was bummed because I wanted his family to see him happy and playing and laughing out loud. Oh well... On Christmas morning we opened gifts and then went to see Nana White (Don's mom). Connor took a few catnaps, but by the time he got to my parents house again for our family's Christmas dinner, he was cranky and not ready to deal with a big crowd of people again. His cousin Connor was there (whose also 3mos older) and was all smiling and giggling and crawling around, and Connor was fussy. We did get a pic of Connor with Harry and some with Connor and Connor that I will post. I think Connor is almost as long as his big cousin Connor. He's not as heavy yet, but definately almost the same length.

I really enjoyed Christmas this year with my little family. It was so awesome to have "Santa" bring Connor gifts, even if he had no clue what was going on. I look forward to the future Christmas's with Connor (and of course Don too)! Our living room is full of toys and I have so many clothes for him that I don't know where to put them all.

I got a great gift from hubby for Christmas. It's a charm that's shaped like a little boy and has Connor's birthstone in it. I also got a necklace for it. I LOVE it!!! Of course, my biggest Christmas blessing is Connor. I explained to Connor what Christmas was about (the true meaning of Christmas) and that without God, Connor wouldn't be with us! I just hope that he understands what I'm saying one day.

Well I hope everyone has a very Happy and Safe New Year!!!

Harry's on the left and Connor's on the right

Cousin Connor's on the left, our Connor's on the right

Thursday, December 14, 2006

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!


So by now most of you probably got our Christmas card. It was not easy getting Connor to be happy. He was happy in the first couple pic's I took but he does NOT like wearing hats and when I put the santa hat on him, he was ticked off!!! I have to post a couple of the pic's for you so you can see what I'm talking about.

Well things are going good here. Connor is almost 4 mos old. He'll be 17wks tomorrow (yes I still count the weeks). He's officially eating fruits and veggies and loves them! I started him a little early on them, but he was so hungry all the time. He seems to handle them fine and his favorites are Sweet Potatoes and Banana's. At first he only ate 1/2 a jar of stage 1, but now he eats the whole jar so he might be moving on to stage 2 soon.

He's pretty much in a routine and I'm soooooooo thankful to have such an easy-going baby. He does get fussy when he is hungry or tired or wet or poopy, but I get that way myself. ha ha He sleeps through the night and I'm sooo happy. His schedule is like this: He gets up around 7:30-8am, drinks a bottle, takes another nap for about an hr then gets up and has his cereal/fruit followed by his bath. Then he gets another bottle about an hr after his cereal/fruit. He usually takes a long nap (while mommy watches her soaps lol) and then gets up and plays for a while. He usually naps again before the evening's up and then he eats dinner around 6:30pm or so and plays a little more then takes a cereal bottle around 8-8:30pm and goes to bed. I'm glad we have a routine down, but I noticed if I mess up the routine, he's not a happy camper. My sister and mom came by the other day and it was time for his nap and he was trying to take his bottle while my sister talked to him and he got soooooooooo ticked off! He needs total quiet and concentration while drinking that bottle. It just cracks me up!

I'm pretty much done with Connor's Christmas shopping. I might get a few misc things but really I need to chill out. I know he has no clue what's going on, but I can't help but buy stuff for him. I bought him a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer that sings and it's nose lights up, yesterday. He likes to watch things that sing and make noise. He loves his Itsy Bitsy Spiderman that sings and moves his little arms. LOL

Well I better run but here are the Christmas Card rejects:

Friday, December 01, 2006

Things I'm Thankful For...

Before Thanksgiving, I was thinking about what I'm thankful for. I realize that I have soooooo much to be thankful for this year. Of course, the obvious, is that I'm very thankful for being blessed with Connor. I'm thankful that he's healthy and that his bio mother stuck with her adoption plan, and I'm thankful for all of the support from my family and friends throughout our adoption process!

My father hasn't been in good health for a while and was recently diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure. He's also got A-fib (irregular heartbeat) and has been in the hospital twice since we brought Connor home. The whole reason he found out about his heart problem, was because he went into the ER for having these weird unexplained spells where he would forget things. It freaked him out and the Dr's think he might've been having some kind of seizure. Because of his ER visit, they found the heart problem...So for that, I am thankful for the "seizure" or whatever it was that caused him to go to the ER. I am thankful that he's still with us and that he's doing ok. He's being monitored carefully by Dr's now and hopefully they will be able to stay on top of his condition.

So you see, I have very many things to be thankful for!

I was reading another lady's blog, who adopted her son this year also. She was saying how different Thanksgiving was for her this year, and I have to say that I totally agreed with her post 100%! Last year was depressing for me because of my failed attempts with fertility treatments. It was depressing to hear about other people around me getting pregnant,or listening to parents complain about their kids when I wanted to have one soooooooo badly. Unless you've gone through infertility, you can't understand how it can make you feel. It consumes you and that's all you can think about..You feel like a failure and like you're missing out on something. A year ago at this time, we decided to adopt. I knew in my heart it was the right thing to do and that it was what our path was supposed to be. Now, I'm healing from the infertility, but I have not forgotten how terrible I felt from it! We plan on adopting again in a few years so that Connor can have a baby brother or sister. I don't even think about us trying to get pg again, because I'm at complete peace with adoption. I know that this is what God wanted for us and I have no intention of ever trying infertility treatments again....Ok, I got off the subject of how this year was different. This year, I just felt complete. It was so nice to have my baby boy and my husband with me on Thanksgiving and to spend it with family. We enjoyed the morning at Don's mom's and the rest of the day at my parents house. Connor was exhausted because he didn't sleep much from all the excitement with everyone holding him and kissing on him. He was a bit cranky actually and finally and only took cat naps through out the day. LOL He's too nosey to sleep when there's a bunch of people around. LOL

Today is my birthday, and this is the first year that I couldn't think of anything I wanted when people would ask "what do you want for your birthday?". I'm so used to thinking about what I want to get for Connor, that it was weird to think about what I wanted for me. Of course, I did manage to come up with a list. ha ha But, it took me a while to think about it.

I just want say one more thing before I sign off. If you are still waiting for your baby and reading this, just know that it is soooooooooooooooooooooo worth the wait, even though you can't believe it at the time when you are waiting. Once you get your child, you will have so much joy to fill you up and you won't have room for any pain! Also know that you are not alone, even though it feels like it at the time!

Ok I've rambled on enough for one night.

Cereal and Exersaucer Pic's