I saw my cousin's post today and realized that I am a little behind on Payton updates these days. Her son, Jackson, and Payton are only 1 week apart! Long nights of adoption #2 paper work has seriously diminished my posting time! The good news is that the last three months of pushing thru paper work (home study and dossier) means we will be "officially" on the waiting list in the next week or two to bring home our little boy or girl (3 or under) or a sibling set (4 and under) from Ethiopia. We are excited to see WHO God brings to our family to be a brother or sister to little Payton. We are fairly confident that we will be placed with a toddler boy, as this is the shortest waiting list, but only God really knows ;)
Payton continues to be the joy of our lives; more energetic, communicative, and loving than ever. Some of his favorites these days include: riding (his pony, Daddy's back, his rody, the broom, his little bike, anything...), singing ring around the rosie, listening to Raffi, all things Thomas, dancing, pushing his "popper" around outside, BUBBLES!!!, cheesin' for the camera and saying cheese every time he sees and camera. having Daddy drag him around in a cardboard box thru the house, lovin' on his Lulu-dog, throwing a tantrum when we take something away (leaps onto my legs with a death grip and will NOT let go), not letting Mommy leave the nursery at church, yelling MOMMY and DADDY when he sees us in pictures, playing with solo cups, kicking balls, eating tofu (yes, it is still his FAVORITE!), reading his board books, and hiking. Payton also had a very unfortunate first this past month, a seizure. The doctors think his extremely high fever (106) brought it on, but we are not sure what caused the temperature increase. A few days later he had pneumonia, but they think that was a result and not a cause of the seizure. However, he has been happy and healthy (other than his constant allergy issues) since then... PTL! Those were the scariest 6 minutes of my life and I hope to never see him like that again. We are praising God that he was okay and that we were not in the air when it happened (our plane had literally just landed and we were still in the airport). They took him by ambulance to the ER because his oxygen level was in the 60s and we spent most of the nite there (see pic) and within hours Payton was back to his normal self (just had a steady temp of 102). We are hoping this never happens again!
Some pics of our little man these days:
Hiking near our home with Daddy and Lulu:
In the ER waiting for the doctor to release him (we both look pretty awful here):
Showing of his blue ribbon at the horse show:
Putting on his game face for the horse show:
Payton's vocab these days includes: (spoken) cheese, horse," a dis?" (what's this), shoes, baby, Mommy, Daddy, YES!, no (usually nanana with a violent head shake), banana, cookies, mamaw, jackieeeee, shhhhh, (signed) bye-bye, pig, dog, mouse, giraffe, fish, beautiful, milk, more, finished, wash hands, lotion, eat, phone, brush teeth. I know I am forgetting some, but it is really neat to watch him combine his signing and speaking to communicate whatever it is he wants.
Payton continues to stay fairly tiny: Height: 30.5 inches (under 5 %), Weight: 22 lbs (under 5%), Head Circumference: 19 1/4 inches (60 %). Even though he is small, we are thrilled that he is gaining weight again as he maintained 19 lbs for months! We tried to take his bottle away cold turkey last month (after MANY failed attempts at gently weaning him off) and he refused to drink more the 3-4 ounces for several days. We caved and gave him the bottle back because I felt like he was just too small to not get the fat content in his milk. So we may be bad parents for letting our kid have a bottle at 19 months, but I think we would be REALLY bad parents if we did not allow him the nutrition he needs. I mean, really, I don't think he will take his bottle to kindergarten; he will let it go when he is ready.
In other family news:
1. I will be teaching at the new high school in our district starting next fall (mixed emotions about this).
2. Wes officially graduates with his MBA this Sunday!
3. Payton, Wes , and I will be attending an Ethiopian Heritage Camp this summer. :)
4. Wes is enjoying working with a new 3 y.o. mare named Jasmine, a quarter horse/Belgian cross.
5. We are delighted to announce that Payton has two new cousins as of this week: Noah (born to Jennifer and Chris) and Oscar (born to Matt and Nicole).
6. We've enjoyed celebrating with our friends Kevin and Julie in the referral of their son! And that they passed court yesterday! Their son is almost the exact same age as Payton. I can't wait for them to meet!
7.Wes is going to "come out of retirement" and coach football next fall.
That is about all for now! Sorry I've been a terrible blogger lately!