Saturday, June 21, 2008

Look at Max now!!!

He pulled himself up!!!! I walked into the room and there he was standing. Awesome, huh?!
Is this my child??? He wouldn't even take a bath a month ago and now he LOVES the pool! Click on the picture to see it bigger. His face is so cute!!


This is what Tyler did one morning before waking us up. He lined up all the matching containers on the counter and stacked up the soup. He could be VERY instrumental later in helping mommy organize my life. He loves to count and line stuff up. Too cute!

Life is good. Max is probably 20 lbs by now. We are on a waiting list for a feeding therapist (there are 20 people on the list!!!) so we'll see how long it takes. In the meantime, he is eating very thick foods and doing well. He has a fever today thanks to his vaccinations but it will pass. He is only taking one bottle a day now. Everything else is spoon fed. Way to go Max!!! I keep him on the bottle on purpose and will probably do that for a while. It is a good bonding activity and comforts him at bedtime. Being laid down for bed is not his favorite thing. He would much rather be held but rarely falls asleep in my arms. He will fight sleep forever and just get more and more cranky if I hold him. I don't let him cry to sleep though. So, if he cries for more than 10 seconds, I pick him up, rock him longer and try again. I wouldn't suggest this technique unless your child is adopted. :-) It makes for a long evening sometimes. But, he is getting more trust that I will be here tomorrow and he can go to sleep.

We put our papers in yesterday to change Max's name and re-adopt him in the US. This just helps build a paper trail here and give him a US birth certificate, SS # etc. I can't wait for his name to be Max officially, so doctor's offices quit calling to confirm appts for my daughter!! The attorney said it could be a few weeks until court, or several months. Strange, huh? We get the attorney FREE through my husband's work which is very nice. So, hopefully it won't take too long to get the court date. I'll keep you posted.

11 comments:

Michelle said...

I was thinking about you guys just this morning, so gald to hear an update!
Look at him go in the pool! That's awesome! Tyler can come help me organize too!

Charissa said...

Wow, he is already changing so much. And getting so big!

Rich, Andrea, Reece & Owen said...

Oh, how I love being able to say "I told you so"! (in a good way) Yay for the water! ---Andrea Roberts, Reece's Rainbow Down Syndrome Adoption Ministry

THE CAMPBELL FAMILY said...

SHAWNIE, MAX LOOKS WONDERFUL!!! HE LOOKS LIKE HE'S BEEN WITH YOUR FAMILY FOREVER.

trevoranderin said...

Wow you are amazing. I found your blog on the adoption website. I dont know if you remember, but I met you several years ago when we first had out son Carter with Down Syndrome. We hope to one day be able to also adopt a sweet baby internationally. Thanks for the inspiration.

schoolmother said...

It sounds like Max is doing great! So cool to see him in the pool having a great time.
Joy

Kym said...

Yea!!!! :) So happy to hear the updates and know you are all doing well.

Shannon said...

Yeah! It's great to hear that he is doing so well. What a cutie...he is making some good progress!!

Julie said...

Great job, Max! I'm so glad he is adjusting so well. I'll shoot you an email soon to catch up. Hope you are having a great summer.
~Julie

Sherrie said...

You have such a darling family, and it's so wonderful to hear of your successes.

I did the Tracy Hogg pick-up, put-down sleeping method with Sophia & Jennie and it satisfied us all. I ache when a baby cries, but I need my sleep too.

The stacking and organizing is a bit spectrum (autism spectrum)... is that a factor for him? You've got great resources to help him, and a seemingly endless supply of love.

He is so lucky to have you!

Jill Porvaznik said...

Hi! I was so happy to read your posts...we are in the process of adopting a Down child here in FL and we are so excited, at times I cannot sleep. Thanks for giving us a glimpse of real life.