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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Liam received a late birthday gift today but I’m pretty sure it’s one that he is not going to want to keep. We had his eyes examined a few weeks ago and found out that he is farsighted.   The doctor suggested that if he wears glasses now for a few years that there is a good chance that he won’t have to wear glasses in the future.   He thinks this will also fix the slight strabismus he has which is caused by the muscles in the weak eye having to work too hard.

We have little faith that Liam is going to tolerate wearing glasses since we have not been able to keep his sunglasses on him for more than a few minutes at a time.   We shopped around locally for glasses for him and the cheapest pair we could find was over $100 and the frames didn’t seem very kid friendly.   Since we are fairly sure that we will be buying more than one pair of glasses, we decided to look on the Internet for something less expensive and better made.   We found the glasses below at Zenni Optical and they were only $35 (with shipping!) and he’s already tested the kid-proofedness of them — and they held up!

Liam's new glasses

Funny thing is, we get lots of comments that Liam couldn’t be more like us even if he were our biological child.   Well, here’s yet another trait he has in common with both Rob & me...

I’m going to have the glasses checked by the doctor’s office just to make sure that the prescription is correct and they fit him right but it seems like this was a really good deal.

I welcome any advice that any of you might have as to how to keep the glasses on him.   I feel it is going to be a real struggle!

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Happy 2nd Birthday Liam!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Our little man turned 2 today!

We had a small family get-together yesterday with Grandma & Uncle Whit.   Liam seemed a little confused at first when everyone was singing a song he wasn’t familiar with but he got into it by the end.   He was also a little unsure about the whole blowing out the candles thing, but with a little practice was able to get the job done.   Eating the cake on the other hand caused no confusion whatsoever!!

Here are a few pictures from his birthday:

Liam learns to blow candles

Liam eats bday cake

Liam’ birthday swimming pool

We’re hoping that he will be able to test drive his pool this coming weekend.   Also, if you look close in the last couple of photos, you can see the cut on his arm that was the reason for his first E.R. visit (which is healing up nicely) and of course just in time for his photo sitting last Saturday, he got another bump on his forehead.   That’s my boy!

I baked cupcakes and took them to Liam’s daycare class today.   They had a birthday party for him there too.   I left them a disposable camera for pictures so I’m hoping some of those turn out cute.   On the way home he was singing part of the birthday song and we could hear him making blowing noises.   I can’t imagine that they had candles for him at daycare too so I think he just figured out that it goes with the song.   Anyway, it made me happy to hear him so happy and celebrating to himself on the way home!


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Today’s Post is Brought to You by the Number 2

Saturday, April 26, 2008

It took us 2 years to get Liam, he’s been with us for 2 months, and in 2 days, he will be 2 years old!   I’m not sure if there’s any significance to all that, but it seemed too cool not to share.

I’m sure your next question is do we have any big birthday plans?   Well, actually, no we don’t.   We plan to keep this birthday kind of low-key.   I’m making cupcakes for his daycare class on Monday and they’ll have a small party for him.   At home, we’re having a cake and a small family get-together.   One of his birthday gifts from us is a little inflatable pool that we were hoping to setup today but rain is predicted to start any minute now and continue through tomorrow.   I guess that gift will have to wait.   But there’ll be plenty of hot Texas days to come for him to cool off in his pool.

I took Liam to have his first professional photo made this morning.   The photographer was quite impressed with how easy he was to photograph.   He smiled on cue and looked adorable in all the poses, so of course I had to buy most of them.   Once I get them back, maybe I can finally send out our adoption announcements.   I’ve been intending to that for several weeks now but I didn’t think any of my photographs were quite good enough to print.

Speaking of photos, in case you missed the post on our 2Dolphins blog, I’ll leave you with a photo of Liam taken on Earth Day:

Liam on Earth Day


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Liam’s First Trip to the E.R.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Did I ever mention that on the Russian database that they had listed Liam’s nature as "mobile"?   Well, they couldn’t have picked a more perfect description for him.   That boy will not sit still for more than 10 seconds at a time;   he likes to "go, go, go" (as he says).   On top of being mobile, he’s also a climber and that’s just not a good combo for Momma.   I am constantly worried that he is going to fall and hurt himself (even moreso than the bumps & bruises he collects on a regular basis).   Everyone tells me to quit worrying that he is just a boy and that’s what boys do.

Well last night he was running around climbing on things and managed to fall just right so that he hit his arm on the corner of the closet door and it cut a nasty gash into his arm.   I was terrified at the sight of his blood (usually I just see him rubbing a bump and there’s no blood involved).   After we got his arm cleaned up enough to see how bad the cut was we decided that it might be deep enough for stitches so we bandaged him up and took him to the E.R.

We arrived at the E.R. at approximately 8:00 p.m. and about 3 1/2 hours later he was finally called to the back and they looked at the cut.   By then the blood had dried and the wound was sealing up so they decided that he probably did’nt need stitches so they put some ointment on it and sent us home.   Liam tore the bandage off before we got home and then fell sound asleep.   Today he hardly noticed that he had an injury.   I’ll just never get used to this.   I’ve saved his first E.R. bracelet which I’m guessing will be just one of many in the years to come...   :::sigh:::

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Heart Walk

Saturday, April 5, 2008

We started our day off at a Heart Walk to raise money for the American Heart Association.

The walk was a lot of fun!   Liam enjoyed being outside and around all the people and his pals Sasha & Dimitry.   I liked our matching shirts & the free Starbucks coffee!   ;-)

Here are a few photos from the event:

Heart Walk Family Photo

Rob and Liam at Heart Walk

Liam with dog at Heart Walk


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