Beautiful Life

Hey child up and go; A big world is out there waiting for us to live in every day. Outside you will find, there is love all around you; Takes you, makes you wanna' say; That it's a beautiful life and it's a beautiful world and it's a beautiful time to be here, to be here, to be here. -Fisher

Friday, April 8, 2011

How Is It Really Going?

Mostly, it is going very well.  I've told you we have a happy, healthy bouncing baby boy!  He is the sweetest little booger around.  He wakes up, bleary eyed but happy each morning and ready to wreak havoc tackle the day.  First he tackles his brothers in full-on bear hugs, usually before they have even gotten out of their bunks! 

First time in at Monkey Joe's for our little monkey!

He dresses himself.....and redresses himself until he finds just the right combination of pants and shirt that he wants.  Oh. my.  That drives me only slightly nuts!  I honestly have no idea what he is doing, but he is seriously picky about his clothes.  Even Isabel can choose an outfit and stick with it usually!

And, he is totally in love with "Cwars".  That would be Cars to you and me.  Not sure where the w comes from, but it is absolutely adorable and I will not let anyone correct him!  He loves the movie, the toys and anything and everything with cwars on it!  We've watched the movie two or twenty times in the last month.  Just so you know.  And praise the Lord, our clothing supplier {that would be Charlene and little, but bigger than Asher, CJ} must have totally been into Cars too, because there must have been 5 Cars shirts in the latest deposit of hand-me-downs.  Talk about excited! 

Showing off one of his many beloved Cwars shirts!

It was a sad day when I would not let him wear the dirty "Cwars" shirt he pulled out of the hamper last week after discovering that there weren't any clean ones left.  Woody and Buzz Lightyear became the back-up choices.  Poor Woody. 

Once dressed and brushed, the boy is ready for cereal.  Cereal.  That was one of his first consistent English words.  Who knew cereal was so important!  That boy loves him some Cereal though!  He can put away two bowls.....and a yogurt and a banana if they happen to be around.  This one is going to be the one that bankrupts us at Whole Foods. 

He is slightly less motivated to do chores though.  Okay, he down right hates them.  And he only has one beyond the regular clean-up-behind-yourself stuff.  He has to fold kitchen rags and dish towels.  What?  It's the entry level chore around these parts.....and well, he's entry level!  So the mean mom that I am, I make him sit until he does it.  Oh, for crying out loud!  There is only one load every few days anyway.  And Claire does half.  She's still entry level.  But, the emperor balks at doing chores for some reason!  So Claire does hers and off she goes.  That motivates him!  Until next time, when he refuses again and has to stay.  Again. 

Oh well, bud.  You came to the wrong family to get out of chores.  Just ask Parker and Noah! They have been trying for 12 years and haven't had any success. 

Another English word he uses a lot.....I mean besides "no"?  Bicycle!  That boy loves to ride his bicycle in the driveway.  Problem is, he wants to do it every morning!  He pitched a fit because I said no this morning and told him that it was raining.  That did not compute.  Finally, after arguing with him for a few minutes it dawned on me {poor guy, mom is slow}, that he had no clue what I meant.  So, I parked his little self on the front stoop.  And held my hands out and said "rain!".  He caught on. 

He also loves to play with toys.  All kinds of toys!  Right now the doctor kit is a favorite.  He also likes to fight over toys with Claire.  That has been one of the hardest things.  See, Claire is going through her own little issues right now too.  Half the time, she loves Asher to pieces and even says so!   The other half....not so much. 

{Most of the time} they love playing together and have a ton of fun!

Claire loves her little brother!

Asher has a tendency to snatch toys and he will hide things under his legs when he is done playing with them, just so she can't have them.  If you make him share with her, he pitches a fit.  Yes, screaming and kicking are involved in fit pitching.  And Claire?  She is fed up!  So now she is snatching toys and whining when she doesn't get her way and pitching fits too. 

Great day!

If Claire sits in my lap, Asher has to sit in my lap.  If Asher gets a hug from someone, Claire wants to know why they didn't hug her.  If you say something nice to Asher, you had better say something nice to Claire.  Claire hugged a stranger {to her, someone I know}, the other day, because Asher did.  Claire doesn't always want to hug us!  She would never hug a stranger!  But, there was no way Asher was getting a hug and she wasn't. 

Aside from the fact that the boy packs away food like he is going into hibernation, I have to say I'm impressed with his eating.  In China, he was soooo very picky.  And, he wanted mostly junk.  Here?  Well, it's kinda funny.  I put the plate of food in front of him.  He says no and shakes his head.  I say yes and nod.  Then we all ignore him and begin to eat.  He sits.  And watches.  And then?  He eats.  It's kind of a "if you can't beat um, join um" thing.  But, he usually eats it all And asks for more!  So, I think he is just resisting the new foods, until he tastes them and decides they aren't all that bad after all.  Whew!  So glad we don't have food issues.

The boy loves his bath, loves riding in the car, doesn't mind his car seat and sits {mostly} quietly for church!  What more could we ask for?

Future Shadowmoss Shark!

Except maybe a little more sleep.  That would be nice. 

Asher {mostly} sleeps through the night.  But, he cries out in his sleep some and even thrashes around.  He is saying "no, no" when this happens.  I have no idea what is going on, but I know he isn't awake.  We can usually settle him down easily.  But, it happens as often as three times a night or not at all.  There is no rhyme nor reason to it, either. 

But, he sure loves his snuggles in the morning! 

I'm not gonna lie.  Adoption is not for wimps.  There are times when I think I'm at the end of my rope with two preschoolers running around. 

Then, I look down and find there is always more rope.  Some days I'd like to use that rope to tie them up!  But, mostly I'm having a blast! 

My handsome guys!

And pretty girls!


wingepr said...

Awesome post. I bet your house is so much fun.

Shannon, Penny, Elias, Norah and soon to be Samuel..... said...

Wow. For a second there I thought you were talking about Sam and Norah. Almost gave me the chills! Glad to hear I am not in this boat alone :)

Mayra said...

Awesome. I am in awe of how you guys roll with it. You are definitely an inspiration as I wait for our adoption referral from Colombia. Thanks for sharing your journey.

Brad said...

sounds like a fun exciting and tiring times! (I have 2 little guys too! exciting time :P)

Annie said...

Sounds like our house! LOL! Hang in there Chelsea. He will settle down and he and Claire will figure things out too, in their own way. If you ever need a break and want to bring him our way, the girls would wear him out:)

Anonymous said...

We are on the count down to Cars 2!! Will be coming to the theater right before little CJ's birthday!! But I must warn you, Asher better get into Buzz and Woody because the next batch of clothes is a lot of that! :) He is too cute! And CJ is ready for a fun playdate with him.

Liz and James Perez said...

It has been great following all of the changes in your family. So glad Asher is home and seems to be settling in.

David and Janet Hurley said...

Haven't visited in a while..glad all is going well. We, too, suffer from the effects of jealousy,but not from our Tianjin boy, the other one. UGH=sorry about the bad teeth. Our China kids have had good teeth so far, except for the effects of cleft. Now, with 2 more to get home, I feel like we are playing russian roulette with the teeth.
Love the pics of your unsocialized kids too!