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Friday, April 18, 2008

Battle of the wills...

Well Drew cried the first night without his baba. He kept putting off sleep even though he was wore out. So finally I had to call Scott (at work) so that he could tell Drew to go to bed/sleep and to leave the cat alone. Drew has this obsession with our one cat who is passive and declawed in the front paws. He constantly looks for her if she is not where he can see her, or is carrying her around to the point that she hisses and growls at him, or tries to keep her shut in his room or closet with him. We have to make him leave her alone-- no joke. So anyway, on with bedtime, he did sleep all night long then and every night since /after then too. He now likes me to lay down with him and watch movies before he goes to sleep. I know, I started a bad thing here. But I love cuddling with him and sharing time with him. I'm just glad he sleeps through the night and doesn't have nightmares. Scott's just glad he doesn't sleep in our bed!

We've had our battles with him pretty much everyday except for yesterday. He was very good all day long. We took him shopping for clothes and made a run to Wal-Mart for groceries, etc. Of course he got tons of stuff at all stores. He waited patiently in line for me to pay and thanked me for his stuff too. We thought this was sooo sweet!
Drew is very hard headed and strong willed. He is starting to realize maybe that he's met his match with us, especially with Scott. He can be the sweetest ever then choose to be onery the next. I suppose he is just still testing us in what he can get away with, (which isn't much here).
He is very stubborn and yet he knows when he's in trouble. He went to his room earlier b/c he wouldn't pick up the trash on the floor that I repeatedly asked him to do nicely. He later came out and said "sorry". So he does know when he's wrong.

Whew this discipline stuff is a whole new ballgame for mama here. I'm learning quite a lot, at a very fast pace!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Busy days...

Drew keeps us very busy everyday! I guess this is no surprise, except to me since I'm a new mom--haha. He's been riding his tricycle in the driveway and "racing" me on my bike again today. We also went riding this morning around the block. He made it the whole way but we took several small breaks on the way. When we got home, he had to tell babaw all about how he raced mamaw! He must have been wore out from this as he is in his room watching one of the movies Fawn got him. He has looked at all the movies in his room but hasn't watched them yet. He does like to watch them in the car but doesn't use the headphones much to listen to it. I suppose because he can't understand it anyway? Oh yes speaking of cars, he likes to act like he's driving it. He also likes to fiddle with the controls so now we've had to be sure and take out the keys and use the child locks on the doors! I'm sure he's never been in a car before. He doesn't like seat belts, of course what kid really does?
Last night we went to my brother's house to see them for a minute. Drew was taken back by my nephew Austin's dog Buddy. Buddy is a very big chocolate lab and very rambunctious! I let him out of his cage and it tore after Drew, wanting to play. This scared Drew as he ran through the house with Buddy at his heels about to run over him. However later he kept wanting to go back and look at him. He'd say woof woof and stretched his arms out as far as he could. He and Austin get along just great too. He loves other kids, especially boys. He followed him like a little puppy dog.
He continues to be fascinated with the cats, especially our black/white cat who is very passive and slow moving. He talks about her constantly and always wants to be holding her or making sure she is sitting beside him. Yes, she gets quite mad at him at times hissing at him. I don't know why she doesn't just run and hide better!
Drew's leg is healing up more every day-thank goodness. It just needed some air to dry up a little ( well that and no one pulling off his healed new skin each time as in China). I try to put stuff on it but he howls thinking it's going to hurt like it did before, so mostly I just leave it alone. The scar is huge-poor kid!!
Well tonight will be our first night without babaw here. He has to go back to work tonight--too bad. I'm really wondering how Drew will do without him here. He loves to snuggle up with Scott on the couch and fall asleep. I will keep you posted on this new venture.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Drew's first days home

We've had a few days now to sleep and get some rest. Over the weekend, Riley slept in Drew's extra bed and the only thing that happened was that Drew got woke up by one of the cats-which scared him. Otherwise, he's done great sleeping. Last night he slept in his bed all night long, I had to wake him up this morning at 9:00 ! Boy, does this really help too! You'd think that we'd be caught up on our sleep too by now, but today I still felt pretty darn tired. I'm so thankful he is a good, sound sleeper so far. Well Saturday was our first trip to Wal Mart. We had to go get the necessities at least. Drew had just taken a two hour nap before we got there , so he was still in a daze. (I think we all were). Riley and their friend Chloe was sure to help make sure that Drew did get a toy though (like he doesn't have enough- haha). Today, we rode bikes in the driveway- he rode a tricycle and I rode my new bike. He got to hit the ball with the bat and liked it until he couldn't hit very many, then he quit. He got to play at the park for just a few minutes too. Oh yeah, today was the first time that he rode the lawnmower with his babaw. He absolutely loved this! (Too bad he won't love it in a few more years--Scott says). Yesterday we visited our preacher's family and he had a ball riding Cole's battery powered 4 wheeler. He wanted to go faster and also went for a ride on the big 4 wheeler. I figure it's only a matter of time before we have to buy one at Wal Mart.....
We continue to have visitors and many people asking when they can meet him. He has done very well and just gone with flow each time. He loves to say hello, thank you, good-bye, see you later and count to 10 in English for them all. He also repeats just about everything we say or tell him to say for us. He is learning all of the time!
Yesterday Fawn called and asked if Drew wanted to come to the restaurant and eat some crab and noodles. Of course he wanted to. He calls her "Aye Ei" just as he did to our guides in China. It's like rewinding our time in China... our travel group will remember this forever I would say. Has little voice carries quite far! Fawn told me that all the women in China are called this for "aunties" so it's just normal.
He had a good time there at the restaurant too. He ate a lot of noodles and pieces of crab that Fawn would pick out of the shell for him. She gave him a bag of goodies, cookies, snacks, a
Chinese letter pad, and 2 Chinese cartoon movies. He told her that he missed it over in China... mostly I think he was referring to his friends from the orphanage and those who were adopted the same time he was. He specifically said "Xin Zhu" which is his best buddy Tonito. I told him that we would maybe visit him this summer. He said, "no he wanted to go now." Gee, if only it was that easy.

Just a while ago, he ate a package of ramen noodles and a whole ziplock bag of cut up cucumbers. He would drop or dip the cucumbers in the juice and eat them. I told you he eats gross stuff! haha The women from our church are cooking us dinner all week and tonight it was pot roast, salad, rolls, and ice cream dessert (which Scott devoured). Thank you ladies!!! Drew later wanted to try the pot roast. He tasted of the meat and didn't like it. I think he thought it might have been lamb. He did eat a few potatoes though. And earlier, he ate tons of baby carrots. Good thing he likes his fruits and veggies!
Right now, he is sitting on his baba's lap singing the ABC song along with the LeapFrog fridge phonics magnet he got. It's so cute to hear, he keeps repeating it if he messes up. He sings his own version of it, instead of E-F-G, he says U-F-G.