Wednesday, August 21, 2013

One Month

 ---This special post brought to you by the letter "G"---

It's hard to believe that Simon has already been home for a month.  What a lucky bunch we are.  Things are going really well and everyone has adjusted to a point that I think we can call this the new normal.    

Simon is less enthusiastic about climbing on people which is making James and Osa feel much more secure.  James even commented yesterday that he loves Simon and Simon loves him. The real turning point though was when Simon climbed into James' lap and James was excited enough to call me over to see how he and Simon were cuddling together.  Man oh man is our house a sweet, sweet place to be right now.*

Deirdre continues to hug and kiss Simon ad nauseum.  All is good between those two love birds.  Deirdre wants nothing more than to mommy Simon.  She is often reading to him, changing his diaper or trying to give him a bath.    All these things are pretty rough approximations but it's funny to see this maternal, sweet side emerge.   If any one is interested, Daisy does a daily reading of Brown Bear every morning from her crib.  She holds the book up and shouts BEAR BEAR, BIRD, OOOHH OOOHH OOOOHHH**  Simon sits in his crib as the audience to this very enthusiastic interpretation.   Performances start between 7:30 and 8:00 most mornings.  All are welcome. 

So the letter G--  as in Giardia.  Simon had his appointment at the U of Minnesota international adoption clinic last week.***  Our little guy is doing well-- gaining some solid weight.  Socially and developmentally he is doing awesome as well.  However. . . .

The kid has some rancid GI stuff going on.  It's very common for Ethiopian kids to have this little bug.  I love this kid-- but the foul poo I could do with out.   We are at an all time high diaper  and wipe consumption right now.  We are almost wrapped up with our medicine so hopefully this becomes a thing of the past soon!  

* If you aren't into the parenting thing, the gag factor might feel a little high given the fine line between sweet and saccharin. ;)  
 ** That is apparently the sound that all animals make. 
*** For those of you considering adoption-- I can not recommend the U of M international adoption clinic high enough.  This was such a blessing during the referral process and during our first doctor visit.  They spent almost two hours with us talking about various health issues, social issues and what we should expect in the next few months. 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

How to Make Ethiopian Cupcakes

So truth be told, these cupcakes don't have any berbere spice in them---but my kids loved them just the same. 


I split the batter into three bowls and dyed them each yellow, green and red in honor of the Ethiopian flag.

Layer the batter in the cupcake tin being careful so that each color touches the paper.  This didn't mean the color was consistently striped throughout but it did create a nice strip effect when the eater first unwrapped the cupcake.  

Ta Da!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

An Ethiopian Birthday Party

We hosted a birthday party for Simon this past weekend and it was an unbelievable blast.  We are very lucky to have amazing family and friends.  

We didn't want it to be too overwhelming for the little guy so we hosted it as an open house with people coming and going throughout the afternoon and evening.     We have had so many people write letters of reference for us, help with baby-sitting or offer a listening ear during this long process that we were thrilled when they finally got to meet the little guy that is now part of our family. 

The theme of the party was Ethiopia (or EthioKia as James says.)  I made flag inspired appetizers and cupcakes along with authentic Ethiopian hotdogs.*

*We did serve two Ethiopian dishes along with Injera but I wasn't smart enough to get photos of those! 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Happy Birthday Sweet Simon

James woke me up today* with asking to sing Happy Birthday to Simon.  That's right-- it's a big day for us and we are celebrating all day.

Every year we do a video for the kids on their birthday-- Simon's video is special because his first year journey is an extraordinary one.   

Happy first Simon Tirfe, we are excited to share many more celebrations with you.

*As he does every day when he crawls into bed in the early morning.

Sunday, August 4, 2013


Does it sound like we are sleeping next to a kennel?  *

*Little ones are sharing a bedroom these days.  Today in bed Matt remarked on what it sounds like to hear the babble of two toddlers talking back and forth.