Madelyn has some BIG news!!!! She has moved from this:
We have been talking a lot about being a big sister and some of the ways that Madelyn will be different from Mei Mei because of the fact that Madelyn is older. So, when we inherited a queen-sized bed from my parents during their moving sale, Madelyn decided it was time to transition to a big girl bed and have her toddler bed moved to Mei Mei’s room (to be converted back into a crib). But first, Madelyn had to personalize the new bed. We took her to the store to pick out a color for her bed and came home with 6 cans of bright orange spray paint. Yes, orange. To add to her already-purple walls. Thankfully, she liked the somewhat neutral bedspread I suggested!
Madelyn could hardly sleep her first night in the big girl bed because she was too excited. She told everyone she met this week that she has a big girl bed, and she now frequently requests that we host parties in her big girl bed, since it is so “big.” Here are pictures from a few of our "parties"…
We also made some definite progress on Mei Mei’s adoption paperwork this week!!!! We completed all the personal data forms that our adoption agency needs to review, and we have done two out of the three required visits with our social worker in addition to our homestudy. The last step we need to take before our agency will schedule the home visit is 12 hours of parenting classes. Fortunately, there is an online version, so we plan to work through those in the next two weeks. (I should note that we have taken this process a little slower than we originally anticipated we would upon submitting our application. Given everything that has gone on in our family the last few months, a little slow-down was necessary.)
We are also taking the time to enjoy our summer days.
Time with play doh is a frequent request when the weather is not nice enough to be outside.
Mint chocolate chip ice cream is also frequently requested - in both bad weather and good weather.
It finishes far too quickly these days…
There have also been a few visits to Portland Children’s Museum. Madelyn’s favorite room is the water play room.
She also enjoyed painting a “kitty cat” face on herself and me (picture not included of the latter).
It’s pretty fun for all of us to go somewhere where we just get to play!
- Tricia Olson, 2012