This kid has no idea what he’s getting into…
Bruk is a fast learner. Sometimes that works out to be a great thing, sometimes…not so much 🙂
On the good side of that spectrum, he has picked up some simple words and baby sign to tell us what he wants. So he points his little fingers together and pushes out a “mmmmo” [“more”] for just about everything. It started with wanting more food, but has evolved into his go-to word for soliciting more times down the slide or pulls across the floor or tosses in the air.
On the other side of the spectrum he has learned [from dad] that hitting yourself on the head is funny. One time I threw a pillow up in the air, let it come down on my head and said “owww”. He laughed sooo hard. So I did it again. It kinda became the comic relief if he was in a bad mood. BUUUT like I said, he is a fast learner. So now he will smack himself [hard] in the head and say “owww” before screeching with laughter. And on top of that, anytime anyone says “ow” for any reason, he immediately resorts to the same head smacking action. Something tells me we should think of some alternative entertainment.
Alright, alright…we know what you really want. Here are some pics of the cutest kid in the universe.
So, when people ask me “how are you doing?”, I have a variety of responses but they all center around one thing. I truly LOVE being a dad. It hasn’t been easy going from “zero to toddler”, but so far the daily rewards of raising Bruk with the most amazing woman in the world, have far outweighed the difficulties.
Bruk’s first plane ride! As we were walking down the Jetway in Ethiopia, a nice woman offered to take our picture. By our gushing over him about the “big airplane” that we were gonna fly on, she could tell that we were having a special moment and jumped in to help.
Snoozin’ in the Dubai airport. We had an almost 7 hour layover so we made the most of it by sleeping, strolling and giving him his first taste of ice-cream. You would think that he would love it but…. not so much.
Since being back we have carved out lots of time for just being home and bonding as a family. Gradually, we have been introducing Bruk to his whole new world.
[Great] Gramps finally got the “knee” time he has been wanting for so long!
Of course, he loved playing on the floor with both of his Grandma’s! Aren’t they so cute!?
And what’s Fall with out pumpkins!?
Life is a lot more messy and it seems like the apartment is never “really” clean anymore, but hey, at least he pitches in.
Overall, our boy is really doing great. He enjoys being outside and taking baths (which tend to go hand in hand these days). Bruk is adjusting to us as mom and dad quicker than we had imagined.
It’s such a fun time of year to have him with us so we will certainly fill you in with the next great adventures!
photo by Jen Quirk
04 OCT 12 – THURSDAY
AIR UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT: 3757
ARRIVE RALEIGH DURHAM 1:20P
So we haven’t heard anything yet. It wont be until next week sometime that we hear any news about our travel dates. The last interview did take place, but the Embassy has requested a few other documents to complete the clearance of our case. Its been a rough week of waiting, but there have been a few glimpses of cuteness.
Such as….Our case worker sent us a picture of Bruk and his new “friend” at the transition home.
He is growing up WAY to fast!
Here’s a little something to keep you laughing. While we were with Bruk in July, we had to learn quick how to do a lot of things. One of those things was to put this little guy to bed! Here’s a video of Drew attempting to get Bruk to sleep without waking him up. It’s much harder than it sounds. Plus, I really couldn’t be any help to him because I had to hold the video camera and laugh as he tried to rock him to sleep.
This weekend we are choosing to keep laughing and be thankful for all we have.
Thanks for watching and giggling with us!
Not too many days [hours] go by before we catch each other letting out long, painful sighs. They come after glancing at our cell phones to check the time and seeing Bruk’s big ‘ole eyes staring back, or when we purposefully open the folder on our computer titled, “Bruk”, and click through the photos for as long as we can stand it. It hurts to see him in two dimensions since we know him in three. It’s scary how much it hurts sometimes. The thing is, the pain is mingled with a sweet and overwhelming satisfying assurance that the journey is almost done. [Ok, we know that our parenting journey is only beginning but when you have been anticipating something like this for so long, it’s good to recognize and celebrate the milestones. This one marks the end of a gut wrenching separation from our son]. Cassie has always been the packer. So tonight [one week away from the day we might get the “green light” from the US embassy] she has pulled out one of our little suitcases to pack a bag just for Bruk. We have some ideas of what to bring, but most of this we are just gonna have to make up as we go. We don’t know how he will do on a plane. We don’t know if he will sleep or just cry. We don’t know if anyone has ever been able to successfully change a child’s diaper on those ridiculously small tables in the airplane lavatories. BUT we are going to get him and we are going soon!
Until then, we are looking forward to our Saturday morning “check up”! We get to Skype with Bruk every saturday. I guess its kinda like when pregnant women go to get the heartbeat checked. It’s so fun to see his little face (sometimes a little blurrier than others) and make sure he’s doing good.
Speaking of Saturdays… This past weekend, some good friends threw me an amazing shower while the guys went out for man breakfast! It was absolutely beautiful and really cool to be surrounded by people who love Bruk already. They want to care for him and his needs even before they meet him. Here is a picture of all the women Skyping with Bruk Boy! It was pretty hysterical to see 20 women crowded around a tiny computer screen to catch a glimpse of our boy. What a loved dude and a special day!