I just did a lessons learned recap that covered more than a week so I thought I’d share some highlights of the last couple of days that just seems to be a good commentary on where were are on our journey.
Our Super Bowl trip has been booked! The end of June promises to be a time for big celebrations around these parts. My degree completion, the end of Hope’s school year, her birthday and finalization of our adoption. So what do folks do to celebrate so many events? Go to Disney World of course.
I actually hate Orlando (no offense to anyone who’s from there or currently reside there). But Disney is a bit of stimulation overload coupled with an outrageous mouse tax. Fortunately, we’re staying with a friend and we look forward to the days enjoying the sun, beach (Daytona) and the big rat’s park.
God has jokes. I know I mentioned on a previous blog that Hope recently asked me to read her a bedtime story at night. This is something that’s been integrated into our evening routine. This weekend we hit the library to check out a few things and I picked up some evening reading for us. At some point yesterday I found myself rooting around in a closet where I found this gem.
I bought it years ago. Actually I bought 3 of them. I gave two away and have been searching for a kid to give this book to for several years now. Ha! Well, I don’t have to look any further since I read my lovely princess a story from it tonight. You just don’t know the plans God has for your life. He had me scoop up this book probably 4 or 5 years ago, only to have me trip over it after my 12 year old daughter asked me to read to her nightly. I have long believed that God is going to send an Isaac into my life since I am so aware of how he jokes me.
Hope’s hair is growing. So Hope’s hair has been out of the braids now for about two months. We’ve got a routine down now—full wash on Sunday evenings in preparation for the week. I’m a lazy naturalista. I don’t fret over products. I don’t put too much heat to my hair because I’m lazy not because I’m afraid of heat damage. I’ve taken increasingly to wearing fro’d out twist outs and when my hair is stretched scooping it back into a banana clip.
I have to blow Hope’s hair out for her twist outs. We’ve tried wet twists, and let’s just say no one is happy about the results—lots of sucky sighing. We’ve discovered that el cheapo ORS Smooth and Hold Pudding works well as a styler for both of us. It’s great; not too heavy and leaves her hair shiny. Not my favorite product on my hair, but it’s good.
Hope wants long hair. She’s is frustrated by shrinkage. I have to blow her hair out again mid-week just to loosen things up a bit. But I’ve been snapping pics along the way. Top left-first day post braids before I trimmed those see through ends off. Pink shirt about a month ago. White shirt is today.
I can’t wait to show her the progress, especially when every few days she’s stretching and saying, “I think it’s to my jaw line now.”
She wants to do a memory project with me. While standing in the Dollar Tree today, Hope describe a craft project in which we capture memories in a wooden box from this time and put them away to show to her future kids. It was so sweet. She has written out a plan and everything. Next weekend we’ll hit the Lowe’s to make this project a reality.
I put together an emergency anxiety kit. I should’ve done this ages ago. It’s got a silly putty, a stress ball, a backup external charger for electronic devices and a granola bar. Into a Ziploc and Into the purse it goes. We had a bit of a social meltdown on Friday and I thought to myself, “You’re a mom, you don’t even have baby wipes, what the hell is wrong with you???” Now I’ve got things that help her manage stress, which helps me manage my stress.
Movies in her bedroom are the gift that keeps giving. She really would prefer to watch things with me on the big tv but there is something decadent about watching a DVD in her room that is a special treat. It’s a treat that gave me 5 hours that included an adult beverage, 5 chapters of a trashy novel, several episodes of Will and Grace #justjack and several episodes of Designing Women #lightsoutinGA. She actually went to bed on her own and fell asleep watching Finding Nemo. It was awesome.
We had not one fight. Not one fight or bickering moment. I’m starting the week with such a positive outlook. I can’t wait to see her smile tomorrow.
In the words of Ice Cube, “Today was a good day.”
May 18th, 2014 at 11:58 pm
Love! Her hair is definitely growing.
May 19th, 2014 at 12:21 am
So, why did I start at the beginning of your blog and read until this last post? That was around two hours of my time! And it was well worth it. You are totally my friend in my head and I thank you for sharing your experience.
I stumbled across your blog while looking up adoption baby shower ideas for a friend of mine who is just starting the adoption process.
I wish you and Hope the best!
May 19th, 2014 at 9:01 am
Aww thanks for the lengthy read! 🙂 All the best to your friend as she embarks on this journey. It has lots of ups and downs, but it’s worth it. You’re a good friend and doing a shower is super special. I’m blessed to have had friends host one for me; I know lots of adoptive parents who weren’t “showered” and miss that experience.
Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
May 19th, 2014 at 7:17 am
Just adorable all around. Good luck on the craft project
May 19th, 2014 at 9:01 am
Thanks! She’s really excited about it, so we’ll be getting to work on that in short order! 🙂 Thanks for the read.
May 19th, 2014 at 7:13 pm
WOW look at that hair!!! I am so happy to hear no fights!! Way to go ABM and Hope.
February 18th, 2017 at 8:26 am
This might be my favorite post so far. Partly because you showed pictures of your daughter’s hair, partly because you ended with a quote I love, but mostly the anxiety kit. We have that, too. I do have to warn you, though. It looks really weird if you run around wiping your 12-year-old with baby wipes! Glad your bag had better choices. On the other hand, Johnson and Johnson baby products in “soothing lavender” are actually great for any aged child. No one is too old for a soothing arm massage with lotion. No one is too old for a soothing lavender bubble bath. My son has his with bath toys. I’ll take mine with a glass of white wine!