Saturday, June 28, 2008

Shiloh is growing more and more every day! This week she took her first steps! Funnily enough, it wasn't to Filipe or I, but to the dog. She LOVES the dog! It is so cute and amazing to watch her do these things! She isn't walking regularly, but today she took six steps, so I know it is just a matter of time. I can't help but marvel when I think back a month and I was walking with her around the hotel in Guatemala. I had to fully support her weight and she could only take these funny, little loose marching steps. Now she is walking all by herself. We also started having her take naps in her crib this week (not so fun.) She is so muh fun to be with! We love her SO much that it is just amazing to me. I can't believe we have only really only known this little person for a month! It feels like she has been with us forever!

Monday, June 23, 2008

We are still here!

Things have been going really good around here. We are definitely more into the groove with our daily lives. It is so amazing to see how much Shiloh has grown and changed in the one month since we have been home. She is like a different baby than the one we picked up in Guatemala in May! She is a very active little girl. She loves to play. She has started to stand for a while on her own and she walks with this little push toy all by herself. She is getting real close to walking. Yesterday she threw a ball and then stood up and just looked at it. I could almost hear the cogs in her head spinning as she contemplated walking to it, but in the end she sat back down and crawled. She is still sleeping with us for the moment, though we are taking little steps to prepare her to be able to put herself to sleep in her crib. we had been singing and rubbing her to sleep, but now we sing her one song and then fake sleep while she puts herself to sleep. It takes a little longer, but it the long run it will be better and we get a few moments to rest while she rolls around on the bed looking for the perfect position to fall asleep. Bedtime is one of our favorite times of the day. She is so happy before bed. We lay down with her, and she is all smiles, giving kisses and cuddling. They are such sweet moments for us! She is so smart! I swear I can actually see her learning things. She only has to see us do something once or twice before she is trying it (and usually succeeding) by herself. She is eating everything now. When we first got her she was really picky about food, but now this girl loves to eat. The more solid foods still take her a while to chew, but we're getting there. She LOVES the dog! Every time she sees him she says, "dada" in this super high pitched voice. (Almost everything is dada except for Filipe who is da-ay). She only talks to dogs in this super sonic, high pitched voice. It's pretty funny. She isn't much of a whiner anymore, though she still has her drama queen moments. Over all we are completely smitten by her and are amazed at how quickly she has adjusted and adapted! The pictures are from the last few weeks. You should be able to click them to see them bigger!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Our Portugirl

My husband is from Portugal, and I lived there for eight years. While I was there I caught the bug for international soccer and the Portuguese national team. About a month before we moved to the States, Portugal hosted the Euro Cup. Filipe wasn't working much anymore, and so for three weeks our whole lives revolved around watching futebol, hanging out with fans from all over Europe and partying with each victory. It was an amazing experience and a wonderful last good bye to the country we loved before we moved.

Hanging out with the Portuguese fans before a game

Meeting some fans from Spain.

Well, it is that time again. I can't believe it has already been four years! We made sure to get all the right channels so we can watch the games live, and made mini Portugal shirts for the kiddos. We had a party for some of our family and cheered Portugal on as they started the tournament by winning their first game! For the next three weeks we will live and breathe soccer and bleed red and green. Viva Portugal!!!
Two little Portu-girls.
Celebrating as a family
The three cutest Portugal fans ever!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

We have been kept pretty busy around here. We are slowly but surely starting to get a bit into a routine and I am starting not to be quite as tired all day long. Shiloh comes out of herself more and more every day and showing more of her little personality. She crawls around and plays. She is always singing to herself, especially in the car. She is such a crack up and such a drama queen! She has the fakest whine that she does when she wants something. My mom just laughs and says I was the worst whiner when I was her age, so what goes around comes around. We had our first dr. appointment today. She is between the 75%-90% for height and 10% to 25% for weight, so she is tall and slender. She is also doing good developmentally, which is always good to hear.

My nephew Malak came home yesterday! I will post some pictures when I get them out of the camera. He is so cute and smiley! I think he and Shiloh are going to be great buds. It was so weird being at the airport on the other end of things. I felt like it had been forever since we came home even though it has only been about a week and a half.

This is our adoption announcement that we sent out (the white Raquel looks funny because I blotted out our last name). I will post some real pictures later when I get a chance.