Thursday, June 5, 2008

The boys...




We're back! Ok. We have been back for days (since Monday night) but we have also been on our death beds. Hence the lack of blogging. Last Thursday while in Ethiopia, Eric and I somehow got sick at the exact same time. I mean, we actually ran to the bathroom at the same moment. (too much information??) And ever since we have been running to the bathroom every 20 minutes or so. Imagine us, a couple who have been parents for only 3 days tossing the poor sweet baby (who is up ALL night that night screeeaming) back and forth as we switch off running to the pot. It goes on and on like this for a few days in Ethiopia, all the while we are so sick that we can't eat, so we are weak and freaking starving, but just can't eat or it gets so much worse! So we ended up coming home a few days early. Malak did AMAZING on the 30 hour plane ride home. He was an angel. Seriously, Eric and I were bigger cry babies than he was. :) As son as we got home we were greeted by lots and lots of friends and family at the airport and it was so wonderful to see our family Finlay get to hold our son!! We went to the doctor right away and got lots of meds for whatever bugs we had brought home with us and also found out that I had lost 10lbs and Eric lost 15lbs! It was pretty much the most miserable diet ever! We may have been as sick as dogs when we got home, but dangit, we looked good! :)
My parents have been in town and have been taking care of us and Malak as we recover. It has been a lifesaver!! Eric's family has been helping out tremendously as well, it is all such a huge blessing. Today we are starting to feel better and have started functioning again.
I will blog again tomorrow with more info, but I thought you all might want to to know why we have been MIA.
All barfing and diareah aside, Ethiopia was amazing and beautiful and we loved every minute of our trip!!!
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47 comments:

Gina said...

SO sorry you both were so sick!! I know you're glad to be feeling a little better. And, seriously, Malak is ADORABLE!! I know he is so happy to finally be with his mommy and daddy! And I know his mommy and daddy are ecstatic too!!

Jesi and Joe said...

LOL... great descriptions! Soooo sorry you two got sick, we had the same weight loss plan as you two! I couldn't believe I'd lost 12 pounds... but decided it was NOT my favorite way to lose the weight! Ugh... so miserable!

Get well quickly and post on all the adventures when you can! Can wait to hear all about it!

Anonymous said...

oh, wow what precious daddy and baby pictures!!!!
So sorry you guys were so sick. Nothing like crashing into parenthood ;) Hope this time with your parents is wonderfully relaxing and bonding for you all. I can't wait to get my hands on that little guy, he's so adorable!
April

Christie said...

That bug sounds nasty, but I'm glad you're home!!!

I have been blog stalking since Monday waiting for a post...FINALLY my wishes were granted. I love the pictures. And the Silvestris. All three of you.

Lori said...

Oh you poor dears.... that's just terrible! Malak is amazing and I can't wait for your recovery to hear all the other details! :)

Kerri said...

Glad you made it home and got some good drugs. Look forward to meeting that little cutie next week.
Kerri and Ruby

Jocelyn said...

I am so glad you finally posted, I was bad mouthing you yesterday for being such a slacker:-) Hee Hee!! I am so sorry to hear that you got so sick but like you said, you are home with family now and Malak is one beautiful angel boy...how much better can it get!! CONGRATS!!!!

Stacy said...

Your blog is really cool and your son is just gorgeous! Congratulations!!!

Blessings,
Stacy

The Albertsons said...

Welcome home! Malak with his daddy... what great pics! He KNOWS he's with his mama and daddy! Hooray!
I'm so so so sorry you got that sick. terrible. yuck. but at least you're home and skinnier :). Ha!
love!!!
becca

coffeemom said...

OHH!! You know, parenting a small never gets harder than both of you being floored by the worst kind of flu bug at the same time. So see, a baptism by fire and now you know you can handle anything!!!! SO glad to see you home and the pics are wonderful! He is a doll and you two are gonna be the best of parents for him. Congratulations!!!

Jim and Debbie said...

So sorry to hear that you got sick, but thrilled that you are all safely home. Can't wait to hear more about your trip.
Blessings,
Debbie

Chris & Jess said...

Welcome Home! Sorry to hear you were so sick-that is NO fun! Wishing you a speedy recovery so that we can more of Malak's cuteness (and of course, so that you feel better)!

InGod'sHands said...

We're glad to hear that you are back and finally have little Malak home. I'm glad that you are on the mend. Can't wait to hear about Ethiopia and any advice you might have.

Blessings,
Rebecca

The Roberts Family said...

So there you are!! .... HOME at last!!! Praying for you guys to heal up well and that you'll soon be feasting again. :) Great pics. Rejoicing with you that this part of the journey is finally here!! ~Shelly

Amy-O said...

Yeah! Thanks for coming up to let us know how you guys are doing! Sorry we missed the airport but are looking forward to meeting Malak at Queen of Sheba...He sincerely could not be any cuter! Keep the pics coming and get well!

Michael and Michelle said...

I have been following your blog for a while now and waiting for this post. You are finally home with your sweet son!! Boy, you have been through lots!
I can't wait to hear all about Ethiopia.
Welcome Home!!!
Michelle

crazy thorne's said...

So good to see Eric not looking white as a ghost. We were worried about you guys. So glad I got to meet your sweet Malak in person. He is the HAPPIEST baby. Hope things get "normal" for you quickly! Pam

Lauren said...

Oooh, so sorry you were sick. I guess you have been officially initiated into parenthood. What a way to start :-) I'm glad you are home safe and finally have your little guy. How does he like his "sweet room" ? God Bless!

Lauren said...

Oh, and how is he doing with the dogs?

msl said...

Welcome Home Silvestri Family- all THREE of you!! Malak looks simply adorable in the pics!! How wonderful you are all finally together! Sorry you guys got so sick - yuck what a terrible way to have to travel - but I can't wait to hear all about your trip and find out how our girl is! Feel Better soon!! And a hugh Congratulations!!!
Maureen

graceling said...

Thrills my heart to see your boys together:)

Not so thrilling to hear about the stomach sickness:(

Feel better-can't wait to hear more!

Ted and Lori said...

Oh boy, we somehow avoided getting as sick as you guys did. We had our spurts of it (ahem...) but nothing debilitating. Hope you're feeling better soon. Such sweet pics of Daddy and son. Lovely.

Kara Deal said...

oh, Tara! He is precious! You must be over the moon! I want lots and lots more pictures!

Congrats and Welcome Home!
Love ya!

Craig & Cindy said...

OHMYGOSSSSSHHHH!!!

Congratulations to you guys for making it home! Those pics are so cute. Can't wait to see you guys on Tuesday!

Cindy

Lori said...

So glad to see you made it home in one piece! So sorry you're memories of Ethiopia include many unpleasant trips to the toilet!!!

Thanks soooooo much for the pics! They're being developed at Walmart as we blog!
Take Care,
Lori S.

Drew said...

send that bug my way! I need that diet!!

Miller Adoption Blog said...

What great pictures! Malak is obviously in heaven!
OK, I am curious what caused you to get sick and am praying that we don't get it when we get there! It sounds like a horrible bug. I wouldn't mind loosing the weight, but not that way!!
Can I ask one question - what was the weather like? I am not sure what to pack. From what I can tell on the internet its in the 70's during the day and 40's during the night. Is that what you experienced?
I am thrilled you made it home and can't wait to meet Malak!

Amy said...

CUTE pictures.

I love Malak.

Jennifer and Jody said...

Being sick sucks! But, alas, a good diet ;)
Those pics are A.Dorable. Malak is so handsome!!!
L.O.V.E it that you are home as a family at last!

Rebecca said...

I've been wondering what happened to you guys! Sorry to hear you were sick - no fun.

I'm sad we didn't get to come to the airport; but, we're so looking forward to meeting Malak next week! Yay!!

Amber said...

Wow, every blog that we read, people end up sick before or after coming home from Ethiopia. I have to admit, I have been stalking your blog looking for details of your trip. I'm glad you are starting to feel better and those pic's are great!

Amanda said...

So glad to see that you're home!! (and feeling better!)

God bless!!

Sam said...

That sucks! but the play by play made me feel like i was there. welcome back!!!!

emily said...

Poor hearts! Love the pics and can't wait to hear more about your trip.

I went on the same kind of diet once too, not so much fun actually.

Gina said...

Oh, man! Getting sick away from home sucks--especially when you're that far from home. Especially when you're trying to take care of a munchkin! Hope you're all better now!

I LOVE those pictures of your happy, affectionate son with his happy, affectionate daddy. Priceless! And I love the one where you can see Kaydub beaming from ear to ear in the background. (I love him bunches, so it makes me extra happy to see him extra happy.)

Kristy -Mom to 4 and soon to be more! said...

Welcome Home!
I am so glad to see a picture of your family together finally! :-)
Blessings,
Kristy

~Laura~ said...

oh no! Poor babes! I'm so sorry you're sick. This is a HUGE fear of mine because of my Crohn's Disease. Although the weight loss sounds like fun for me. :)

Your boys are PRECIOUS!! I have lots of questions so let me know when you're settled and feel up to a phone date.

Erica said...

Yeah yeah yeah yer home! Not yeah yer sick but yeah yer home. :) Can't wait to hear more. Malak is ADORABLE!

Michelle Riggs said...

I am so sorrry that you both were sick. how misserable. I am so glad that you are home now.

I can't wait to hear more about your trip.

Holli said...

so glad you are home and with your son! and that you are not MIA forever.... like everyone else can't wait to hear more!

Angel said...

Oh my goodness! When I emailed you I thought that you had gotten "M" when you sent the first photo of him out! I began reading all of your posts from the beginning (like a book :)) and just now realized that you JUST got him! I'm SOOOOO happy for you, baby! (I know how much my boyos loved you when you were their nanny!) Happy day, birthday twin! (Give him extra kisses from the boyos.)

Stacie said...

Oh No! So sorry you got sick! But, so happy that you are home and feeling better. Love that smile on Malak - too cute!!!

Brad and Fran Hoagland said...

WOW! Seems like all the families get sick over there! Yikes! But, I am glad you all are better and he is an absolute doll!

brotayjax said...

The montage of pictures is amazing... every picture captures Malak's happiness and yours. The happiness is SOOOO apparent that your "sickiness" (I like to make up words) doesn't show in any of the pictures.

Malak is beautiful... congratulations!

Pacey's Aunt Alyson

Aimee Jo said...

I am so happy for you guys! I've been praying for you for the last few weeks and now I am just praising the Lord that you have your son with you at home!!
I'm so sorry to hear that you got soooo sick. Being sick as a parent is hard work, and you guys had just started! I'm glad that you got through that and are home safely.
My heart is overjoyed for you!!! Blessings on your family as you get to know eachother better!!
-aimee jo martin :)

Sarah and Tim said...

Welcome home! He's soooooo beautiful. I'm glad you're both feeling better.

Jana said...

Tara--
I am so horrified for you about your sickness! And so glad you guys are better and enjoying your sweet one.

I tried the influenza diet a few years ago. Effective!