Sunday, September 20, 2009

One month later...

Alright, I only expected about 4 comments on my last post but 100 will definitely do! :) Who knew anyone still read this thing?? I would like all 100 of you to know that now that I know you read this blog, I fully expect to get exactly 100 comments... on every post. :) That stipulation was in the fine print. (quite possibly so fine you couldn't see it) But really, come on, even if you just stay anonymous, it would be glorious to know if you're still reading... It would warm a girls heart and quite possibly make her want to blog more often. I'm just sayin. Also, I am so intrigued by all the anonymous comments... who are you? I kinda (really) want to know... maybe you should give me hints. That would be a fun game! (for me anyway) Or maybe I don't even know you... So very intriguing.

The other day I woke up with a stiff neck. Not sure why. Later in the evening I was in the shower and reached for the soap and my muscle spasmed or I pinched a nerve or something and I was in excruciating pain. I felt like I was being stabbed with a dull knife that was being twisted in my neck or like someone was trying to rip my head off. You probably don't know what that would feel like but trust me. It. Was. Unreal. Poor Eric was like a deer in the headlights... (you should know that I am not a crier. Usually I am a cold hearted snake) Picture me standing in the shower suddenly sobbing uncontrollably, tears streaming down my face, begging for drugs to make the pain go away. He hands me 4 Advil and I can't move so he basically spoon feeds them to me as I am crying, freaking out. (I might go as far as to say I was wailing... I don't know if I've ever wailed but I like to think I came close that fateful night) It was a sad sight. But Eric was helpful and got me into the bed (still FREAKING OUT crying, crying, crying) went and got me some real drugs (in the middle of the night) which calmed me down, he also stayed home from work the next day so he could help with Malak and take care of me. Sweet boy.

Want an update on Malak?! I thought you might. :) He is talking all the time now. It is pretty hilarious to hear him copy everything that we say. Except for when he says things like, oh my gosh. (which actually sounds more like, oh my dosh) But when I say it he scolds me with a, "Oh no, mommy, no, oh my dosh". He has also decided to call Eric, "daddy-Eric". Apparently he hears everyone else call Eric by his name so if Eric doesn't answer to daddy fast enough he gets hit with, "EWIC! Daddy Ewic!"

I must admit as fun as it is to hear him say so many new words everyday... A little part of me is sad to see him changing from my little baby to a real live boy. I don't want to forget the sweet little things he used to say...
This is how he used to ask for a bite of food, back in the day when he was a little baby... You know when he was only 17 months old. :)


And because I don't have much to blog about, I am going to give you a glimpse into our oh-so exciting life... Through pictures. (ie, a lazy version of a blog post)

Big cheesy smile anyone?


Around here, we accessorize.

Around here we also tend to look like Lenny Kravitz.


Picnic at the park...


I posted this pic because until I saw it I didn't realize that I have some seriously bendy elbows! Check it. Ew. I am sorry for the bendyness but thought you should know about it.




28 comments:

Meredith said...

You are cute and funny and so is your family. Thanks for the update. I love being first to post. Can I win an award?

Emily said...

I didn't comment on the last post, but I read your blog too. We just adopted from Ethiopia - I think I found yours when you were about ready to bring Malak home and I just kept following it. My husband's name is Eric too and I still laugh when our 3-year-old says "EWIC!" Pretty funny stuff.

Gina said...

Hooray! I'm glad you decided to keep posting. At least your elbows bend that way and don't look like they are still bent when they are completly straight like mine do. Trust me it's even weirder this way. Too bad you weren't at playgroup today. We missed you. But a whole day to yourself sounds pretty glorious.

michelle said...

I too am glad you decided to keep posting! So my question is, did EWIC Daddy ever give up a bite of ice cream to that cutie pie Malak?

Phelps family said...

Ha! Bendy elbows...you're hilarious! Great update.

Nat said...

how freaking cute are ya'll??? i LOVE the pic of malak as lenny :)

Amber said...

ha... love the pics. Glad to see you aren't going anywhere.

Anonymous said...

I am one of the anonymous readers. However I usually sign my name. I do have a google account but I can't be bothered with taking the 8 seconds necessary to log in. So I don't. SHERRY!!!

nkbirchem said...

I don't really understand blogging but I did see the movie Julie & Julia so I have a general idea. Love your humor & descriptive way you write. So much like your father. Thanks for sharing such sweet stories about your little boy. The love we have for our children is truly indescribable. I'm off to sit with my sick little boy while he still wants me too.
Kathy B

Anonymous said...

I am an anonymous reader who doesn't know you, but thinks your son is adorable. I know your sister though, what does Eric's arm tattoo have written on it?

zenisin said...

YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Youre not ending your blog! Im so glad cuz I love seeing how big Malek is. Im your friendly blog stalker from Cali via Melissa and Baby Ezra in Asheville, NC! :-) I love following your blog and love love love how stylish Mal is. He is a total model. Very Lenny. Enjoy all your comments Im sure we will all be much better at it for you now that we know you may disappear if we dont. Have a great rest of the day! ~Angie from Cali

Anonymous said...

Yey! I constantly check your blog... it's a daily routine and i'm addicted. You write so well that makes me smile. I'm a big fan and will stay anonymous! :)

Julia said...

Loved the post, and I'm glad you're back! Maybe I should threaten the whole leaving thing to get more people to comment on my blog! haha!
I hope your neck pain gets better! That sounds seriously awful! Mal is such a cutie pie!! I loved the pics, and don't think that's a lazy post at all. :) Remember, a picture says a thousand words!! hehe

sweet_p07 said...

Count me in as one of your "anonymous." LOVE reading about your adorable son! I actually found your blog before you even had Malak home with you. My heart has always been drawn to Africa. Hope the neck feels better!
Lisa in San Diego

Anonymous said...

I've been reading since you brought Malak home and I just love your little family. We are about the same age and I have a four year old so I love reading your stories and remembering!

The Bristers said...

We don't know eachother either, but I've been following your blog just recently. Your son is so cute! Next time you have crick in your next, I suggest you go to a chiropractor. One that utilizes the 'activator method'. They do not crack your back and neck. I've been going to the chiro for about two years and have definitely seen a difference in the way my back feels. One day I had stiff neck, made an appt, and had full range of motion two hours later. It was awesome. Keep up the blog!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for keeping on posting. So, is Malik throwing any tantrums yet? Isaac is fully in tantrum mode.

Rebecca K.

Anonymous said...

I am one of the anonymous, and have been reading since you started the process of bringing Malak home. And randomly, I think I went to jr. high and high school with a friend of yours, Allison Crossley? Anyway, we were good friends back in the day, and still occasionally keep in touch. My husband and I just started the process of adopting from Ethiopia too. Love your blog!

mary shaul

Jen said...

Hey, teets. Mom said you're cutting back. I've got to figure out what to cut out because life is way too crazy! I'm starting with things. Too.much.stuff. I'm going crazy! Love you!

JamieV said...

Yea for the post! I am one of those people who checks this daily but never comments. I love you family and you have such s quick wit that I always laugh when reading your blog. That little Malak is beautiful beyone words and I have so enjoyed watching him grow. You all are the cutest family! I hope you're feeling better now. Have a great day!

Christie said...

It HAS been forever, friend! And it seems Malak's cuteness has only multiplied in that time.

We should get together sometime, yes? Yes.

(And where is Mal's bike helmet?! I have become the helmet police now that I see kids with preventable traumatic brain injuries. Protect that little noggin!)

I, too, am glad you're continuing the blog! Hooray!

January said...

i don't think i commented on your last post, if i did then i was even anonymous to myself because i don't remember. but i've been reading your blog for a while now. my husband and i are in the process of adopting from ethiopia as well...so i love reading yours among others. plus, we know mutual people. megan deshazo and rebecca winter. so there ya have it...that's why i read your blog. plus your boy is super cute...and helps me daydream about what ours will look like!!

Lisa said...

I am one of the anonymous readers. However I usually sign my name. Great to hear your going to keep blogging! Love the Lenny Kravitz look on Malak! Totally know how you felt with the stiff neck. I must have slept wrong I couldn't even sit up in bed I had to basically roll and fall out of bed. The hot shower made it worse. Go to the Chiropractor it did wonders for me!! Made a full recovery in a few days! Lisa from Canada

Kerri said...

Hi. My name is Kerri and I have a referral of a 17 month old girl from Ethiopia. I can't wait to travel to pick her up :) I have been reading your blog for a while. Keep the posts coming!

Eric and Tara said...

Michelle- Don't you worry, Malak got more than his share of ice cream that night. we just made him beg for it a little. :)

Jen's friend, Anonymous- Eric's tatoo says, "Seek Justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow"

Anonymous who wants to stay anoymous- GRRR. Now I am even more intruiged!! Who are you?! :)

Rebecca- YES! Malak is definitely throwing tantrums! He loves screaming while throwing himself on the floor and rolling around. It is just GREAT. He will be 2 next week but it feels like he's been 2 for oh so long.

Mary- I think Allison told me about you! Congrats on the adoption! Let me know if you ever get a blog, I'd love to follow your story! :)

MartinKazAdoption said...

I've been following your blog since you started Malak's adoption. I even checked in on you while in Kazakhstan adopting our daughter! I LOVE YOUR BLOG! I am a Mennonite (sorry not quite Amish) mother of four. Glad you decided to keep posting.

-Erin Martin
Another Gladney Mommy

Anonymous said...

Glad u decided to keep the blog! Love the pics. Malak is such a cutie!
Beth

Katie said...

I comment from time to time anonymously. I voted for Malak in that contest about the cutest baby...for a radio station, possibly? I found your blog linked from Amy Bottomly's blog, which I found in spring, 2007. My husband and I will adopt someday, if we ever grow up. I love following all the Ethiopian kids on blogger, so you can't abandon the blog!