Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Springtime in NJ

It's "snowing pink" at our house!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Last hurdle jumped!

We had Jena's readoption court date on April 22nd. It was just a formality and basically all it will give us is birth certificate from the state of NJ that lists me as the mother and 'place of birth' as China. The big excitement is this is the very very last thing I have to do as far as the adoption is concerned. This time around I had a friend,Cindy, who is an attorney give us a hand. I met Cindy when I took take of her son Conner in the NICU. He was born extremely premature and is dong great. She was working towards bringing Connor home while I was waiting and waiting for Jena's referral. We used to joke about which one of us would get our baby home first (she did). We both felt it was right that she be a part of Jena's adoption, since I had been a part of Connors homecoming. Here are a few pictures from the day in court, as well a picture of Cindy's kids, Connor and Lindsey.

Monday, April 21, 2008

passover pictures

Here are a few photos of the girls and also cousin Rafi from passover. Jena is still not quite 100% but,as you can see,that didn't hold her back. Stef did an amazing job at the Seder with a flawless Hebrew reading of The Four Questions. She stayed up for the whole Seder, which wasn't over until almost midnight. Jena didn't want to miss out on the fun (always the party girl) so she took her pillow and blanket and slept on the dining room floor.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Passover break and broken lungs

We are just starting the long Passover Break- no school from Friday until next Monday. Jena has decided to celebrate Passover by getting pneumonia- again. She started with a little cough on Tues, trip to the doctor Weds and trip to the ER Weds night ( or really thursday morning). After loading with all kinds of meds they let us go home, thanks in part to my playing up the fact that I am an NNP. I promised to bring her back if I got worried. It also helps that Stef's new best friend at school just happens to be the daughter of our pediatrician, so I had Jena seen twice by the doctor the next day, as we were picking up and dropping off for a playdate. Jena is feeling much better but having a serious case of 'steroid rage'. It seems she needs to scream for no significant reason- like last night when she didn't like the way the water was coming out of the sippy cup. I was seriously worried a neighbor was going to call the police! This should be a lot of fun at my parents over the next fews day. I'll let you know how it goes.
The one positive note here is that I can cross another thing off my "as a single mom how will you ever...?' list--- I managed to get Jena to the ER at 4am with just one phone call for someone to come stay with Stef. Thank goodness for Margurite and other good friends.