Friday, March 20, 2009

the new normal is very busy





We are settling in here at the Clevinger house. Cecily aka Mekdes has decided she wants to be called Cecily now. That was a middle name that she liked but has since informed me that she is Cecily not Mekdes. We are trying it out for now. We won't do her official name change for a month or two so we have some time to decide which name will be first officially. We are so excited that she got an IR3 visa this time. I was complaining to our friends about filing for her citizenship certificate and they told me that it will just come in the mail!!! You mean I don't have to pay 500 dollars and agonize over the paperwork??? I thought we just got out of the re-adoption but this is excellent!
We have spent a good part of everyday at the doctors office getting bloodwork, checkups, skin tests, shots...the normal stuff. Our pediatrician is awsome and has been super cool with her not rushing into anything before he is fully informed. We have dentist and eye drs next week and throw in the rest of our appointments and she is soon going to be convinced that we go to the dr everyday!
She has really come out of her shell. Ian has made that happen almost all by himself. She loves on us and laughs with us but she really cuts loose with him and acts like the wild and crazy kid I know she is!!! He is the best little brother and she is the best big sister. They were meant to be together. Everyone is sleeping pretty well. I fall over usually after the last one goes to bed ;) They exhaust each other and me on most days. But everyone has been sleeping through the night for the past few days. Ian got back on his schedule 2 nights after we came home. He was an amazing traveler. For someone who asked, the only reason I wouldn't have taken him is if I hadn't had so much help. I had three women with me who helped tremendously as I transitioned with Mekdes. Also, the day I got sick they took over with both kids and let me lay in bed in a Phenergan induced stooper! Without them...having Ian wouldn't have been so easy.
So here we are...living a somewhat normal life with our two kids. No fits or anxieties to speak of yet. Overall everyone laughs more than they cry and loves more than they hit so we are considering week one a success.

12 comments:

Amy B. said...

I am so proud of Cecily (it is hard for me not to call her Mekdes)...and Ian. I am glad that they have each other...watching them together was for sure one of the biggest highlights of the trip. I love that in the pictures she is still wearing her necklace and bracelet...tell her that I am still wearing mine too :) It is hard to believe that a week has already passed.

Robin said...

Yeah..what a great update!! Glad to hear everyone is settling in....

Leah Reeves said...

I just love the beautiful pictures! I am excited to hear more about your trip and bonding as a family of 4!

Leah

Holli said...

Beautiful name! Really either one she picks!
Congrats again - your family is gorgeous!

Lori S said...

It's so good to see your whole family together! So glad to hear that all is going smoothly!!
We went to the Gladney Ethiopian dinner and Faven asked if Mekdes was going to be there! I'll have to show her these pictures of Mekdes with her new family!

Jen said...

What a nice update. What a beautiful family you are.

Kerri said...

Glad to hear it's all going well! Love the pics!

Nikki said...

So fun to read your update and sounds as if your family of four is doing so well! Our court date is May 20th. Coffeemom sent me a few photos of our kids in Ethiopia and I think Mekdes is in one of the group pictures. I would be glad to email it to you if you like. My email is dustnik92 at hotmail.

Congratulations on your very beautiful family!

Rebecca said...

You have such a sweet family Lindsey!

Ted and Lori said...

Love that you sum it up by saying that everyone laughs more than they cry. It's so great to see you guys home and together. Blessings!

Aaron & Whitney Pratt (A&W) said...

sweet & gorgeous family! i look forward to learning the name she chooses.

Kristy -Mom To 6 Blessings said...

It's so great to hear from you...I was getting worried. :-) I am so glad that you had a wonderful vacation! Give us a call sometime. Grace Bizuayehu would love to talk to Cecily Mekdes! :-)
Blessings,
Kristy