December 22, 2009

Hair Bows!

Here is one of the bows I posted about, the link is over on the right side. All the profits from this bow were donated to a special orphanage in Beijing China called New Day Foster Home.
While taking these pictures, Jadyn was enjoying her lunch and not even paying attention to me, so I just kept clicking. I just love the innocence in her beautiful little Asian face.

we are so in love with this little girl!

December 16, 2009

For Auntie's friend Marti

Hi Marti
I just got up and found my 2 brothers home from school because we had a ice storm!

Mom says today is going to be a long day!

I want to show you my new Cin-da-relalalala. I love her and I show everyone how pretty she is.

This is what I do when Mommy tries to take pictures of me now, I play peek-a-boo!

I think I'm pretty funny!

December 12, 2009


Her little expression reminds me of the day we met her!

Jadyn loves all the pictures of Santa in books, our decorations of him and seeing him on the store shelf. So I was pretty excited to take her to the mall and let her experience Santa for the first time. As we drove there, I kept asking her if she was going to let Santa hold her? she would say "yes, hold Jadyn".

All was fine until she saw him perched in that large green chair. I don't think she understood he was a real person until he reached out for her, she firmly told him "No Sant-na". She wouldn't even look at him. I was able to talk her into sitting on his lap just long enough for this uncomfortable photo that they charged a ridiculous price for.
All for the memories, maybe next year they will be friends!

December 03, 2009

4 Months ago today

Jadyn Aug.3, 09

Jadyn today
Jadyn met us, her new family and we met her, our new daughter.
The 3rd. of each month will always be special to me.

Jadyn is doing wonderful in every aspect. She loves routine, her Daddy coming home from work, her brothers, her baby dolls, eating, her Auntie, going to her brothers hockey games, she also loves all kinds of animals.

Jadyn has a very sweet and loving personality, she is always happy, as long as she gets a nap.

Her English vocabulary is at age level even though she's only heard it for 4 months. She can say anything we ask of her or that she hears us say.
Not always good!!

She weighs 27 pounds and is 36" tall today.
She was 21.5 pounds and 34" tall four months ago.

November 26, 2009

November 24, 2009

Hair Bows & China's Orphan's

As most of you know from just looking at pictures of Jadyn I love hair bows, she has a few LOT.
I wanted to tell my fellow adoptive Mom's and everyone else who loves bows about a wonderful web site. The owner gives 100% of her bow profits to 'New Day Foster Home' in China when you order an "adoption" bow(s). Deals like this will always get my business, plus they are just plain adorable! Yes, you will soon see Jadyn sporting one of these and possibly one with her name embroidered on it.

You can view all the adorable bows she makes by clicking on the link to the right.

How cute is this!

During our wait for Jadyn, Ames & I were interested in adopting a little girl who lives at New Day Foster Home in Beijing. Unfortunately China does not allow you to "hand pick" a child. So I read their blog regularly to see how she is doing. She is an adorable heart baby, who I hope gets to meet her new parents very soon! Hint..thats her little face in the "N" of the New Day Foster Home link.

November 19, 2009

What is Jadyn Up to?

Giving herself a black eye on the coffee table. This shiner changes daily, the color deepens and seems to spread further under her eye! Boy does Mommy wish this thing would go away! Ouch....

She is finally well from her mild case of pneumonia, she was sick for about 10 days, 7 of those were pretty rough on her. Were not sure if she had the Swine flu or some other flu.

See what she learned when she was sick- how to clean out her dolls nose!

She is talking so much, she can put 4-5 word sentences together, it just shocks us how fast she has picked up our language. It is rare that she speaks Mandarin now. She will still use Mandarin names, like BooBoo for baby and YaYa for Grandpa, she calls her brother's GuGu. But other than that, she is an English speaking toddler.
One more thing....

She is busy "working on" potty training too!

November 12, 2009


It's been a while since I have posted, so I figured I had better get one done!

This is week 2 that I have been home with a sick child, Jeron was sick all last week and now Jadyn has it.
Not sure what it is, but it lasts a full week. Both kids have been to the doctor and are/were on medication.

Here's Jadyn checking to see if she still has a fever!

She was hit hard by this bug, it settled into her lungs and she had the start of pneumonia. Her Doctor caught it quickly and she is slowly getting better. Her nails and lips have been blue due to her congestion.

and yet another fever check!
Once she is big enough to have the second part of her heart surgery the low oxygen levels will go away. She is normally very pink now, so this had us a little worried, especially when our oxygen sat. monitor was reading lower levels than before her first heart repair.

She'll still give you a smile even though she doesn't feel well!

I'm hoping we will all be well soon!

October 31, 2009

Trick or Treat

It took one house and Jadyn had it down! She kept saying "Jadyn caney"(candy) that KitKat was hers and she let everyone know it! I just love to watch her experience new things. She was so excited!

As for Dracula, can you read the look on his face? he was not happy with his make-up and was not at all thrilled that Mom was making him go trick or treating. It has never been his favorite thing, plus it's his birthday today and we are out of town in a hotel. Big brother has hockey this weekend! Happy Birthday Jeron!

Our pretty little bug

Ohh that was fun!

October 29, 2009

Happy Halloween!

I figured it's about time I get you some new pictures posted, the problem is...

someone is good for one or two smiles and then she's done with me

stayed tuned for a little ladybug and her brother Dracula

October 14, 2009


Jadyn had her 6 week post op check-up today. She was not as thrilled as her Doctor and I, but she did better, no tears when we walked in the front door.

She does not have to return to see her cardiologist for 6 months! He wants her to get a flu shot (both kinds) next week and enjoy being 2!

We can even pick her up under her arms now, no more butt scooping. That really made it hard to get her in and out of her car seat and just plain remembering to pick her up correctly. Her breast bone and incision scar look great as well.

They are planning on doing the second and final stage of her heart repair next Spring or summer.

I mentioned in my last post that Jadyn was going to be having some physical therapy for Gross motor skills, she had that appointment yesterday. Just as I figured she is behind, things like stairs, running and good balance needs some help.
They also tested her in fine motor and she surpassed her age group, she tested above age level in social skills and problem solving too. She is a smart little girl!

The therapists were very impressed. 2 months ago she was living in a orphanage and today she is a happy, healthy, mostly on target 2 year old. They predict with their help, in 6 months she will be on target in Gross motor. She really enjoyed the "testing" they do it through play and she really had no idea it was anything more than fun play time. In fact she was upset when it was time to leave!

Starting next week a therapist will come to our house once a week to work with Jadyn until she feels she is caught up.

Enjoy the picture, I think we have a little Diva, if only I could get a pose and a smile at the same time!

October 08, 2009

She's here....

Jadyn's WheeleyBug came today. She "test drove" one of these ride-on's at our local children's boutique and just loved it. It was just so expensive, we left without one.

Once home I did some research on-line and found they have received lots of awards for gross motor skill development. That pretty much sold me on it her, Miss Mouse. Thanks to e*Bay for the great deal too.

Jadyn is behind on her gross motor skills. She has no idea how to climb stairs, jump, run, ect. She is starting physical therapy next week for this.

It's very common for a child who has lived in an orphanage to come home behind in some sort of motor skill. We are confident she will catch up quickly, as she has already come a long way in her walking since she has been home.

I know, she's missing her pants and socks, Miss Mouse came during her nap and there was no time to get dressed once she saw her!

October 03, 2009


We received our beautiful little girl.

She has gone through so many changes in the last 60 days

She has had open heart surgery

She has gained 4 pounds and grown 1" taller

She has learned lots of English words
She finally likes our dog (sorry no pictures of that yet!)

We could not be more pleased with the progress Jadyn has made transitioning into our family. She is a happy, smart, loving, healthy little girl

My friend gave her a shirt that says "I was worth the wait" we couldn't agree more!

September 30, 2009

Not again!

My Mom keeps standing me in front of plants or flowers and tries to get me to smile, someday she will realize it does not work. This plant kept tickling my neck..

and my hair

I couldn't stand it any longer

and finally I broke free!

and started smiling

she'll catch on sooner or later!

I hope!

September 25, 2009

Lunch time or Nap time

This is what happens when we have a late lunch/nap. Someone is on a great schedule and Mommy needs to stick to it!

Here is Daddy reminding her she has already had dinner and a snack, this girl loves to eat!
Tomorrow my girlfriend is throwing Jadyn a welcome home shower, so stay tuned for more pictures..

September 17, 2009

The picture I promised you.

2 weeks ago today our beautiful little girl had open heart surgery. We are so thrilled at how well she has done.

She tore off her chest strip yesterday, I guess in celebration. After the horror of seeing it in her hand, then noticing how good her incision looks, I calmed down. It is healed and looks awesome......thank goodness.

September 15, 2009

I'm 2 1/2 now

We celebrated by setting up a little photo shoot in our living room, she was pretty cooperative at times.

Here are some of the shots we got. We need to figure out some better lighting for next time.

Then she had had enough of her paparazzi parents

We did get one great pose, we are using it for our adoption announcement, so no peeking just yet. I will post it after they go out in the mail.
We also took Jadyn out for a Chinese dinner, she loved it!