Monday, July 25, 2011

Eating, sleeping, potty, and communicating

On eating

We go through over a box of family size Cheerio’s every week!! This kid LOVES to eat, but he is VERY picky and will only eat select foods. He’ll eat any pasta, mashed potatoes, bread, cereal, etc (can you say starchy carb attack?) and LOVES Cheerio’s and eggs. He won’t eat ANY dairy – no milk, cheese, yogurt, etc. He won’t touch most fruit and veggies – the only ones he will eat are grapes, cherries, baby carrots and snap peas. He’s not a big fan of meat, but I can sneak that into his mashed potatoes and pasta sauce.

Seth has an amazing appetite – he can eat more than me most mealtimes. Breakfast seems to be his biggest meal. He loves helping me make his eggs in the morning. He sits on the counter and watches the eggs cook – and passes me the spatula to make sure I put it on his plate as soon as it is ready. When I put it on the plate, he yells “YAAAHHH, eggy, eggy eggy, YAAAHHH!!!” It’s not uncommon for him to eat three eggs, a piece of bread, AND a bowl of cereal for breakfast!!! When we have those days, we usually have to distract him with a walk to the park to get him to stop asking for more.

We have been working on teaching him to slowdown when he is eating – he sometimes stuffs his face so fast and full that he can’t even close his mouth. When we first got home he would eat all day long, but lately he seems to be going a bit longer between snacks.

On sleeping

Seth naps everyday and sleeps through the night. One of us has to lay with him in our bed until he falls asleep, then we move him to a crib beside our bed. It can sometimes take him over an hour to fall asleep - Chad and I try to switch off, but he becomes more restless when we switch. In the first 20 minutes, Seth has discovered that if he gives me dozens of smiley wet juicy lip smacking kisses and moves my hand onto his back and tummy for me to scratch that I cannot resist this special time with him. He tosses and turns for at least 30-40 minutes before he falls asleep – you know he is about to go down because he bites on his thumbs with his molars (he actually has developed calices on his thumbs from all the biting). If we try to sneak out too soon, we have a VERY unhappy boy on our hands and double the work to get him to sleep. But once he is sleeping, he’s out for the night, phew. I've tried everything to help him get to sleep more quickly at night – cutting his nap, waking him up early in the morning, napping him earlier in the day, waking him after an hour into him nap - nothing seems to work at night, it still takes him a long time to fall asleep. So we’re just goin’ with it and enjoying our cuddle-time with him every night.

On the potty

We are not potty trained yet – and I am certainly not stress about it whatsoever, considering Sara was over three before she was fully trained and it is SO much easier when they are in diapers (no emergency bathroom runs when you’re shopping, in the car, at the park, etc.). I think Seth might be getting close though; he tells us EVERY time he is about to go, but when I try to put him on the potty, he get’s scared and says “no no no”. So we are just going with the diapers for a bit and we also look in the toilet and say bye-bye to mommy’s pee-pee from time to time.

On communicating

It’s amazing how few words you need to get your point across - Body language, gestures, and facal expressions speak for themselves. There are times that I have no idea whatsoever what Seth is saying, wanting, or needing, but in general we seem to get by. He shows me, I show him, or I just give him food – LOL.

His vocabulary is coming along very quickly. I have no idea how many Amharic words he was saying, but he is picking up new English words everyday and, for the most part, he understand everything we say to him.

Some of his first few English words included:
• Mommy-yeh
• Bye bye
• Car car
• Up
• No no no
• Daddy

Other common words (of many) that he says:
• Woo-wa (Sara)
• Puppy
• All gone (this means 'all done' too)
• Heh-woah (Hello)
• Wah-tee (water)
• Don’t touch
• Pee (please)
• Eggy
• Nag-woo (thank you)
• Shoes
• Nice
• Sue (swing)
• Two, tee (I say “one” and he follows)
• I la loo (I love you)
• Baby

Amharic words we (and he) always use (these are how they sound):
• Tenya (sleep)
• Koy (wait)
• Wooha (water)
• She –she (It’s OK)
• Dapo (bread)
• Bila – (eat)
• Ah-tee (bring/I want)
• Na (come)

More to come soon (it took me a week to write this one - LOL)...

Saturday, July 23, 2011

CBC follow up on our family

CBC did a follow up on our family since the bankruptcy. We were on the English news of about 10 seconds, but the French CBC did an article and longer segment. If you scroll to the bottom of the article you can view the video coverage too.

You can also translate the French article - here it is in English (the translation is a little off, but the gist is there):

Successful adoption despite bankruptcy

Two years after the adoption agency Imagine, based in Ontario, declared bankruptcy, a Manitoba family was able to adopt a little boy in Ethiopia.

The wait was longer because of financial woes of the agency, but the families are welded to complete their adoption file.

The 200 families across the country doing business with this agency have voted unanimously to bail out and pay Imagine each $ 4,000, said Laura Morrison, the mother of the little Seth, 2 years, arrived in Manitoba in June.

Chad and Laura Morrison were able to give a little brother to Sara, age 7, adopted in Manitoba when she was two months. For the father of two children, adoption in Canada was more simple than abroad. After the failure of the agency, they faced the recurring changes of the law in Ethiopia before becoming legal parents of the little Seth, said Chad Morrison.

Laura met her son on his first trip to Ethiopia last November. She could spend half an hour with him before her second trip in June with her husband and family back in Canada.

Today, the happiness of Morrison is at its peak and they expect no refund and no condemnation of the leaders of Imagine.

Last April, the accusations of fraud and embezzlement were filed against two former executives of the agency Imagine adoption.

Friday, July 22, 2011

My mom's first blog comment...I love you too!

I am Laura’s mom, and I have read every word that was ever posted on this blog. Today’s pictures warm my heart in a way that cannot be explained. Seth has come home and my joy is complete!

For so long we waited, prayed, cried and hoped for this day.

I am so grateful to everyone who gave their support along the way. Family, friends, co-workers and sometimes people we barely knew offered their prayers and support. I was overwhelmed by the goodness and caring of those around.

…but mostly I have been so proud of the woman you have been throughout this journey Laura. You and Chad have been the most amazing couple through all of this. Your determination to bring home your son never faltered even in the darkest hours. Both dad and I are so proud of you, and so grateful for the gift you have given to us…our last and lucky seventh grandchild. We will forever treasure the miracles of both Sara and Seth.

Mom xoxo
Couldn't have done it without you mom - love you too...

Thursday, July 21, 2011

My mom's lucky (and final) seven

From left to right: Bradon (14), Sara (7), Ella (6), Seth (2), Cole (9), Linda (6), and Miles (1)

Leah (my older sister) has two, Cole and Ella
Michelle (my younger sister) has three, Bradon, Linda, and Miles
And mine of course are Sara and Seth

Saturday, July 16, 2011


One year ago we saw his face for the first time.

and now.