Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bethany Quote #1 And Her Speech

We are so proud of Bethany.
She has just started to talk and use words!
For the longest time, since she was maybe 9 months or so, we used simple signs for words like
"more", "please", "thank you", "all done", "blankie", "drink," etc. 
She is almost two, so my parents decided to have a team come to evaluate her, mainly for speech.
She was very advanced in all areas... except speech.
We were thinking we would start speech therapy,
but Bethany decided that would be necessary and started talking!
When she was around 6 months old she began to say "da da."  We pretended like it was unfair of her to recognize my Dad before my mom or any one else.
But as she grew old we noticed that "da da" was whatever she happened to be looking at at the time.
Then mom was "da da", I was "da da" and Dad was "da da". 
I guess she was being fair after all!
Then da da trailed off and we stopped hearing it.
Then came her first real word:  "woof."
Yes, that was really the first thing she said.
We would all ask her,
"Bethany, what does the doggie say?"
and she would respond in a low, growly sort of "woof."
Our dog, Whitey, was proud!
Now Bethany (at almost 2) says
"doggie", "baby", "juice", "mommy," "daddy,"  "Na Na," (for siblings) "whitey", "no!" (That was big for a while!) "yes" and one of my favorites which is "more".  She says it like "mo" and asks, "mo Mom, mo!"  its is so cute to hear!
She also sings.
The boy taught her how to sing "Let it go,"
and no, we haven't seen Frozen.
Bethany's also picked up on Kaden's favorite song; "What Does the Fox Say?"
She'll answer, "ding ding ding da ding."
Yep, she knows her stuff!
So all in all, we're super proud of our little girl. 
She is so amazing and makes us laugh all the time.
I leave you with the first ever,
Bethany Quote!!!
This happened two nights ago while my dad and I were helping Kaden get ready for bed. 
We read books, and sang songs with him and were just finishing our good nights when Bethany walked in.
"Defany, Defany!" He said excitedly, "you forgot sing and read with me!  Chickens!"
She looked at him for a second and then swung her arm in the air replying,
"all man!"
It was sooooo funny.
Well, I hope you all enjoyed the first Bethany Quote!  More to come soon, hopefully!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Greetings from the beach!

My parents surprised us with a trip to the beach!
I found out about it on Thursday night, and on Saturday afternoon we left.
We've been having a great time!
The weather is beautiful, but the water is well, freezing!
But what boy ever let that stop them?
They were in the water, clothes and all!

more to come later!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Kaden Quote 15

While driving in the car to the park my mom looked puzzled.
She looked towards the back seat and saw Kaden sitting with his mouth open, without his lips moving.
"Kaden," she asked, "why is your mouth open?"
Kaden looked around... and closed his mouth.
"I... I singing!" he said.
"Singing without moving your lips!?" we all asked.
"Ommm, yes!" He answered. 
Well, of course!  What else would he be doing?
Needless to say we all spent the rest of car trip singing with the music... Without moving our lips.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Kaden Quote 14

When we were at the courthouse for the readoption,
the lady was explaining something to Kaden which he got very excited about.
"Now you will have two "birthdays," she said. "The day you were born, and today."
Kaden looked up quickly with an excited expression on his face, and said,
"Yes!  You give me a present?"

Monday, March 24, 2014

March 24, 2014: Our Readoption Day

Today Bethany and Kaden became Gilbartes, again!
When we adopted from DR Congo,
they didn't require at that time (I don't know whether or not they do now)
readoption the US, but my parents wanted to make the paper work simpler for them when Bethany and Kaden were older.
Now they will have all the paper work, including birth certificates, etc., here. 
There ceremony was closed to the public and was really nice!
The judge has adopted several kids herself and was really sweet to Kaden and Bethany.
Kaden was so funny!
After the judge came in and sat down she looked at Kaden and asked,
"So, Mr. Kaden, we are here to talk all about you!"
Kaden looked up excitedly and then glanced towards Bethany asking,
"And Defany, too?"
He is still so sweet towards her.
In the car she dropped her blanket on the floor and he picked it up for her saying,
"Here you, sweetheart!"
I don't know where he heard someone say that, but I sure was cute to hear!
Kaden was so excited when the judge gave him the folder of papers and told him it was his to keep.
in this pictures they are pressing the seal on their papers.
some how, even though Bethany had a night diaper on, she wet through it and leaked on the chair.
Oops!  Sorry!
We are so thankful that Kaden and Bethany are forever Gilbartes.
Our adoption journey to them had it's ups and downs, but it is so worth it.
They are such blessings and we honestly cannot imagine life without them.

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