A Circle Complete

The newest member of our family celebrated his 2nd birthday today! I can’t wait to write the full post but just wanted to upload a few photos in case a certain omma happened to drop by.

And just because I like to be all squishy and sentimental I wanted to share with you what a difference a year has made in our family. Last year I wrote this about celebrating our sweet boy’s very 1st birthday while he was still in Korea. I posted this photo of our family:

And this year we decided to recreate it with this little twist called a real life Maddox! : )

The circle is complete and our sweet Maddox is here forever! Praise God!

 

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Dawson Pierce turns 4!

4 years
They flew by in the blink of an eye
a drop of a hat
and lots of other idioms that mean really quickly

Our world changed so much the day our Dawson Pierce was born because I was opened up to the special love that little boys have for their mama. If you aren’t the mother to a son I pray you get to experience that kind of love for yourself one day because you just can’t really describe it. Boy mamas, am I right?!?

These past 4 years have been incredible. Watching Dawson grow into the little person that he is has been one of the biggest joys of my life. I’m so proud of him for who he is becoming and how much he has grown up this past year. It’s a few days past his birthday now and as usual I’m behind on this post. Just this morning he was looking through our wedding album and the album of his big sister’s first year and wanted to know where his album was. Well, about that bud.. Mommy dropped the ball. It happens you know. Times keeps going by so FAST.  I could do the guilty mom thing but you know what? I’m not. This morning I had this revelation that I may not be the best at documenting our lives but I’m ok with that because in the end what matters the most aren’t the pictures. What matters most are the moments.

The moments when my sweet, sleepy faced boy climbs into bed beside me at 6 am just to snuggle. He will always runs his fingers along my hand and fall back to sleep just for a few minutes. It must be close to what heaven is like.

The moments when he has learned something brand new and his face lights up so bright that he is beaming while I cheer him on.

The moments after he has played outside for hours and rushes through the door sweaty and covered in grass stains and I can’t help but pick him and take a big, deep whiff of that puppy smell. You boy moms know the one I mean!

The moments when we are curled up on the couch just being silly and he bursts out into the biggest belly laughs that I wish I could bottle up and sell. The world would be a happier place.

The moment when you see your baby boy become a big brother and not only take on the role but embrace it fully. When he teaches and encourages his new little buddy and your heart can’t help but melt.

These moments can’t be captured in a photo but I’ll remember every last detail of them. So, I may not ever be the mom with a shelf full of scrapbooks or even simple photo albums but I’m ok with that! My kids will be ok with the moments I’m right in the action with them instead of just an onlooker with the camera, right? ; )

And before I forget I wanted to share some of my favorite things about Dawson right now~

– When he is telling you a story about something that happened in the past it always, always happened on Wednesday. In fact, when he is talking about something that will happen in the future it will be on Wednesday. Basically, if he is referring to anytime that is not in the present it will be Wednesday.

– He has the best sense of humor! The boy is going to be the class clown. I feel it in my bones. He is already witty and picks up on jokes that I think are going to fly right over his head.

– He is very particular about his room and toys. Everything has a place and he cannot go to sleep without making sure things are tidy. No shoving things under the bed for this guy!

-He loves to share. No, I’m not kidding. If he is given a snack or treat he always asks for one for Reagan (and more recently for Maddox too). If you ask him for a bite of something he is eating he happily obliges.

-He sleeps with a blue minky dot blanket that he calls “night night”.

– He LOVES super heroes,transformers, swimming, macaroni and cheese, chocolate milk, going to the jungle (which is of course the zoo), Scooby Doo, going to the beach, playing in his sandbox, practicing writing his name…I could go on!

We are blessed everyday by our sweet guy! Happy Birthday, Dawson Pierce!!  I can’t wait to see what year 4 brings us!!

 

****I could have searched for a sweet little picture of our guy all dressed up and…clean, but this is our Dawson the way we know him best! Silly, covered in dirt with some food smudged on his face…and we love every inch of him!*******

~ A Month in our Arms ~

On Friday we reached a really fun milestone. It was one month ago that our sweet Maddox was 1st placed in our arms. Is that even possible? It’s true. And as of Saturday we have been home (and a family of 5) for 3 whole weeks.

Last night we were headed home from a family dinner and Dawson said, “Mama, when is Maddox going back to Korea?” I flipped my rear view mirror down so I could look him in the eyes and I said, “Bud, Maddox isn’t going back to Korea…unless it’s for a vacation. He is in our family now. A part of our team.” I wasn’t really sure what his response would be but his face lit up and he let out a huge sigh and said, “Oh good! I’m so glad he is my brother now and I don’t ever want him to not be here with us!”  {Insert heart melting}

The relationship I prayed that these two brothers would have doesn’t hold a candle to the bonds they are forming right before me. Anything Dawson does Maddox tries to mimic. Dawson jumps on the couch. Maddox jumps on the couch. Dawson plays cars in his room. Maddox plays cars with Dawson in his room. I will be honest and say that I thought that Dawson would have a hard time not being the “baby” anymore but boy was I wrong! He loves his little brother and Maddox thinks that he has hung the moon. It’s pretty awesome!

We get asked a lot if Maddox is speaking English. He is not…yet. But his receptive speech is incredible. He now knows to head to the bathroom when we say it’s bath time, he goes to his highchair when we say it’s time to eat, his changing table when I say he needs a diaper change. He waves when someone says “Bye Bye”. He is responding to Maddox now (although we still call him Jeong Hwan a lot), He can point to his nose when we ask, and he closes his eyes when I ask where his eyes are. But my favorite one of all is if we say “kiss” he leans over and puckers up. I may die from the cuteness of this very thing one day. It seems like everyday he is understanding us more. He’s such a smart little guy!

On top of all of that we have been working on a few signs to help cut down on some of the frustration he is having trying to communicate with us. He can now sign “more” when he wants more to eat. It’s not the exact sign but he knows what it means and we respond when he does it and that’s all that matters at this point. We will slowly introduce new signs as he learns each one. And by far the biggest help to our communication is he will now point. I’m pretty sure he was pointing for his needs in Korea but for some reason he would not do this with us. It has taken lots of hard work but our boy can now point!

The best thing of all is when Maddox learns something new that we’ve been working on and the whole family erupts in cheers. He has got some serious support from his siblings! They want him to succeed and that makes me so happy! I always tell the kids that our family is a team and that we support and encourage one another no matter what. It feels good to see them live this out!

We had a lot of first this past week.  Maddox got to experiance Chuck E. Cheese for the first time and I think you can tell from the picture at the top what he thought of it! I will say that as much as he liked to sit on the rides he did NOT want them to move! We had our very 1st Sonic Happy Hour trip for 1/2 price slushes.  Maddox is a fan of the strawberry one…just like his big brother. We went out to the library. His favorite part was the water fountain.  But, by far my favorite first of the week was our first time at church as a family of 5! I won’t lie and say that I wasn’t VERY nervous but Maddox was a rock star! He played with his new little toddler buddies in the nursery and even did a little craft.

We are so in love with this kid and how he just fits right in with our crazy crew. I could go on and on but I’ll leave you with some pictures from the week.

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