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San Francisco, Ca, United States
I'm on the left, Andrew is in the middle and my partner Ed is on the right. My partner and I met in October 1993 and have been together ever since. Our son Andrew graced us with his presence on Christmas Eve 2007.

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Stop The Bully In The Schools

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Andrew Is Potty Trained

He's ready. Now only wears underwear and no more diapers....WAHOOOOOO!!!
He wakes up and comes to us and whispers, "pee pee". Then one of us go with him and he goes. He also does number 2 in the potty. He won't use his potty anymore, he has to use the big boy potty now.
He's ready for preschool!!!

The Preschool Application

Our son Andrew will be starting preschool next year (sept 2011). I just completed his application and will submit it tomorrow. There is a great preschool near our home that is affiliated with our Church. It's a great environment and we are excited about it.
Our little boy is growing up so fast.
I am sure Andrew will have a tough time at first since he has really never left home without one of us by his side. I need to get comfortable with the idea myself. I'm so nervous to leave him and I am afraid he will pick up on this. I hear people with older children saying, "My Evan took three weeks of crying every day until he finally got comfortable with the idea"...or "My Sophie took one week and when it was time to pick her up, she did not want to leave".
I don't know what to expect, but I do know it has to be done. Andrew is getting close to being potty trained and we anticipate by next year, he will be pamper free.
Tonight, before bed, I put him in time out because he was not listening, we gave him a bath and put him in bed. I said good night and to give me a hug and kiss. He looked away and said "no". It broke my heart, he's never done that before. I told him, "well, Daddy loves you, I will always love you, good night". He is becoming so much more expressive with his emotions. Sometimes they are beautiful, but tonight it stung a little.

On a more positive note, the Birth Mom gave us some pictures of his siblings. It was cool because Andrew looks a lot like his brothers, even though they come from different fathers. I'm going to make a scrap book for him and collect as many pictures as I can.

Mommy and Andrew: September 12th 2010

Well, we finally got together with Andrew's birth mom. She is working really hard in getting her life together. She went back to school and is doing really well. She put back on some weight and seems very happy. It was a great visit and Andrew had so much fun.
Andrew, at first, was a little upset and not comfortable but only after 15 minutes, he and his mommy started where they left off. It had been 3 months since Andrew saw his mommy because she had so many conflicts and we were always having to reschedule.
Here are some pictures to share:

So Much Going On And Trying To Get Caught Up

Andrew is 2 1/2 years old already. We are heading to the Philippines to celebrate his 3rd birthday there. Our son has really grown and is about 40 inches tall.
For Father's Day, we took Andrew to Water World in Concord, CA. He had a blast. He loves playing and splashing in the water. It was in the mid 80s so the weather was perfect.
We are meeting his birth mom this Sunday. There have been some issues between her father and us and we are trying to work that out. It was about a month ago when the birth mom's father (who she is living with), started asking us for money. I was completely honest and told him we will not give him any money. It has caused a bit of strain in our relationship which has trickled down to the birth mom.
When we see her this Sunday, I will talk to her about what we are feeling in regards to her dad asking us for money. I want to make sure this does not get in the way of our relationship or make things uncomfortable for us.
Here are a few pics of our son at Water World. It was the greatest Father's Day ever.

Happy Easter Everyone!!!

Using The Word Adoption

It is amazing how fast our son is putting words together and forming sentences. Sometimes my partner and I look at each other and think, 'How the heck did he learn that'. Just the other day he counted to ten with out any prompting.

His bedtime stories began to change as we implemented the word adoption. We believe it is time to start using the word more and more.

We saw his Mommy about three weeks ago and we had originally planned her to join us to our outing to the zoo, but she got ill with the flu, so it was just us three. Andrew had a great time even though his Mommy was not with him. We didn't take many pictures because we found ourselves running after Andrew about 90% of the time. are some.


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