6 years of Lexi


January 31st, 2012

Lexi turned 6 today.

(funny side note – it’s freakishly warm this January and when we left the hospital with Lexi 6 years ago, we were wearing sweatshirts it was so warm.)

January 31, 2006 – Madeleine Alexis Hendricks showed up at 11:57 am
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Year 1 – Barely mobile – but very proud she had just moved from the coffee table to the chair and back.
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Year 2 – She wanted her hair long. All of it. And ponytail holders and barrettes never stayed in place.
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Year 3 – She let us cut her hair.
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Year 4 – Yep, she really is that cute.
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Year 5 – Her wild side – bounce house mania.
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Year 6 – School. Reading. Officially a big kid.
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Names


January 27th, 2010

In 2006 Madeleine was the 337th most popular girls name.

Alexis was 14th in 2006 and Lexi was 345th.

In 2008, they were 271st, 15th, and 299th respectively.

Change the spelling and Madeline was number 71 in 2006 and 56 in 2008.

In 2008 Milo was 449th.

Just in case you were wondering.

Best Picture of Lexi


January 2nd, 2010

I was looking at our flickr account an came across this picture of Lexi. I’m guess it’s her eyes that make this picture but it’s now one of my favorites.

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NaBloPoMo Post #18: I’ll admit it. My kid’s wierd.


November 17th, 2009

Yeah, Lexi is really wierd sometimes.

Tonight she wanted to watch a movie. I told her I needed to think about it.

Lexi: Okay Mom. Let’s Twinkle think.

Me: Um, what’s Twinkle Thinking?

Lexi: It’s like this (starts tapping her finger on her chin) “Twinkle think, Twinkle think, Twinkle think, Twinkle think. Okay, the answer is yes. Let’s go watch the movie.

Me: Um, well the answer is no.

Lexi: (melts down into a sobbing, whinning mess) I’m tired. Read me a story. I want you to put me to bed.

Me: Lexi, it’s 6:15. You aren’t going to bed right now.

Lexi: But I’m sick. I’m tired. I want to brush my teeth.

Me: Then go rest in your room.

Lexi: But I don’t want to rest. I don’t know how to rest. I don’t want to go to bed. I just want to go to bed.

And later that evening….

Me: Okay, bedtime.

Lexi: WHOO-HOO! Bed time! Mom, can you put me to bed, oh please, oh please, oh please?

Me: Let’s go.

Lexi: There’s no more pull-ups.

Me: Nope. No more. If you need to go potty, don’t scream and yell for mommy or daddy, just get up and go use the bathroom. I’ll leave the light on for you.

Lexi: I need to Twinkle think about that.

Me: No. You don’t need to “twinkle think” you need to remember it so I don’t have to change your sheets in the morning.

Lexi: Let me Twinkle think. (proceeds to “twinkle think) Okay. I’m done. That’s a great plan, Mom. You’re the best.

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Seriously, I wish I was making this up. We have bizarre conversations like this on a regular basis.

NaBloPoMo Post #17: A Converstation


November 16th, 2009

Here’s the conversation I had with Lexi on the way home from gymnastics:

Lexi: Where’s the moon? I can’t see it.

Me: It’s probably behind the clouds.

Lexi: But I don’t see any clouds.

Me: That’s because when it’s dark, it’s harder to find the clouds.

Lexi: I’m not looking for the clouds, I’m looking for the moon. Where is it? I can’t find it.

Me: It’s probably behind the clouds.

Lexi: But I don’t see any clouds.

Me: That’s because when it’s dark, it’s harder to find the clouds.

Lexi: I’m not looking for the clouds, I’m looking for the moon. Where is it? I can’t find it.

Me: It’s probably behind the clouds.

Lexi: But I don’t see any clouds.

Me: That’s because when it’s dark, it’s harder to find the clouds.

Lexi: I’m not looking for the clouds, I’m looking for the moon. Where is it? I can’t find it.

Yeah…that went on for about half the ride home.

NaBloPoMo Post #7: A Love-Hate Relationship with Lilo and Stitch


November 6th, 2009

I love the movie Lilo and Stitch. It’s one of my favorite Disney movies (along with Fantasia, Fantasia 2000, Beauty and the Beast and Newsies). It’s also one of Lexi’s favorite movies. There was a period several months ago where anytime she got to watch a movie she requested Lilo and Stitch. And then, we had to ban the movie.

For those of you who don’t have a need to watch cartoons, Lilo is a 5-year-old with some serious spunk. Funny but packed with attitude. Stitch is an alien genetic experiment that was created to destroy – he is irresistibly drawn to large cities, where he will back up sewers, reverse street signs, and steal everyone’s left shoe – and without the capability to love. But, surprise, surprise, Lilo and Stitch become a family.

Now the reason for the ban. Lilo sticks out her tongue. A lot. And Lexi started sticking out her tongue. A lot. So she was told until she stopped doing that, no more Lilo and Stitch. Well, she did a pretty good job of breaking herself of that habit. So we let her watch the movie again. And, I have a feeling there may be another ban coming soon.

The following is a list of Lilo (or Stitch) things that Lexi does:

1. Throws herself on the floor face down when she doesn’t get her way. (on the upside, it’s a very quiet temper tantrum).

2. We ask a question, she says “no”, we say, “What are you saying “no” to?” She says, “Nooooo!” This is a direct quote from the movie.

3. Draws pictures and says “This is you. This is your anger level. It’s very high.” (This is how Lilo explains Stitches initial rage.)

4. And the real kicker…she destroyed a book last night. Tore a book to shreds. Every single page torn out and torn into long strips and stuffed under her bed. And when asked why she did it. “Stitch did it.”

Update: 5. I forgot this one i posted. Stitch likes to call people “stupid head”.

So, the movie may need to go into hiding again. Which is sad (for me) because it’s one of the few movies of hers that I actually enjoy watching with her.

NaBloPoMo Post #2: Mondays Are Long Days


November 2nd, 2009

I have a few lists of things I want to blog about this month but tonight is not the night to tackle them. I’m tired. Really, really tired.

My hours at work changed and I now leave the house at 6:45 am. Which isn’t terrible because it’s only 15 minutes earlier but still…I really like my sleep.

And Mondays are gymnastics/dance class for Lexi.

And today was also a Children’s Team Meeting for church.

That’s way too much thinking for a Monday.

I’ll leave you with this: (It’s Lexi singing Johnny Cash’s The Devil’s Right Hand)

Random Topics


September 28th, 2009

Random Topic #1

Does anyone know why I’m so interested in Portland, OR? Seriously, when I think about moving (which we are currently not planning on) I never think about moving across town or to a different neighborhood. Nope. I go straight to Portland. And here’s the odd thing about it. I’ve never been there. I’ve never even been to the Northwest. But the idea of living there is very, very appealing to me.

Random Topic #2

The kids’ Halloween costumes are almsot finished. Lexi got her wish and gets to be a green princess. She’s tried on the dress twice but has declared she can’t wear it until Halloween. And Milo is going to be the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz. He was going to be a bumble bee because that’s the costume I had left over from Lexi 2 years ago but the princess dress pattern was actually the pattern for the Good Witch from the Wizard of Oz. And the Scarecrow pattern was included so Milo gets to be a scarecrow. And he’s going to look adorable. Pictures of the costumes and kids in said costumes will be coming soon.

Random Topic #3

Twitter killed blogging. All my friends that used to entertain me in blog-land have abandoned ship for twitter. I check google reader and the only updates I get are news blogs. Come on, don’t let the blogs die!

Random Topic #4

Kid updates.

Lexi is now taking a gymnastics/dance class. Parents aren’t allowed to stay and watch the class so the only info I have is what I glimpse through the window and what she tells me. I usually wait outside the gym in the hall and I can always hear Lexi. She’s loving class because all I hear is “WHOO-HOO! I did it! Ms. Jessie did you see me? I DID IT!” (even though she is the most ungraceful one in the class).

Milo is a crawling machine. He’s also obsessed with saying “all done”. I think he sort of knows what it means but mostly I think he just likes saying it. But don’t confuse it with his other phrase “up down”. There are other things he has words for but are kind of hard to understand still. He says “hi” and “dog” but they come out more as “i” and “dah-g”.

Random Topic #5

We’re on season 3 of The O.C. Total teenage drama. Total waste of time. Love it.

Lexi’s Song


July 14th, 2009

While riding in the back of the car to the zoo, Lexi made up this song to entertain herself:

Here is mommy. She’s just a little girl and she’s never danced before.
Here is Lexi. She loves her mommy.
Here is Grandma and Papa. They all live together.
Here is Milo. He is little and in his carseat.
And there’s daddy. he has to drive to the zoo.
Look, there’s a truck. It’s a baby truck looking for its mama truck but its mama truck is gone.

One Month Update


April 25th, 2009

On Monday, Milo will have been home for a month. It’s a little hard to believe it’s already been a month. Some days it feels like he’s been with us forever and some days it feels like we just got off the plane.

People have been asking us if we’ve had any issues since coming home…no, not really. He is so young that it feels very similar to bringing Lexi home from the hospital. We didn’t know Lexi all that well when we brought her home. We knew we loved her and we knew she was ours but we didn’t know her eating habits, her sleeping habits, what she liked to do when she was awake – we had to figure all of that out as we went along. Same thing with Milo. Although with Milo we had the advantage of observing and talking to the people who cared for him for the first 5 months of his life so I feel like we were a little more prepared.

Since we’ve been home he’s started to show his personality a lot more. When we first met him he was pretty quiet and just observed and took in his surroundings. He wasn’t withdrawn, just very quiet. Now…well…now he’s found his voice. He loves to shriek and squeal. He thinks Lexi’s brand of comedy is freakin’ hillarious and will laugh a full-on belly laugh for her. He still sucks his thumb but now likes to blow raspberries while sucking his thumb. He makes that ppllbbbt noise all the time. His feet are one of his favorite toys. When he’s happy, he’s very happy.

He let’s us know when he’s hungry. And when he’s hungry, he wants food NOW. There is not much patience when it comes to food. Food issues were an issue we knew was a possibility with an infant and I’d say that while he’s not nearly as obsessed with food as other adoptees, he’s does have some issues with food. He mostly just needs the reassurance that he will get fed when he’s hungry.

We’ve had a few days where he needs to be held a lot but I’m not convinced that it’s adoption related. I think he just really likes to be held and some days he wants it more than others.

His sleeping his great. He naps decent during the day but at night he goes to bed around 7:30 or 8:00 and then sleeps until about 10. Gets a bottle and then goes back to sleep until about 6:30. Another bottle and then back to bed until about 8. We’ve had the occasional night of waking up at 2 or 4 wanting another bottle or waking up due to gas but all in all, I am not complaining one bit about his sleep.

I’m so glad we came home in the spring because he really likes being outside. There’s just so much for him to watch and observe.

Lexi seems to really like having a brother. She talks about him quite a bit. She asks where he is when he’s napping and always wants to kiss, hug or hold him. And when the social worker came to our house for a post-adoption visit, Lexi was very concerned that she was coming to take Milo back to Ethiopia.

Oh, and he’s putting on weight like crazy. We go to the doctor on Monday and my guess is he’s over 13 pounds. He’s actually putting on body fat in his legs and arms. And the muscles in his back and legs are gaining some strength. Today he spent a good portion of the afternoon attempting to roll over.

It’s been a good month.