Sunday, April 22, 2012

My baby turns 3 tomorrow...

My baby isn't a baby anymore...he's turning three! Three - how did that happen? Hudson is amazing in every way and not a day goes by when he doesn't marvel me with his brilliance and sweetness and not a day goes by that he doesn't push every one of my buttons and test me in every way possible. I'm hoping the terrible two's are over but as he creeps closer and closer to three he seems to be stepping it up a notch...maybe sending his terrible two's out with a bang! (here's to hoping anyway)

 We've started talking to Hudson more and more about the adoption. I show him pictures of Stacy and tell him that he grew in her belly just like Charlie grew in mine. I wrote him a book about his adoption that I like to read to him every now and then. I hope if it's something he's always known about it will just grow with him as he grows. For now it's a loose concept and as his understanding grows so will our explanation. I don't know if it's the right way, but it's our way and it seems to be working so far.

 I'm sure I will post pictures of his birthday but that will be next week sometime as we're not having a party until his daddy comes back in to town later this week but I will leave you with this:

Waiting outside the bedroom door of a little boy who's turning three tomorrow:

Friday, January 20, 2012

Another year passes...

My goodness, whoever said being a stay at home mum was easy should be shot...or better yet made to be a stay at home mum for a week! I read a wonderful article recently that made me feel better about myself. Don't Carpe Diem. I haven't enough time to bathe myself most days, never mind update a blog! I have found a moment today and I realize it's almost been a year since my last post...YIKES! Anyway enough about that, let me update you on my wonderful miracle family!

- Hudson turns three in just 3 short months, it's hard to believe when I look back at pictures that almost 3 years have gone by since our wonderful little man came into this world and made us a family. Hudson loves swimming and to play outside, swings and slides are at the very top of the list most definitely. He is obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine & Toy Story but then aren't most little boys? Every day I am astounded by how grown up he is getting and at how his vocabulary and sentence structure seem to grow over night; Dustin says that Hudson has a word quota he needs to hit every day which is why he talks from the moment he gets up until the moment he falls asleep. Speaking of sleep we are blessed that the little man plays hard enough all day that he needs an afternoon nap; I must admit I will be sad when he outgrows them as quiet time around here is sparse.

- Charlie is almost one, she is showing us more of her personality every day; she has a glint in her eye that makes me think she's going to cause us a lot of grief. She's trying so hard to crawl but just can't seem to figure out how to go forward, but is a pro at moving backwards. She only has two teeth but that doesn't stop her from enjoying pretty much ANY food we put in front of her. She loves the bath and adores her big brother; he can do no wrong in her eyes. While we were definitely surprised that Charlie was going to be joining our family, I can't begin to imagine it without her. She has rounded us out into a wonderfully blessed family of four. I love that Hudson will always have someone to grow up with, love unconditionally, play with...and torture.

- I am beginning to wonder how we talk to Hudson about adoption. Is he too young? What do we say? Will it be hard that Uncle Mat is his biological dad? Will he wonder why he didn't grow in my tummy like Charlie did? Will he look at Stacy differently when he understands that she's his Tummy Mummy? So much to think about and take in, so important that he knows how loved he is by so many.

- We've had a great but busy year, we've had our house on the market for 8 months and so far no luck. We've moved out and staged it and we're ready for someone to make us an offer. Hopefully 2012 will bring us some luck! Hudson had a great time this Christmas, he pretty much lost his mind on Christmas morning when he found that Santa had left him a Thomas the Tank Engine track and a stocking full of trains. Trying to explain to a two year old why mummy doesn't want to watch the Grinch or listen to Jack Johnson sing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer at the end of January is like telling him Elmo isn't real. He just doesn't want to hear it. Dustin got a job on a new rig out in the oilfield which means he's gone more, but through the wonderful technology that is skype and iPhones, it isn't so hard on Hudson anymore, he gets to talk to daddy lots and two weeks goes by in a flash when you're busy having fun.

- I don't know if our family will grow any larger, will we adopt or be blessed with a pregnancy again?...maybe a puppy or kitty baby will come our way one day? but what I do know is this: Some days are harder than others but every single day my children make me laugh and fill my heart with joy and I get to do it all with my best friend at my side and for that I am blessed.

I will leave you with some of my favorite pictures :)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A Haglund family update

Time flies when you are having fun!!

First of all we welcomed our baby girl Charlotte into the world on March 16th at 2:37 pm. She's wonderful and cute and definitely the new boss of the house. I'm on my iPad right now so i can't post pictures but i will soon, I promise. Hudson is finally acknowledging her, and after 5 weeks I might even go so far ar to say he even likes her.

Hudson's adoption finally went through on March 24th, and we received the documents in the mail on the 29th. While I never thought there would be a problem or that his birth parents would fight to get him back, it sure is nice to know he's officially ours. I went down to the registry office and ordered both my kids birth certificates and when they came in the mail they were issued on the same day, which is kind of neat.

Hudson turns two this weekend, I can't believe how much of a big boy he is. He talks from the time he gets up in the morning until the time he goes to bed, and never stops...he's also started asking why which is kind of annoying but we limit each set of why's? to 3 and that seems to be working so far. We had his birthday this past weekend because of Easter but we're going to go to a farm with a petting zoo and Easter egg hunt to celebrate his birthday as a family.

Hudson is very in to Thomas the Train these days, As well as Elmo and lightning McQueen. I have no idea what made him decide they were his favorites but he's obsessed with them all. He wears McQueen jammies until they rot off his body and sleeps with his die cast Thomas train every's cute and boarders on crazy all at the same time.

Some of my favorite Hudson things right now are:
- hugs and kisses
- the way he says okay when he's excited about something
- when he tries to feed his little sister cookies because she's hungry
- the love he has for his daddy

I think that's it for now...I will post pictures asap and write a post on how wonderful Hudson's birth mum and family are.


Saturday, January 22, 2011

An update on the Haglunds

Wow time flies when you're having fun! We finally got together with our Tummy Mummy Stacy today for some tobogganing and exchanging Christmas gifts; Hudson was spoiled as usual but I also thought it was so amazing that Stacy had got something for baby on the way as well!

Our adoption STILL hasn't gone through however we are getting close, hopefully another month and a half or so. I was saying to Stacy today that it would be funny if the new baby arrived on the same day the adoption was finalized...what a day that would be!

Hudson is a busy busy little guy and keeps me hopping, it's 9pm and I'm amazed I'm still awake. He likes to climb everything and I sometimes wonder if calling him monkey all the time gave him a predisposition for climbing! His language is coming along wonderfully and everyday I'm amazed at the new words he's picking up and stringing together to communicate with me.

We're finding it tough to have a daddy who works out of town these days, he's always asking where daddy is and everytime a truck drives by he thinks daddy is coming home. It's also a bit tough when daddy is home because Hudson is very good at getting what he wants from daddy and the transition is hard on him when daddy leaves again. I'm sure as time goes on he will becmoe more accustomed to the lifestyle of daddy coming and going but for now it's a bit hard on all of us.

I will leave you with some pictures of our Tummy Mummy Toboganning FUN!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Gosh who's the worst mum ever??

It has been tooo long since I last posted. Life with an 18 month old is far to busy to sit at a least for this mum! So Hudson is 18 months old...I almost can't believe it! So much has happened since the last time I posted, I'm not sure where to begin.

Hudson is chatting up a storm, he's the man who chats often but says little...I'd say he has about 15 - 20 words right now. His very first word was ball and his most recents are Thank you and night night (melts my heart every time).

Health wise, Hudson is still doing great and knock on wood we still don't seem to have any long term reprocussions from him being so sick when he was born. We have his 18 month shots coming up on Wednesday so I'll update his weight and height then and we also have some followup stuff with a nerologist and a rehabilitation center coming up this month, so it will be nice to get re-assurance once again that he's on the right track!

We have some exciting family news as well...Hudson is going to be a big brother! We are expecting a little one and she's 21 weeks in utero right now! We were shocked and amazed to find out we were pregnant, it didn't even dawn on me when I was feeling crappy that I could possibly be was my husband who pointed it out, and it took 3 pregnancy tests and a blood test for me to ACTUALLY believe it. We're that "you get pregnant once you adopt" cliche. I was really nervous to tell our birth mum about the pregnancy because I was worried she'd feel she made the wrong decision in asking us to raise Hudson, but she is thrilled for us and thrilled that Hudson gets to be a big brother. She even sent me card with some pregnancy survival tips on it...which of course made me cry...I blame the hormones :)

Our open adoption status is going amazingly. We took a trip across the country this summer to meet Stacy's (our tummy mummy's) extended family and friends. We stayed at Grandma's house right on the ocean and got to spend lots of time visiting with Hudson's birth family. It was wonderful; for me the very best part was watching Stacy and Hudson's relationship grow over the course of the two weeks we stayed there. Sometimes she seemed awkward around Hudson prior to the trip...not sure where to jump in and help and when not too but over the course of the vacation she got to really figure out her role as his birth mum and built a comfortable relationship with him; it was great to see her doing things like feeding him breakfast & giggling together hiding under pillows on the bed. Back at home Stacy sees Hudson at least once or twice a month, but as a young busy student sometimes it's hard to find the time to get together but we always seem to manage a visit or two each month.

I'm sure there is so much more to tell, and I'm missing large chunks of time but I think I covered the basics and I'll leave you with some pictures :)

Hudson's 1st Birthday

Hudson and his mummy & tummy mummy (who made his cake btw!)

Hudson's Farm Adventures

Hudson's First Haircut

Hudson helping daddy...he's a great helper!

Me and my little guy :)

Friday, April 23, 2010

One Year Ago

One year ago today I was at work and got a phone call from my husband asking if I was ready to have a baby. I rushed around trying to gather my things, not at all prepared for a baby to arrive, after all he was coming over 3 weeks early. I called my husband back because it seemed surreal...he must be kidding right?

One year ago today we rushed to the Royal Alex to meet Stacy, and I had tears rolling down my cheeks because I was so worried Stacy was going to be alone going through an emergency c-section.

One year ago today we suited up to go sit beside Stacy and hold her hand while they rushed to get our baby boy out of her belly.

One year ago today we heard our baby cry for the first time.

One year ago today we were given the most amazing, beautiful, selfless gift in the world.

One year ago today we held my beautiful baby boy in my arms and knew what irrevocable true love was.

Happy Birthday Hudson, my beautiful son.

Thank you Mat and Stacy for giving us the world there are not enough words to express our gratitude.