THE DUCOMMUNS

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We are the Ducommuns! There are 4 of us now-Craig, Laura, Zamara, and now Mahashavah, our 1 year old son. We adopted Zamara from Ethiopia in 2008. Our son is also from Ethiopia and we are hoping to bring him home soon. We live Flagstaff Arizona. We are so glad you found us. Take a look around and don't forget to leave us a message.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

First Tooth!


The Title pretty much explains it there...

New Pix





Here are some pix from the last week or so. Enjoy!  First time with a sippy cup....VERY exciting....for her parents at least.  It's so strange saying her first sippy cup was very exciting.  But it was.  Seriously.  At the pool...again.  And we just couldn't wait for winter to put this hat on her. 


Saturday, September 20, 2008

VIDEO!

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Our girl can sit!





Last night Zamara sat up by herself for the first time for any length of time.  We have  been working on sitting, but she would always topple over after about 10 seconds.  Tonight was her night, though!  She was sitting like an expert!  She would start laughing though and kind of fall over.  She seemed so proud of herself!  She also LOVES the blocks that Aunt Angie and Aunt Ashley made for her.

The other pictures are of daddy and daughter.  Craig was eating string cheese and Zamara was laughing like crazy...I'm not sure why, but she was really tickled!

Laura

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Fields of Gold



Just South of Flagstaff is this area right off the freeway just full of yellow flowers/weeds (I don't know which).  I found it to be too irresistible of a photo op.  Well, I find pretty much anywhere to be too irresistible of a photo op.  Here are a few pix.

Halloween Costumes








































This past weekend we went to Phoenix and tried a few potential Halloween costumes on Zamara.  I am sure every first time parent jumps out of their skin with excitement about dressing their little baby up to be a goblin or warlock or witch...wait...we're Christians so that's bad.  I mean dressing their baby up as an angel or Bible character....Ok, enough of that.  We went to a large big box baby store that will go unnamed and tried on several costumes.  We thought both of these options were just about the cutest things we had ever seen.  We know which one we bought but the rest of you will have to wait until Halloween.  There WILL NOT be a vote on this like we did with baby names.  This is just so much more important!  

Hugs and Kisses--Craiggers

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Pool pictures!




Here are the pictures from the pool that I promised you all...and this last one is of baby and daddy watching tennis on TV. They both looked so cute with their round bellies hanging out!!!


Saturday, September 6, 2008

A rough week!

This has been a difficult week for all the Ducommun's in Flagstaff (all 3 of us!).  Up until this week Zamara has just been the perfect little baby girl.  This week she has been quite fussy.  I think the reality of her new life has kicked in and she is having a hard time adjusting.  She has been waking up several times a night and not sleeping very well in general.  Staying at home full-time has also been more difficult than I thought it would be.  I am grateful to be at home, though!  I cannot imagine how difficult this transition would be if I also had to deal with working outside the home right now.  

I have talking and emailing friends who have gone through similar situations.  I have also been reading every book I can get my hands on about how to deal with infants.  I know we will get this all worked out, but please keep us in your prayers as we work toward getting our lives into a normal routine.  I think there are some real differences with biological kids and newly adopted children.  It is hard to sift through all the information and decide what to do in each situation.  

On the positive side, Zamara has gained a pound and a 1/2 since we brought her home.  She is healthy and growing.  Her cold and congestion has gone away.  That in itself is a miracle and we feel blessed to have such a healthy little girl.  

Yesterday we took her to the community pool.  It was her first time swimming.  She looked darling in her new swimsuit and ABSOLUTELY LOVED the water!  She would have stayed there all day  "swimming" around.  Her parents were tired, though, so we only stayed for about an hour.  We took pictures of her at the pool.  Hmmm, I need to find those and get them uploaded to the blog.  

Craig is back at work this week.  I think that has added to Zamara's overall sour disposition.  She loves her mommy and daddy and is the happiest when we are all together.  If only we could get paid to stay at home and hang out with our child all day...now that would be a good job!  But since we haven't seen a lot of openings for this type of position, Craig will have to continue going to work.  

Thanks for all your prayers and for continuing to check up on us every so often.  If you get a chance leave us a comment.  We love to hear from you all.  

Goodnight!  Laura

Friday, September 5, 2008





Here are some recent pictures of Zamara...