A few weeks ago Andy needed longer pants, This week I discovered that Joshua needed bigger shirts. Eliana and Isabel couldn’t wear their dresses and Danielle couldn’t stretch out her legs in her sleeper outfits. The great clothes shift continues! Praise God I only have to buy clothes for Andy and Eliana. This time around we had some dear church friends give us pants that fit Andy’s skinny frame perfectly.
After Andy’s front tooth fell out this week his smile made James and I laugh out loud. He had lost his two bottom front teeth already, but it was not terribly noticeable when he smiled. This guy is doing great in school and we’re so proud of how he is learning and growing.
Joshua has been between wanting to be totally independent and still wanting help with everything. One minute he is telling us that he doesn’t need our help brushing his teeth and the next minute he is asking if we can help him put on his shoes or cover him up. He loves his baby sister and he asks multiple times a day if I can take a picture of him holding Danielle. Miss Danielle is already 7 weeks old. It seems like it was just a few days ago that we brought her home from the hospital. She is holding her head up more. She’s starting to smile. She’s outgrowing her newborns clothes and diapers. She’s sleeping for longer stretches at night. Her eyes are still blue and her dark hair is growing back in. She has a little cry with a minute or two pause before the next cry which tells me that she not too upset. It’s a little bit like getting an early warning before she gets really upset. Usually the problem is that she needs a diaper change, a new bib or she’s hungry. Sometimes she is just bored and wants a change of scenery. With each one of the kids it seems that they grow and change much more quickly than their siblings before them.
Isabel has been adjusting to not being the baby in the house. She’s been cutting 6 teeth at once, four of which are molars. Before I realized she was teething actually took her to the doctor because she was drinking all the time and I thought she might be diabetic! Her vocabulary is growing daily and she constantly amazes us with the words that she says. We still affectionately (most of the time) call her “Baby-zilla,” because of her tendency to destroy things, to take things that don’t belong to her, and to cause general messes where ever she goes. Sometimes I put her into the playpen instead of Danielle to give everyone a break from her!
Miss Eliana is as sassy as ever. She gets frustrated easily and wears her heart on her sleeve. She is progressing nicely with being potty trained. Her expanding collection of stuffed animals has caused her to fall out of bed more than once. If you have any ideas, suggestions or stories to help us convince her to move her toys off of her bed they are more than welcome! She cries and cries even if we move her animals to the foot of her bed. She wants all of them and she is absolutely broken-hearted if we put them into the toy buckets that we have just for animals.
Today Eliana said to me, “You got a lot of kids!” I responded by saying, “Yes, 5 kids is a lot!” I will be the first one to confess that I get overwhelmed sometimes, but my kids are a tremendous blessing to me! While the kids grow and change, so do I.