Monday, August 29, 2011

Kid Update!

Things are great here! But this blog is seriously lacking in trivial details of my children and our life as it is right now, so I’m going to do something about that. I haven’t written about Eli and Landon much over the last few months and they have grown and changed so much!

Landon is still my tender-hearted little man, but he can be so very stubborn at times. He can be the life of the party, but he also likes to just go off by himself and play too. He’ll dig in the dirt for hours all by himself.

Eli is still pretty mischievous and he’s quite the smart-alec at times, but he has turned into one of the most affectionate kids I’ve ever known. He comes up to me several times a day and says, “mom-mom (that’s what he calls me now), I love you so much.” If that doesn’t almost bring a mom to tears, I don’t know what would. While I’m sure that Eli is totally genuine in his love, he has learned how to use that line at just the right moment to avoid getting in trouble. He’s no dummy!

Eli and Landon have recently learned all of their letters. Dustin works with them every night before bed and they have picked up the alphabet SO quickly with him. They also can count to 10 and know all of their shapes and colors. I know these aren’t earth-shattering accomplishments, but I’m happy that they enjoy learning. We started back to story-time this morning at the library. It’s nice to get back to a routine and get out of the house for activities.
Both boys are great eaters, LOVE to read, adore Harper, can play by themselves just as well as they can play together, and are finally doing better with potty training. We took a couple huge steps backwards when Harper was born. They would come home and we’d get back on track, only to have to have to be away from home again. I could certainly write a book on what NOT to do. Oh well…not much about their life has been normal lately, so I can’t really blame them.

Harper continues to be the sweetest baby I’ve ever known. She smiles and laughs and “talks” all day long. She is doing great with her feedings and is taking even more than the doctor wants her to. She’s gaining weight and at her last checkup she weighed right at 10 pounds. That has been almost a month ago, so I’m sure she’s much more than that now. Trying not to think about the surgery looming in our future has been a failed mission for me. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about it. There isn’t a time that I see her scars that I don’t wish we didn’t have to do it again. I think I’m anxious mostly because I have SO many questions that I didn’t have the composure to ask last time and I’m really ready to go back and get some details now. This has been the longest period of time that we’ve gone without seeing Dr. Robinson. He warned me that I would go into withdrawals and it’s true. My world doesn’t quite feel balanced without weekly trips to the cardiologist.

If Harper's head looks crooked, it's because it is (she's getting help from our friends at ECI to correct it with some therapy. They are also monitoring her development.) If one eye looks bigger than the other, it's because it is (She had some possible nerve damage during heart surgery).

So that's what these kids are up to. As for me...well, I have three children under three. I stay pretty busy (and crazy)! There are days that I feel really on top of things around here, but there are many more days that I feel totally out of control. The time is flying by and I know it won't be like this for long. I better enjoy the chaos while I have it!

Thanks for checking in on us. I hope your life is not nearly as crazy as mine...but just as blessed :)


Grandma said...

Honey, you post the best. The pictures are adorable. The news is good. We are going to face it day by day and let God help. You and Dustin are "tops" we love all of you...Grandma

Jacki said...

She is beautiful!! I'm so glad I got to meet her today I was very happy to see all of you!! Eli and Landon were very good listeners today!!!

Anonymous said...

LOVE those pictures!! and those babies!! do the ask about me often? i bet they do. ask eli and landon if they wanna celebrate their birthday in conjunction with mine this year. i can't wait. i'm already planning it. we can dress to match and each have our own cake. tell them about them each getting their own cakes and i'm SURE they'll say yes. (Sliz, duh-huh)

Chey-Anne Smart said...

She looks absolutely perfect! So precious! And the pics of the boys are adorable! So glad to hear things are going well!

Heather said...

The pictures of Harper are so sweet and I cannot believe how big the boys are!!! Think of and pray for ya'll often - wish we got to come down that way more often, but hopefully we will be in town end of September and be able to catch up. Y'all take care! <3

Bridget said...

Hey Amy! Your family is adorable! This is Bridget. . .oh how far we have come since college! Glad I found you to keep in touch!

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