Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday...Eighteen Months!

Eighteen months ago, we got off a plane, drove home, and walked through our front door as a family of four.

Baby J settled into our family with the same fervor and enthusiasm he shows for every new thing...

This boy has had such a long road, and we have been honored to travel that long road with him...

And to be honest, I am glad to be on this side of that journey.

Our baby J still has a long road ahead of him... a road of growth, of overcoming sensory issues, and a road of attachment.

But looking back, over the past eighteen months, looking at how far he has come, how he has grown, and what he has overcome... looking back gives us hope for his future.

He is happy, and loud, and he loves his family. He is a sweet little guy who loves cuddles, cars, trains, and boats.

And most of all, for the past eighteen months...he is ours. And we are so thrilled that he is!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

More Little Pumpkins... Just Pictures

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Phone Dump...

Traveling in style... the baby sometimes still gets carsick, so for long distances, a towel has to happen.

Little M... not so thrilled about flu shots. Not to worry, she rocked it without even a tear. And she got a milkshake.

Sadly, this is the only picture of baby J in this week's phone dump. Why? Because the child never is still, and every phone picture of him is a blur as he runs by.

Not screaming in the bathtub... progress!

Not amused at the cardiologist.

She told me she was princess dandelion. Then she told me to take a picture so we could remember it forever.

We see this smile many times throughout the day now...

Then she gets told no...

And we see this face... but I think this face is beyond adorable, and even amusing.

And in five seconds, she is usually over it.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Little Hair...

Baby J has said several times this week that tiny P's hair is almost as "little" as his hair is...

And little M has commented that we need to grow her hair out quickly, "so she can be a girl." Clearly we need to talk more about what makes people a girl...

Tiny P does have very "little" hair. There is quite a bit of it, but it is very coarse, and cropped pretty close to her head.

She loves for me to do her hair every morning, and always wants me to put an elastic in like I do with little M's hair...

So I did. Hopefully it grows quickly!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Little Pumpkins...

Fall is upon us!

This is mine and little M's favorite season of all...

And how could it not be? My house is at it's best when it is dressed for Fall.

And my babies... well, I think they were born for Fall colors.

And everything Fall... the pumpkins, the food, the smells.... we love them all.

The pumpkins make our tiny P smile. And that makes me love Fall even more.

We were not sure about the pumpkin patch this year, and are planning to skip most of our usual seasonal social traditions...

But I am glad we went to this!

Little M begged to go pick pumpkins, and since it was an overcast, rainy day, the pumpkin patch was empty!

We had the place to ourselves, and we lived it up. The kids ran around picking up little pumpkins, and laughing when they couldn't budge the big ones.

They raced each other up and down the rows, and we were thrilled to see them all so happy...

And this little girl talks about "punkahs" every day, and she smiled (we may have even heard some giggles) the whole time...

Yay for the pumpkin patch!

So many have been asking where I get the kid's clothes, and if I make them... I shudder to think what they would look like if I attempted to make them, ha. I buy a lot of clothes from Zulily, some from Naartjie (just for the girls), and when all three match, I go to Etsy. Etsy is amazing, and I am always so happy with the things we get for the kids!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Dear Tiny P...

Precious little girl... today you have been our tiny P for four weeks!

You have endured so many changes in the past four weeks, more than I can imagine enduring.

I know you have been so frightened, and confused...

And I know that we are only at the beginning of our journey... but there are some things I want you to know.

You have a mama now. And your mama will do her very best to love you unconditionally, to hold and comfort you when your little heart is filled with grief, and to rejoice with every sweet smile we see.

I will be there for you in the journey to come... and there is a long journey to come, before you are healthy.

You have a family now, and we will be there, with you, every step of the way.

We love you, and we cannot wait to watch you grow and continue to blossom. And when our human efforts fail, as they will, in our imperfection, we will trust you to God, the one who loves you even more than we do.

Happy four weeks, precious girl.