So, there are several questions that keep getting asked, so I thought it would be fun to just blog the answers!
1. Do Ethan and Reese play well together?
Answer: Hmmm... if you call always wanting to play with the same toy at the same time, getting along! :) Ethan is nicer to her than she is to him, like he will try to give her a cup or toy to make her stop crying and he shares more easily than she does. Maybe because she is younger or maybe she is just a drama queen in the making! They are very cute together and they both love to have the freedom to just play!
2. Is Ethan healthy?
Answer: Yes, so healthy I cannot believe it! James 5:15 "And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well..." He is very active and "normal" for a 2 year old boy. He is fond of throwing himself on the floor and hitting his head when he is mad! I am sure he will be my first child to need stitches! We will visit Dr. Brus on Thursday for a well-check for both kids and then Dr. Tong again at the end of February.
3. Are you exhausted?
Answer: I feel like we are over the jet-lag, so that part of being exhausted is thankfully in the past. The kids are both sleeping well, so we can sleep soundly all night. They also nap very well during the day, so I get a break. I think when I go back to work, I will feel a different kind of exhaustion. Right now, I can focus on Ethan and Reese during the day. I have time for laundry, dishes, cleaning, etc. That will change drastically when we all leave at 7:40 and don’t come home until after 4:00. I am going to be off on Mondays, which is new for me to have a day off during the week. I am praying I can keep up with work stuff and make the most of that day at home, as well. Phil. 4:13 “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”
4. Are you adjusting?
Answer: Isabella- yes, she is so sweet with the little kids, she is her normal very helpful self! She is very conscientious and watches for ways she can help. Becca- yes, she is super eager to help and loves Ethan and Reese. She gets frustrated when she tries to help and it doesn’t work out so well, but she is learning. We are looking forward to watching the rest of her basketball games. Ryleigh- yes, she is so good with Ethan and Reese, she is like another mother, for sure. Ethan warmed up to her quicker than anyone else and I think it is because she didn’t give him a choice! I am thankful for her help and proud of her maturity. Reagan- yes, but we are making an extra effort to let her know even though she isn’t the baby anymore, we still love her. She asks a lot of questions like “did I do that when I was a baby” and “remember when I was doing that” I think she wants to make sure we don’t forget how cute, charming, special, and amazing she is! She likes to feed Reese and play with both of them. She helps at bathtime, but not diaper changing time! Ethan- yes, he is still most attached to me, but he is very happy and can be stubborn! He understands time-out in his room! Reese- yes, but I worry that she is not as attached to one of us as Ethan is. I have been rocking her at night and most of the time, she lets me and seems to enjoy it. She will go to anybody, which of course, is not a good thing. We will see how time changes that. As soon as anyone says “bye-bye” she starts blowing kisses. She found her very loud voice and chooses to scream extremely loudly when things are not going her way or just for no reason at all! But then she also has the most contagious smile and laugh! She is getting better about walking instead of being carried. Tim and I- yes, so far we are making a good team and keeping everything running relatively smoothly in our crazy house! It takes a lot of effort to make time for each other, but we have made a promise to do that. I feel so blessed to be on this journey with my perfect match.
5. Are Ethan and Reese good eaters?
Answer: Yes and Yes. Reese is not a huge fan of meat, but she is a good (and very slow) eater. She takes little tiny bites and likes to be fed. She is doing much better drinking from sippy cups by herself. Ethan is a great eater. He doesn’t like very many cold foods, but pretty much eats everything on his plate most meals. We have been so blessed by our Small Group and other family and friends with delicious meals, so we have all been eating some very yummy food! Things may change when it’s mommy cooking all the time! They both ate tuna sandwiches for lunch the other day, so I am happy to have someone to share that with! They also love milk and water, so that’s good, too!
So, I think those are the Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions and the best answers I could come up with! Our family continues to feel so blessed to all be together and slowly we are getting back to all the regular activities. Ryleigh started basketball, so we have that to work into our schedule. Like I said, I know when I go back to work, things will change again, so I am going to really try to enjoy this week!