Family Pic Nov 2015

Family Pic Nov 2015

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Camping and Kings Dominion

Yesterday Julia had a follow up appointment with her GI doctor.  She weighed a whopping 20 pounds!!  That's 4 1/2 pounds since we got her home....praise the Lord : )  She has another appt. in a month, at which point they will look at scheduling her to get a GI tube placed.   We have finally gotten them on our health insurance.  We are looking forward to getting Julia some glasses and scheduling Aaron's botox injections to help straighten his eyes.  Now that we have gotten over the major hurdle with Julia's severe malnutrition, we are going to start getting Aaron the orthopedic appts. to see what steps we can take to help him walk better.

We have been busy trying to finish up school with our oldest daughter, Kacey.  Unfortunately, I will be doing school with Ethan probably until the end of July.  He was basically without school while I was gone for 6 weeks.  Kacey had her Spring Dance show this passed weekend.  But dance is not over for the year.  She is finding out any day whether her teachers think she is ready to go on point in ballet.  This means ballet classes for most of the summer.  Regan's preschool has ended for the summer. 

I'm so wanting things to wind down and calm down, but with 6 kids, even if the running around ends....the craziness at home does not!  Evan, our two year old is still, by far, having the hardest time adjusting to 2 new siblings.  He still wants so much mommy time and there is just not enough of me to go around.  I need prayers for patience and for peace in not getting everything accomplished as quickly as I would like to.  Many days I feel like I have very little time to sit back and enjoy these 6 blessings, besides taking care of their physical needs and keeping the house running smoothly.  It is quite a challenge.....a challenge that I knew I was facing, but being so wrapped up in all the adoption paperwork and travel, I could never have fully anticipated or processed how much of an adjustment this would be in all areas of our lives.  But when we can see the noticeable weight gain in Julia or watch her roll over to her tummy and get on all fours or hear Aaron speak more and more English everyday or delight in his squeals of laughter on an amusement park makes it all worth it.  God is good and will sustain us!

Here are some pictures of our camping trip two weekends ago and Kings Dominion yesterday:

Julia getting breakfast
Daddy frying bacon for our breakfast
Kacey and her best friend Sarah setting table while Evan waits to eat

Regan, Evan and Ethan romping around with Julia just before bed

Julia, Evan, and Ethan

Julia on her tummy!

She is so proud of her new energy and strength!

Ethan and Evan at Kings Dominion

Regan and Aaron at Kings Dominion

Thursday, June 2, 2011

First Month in Pictures

Ethan and Aaron building a marble run
Evan and Regan giving Julia love...

.....more love from Regan...
.....and some more!  Can you tell Regan adores Julia?

Regan feeding Julia a bottle

Ethan's turn feeding Julia

Aaron's favorite chore....helping me with the laundry

Julia at the park

Aaron at the park

The finished project!

Aaron's second favorite chore......

 ....sorting the silverware from dishwasher
Aaron playing with Julia at the hospital

Grandpa and Aaron....Aaron loves dunking his head under the water!

Kacey's 12th birthday slumber party

Evan's 2nd birthday (he and Kacey share the same birthday...May 5)

Evan's birthday gift

Julia is doing great with her NG tube feedings.  Yesterday she weighed 18 lbs. 1 oz.  I am sorry it has taken so long to get pictures up as I had promised, but I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed.   It's been very busy for us.  It is my birthday this weekend and my wish was to get away for the weekend.  So we are going camping!