Well, there were a lot of colds... and then a flu... and the kids are home 5 out of 7 days a week and Daddy has been working Saturdays too... and there were sleep issues that made things difficult... and and and...
However, we are now in a very different place and I vow to get back to documenting life because it is so good. It is so so good that I don't ever want to forget how glorious this time is. I want to be able to read the details of these days some day in the future when all my big kids are driving me nuts. :)
Cierra will be 6 months old this week and she is absolutely fabulous. Three weeks ago we did some serious sleep training and it has changed our lives in a spectacular way. Cierra now only wakes up for feeds at night every 4 hours and she sleeps 1-1.5 hours for her 3 naps a day and she goes down happily talking to herself. It's a beautiful thing!
She adores the twins, loves watching all they do and finds them very funny too. And they love to make her laugh. I catch them snuggling her, kissing her, and doing all kinds of kid antics to make her laugh. She loves how unpredictable they are and I think living with that makes her a very relaxed little girl. She also is getting very vocal, hollering at her toys, singing to herself. She is a total gem.
The twins are still pretty great too though. :) Some awesome kid moments lately:
When Rachel arrives in a room she'll often say:"Here me are!"
I love that she still doesn't have her pronouns straight.
A friend of Andrew's visited recently and was reading them the Book with no Pictures. Just as he was about to get to the funny sounds, Rachel says a quiet, anticipatory, sing songy, "here we go..." Andrew and I laughed and laughed.
Shortly after that they were getting horsey rides from this same friend. He's a big guy, really big and after he had been the horse for quite a while, giving them rides together, he said to them, "Now it's my turn." Sam looked him in the eye and deadpan, straight faced, said "Uh oh..."
We howled with laughter. It was so perfect.
And what was even better was when Sam accepted his responsibility and got down on his hands and knees to try to be the horse. Of course this friend was so big that his knees touched the ground when he 'rode' so the twins didn't have to take any real weight. But I think they liked reciprocating. What a great moment to witness.
Life is good and I know there are great times ahead too. But I still wish I could pause and make this stage last longer.