The kids are thriving! It seems every time we step into a pile of "something..." that the kids rally and get stronger. Cecily is our little trooper. Her body battles against her every day and yet she is emerging with her new care plan with even more strength and endurance. Her world is opening up and she is talking and sharing more and more of her thoughts with us! Each day brings a new experience. She has a new school, an updated IEP and a new teacher to guide her forward. We are thrilled with the changes and excited to watch her bloom. We are already seeing her talk more and express herself! Go Cecily Go! AND... yesterday at breakfast she fed herself eggs. This is pretty much a dream come true. Her eating skills are getting stronger and stronger and we see a path to "typical eating" within her reach.
Noah is growing into a big boy. I am so proud of his accomplishments but they pale in comparison to his spirit and smile. He is always ready to lend a hand and he actually likes playing with his baby brother and sister. He includes them always... and only rarely gets mad when they mess up his stuff. (And they mess it up a lot!) He has his own blog now and he shares his special stories and his thoughts. He has so many things to say when we take the time to listen and fuel his hunger for learning and self-expression.
And then there is our joy, Cason. The happiest baby on the block brings us endless joy and fun. He gets into trouble every hour of every day but he does it in such a way that we have to laugh and smile. He has taken to saying, "Oh Man..." anytime something does not go his way... and his expressions are nothing short of priceless. He is a danger to himself and thinks he can do anything Noah does... but he will get there.
Brien and I are just relishing this time and trying to remember it won't last forever. The joy of young kids is the best present. And we can't believe how fast the time is passing us by. We are looking forward to beach days and zoo trips... some mini-local vacations and making sure we take time for each other.
We have realized that life will be a roller coaster for a long time. But... if we remain a team - a family - and make all the hard decisions together - we will be OK! Our life is far from perfect. We are struggling to ensure we are doing right by all our kids. It is hard to find the balance so every child feels loved and appreciated and not neglected.
We are grateful for Mom and Dad, Grammy and Grampy, for holding us together with their love and patience. And it takes a lot of those... And thanks to our wonderful nanny, Clarisa, who is without a doubt a miracle worker with all three kids. I am not quite sure how she does it... but we are so lucky and grateful to have her helping us find the fun in each day and her extra help enables us to enjoy the kids and make the hardest of days still a bundle of fun.
When we see the smiles below we know that we're doing something right. The kids are happy. What more can you ask for? Family. Family. Family!
Onwards and upwards!