Some of our latest happenings include David starting up a small group at church of foster families to support and encourage one another, Mimi being FULLY potty trained!, Baby Girl starting to speak with a slight lisp because she is aware (from talking to other five year olds) that she cannot say her s's like everyone else. These among many other things.
Also I had surgery to remove my appendix and right ovary. And the kids are having to live with not sitting in momma's lap and letting me hold them! It's really hard for me because I can see them pulling away a bit, not sure if I am still the same toward them. So we will be around Mimomo's and Nana's and Mamaw's and Aunts over the next couple of weeks so they can get some proper female lovin' :) I love my kids!
Also, I want to show so many pictures right now, but alas, I must wait until the children are fully ours before doing so. And on that front, we have a court date in late July for a two-day hearing. Then a judge will decide if the kids get to go back with their biological parents or stay with us. This is the major thing happening and not happening in our home right now. It both consumes our thoughts at times, and yet, feels very far into the future.
We are trusting in Him who works all things together for the good of those who love Him.
Please be praying July 25 and July 26 for our family!
On a somewhat lighter note, here are some sweet things the kids are doing and things I'm discovering about them:
- Bubs will usually wake up and scream "Mama! Mama weah AYE oooo?" in sing-song. It means "Mama where are youuuuuu?" It's super cute, but it also sounds just like his "aye AYE ooo" (which means "I love you"). So I pretend he is waking up and the first thing he says is ""Mama, I love you!". It's hard for me to not let that little rascal become a total mama's boy. We have definitely bonded, which leaves me feeling bittersweet at times. I love that I have been able to attach to him- just before the necessary independence stage needs to take place and he no longer wishes to cuddle cheek to cheek each time he awakes from his nap. However, I realize (through my relationship with him) how much I have missed out at bonding in that special way with the girls.
- I wish so badly that I could show you the video of Bubs reading himself Brown Bear, Brown Bear. If you are familiar with the book, there is a part where the teacher, teacher sees the children. Whenever Bubs gets to that part he points to the corresponding pictures with each of his family members. For the most part they make sense. Mim's is the darker girl with curly black hair, Baby Girl has dark features but straight hair. "Buba", as he calls himself, is a pretty close look-alike for him, and I am the wierd looking sideways blond haired girl in the orange shirt. But for David he picks a latino looking dude who happens to be sitting right beside the "me" in the book. I think he will go for the blonde haired blue eyed one on the first row, but every time- it's Latino David. I wonder if that's how he really sees his Daddy, David. It cracks us up!
- Baby Girl's love language is "special time". The other day I took her out for lunch, which happened to be at an outdoor mall, The Avenues. As I have been posting, I have had realizations lately that I have some excessive tendencies that I usually justify some way or another. So I thought this time after lunch would be great to give her an education on how the world of consumerism really works. So we went window shopping, which turned into real shopping, which turned into both of us trying on clothes and me buying some cheap pants and a shirt! Whatareyagonnado? Needless to say, she loved the day, and I don't think my anti-consumerism lesson sunk in :)
- Mimi has started calling her little brother "The Bubs". I guess she has heard us call him that from time to time. She will say, "Mama, The Bubs is asleep," or "Where is The Bubs?" At least she has stopped calling him a her :)
- "The Bubs" has also started talking so much more. Now when I come in a room he says, "Heya Mama. How u doooen?"...almost Joey from Friends esque ;)
- Mims is doing so well going to the potty. She has really grown up a ton since mastering that skill. When she is well fed (and well napped) she has become such a prim and proper little girl, giving slight nods of the head when she does something she is pleased with. She is our Mimi and we love her!
- Baby Girl is really excited to start kindergarten. She has taken on a lot of my high maintenance-ness with food, though. When her Mimomo came to help out when I had my surgery, she had to have a certain kind of tea as well as a drink with her breakfast. In her defense, I usually have two or three drink like things at breakfast too. She tells me sometimes, "Mommy, it's OK for you to have tea and kefir and water at breakfast because you're the adult right?" And I look down at my highfaluting breakfast and say, "Yes, that's right" :)