Adding a new baby into the mix has actually been so much easier than I could have imagined. Of course, I'm pretty sure my perspective is a bit warped from having two sets of twins.
Ameila is the easiest baby! She's always happy and she loves to sleep. I have never seen a baby sleep so much. I've never had a baby that didn't nurse around the clock. She's just very content. I am so totally in love with her.
We have had "snow" twice this winter. What counts for snow in southern Arizona is nothing compared to what New England is seeing right now. But we'll take it. As soon as the sun came up after I took this picture, the snow was gone. Instant melting.
Matthew spent another 6 weeks in a brace and his arm still looks bent. That picture above is 3 months out from surgery. The bump is where the bone is still sticking out. We finally got a second opinion from a new doctor and the x-rays showed a 15 degree angulation. He had a 65 degree angulation when he broke it.
When we returned to the second doctor for a follow-up visit, the x-ray showed that the bone is slowly straightening out so he won't need another surgery. But he still favors his other arm and cries whenever he bumps the bad arm against something. It's been no fun for him and I think his behavior has suffered as a result. His ABA therapist thinks the arm bothering him is the source of some of his outbursts lately. Meanwhile, it's Little League season and I'm terrified to let him play with his arm like that.
A few days after Amelia's birth, I received a package in the mail from my grandmother. In it were two sweaters, a hat, and a pair of booties. All pink. I couldn't figure out how on earth my almost 87-year old grandmother was able to make them so quickly. After all, we had just found out that Seven was a girl! Then I saw the note from her explaining that the sweater set was mine when I was a baby. She kept it for all these years and now Amelia is wearing it.
(She always sucks the left thumb and covers her face or touches her hair with her right hand.)
We are in that rough time of the year with school right now. It's almost spring and we are more than halfway through our school year, but it is a challenge to start planning for testing and our curriculum for the coming year. We haven't been to our homeschool group meetings since before Amelia's birth because we can't fit all of the car seats in our van. We're on a waiting list for our new van. (Yes, a waiting list!)
For right now, this is reality in our house. Same crazy, different day. Always loud, always fun!