Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wow, has it been 3 weeks?



I know, I know.... I haven't updated our blog at all and I do have very good reasons.... Anna got her first major cold last week and so part of the reason I haven't updated our blog is because I've been taking care of a little sick girl... she is recovering beautifully though and is almost back to normal (oh, I also got the cold so we were all pretty miserable).

Not sure where to begin....
The past 3 weeks we've been home has been FULL... the first week and a half, we had a painter in our house while we were adjusting (not the best timing for this, but the painter was behind a week or so and couldn't get it all done while we were gone..., Anna (Aaron's sister) and David (Anna's husband), and boys Benjamin and Caleb came over one the 2nd weekend we were home. It was a short visit but so great to have someone in the family get to see Anna. Since we live 3 hours away from Portland, we haven't had any visitors ... so far, only Anna & David & boys have met our little Anna. We haven't had any energy to make a weekend trip there, so we may have to wait to introduce Anna until Thanksgiving. Aaron has been back to work and very busy since we got home, and as I posted above, 4 out of 6 of us came down with a cold... Oh, and we've had to get over jet lag, do 2 weeks worth of "catch up" homework for 3 kids, with a painter in the house, all the while, adjusting to a new little sweet pea in the house and Aaron not coming home until 8pm or later most nights. BUT, Anna has been the BEST with all of this adjustment... as busy as things have been, I haven't felt too stressed and thankfully, she is a good sleeper, so atleast I am not sleep-deprived.

Anna had her first appt last week with the Dr. and all went well... she is going to get her blood drawn tomorrow to double-check on the Hep B status. The doctor was very positive about her growth and how healthy she looks. She didn't have to get any immunizations either, which was WONDERFUL.

She is already doing so much now.... she's pulled herself up to standing and is doing alot of pre-walking stuff like standing up for a few seconds on her own, pulling up on a box and pushing it as she walks, etc.... it is amazing to watch her do these things at such a young age since my boys didn't do alot of these things until they were a few months older......She is such a go-getter and not mellow like 2 of my 3 boys were. She is such a bundle of joy and energy, I can hardly believe we spent all this time without her. She fits in so perfectly and I couldn't have asked for a better transition. She had a tough 4-5 days adjusting to jet lag and our new home and her room, but she has quickly settled into a routine now and sleeps 9-10 hours straight everynight!!! I was prepared to wake up several times if I had to, but so far, she is letting us sleep. Her nap schedule is not very consistent yet, but I am just letting that one go for now.

She loves her brothers and gets so happy when they come home from school. They love her equally and have been so helpful with everything, including "trying" to change her diaper. She is a little squirmer and does not lay still for diaper changes, so I am working on that one. Our boys were always so compliant with diaper changes, that it has been a challenge for me to try to get her to be still.

I am still just in awe of God's blessing to us.... when I have a moment of quiet, I find myself thanking God over and over for bringing her into our family. Life is definitely FULL right now, but I am not sure I'd want it any other way....

Enjoy the pictures!

9 comments:

Donna said...

She is truly blossoming!! Such a cutie pie, and it sounds like she's soaking up all the attention and stimulation like a sponge. Feeling blessed, Pam?? :)

Karmen and Greg said...

What an absolute joy to see Anna doing so well in your family. I LOVE the picture of "nap time" -- it is just precious. Sorry you guys have been sick. What Donna asked about "feeling blessed" ... I don't think we even need to ask ... You are SOOOO blessed!

Lisa said...

She is soooo darn cute! I love it! She really seems to be adapting and everyone looks so happy! I am so happy for you Pam!

Steve n Coco said...

Love the pictures! I am so glad you all are adjusting well... and are getting healthy again!

Be blessed,
Courtney

Mark, Rebecca and Sophia said...

What a joy to see her growing into her new life!

Elizabeth Bergeron said...

She is such a cute little baby girl! I love the photo of the two of you sleeping, it's so peaceful.
She looks so cute in all her little outfits, isn't shopping fun for a little girl? :) Glad all is well and that you are feeling better.

Rosie said...

Its so wonderful for you all.Shes beautiful.
I wish it could happen for us but its years away,even though we started in March 05.UK rules suck big time but thats how it is ....wishing you all the happiness.

Leslie said...

She is so precious Pam. I wish there was some way to get my hands on her...lol. She has the cutest diaper butt I have ever seen to. It looks like everyone just is in awe of her and vise a versa. It's so very special to witness from afar.

I sure hope you ALL get feeling better soon. I know that can be so tough.

Thank you for my special surprise in the mail today. I was hoping you were going to think of me!!!!
It's so very sweet and precious.

Karmen said...

Has it been 3 weeks??? NO -- it's been more like 5 now!!! Pam we miss you -- just your ladybug stalker DYING to see more pix ; ) Hope you're all doing well!