So we realized recently that we haven’t posted an update on the kids in a while, so here it is :). It is still hard for me to believe that we are now posting about not just one little kiddo but two. God has truly blessed our family. Ethan will be 6 months old on Friday. Time has flown by. He is such a sweet, mild-mannered little guy. He only cries if he is hungry or sleepy. The rest of the time he is content playing on his playmat, sitting in his bumbo or watching his big sister, Sophie, being silly. He is becoming more and more mobile everyday. He is rolling both directions and tonight, for the first time, he even got up on his hands and knees. It definitely makes things more interesting because he is not guaranteed to stay in the spot you initially place him and he is often getting himself into precarious situations (like under the couch). He is getting close to sitting up on his own, but only for short periods. At any rate he is our precious little boy and we love him more than words can express.
Little Miss Sophie is almost 2 1/2 years old. She amazes us everyday with her vocabulary, memory, imaginative play and sensitive spirit. She is also sharp so Mommy and Daddy have to guard the way we phrase things (and how we react to frustrating situations) very carefully because she is quick to mimic. While “driving” the car buggy around the grocery store not long ago she impatiently squeeked the horn and shouted “Come on man!” to anyone that stepped in the way. Wonder where she got that one? A child is one of the best accountability partners you will ever have. 🙂 Right now her favorite things to do are watching cartoons, drawing, dancing to the music on her keyboard, playing with her little brother, singing songs, being outside with her friends, and role-playing (I don’t know how many times a day I hear “you’re the Daddy and I’m the Mommy,” or hear her “getting married” to Daddy, or “You be Dora, I be you backpack.”). She has also started taking swimming lessons. Our goal in starting these was to give her more confidence in the water. After just a few lessons she is already kicking, letting her teacher help her float on her back, jumping in and going under with her teacher catching her, and putting her face in the water and blowing bubbles. It is amazing the difference a few lessons have made. One quick funny story. She is in a stage where she incessantly asks for something she wants until I get it for her. The other day she repeatedly asked for some Fanta to drink. After what felt like the 50th time, I told her “Mommy is working on it and if you ask again you will not get any.” The next thing out of her mouth was “Mommy I not ask about it I just sing about it….(singing) Fanta, Fanta, I need some Fanta.” I yelled to Jamie “what do I do with this” while laughing of course. She is definitely a clever one. One final thing that we are very proud of is that she is beginning to learn more about who Jesus is and the concept of prayer. The other day I hurt my toe pretty badly. Sophie asked me what was wrong and I told her that my toe and foot were really hurting. She quickly replied “I will pray for it at nite nite time and it will feel better in the morning.” This is becoming her response more and more often when she encounters someone with a “booboo” and it makes us so proud.
The faith of our little girl challenges us daily and the example that we want to be for our children makes us strive to be a better people. Our two kiddos are a blessing from God and I thank him everyday for placing them in our care.