Monday, March 30, 2009

Since we last left you...

Wow, what a crazy two weeks!

Natalie is thriving. That's how one lady in our church tactfully said she's plumped out like crazy! haha She IS thriving, though. She weighed 9 pounds 8 ounces and measured 20.5 inches at her 1 month appointment. She's got two chins, working on a third, and even has the start of arm rolls. None of my kids ever had arm rolls! Natalie's eyes just keep getting lighter, so she will stand out in our family as the only non-brown-eyed daughter, I think. She also gives the BEST smiles. As of Friday, she's been falling asleep between 10 and 11 p.m., waking in the morning at 6:30, waking up just once in the night. This makes me happy!!!!

Lainie's big tests at Children's Mercy were last Monday. She did really really well, especially considering that she was working on 4 hours of sleep. We haven't heard back yet on the EEG, but the MRI was clear. She also started preschool on Wednesday. She is scared of the bus but apparently loves school, and I've refrained from running to the school and peering through the window, although lord knows I'm tempted. We also had her evaluation meeting with K-State's speech program. Her expressive language skills are in the 4th and 5th percentile for her age, but happily her receptive language is still in the normal range. So, she's taking it all in, processing it, but can't regurgitate it. My fear continues to be that the speech delay will slow down her cognitive development in other areas, but so far, so good!

I'm doing well. Physically, I've got my energy back and stopped taking the iron supplements. I've had other health issues, but probably nothing surprising after giving birth for the fifth time. We've been battling thrush for 3 weeks now; it's not getting any worse, but it's not clearing up with the nystatin. I start back to the office tomorrow, which Natalie coming with me for the first couple weeks. Then, she starts daycare on April 20.

Katie feels forgotten, probably because we can let (and are letting) her do things on her own, more and more. Maggie still needs supervision, even if its just to check in on her and make sure she's not pushing the limits of what we consider acceptable, but we can trust Katie to do the right thing, so we let her do her own thing. This month, Katie will have her first communion and all the focus will be on her. That should help! Oh, and she qualified for the gifted program and started that up last Monday too.

Maggie is Maggie, still a challenge from the parenting perspective but never a dull moment and always entertaining! She gets upset that she can't hold Natalie more, and is starting to get excited about kindergarten. Our biggest challenges with her are getting her to stop reading all the time and getting her to sleep when she needs it. She takes after her ol' ma on both of those points. :)

Jay is knee-deep in garden stuff, farmers market promotions, and state tests for his 8th graders. It feels like we're just one stutter step from falling on our faces, but still we keep upright.

And that's our update! What's new with you?

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