Joseph celebrated his first spiritual birthday last week. Bethany lost her fourth tooth on Thursday, we had a traditional ice cream celebration. Friday was her second spiritual birthday as we had layered rainbow cake and then yesterday she lost her fifth tooth, her upper front tooth, so we had another round of ice cream!! She has two more loose teeth and Joseph has three loose teeth, looks like we are going to have lots of ice cream in our future!
Brady has grown and changed incredibly in the past two weeks. He is making animal sounds, car and tractor sounds, signing about twenty signs and started saying, "Momma." It is the cutest thing. I have waited so long to hear him say my name, he's been saying "Dada" for months.
He is completely obsessed with Joe, when Joe is home he follows him everywhere, if Joe leaves the room, Brady goes to find him. Everyday, if Joe isn't home Brady listens for the garage door, if he hears it open he runs from wherever he is in the house and says, "Da! Dada!" over and over until he gets to him. Several times a day one of the kids or I will go out into the garage and Brady will think it is Joe, when he can't find Joe, tears follow.
Brady loves to play with Joe and do anything that Joseph and Joe do together. We are super excited that UK is playing the championship game tomorrow night. We've been rooting them on and last night watched them win against Louisville. Joe was very excited during the game and cheering, Joseph sat next to Joe and they kept giving high fives. Brady was watching, I know he was confused but he clapped and pumped his fist in the air like Joe. He wants to be big boy and definitely gets the fact that he belongs with the boys.
Brady is almost 16 months, I took him to his 15 month well visit this week. He weighs 26 lbs and is 31 in long, in the 75% for weight and 50% for height. He has 4 teeth and is cutting 3 teeth right now, one being a molar. He is becoming ornery at times, trying to figure out why we scream if he pinches us or hits our face. We, of course, tell him no, but he is a slow learner or very determined to do things his way. He is into absolutely everything! I forget how much trouble and mess one little person can create at this age, and amazingly quickly too. He's still a very happy boy and we all adore him. We can't stop saying how big he is getting, although he is still a baby.
Last week was stressful, I tried to figure out how much I could and couldn't eat. I made a trip to the grocery and loaded up on produce and protein, I decided I'd rather eat only that for the next few weeks than have to go on insulin shots. By cutting back on my allowed carbs and the medicine finally getting into my system, my levels have been good. On Thursday, my doctor told me she wasn't going to put me on insulin. I am SO thankful!!
Little Monkey has been breech, I have an ultrasound on Thursday to check on the the baby's position and estimated weight. My OB said depending on how my blood sugar continues and the baby's weight, she will induce me by May 2, if not before. My 30th birthday is May 2, I think it would be kinda fun to have my fifth baby on that day, but I also won't complain about having it sooner. I'd like to have an April baby too. I hope to go into labor naturally but I also don't want to have a 10 lb baby either, hoping to keep it in the 9 lb range again.
The combinations of all the busyness, hurrying to get things in order, not feeling the greatest, stress about blood sugar levels and life with 4 little ones has been overwhelming at times. As anyone knows, there is so much that goes into running a home, raising kids, balancing marriage and staying close to God. I've always loved and leaned heavily on two scriptures, Matthew 11:28 Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. and John 15:5 Apart from me you can do nothing. Recently, someone shared this scripture with me and I'm adding it to my list, Psalm 16:2 I said to the Lord, "You are my Lord, apart from you, I have no good thing." It is difficult to keep the right attitude, to not beat myself up for not being perfect. I always want to be in control, to get it all done, and when it's impossible or I neglect what's most important I get discouraged. But I have to be reminded to take one day at a time, sometimes one hour at a time. Choose what is most urgent to get accomplished and do that. I must put effort into asking for Christ help to be everything He has called me to be and I have to trust that He has everything under control, because He does. Oh, He always takes care of us, if I will only ask Him and let Him.
Here are a few more pictures from last week, the kids at my parents.