Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Fall Update

Wow things have been busy lately!! Mom arrived in late October and we have been busy getting her settled, finding doctors, and organizing her room. The girls have loved having Grandma here- and Kaylon and I have appreciated not being outnumbered by children! We are all happy to have her here as part of our family. Plus we got the great news soon after she got here that her PETscan shows great improvement and that the hormone treatment is working! What a great and unexpected blessing after such a scary summer!

Grace got her 1st first grade report card and again she is doing an amazing job at school. She got all O's (outstanding) and G's (good). Her reading improves all the time and her teacher says she has high empathy for a 1st grader- she really tries to make sure that everyone feels included. She started getting homework in November and she doesn't much like it. We had our first meltdown last night. It was tons of fun. :P

Grace is such a good big sister- she knows just what to say to make her sisters laugh. She recently worked very hard every day to pay off her debt from when she won her baby doll in the family auction this summer. She helps me a lot at home- she's very willing to come when called! It's amazing to be able to count on one of your children.

Liliana is stitch and steri-strip free. Our trip to the plastic surgeon confirmed that there is nothing we can really do to get rid of the scar. He suggested putting sun block on every day and vitamin E at night. It needs to be protected from the sun until the color changes. When she's older she can decide if she wants a scar reducing surgery, but by then it will be an outpatient, localized procedure, vs the knock out, traumatic experience it would be now.

Liliana could be described as emotional. She can turn from happy to sad, and back to happy in the snap of your fingers. When she is happy, she is the happiest little girl around. She will laugh, and joke, and talk your ear off. But when she's upset, watch out! She will dissolve into a fit of tears, refuse to do anything, and ignore everyone. The great thing is that the second she feels that it's in her best interest to come back to the world, she does! There's no time of warming up, no worrying about what anyone will think, she is happy again!

And then there's Moira. Oh Moira. Moira is our physical humor child. She walks into walls- to get laughs. She'll fall into pillows. She'll run in circles. She's also a physically violent child. It shouldn't surprise me after the bruises I sustained during her pregnancy. If her sisters do something she doesn't like- she lets them know- whether by pulling their hair, pushing them, or hitting them. Her nails can be particularly painful. So she spends quite a bit of time in time out. She also growls at us when we tell her no. She still loves knock knock jokes. She LOVES books. She will sit in front of the book shelf and read books for quite a while. She loves kitties and puppies, and loves to pretend to be those animals. She is independent- trying to do things I don't think she's yet capable of, and surprising me when she is. And even with all the "self defense" she can be very sweet. Her snuggles are coveted in this house, especially when her 'blankie' is involved!

Lately Moira has been a nudist. She's quite good at taking her pants off. Her sisters typically help her with her shirt, or she'll intentionally get it wet so that an adult will take it off. After she is down to her diaper, she claims victory by running up to the adults and laughing triumphantly. Until a few days ago I thought we were safe since she couldn't seem to get her diaper off. Not so anymore. She has learned a few methods for getting that off which has led to a few accidents on the floor. I'm debating at least introducing the little potty for pre-bath tries to see if potty training is somewhere in the near future. It would be nice to not buy diapers!

So life is good. We face the daily grind with all its friction, but we try to find the good in it. We're excited to start the holiday season and enjoy all the joys it brings!

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