But change can be good, too. And nothing is more sweet than seeing the "typical" developmental changes in our miracle babies at just the right times. Maybe partly because I am an OT, and partly because we prayed for these children so long, I never quite feel blessed or thankful to God enough for the transitions and changes in our life right now.
Here are some of our transitions at the moment:
School & Work Transitions
|Our girl showing off her new backpack and working on some self-appointed "homework"|
I am also very excited to be going back to work next week. It is so ideal: I will be working as a school OT in the same district I have worked the past 10 years, but only 1.5 days a week. I will be working with a new population & staff. I am looking forward to the newness of it, getting out of the house regularly, and using my brain professionally again! I feel like I have worked harder this last year and a half "not working" than I ever have in my life, but at the same time I have been blessed so abundantly that I can't complain. More to come once we roll into our new routines...
Andy & I on a date night, Jenna climbing trees with daddy. For those of you that don't know, he owns a tree business where he cuts & prunes trees. Andy is clearly training Jenna to be his helper someday, and she is a natural! I Love my Tree Monkeys!
Baby food is basically extinct in our house. It didn't take the babies long to realize food is much more exciting when it has texture and can be fed to oneself. This is awesome, but the downside is I am constantly cleaning up food from the floor, high-chairs, bibs, hair, & clothing! They are very messy babies and I am SO GLAD the weather is good, because they eat and bathe outside on nearly a daily basis!
|Even the boys, who took longer to like finger foods, turn their nose up on baby food now! Big Kids!|
Snacks: Instead of eating inside & messing up the high chairs & floor again, they have been eating the after nap snack outside. In a pack n play. Watching big sister play. Perfect for eating veggie straws & drinking water! When they are done, I simply shake the crumbs out of the p & p and keep it out for a holding cell after baths later on (at the water table, outside). Since they don't go in one very often, it is a novel thing to do and they don't mind sharing one p & p (after all, they did all share the same belly!).
---But, good news!!! I was still feeding the babies their bottles 2 at a time. Early on, I facilitated all 4 babies taking bottles propped up using the "quad-feed" style. However, when the babies got older and more wiggly (around 5 months), I became frustrated in this method because they would wiggle around, drool out the milk, meaning more laundry for me and less milk in their bellies.
Even though it took up way more time, I actually ended up liking this method because it was semi-personalized time with them. I would use this time to sing & talk to the two I fed, making eye contact and snuggling with them. Well, this method worked great until about 2 weeks ago. Suddenly they all wanted bottles at the same time. They were pulling hair, poking eyes & noses, and being bothersome to the 2 trying to drink. With caution, I tried the quad-feed again. Amazing! In 10 minutes, four babies were fed and happy. They boys hold their own bottles, the girls sometimes do but need a little prop up still. Now, they refuse to take a bottle unless it is this style. YEAH!!!
First off, we are moving to big carseats! Because the girls are definitely over 20 pounds but the boys are not quite there yet, we still have 2 old baby seats and 2 next-step-up seats. I will be ready to be done with those baby carriers for good!
We also have had mobility transitions in play. I have switched a lot of our "baby" toys over for bigger toys that facilitate climbing, walking, cruising, language development and problem solving. I also have been having to keep an eye on them. These monkeys like to climb on EVERYTHING! (I am sure someday they will also accompany daddy in the trees, ha!)
I am sure there will be more changes as soon as I get use to these, but that's life, right? Transitions are good. Change is good. Let me say it again, cause I need to hear it. Change.....is good.