Well, we made it! We’ve officially had the kids for a week! Things are going well. We are getting the hang of organizing 4 kids. Traveling with the kids right off the bat was hard but, now that we are home together, things are a lot easier and better, especially with having a big living room for them to run around in. I also think they are more comfortable in their own beds.
I’ll be honest. The first few days I had feelings of, “What have I done?” But, I see this kind of like marriage. I’m not giving up if they don’t. These kids are precious. In 7 short days I have seen them blossom out of their shells a little. The oldest, N, is a sweet hugger who is learning to pray. He now reminds us before every meal to pray by putting his hands together and squinting his eyes up really tight. The middle one, R, is a crazy boy! Michael had nicknamed him “Taz” after the Tazmanian Devil because he is one wild, tough boy. But, since being here he has gotten a soft side and now cries out for “Mommy” snuggles when he’s sleepy or upset. Little T is the sweetest baby every. She is so laid back and relaxed. She is sleeping much better; she even slept longer than the boys this morning.
A praise about the kids’ healthcare. We were originally told they could not be seen by our pediatrician until 1/1/10. But, how exciting when I called the office that takes care of their Medicaid and heard a familiar voice on the phone. The nurse taking care of the kids’ case used to work with me in Mom/Baby, and there are 2 other nurses in the same office who I knew too. They were able to pull some strings and get the kids seen yesterday! All were given antibiotics so hopefully they are on the road to feeling much much better!
My favorite time of the day is still Bible and prayer time in the evenings. We all gather together on the couch and read from MP’s new kids Bible and say our prayers together. It’s the sweetest to watch all the boys hold hands during prayer and then give night night kisses all around! Now if only they wouldn’t be so eager to see each other in the morning…they’ve been waking up between 6:30am and 7am!!! Ugh!
MP is getting adjusted. He’s having a little trouble sharing his toys and his Mommy but I think that will get better.
Thank you all so much again for your generosity. We have had food provided, clothes, toys, diapers, and everything you could think of! We are good on girls clothes for winter, boys pants, and toys. We are also good on pajamas. We still have a few things we really really really need if you have any you are willing to lend us! Below is a list: Those items in bold are things we could really really use.
- Boys long sleeve shirts (not jackets) for 2T (especially this size!) and 3T ** this is an immediate need
- Diapers sizes 3, 4, and 5
- Boys pull ups size 3T/4T
- Boys socks size 3T and 4T
- Boys underpants size 4T
- Bins/Baskets for toy storage
- Any boys clothes for spring/summer in 3T and 4T
- girls’ clothes sizes 12-18 months for spring/summer
- boys shoes sizes 10 and 7 and bigger
- large, wipeable bibs
- outside yard toys
- board books
- Children’s Tylenol and Motrin
- jarred baby food
Thank you again. Your kindness is inspiring and encouraging to us as we embark on this journey. We love you!