We have spent the past 5 months (and two days!) with our precious new addition. Boden “Heath” is doing so well, and is making progress at every turn. Just since November he has gained 10 pounds, is figuring out drinking from a straw, he is feeding himself (very messily :)), He is taking lots of steps on his own, and is able to focus on things and people so much more than when he got here. He loves music, bouncing, chocolate, kisses and hugs, being outside, and having a brother and sisters. I absolutely love getting to know our new son, and discovering his personality as it slowly unfolds. My firstborn has hit the ground running with her older little brother. She is amazing, and her heart and compassion never fails to…well, amaze me. She made the comment a few weeks ago that she could help people like Boden as a job when she is older. Man, I love that girl. The youngest two are doing great, too. They are so close to starting to read, and they soak everything in around them. I love my kids. I love watching them, listening to them….seeing their eyelashes, or ringlets….everything about my kids has me absolutely in love. Everyday I am so thankful to God for his good gifts to me. I don’t deserve any of it. None.
We were hesitant when we started this process. We didn’t know what the implications would be for our family. I will say that there have been some tough times the past few months. We are learning to be Boden’s parents, and he is learning how to be in a family. But this has been easier than we first believed it would be. Boden fits right in with us, and we have hit a new normal….a much slower-paced normal, but normal nonetheless =) Boden was napping the other day, and the three bios were helping with dinner, and it occurred to me that I don’t remember what it was like before he came along. It kind of makes me want to thumb my nose at the naysayers that were out there….even people who seemed supportive to our face, and went around to everyone else talking like we were crazy. I could say, “Nana Nana Boo Boo…..we didn’t ‘bite off more than we can chew’, and we are absolutely in love with this sweet boy.” I could say that…but I won’t ;)
Boden has had several trips to different doctors. His heart is completely normal, all blood tests are normal ( with the exception of slightly low calcium), he had oral surgery today, he is starting PT/OT very soon and speech to follow, among some other things.
We have had big changes, and it set the ball in motion for more possible changes. If you pray for our family, could you keep us in your prayers? Change is hard, but sometimes necessary; and there quite a few that we will be making in the near future, Lord willing.
Sorry that I stink so bad at blogging. And I am sorry there are no pictures. I haven’t figured that out yet, and all my pictures are on my phone. Just take my word for it–Boden is precious and beautiful…and so are all my other kiddos….and so is my hubby =)