Thursday, December 17, 2009

I've been neglecting the blog. It's busy around here, and I don't particularly feel like it's anything exciting to share. So the mundane update. . .
Mason is doing great. He's making progress daily, and has really come out of his shell socially. He's getting more language, which is so fun to witness. We were in love with him from the start, but now I look at him, and just can't imagine my life without him. I'm so thankful that we took that leap of faith and said yes to him. There's no doubt in my mind that he was meant to be a part of our family.

Max Rup, on the other hand, disagrees at the moment. He told me today, "I'm not going to be Mason's brother anymore. I'd rather be a meanie." Ah, jealousy. It's nothing out of the ordinary, nothing we didn't expect, but it is draining. He whines A LOT. I was talking to another mom who's little girl is his age, and who just brought another child home. It seems this is a lovely issue we share. It's nice to know Max isn't alone, and neither am I :)
The only ill effect I'm really suffering from is a sore back. Max likes to be carried around, and Mason has to be. Sometimes I try to play hardball with Max, but really, when the alternative is half an hour of whining, I just pick 'em both up.

Madeline and Myles have both been wonderful with this transition. Maddie is her typical "mother hen" self. Always very proud, and wanting to help in any way she can. Myles is generous with sharing, and very gentle with Mason. He likes to talk to him and bring him things. He makes sure Mason feels included. It makes me smile to watch him.
Happy Holidays to all!


Julie & Patrick said...

Love any updates I can get! The tub shot is dear!!

Julie R

Marleina said...

So sweet! Ahh, sibling rivalry... fun times. Do you have a sling or other child carrying device? I have a mei-tai style carrier I made a couple of years ago that may work well for you if you'd like it. You can front, side, or back carry with it. Also, do you have a backpack? That could work, too, perhaps.

Nic said...

love to hear how you're all doing. Think of you lots!


Kristi W. said...

When you get up to four kids the blog tends to go downhill. At least it did for me. How do these moms with 12 kids keep their blogs up???? If you figure out how to keep the thing going while juggling everything else, PLEASE tell me how you did it!!! :) It's good to read that things are going well! Your kiddos are beautiful as always.

:)Kristi W.

Peter and Nancy said...

I love the pictures! I am hoping that Anya Rashi will be older enough to not be as jealous as she would be right now (ha!). She's been going through the terrible twos at age three, for some reason, so maybe not. Hang in there -- I know how tired I was when we added child #3, and I can't imagine how hard you're working now that you're a mom of four. You're amazing!
With love,

Jeff and Leslie said...

Congrats on your recent adoption! We just found your blog and look forward to reading back through your adventure. Your family is beautiful!