Thursday, April 28, 2011

Hodgepodge Update

I am very quickly learning that we will be establishing a new ‘normal’ in our lives. There are lots of changes that have taken place and still others that need to happen. I plan to work on a post that explains all of those changes. I have a feeling that this blog will be brought to an end very quickly. The most interesting part for most of the readers is over anyway. I really do enjoy blogging, but it actually has been a point of stress for me. The fact that I haven’t been able to find the time to write is bothersome. In fact I am feeling guilty for taking the time right now to do this post. Boston is down for a nap and I can think of a million and one things I would like to accomplish right now…

Yesterday was our first doctor’s appointment. Fully clothed, with shoes and diaper on, Boston weighed 22 pounds. That put him in like the 3rd percentile for 2 year olds I believe. We were pleased he made the chart. :o) He had 2 vaccines, a TB test, and lots and lots of blood drawn to test for everything under the sun. And to top off the day, I had to collect stool and urine samples. I won’t go into details, but let me just tell you this is no fun!! Each person that has done an early evaluation of Boston seems to think that he is right on target developmentally despite spending the entire first 2 years of his life in an orphanage. So far so good but it is early to tell.

I have not done a great job yet getting pictures of all of the kids together. That is on the list of things to get done. I thought I would go through some of the pictures and let them tell the story of what we have been up to…

When we arrived home there were flowers, balloons, and cards waiting for us!

The balloons got tied to the back of Boston’s new toy! 

Madison has been a big help.  She loves her baby brother.  We have actually had to explain to her why she cannot give him things if we have told him no.  The first night we were home I let Madison take Boston into her room while I read Blake a bedtime story.  About 10 minutes later I came out of Blake’s room and heard Madison giggling.  When I went into her room she was smiling from ear to ear and could barely contain her laughter.  She was so proud that in those 10 minutes she had gotten Boston to sleep.  Then a couple of nights after that, they were in the basement watching a little TV and cuddling and she put him to sleep again.  Very sweet!

On Thursday the 21st we went to Blades to get his first haircut before our big Easter weekend.

Blake really likes to play with Boston but he thought he would be much smaller.  He also asked if Boston is going to cry EVERY single day!  He made Easter bags at school and was proud of the one for his little brother.

Who’s the big brother and who’s the little brother?

On Saturday before going to my parents for Easter – before his big debut – before pictures with his cousins… Boston gave himself a black eye. He was not happy that Madison had shut the gate that kept him from going up the stairs. In pure two year old fashion, he threw a fit, stomped into my bedroom and yanked on a free standing jewelry box. It came crashing down on him, cut, and bruised his eye lid. I felt so bad for him, but I must say he has not even come close to the jewelry box since then. So in some of the pictures below you may notice the rough look on his face.

Here is his first Easter egg hunt at Grandma and Grandpa’s house.

After church on Sunday, there was an Easter egg hunt and Nana’s house.

There is always so much going on.  Like all parents, I wish I could capture each moment.  All four of our children are changing so fast.  We are truly blessed to be the Overstreet family of 6!


Anne said...

What a handsome little man - fits right in to your family! I'll miss your blog! Thank you so much for bringing those pictures with you to Vlad.

Carol A said...

He is adorable, as are the three others. I am glad you are home must have been exhausted!! I can not wait to meet Boston and to see Madison, Brady, andBlake!! Happy late Easter!

Troy and Jennifer said...

Oh my...those pictures of Madison putting Boston to sleep just made my heart lurch with love!! Those are seriously are all of your kids!!

Doug and Shelly said...

Beautiful picures! If you do choose to stop your adoption blog, I would feel priviledged to be able to follow your family blog! I would love to see Boston growning up! I think you have my email...???

Ashley said...

Before you officially sign off of this blog, I've gotta see a photo of all 6 of you! Thinking of you all today.

Christen L said...

Love the update!

Do not feel bad or stressed about not blogging. I will tell you that I'm going through the same thing. I had a blog-friend email me and say that this is the time to enjoy our family and stop thinking about the blog. I can't help it. Want to keep those people who have supported us in the loop and I also get upset for forgetting to document things. So I am right there with you, but I pass on her advice. Let it go.... enjoy this time!

The black eye cracks me up. I'm learning quickly that we can not possibly anticipate and plan with a new baby in the house. I'm learning to be more go-with-the-flow daily. :)

Jody said...

Hey Heather! Don't feel badly about not getting the blogging done! Currently, it's been raining so much that I can't be outside, but one of these days I'm trusting that we'll be able to venture out of doors again!! Jason will be green with envy that Justin is in the field. They're thinking that IF it would stop raining now it would still be at least a week before they could even think about getting in the field. Not one thing has been done. A little nerve wracking when I think that farming is our income for the next year!! God will provide, I know!
Blessings to you all as you adjust to being a family of six....