Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Going from one to three kids has been quite the adjustment for Scott and me. We are so outnumbered! Our days are full of refereeing, wiping up spills, and ruling whose turn it is to be carried. Everyone told us having two or three children is way different than having just one, but there is no way to know that until you are in a constant string of fulfilling needs. I don't think it would be exaggerating to say Scott and I feel overwhelmed most of the time.
Emmanuel has moments where he is so sweet and loves to give tons of kisses and says "I love you" more than any other kid. Perhaps to earn "points" with us? But we are always on guard. Since we have gotten home (a week ago Tues.) he has averaged two fits a day. These fits can last anywhere from 15 minutes to two hours. There's no telling what is going to set him off. Seatbelts are a major cause for meltdowns. He's used to riding in the front seat of a car in someone's lap. Airplane rides result in looooong and serious meltdowns.
We hope we are getting better at knowing what he needs. But I think both children have a deep level of apprehension. How can you not? They barely know us, they are meeting tons of people that we are like, love them, trust them. Talk about being out of your comfort zone! We think some routine at home and structure will be great for both kids. Both kids are having fun doing a lot of firsts.
Last night we went to see the sunset and they had a reggae band and they let Emmanuel play the steel drums. Both kids love water. I think Abegail is even swimming a little on her own already! They also love the hot baths and would stay in there for hours if we let them. We have had no trouble with food except they both love milk and it's given E-man a few bathroom problems but just cutting back a little will help.
We definitely feel like the kids are ours however and for some reason they are just as easy to love as Annie, fits and all.