Boy, do we stay busy. I keep waiting for the appointments to end for us. For us to have more days at home than days we need to be somewhere. It just hasn't happened yet at all. We seem to have something on the calendar for every day of the month of May already! Here's hopping June will be slower. (I am not planning a big garden this year or anything extra outside that will need a lot of my attention. I just don't have the time this year.)
I have not had much time to write or even sit for a moment till today... I fall into bed tired every night and hit the ground running every morning. Here is what we have been up to this past week or so.
The foster toddlers are still here and doing very well. They will most likely be here for the duration of their parents case plan. So at least for a year. They are learning and growing every day. They are becoming better behaved and maturing more all the time. This is helping us all tremendously. They still have some bad and hard times and days but over all, for the most part, they are doing much, much better. I know they are on a hard learning curve and I know what they have been thru and where they came from. So I always try to keep that in the back of my mind as we go thru each tantrum, learning experience and outburst. As an update on them...
When the boys came they were both only fed milk bottles their whole life, chips and cookies. Getting them to eat food, let alone healthy foods, has been a huge messy challenge. The younger toddler "T" is 1 1/2. He is much more willing to try new foods and he wants to eat everything off my plate of food, so he is now eating healthy. "T" is built like a little tank and likes to eat about anything I give him now. He is a cutie with just two bottom teeth when he smiles. But "B" has been very picky. He gagged a lot when he first came, while eating. The textures were hard for him as they drank most of their nutrition from a bottle. He was not used to many types of foods and the way they felt in his mouth. "B" is now eating with out gagging much at all. He has a wider variety of foods he will eat but will only eat about five or six bites a meal and is done. "B" is built very fine boned and petite. So maybe he just does not need as much food to keep his body in good condition. I am giving them three meals a day and a snack at 10 and another after their afternoon naps. I do have them on sippy cups now during the day. I have let them keep their bed time bottle, as they have no self calming skills to fall asleep with. They either need the bottle or to be rocked for a while. We are working on these things. They also need their bottles for bonding and so I don't want to change everything on them all at once.
"T" tested as a 10 month old so he is also about a year behind. But he is learning a lot as well. When he came he knew about 5 words. I do flash cards with him as well. He knows all his body parts now and his animals and their sounds. He knows a few functional phrases like "All done." "Up please." and "More please." When "T" came I could hardly put him down. He is very attached to me. He will now play in the same room I am in nicely, coming over to get a hug or up in my lap for a few moments and then down to play. I can also go into the kitchen where he can see me and make lunch. He will call to me and I will talk to him and he won't cry, as long as I don't get out of his line of sight. He does not let anyone else sit on my lap, sit by me to long or hug me for very long without a fit. Bless his heart. They are both very clingy to me. I can not step out of the room with them knowing it or they will cry for me. Also if left by them selves they will still hurt each other or break things.
Their case is pretty sad. I keep praying for the salvation of their biological parents.
Elizabeth had her cast put on last Thursday.
Zeke has finally gotten used to the toddlers.
Carolyn, what can I say...totally a little mama.
William, again, what can I say...my right hand man. He does so much around here to make life easier as well. He has for years. He likes to help and he likes to work. The toddlers love him.
Antonio is doing well over all.
Tim and I are doing well but more tired than we used to be.
Spring has sprung here and the flowers and trees are in bloom all over the countryside. I feel in a way I am missing it all this year. As I am not able to go outside day after day and work in the gardens enjoying the blooms. But here are a few pictures.
May the Lord God of Israel, maker of heaven and earth and all that is there in, pour out His mercy and grace upon you, lead and guide you and bless you as you live and grow in Him.
Jeremiah 31:3 The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.