Sunday, June 17, 2007

Bittersweet moments on Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all of the Dad's out there. I know of 3 really great ones!

Today we all piled into the van and went to church. We usually take Isabelle to the children's church and Alex to the nursery, but today they weren't having the in-between (between Sunday school and when children's church actually starts about 20 minutes into the church service) children's church so we took Isabelle to the service with us. She sat and watched all of the kids do the songs from vacation bible school. She asked me to let her go up to the stage to sing with the other kids. I told her that since she didn't get to go to VBS (it was in the evening ending at 9:00pm; her bedtime is 7:00) that she didn't know the songs so she couldn't go up there and sing with them. When it was finally time for the children to come up for the children's message Isabelle just walked right up there and sat down like she did it every Sunday of her life. She sat and listened to the preacher very quietly and while he talked to the kids she raised her hand as if she was going to ask him a question. I waited with baited breath to see what she was going to say. Luckily she never did say anything. She was just such a big girl! When the preacher dismissed them she just stood there like she didn't know what to do then she decided to go and sit down next to her Children's Church teacher. She was such a little lady. I couldn't believe that she looked like such a big girl. I got tears in my eyes. I was so proud of her and her big girl behavior. Just recently she started to dress herself. Plus on top of that she is pretty much past the stage of crying every time we give her her insulin. What a big girl she is becoming.

Alex is also growing up. We have been having problems with him eating. For months he has not wanted to eat anything other than formula. On top of that he has also had problems pooping. A couple of weeks ago I took him in for his 1 year well baby checkup and the ped said not to worry about it that he would eat when he was ready. I have heard this before and have been trying not to worry but every one who is a parent knows that is sometimes hard. He finally started eating!!!! Yeah!!! He started out slow. He would only eat things that were crunchy. Today he started branching out. He grabbed a chicken finger off of my plate and went at it. I'm so relieved.

We also switched him recently to soy milk because he seemed to be having problems with the older infant formula that we were trying. Now he is pooping a lot more. He used to poop about once a week. Since we started soy he is pooping almost every day. At least every other day. One day he even pooped 3 times. Wow...what a difference. He has also stopped taking bottles. He is doing really great with the straw cups and only has a bottle right before bed.

I can't believe the changes in my children lately. Their childhoods seem to be flying by me. I'm so proud of both of them.

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