Hey guys! It’s been forever. I just wanted to post a little update on how we’ve been. Life just seems to be snowballing this fall as things have gotten busier and busier, which I knew it would. The days are FULL to the brim, I run around like a chicken with my head cut off, alternating between laughing and crying, and I wanted to document some of the things the kids are doing now so I don’t forget.
Siena is 8 and just got glasses. There was a free clinic at Thumbay Hospital here and we went and waited for a long time to see the Ophthalmologist. Turns out she’s pretty blind! She needs at least +3, probably +4 but they’re starting her lower and will fine tune it in a few months. Her reaction was first that everything looked “bigger”, but after having them for almost a week she says that things look normal with her glasses and small without them. The doctor said the muscles around her eye have been compensating so much and so long that it will take a while for them to relax and her vision to acclimate to the glasses. She is also still into Star Wars and very proudly made her own Princess Leia doll over the summer. She has really enjoyed school this fall and went from hating copy work to asking for more! She is a huge help to me and very competently helps watch Isabelle, although she is a type A and get stressed out, at which point she will start saying “I’m freaking out!”. So we’re working through that, and I’m careful not to put too much on her.
Augie is 6 and is the same old Augie boy. He is so unique. His imagination is crazy and amazing! He is so loud, and very focused. He can get “stuck” on something and not want to let it go, but overall he is so easy going and sweet to everyone. He is passionate about whatever is on his mind, whether it’s an invention like a time machine, his future occupation, or his imaginary world he is in. He is constantly dressing up, and changes clothes multiple times a day. He is also incredibly smart, does some times tables in his head, and reads better than Siena. School time with him is so cute, he whizzes through the academics and spends most of the time on the crafts, which he loves.
George is 4 and is still gluten, dairy, and egg free. Yesterday he got something contaminated and it reminded us that it really is making a huge difference. One small thing and he has night terrors, scream waking every few minutes when in a light sleep, wets the bed, and gets a flare up of eczema. He is still our moody child, but it’s much better when we limit screens and are on top of his diet (isn’t that true with any child?! haha. Just moreso with George). He is incredibly affectionate and likes to press his body into our body. He has an adorable lisp, and says the sweetest things like “mom youw tho byooful”. It melts my heart.
Isabelle is 2, and all that comes with being 2. She is so so SO adorable I just can’t stand it. She also screams at everyone for the tiniest infraction on her autonomy, lol. But she is so precious! She is also a little type A, she likes cupboard doors to be closed and when she goes down for bed her 2 pillows, three books, one sippy, one ENORMOUS baby doll, and 2 quilts have to be arranged JUST SO. It’s so cute! She learned how to crawl out of her crib last month and so after fighting it for a few weeks we gave in and put her in a giant metal
cage playpen. It’s been amazing to have a place that she’s safe and can’t get out at 3am when we’re all sleeping. She started talking this month and now babbles and talks non stop. She still loves baths, and loves being outside, and runs around with her hair in her eyes and a twinkle in her eye, literally. She is mischievous and it’s adorable to see her “tease” and joke with us! She also LOVES Owen and every time he wakes up she hears him on the monitor and runs in to say hello.
Owen is 6 months old in a few days. He is doing really well! We started sleep training in earnest a few weeks ago and overall he has done amazingly well! Very little crying, and he’s sleeping so much longer and is SO happy all the time (please no debate or judgement on sleep training, we have made this decision with lots of prayer and research). He’s nursing well and starting to reach for foods, so I’ll probably start some BLW in the next few weeks, but am not feeling really rushed as I know he has all he needs from me. He got 2 teeth this month, the first one came through and I barely noticed, the second one produced several nights with very little sleep and lots of nursing, so go figure! haha. He is such a smiley baby and lights up for his siblings, his dad, Mieka (our nanny), and usually for me too. I’m a little nervous about our upcoming trip at the end of December, hoping he’ll sleep okay while we’re there, but going to Spain is a once in a lifetime opportunity so I’m not too worried! We traveled when Isabelle was close to this age and she was fab.
Mieka is a single girl from CA that is staying with us for a few months, and it’s been life changing to have her. I’m so so grateful!! She does so many dishes, and watches the littles so I can homeschool, and has become a friend as well.
I don’t have much of an update for Steve and I. Just praying and striving to be faithful with what God has for us each day. There are ups and downs, but above everything is praise for our great Savior who purchased us with his blood and made a way for us to be reconciled to God! He is so good.
Oh, I guess an update for me would be that I’ve been faithfully eating Trim Healthy Mama since the week after Owen was born, with a few short breaks for Thanksgiving and a trip to TX, and I’ve lost 11kgs, which is 24.25lbs! I’ve also started taking Plexus Slim in there and I love it. I was still crashing almost every day, even eating a low glycemic diet, and with Plexus I don’t crash anymore. I still get tired, of course! But my day doesn’t come crashing to a halt. I’ve also added crossfit in a few times a week, and that’s been amazing! And I’ve been doing more sewing for the holidays, finishing up projects from last year and making new dolls for a Christmas Fair here in Fujairah.
So here it is, the day before December, and this is a snapshot of our life right now. Praise God for his grace in every moment! And here are more random pics of the kids!