23 Months

Li Li is 23 months old today.  One month until our baby turns 2!  A few months ago I was fearing we would miss this birthday with her, but praise the Lord, we will get to celebrate together.

Tonight is the third night Li Li will sleep in the kids’ room.  Koen was thrilled to have her in there with him, and she accepted it pretty well.  The first night went perfectly.  The second night she woke up around 2 am and eventually came back into the crib in our room.  Tonight, they are both quiet and I’m hoping they are both asleep.   Another important factor: tonight I put them both down on my own (Keith’s at a meeting) and the whole bed time routine including a bath was only one hour and ten minutes. (Does that not seem REALLY long?!)  Li Li had to take the bottle from me tonight, and did with a few tears.  She cried for her Papa when I put her down, but I stayed in their room for a bit which seemed to help calm her.

We are trying to get back into a few things slowly.  Sunday was Li Li’s first trip to church for Sunday school.  I stayed with her and she did great.  There were only 4 kiddos in the class that day and played happily.  Then last night we resumed attending our small group.  We took both kids (so Koen wouldn’t feel left out) and I managed to be involved in some of the lesson at least.  Li Li does great in social situations – she thrives on entertaining people.

The weather here has made it hard for this financially strapped mom to entertain her kiddos and keep her sanity.  The days feel so much longer when you can’t go to a park or on a walk.

I’m still trying to figure out how to balance mommyhood.  There’s so much more I’d like to be doing with the kids or around the house, but if you visited, it’d be obvious that little is happening.  We’re living in chaos by my standards.  I hope things will get better.

Li Li got to meet Great-Grammi yesterday.

Li Li got to meet Great-Grammi yesterday.

Grocery shopping today, Koen enjoyed riding in the car cart with his sister so much that he leaned over and gave her a smooch!

Grocery shopping today, Koen enjoyed riding in the car cart with his sister so much that he leaned over and gave her a smooch!

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About kelly_e

We live in WA state and have been traveling the road of adoption since 2/07. We have a biological son who is a joy and look forward to bringing home his sister soon.
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2 Responses to 23 Months

  1. kim w. says:

    Oh my goodness, that grocery cart picture is sooo precious! Kelly, there is sooo much to be thankful for! I’m sure it must be hard with the chaos through the transition — I will pray right now that God will help you in the coming weeks to find a working rhythm. I recently transitioned the girls to one nap and I felt laundry was piled up for weeks and that was a minor transition. Haha! Looking back, I’m sure you will cherish the memories and time together more than having a tidy home 🙂 You are such a great mommy!

  2. Barbara Kline says:

    Hooray! This all sounds so good, Kelly. LiLi is doing well and Koen is such a doting brother – what a blessing. You are doing a wonderful job as a mom. Adopting, adjusting and bonding is enough to have on your plate – give yourself a “free pass” on the clean house. A messy, chaotic house means your priorities are right: you’re spending time with LiLi and helping her bond. I think you should view a messy house as a badge of honor. Love and prayers to you,
    Barbara

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