Evelyn has grown so much this year. She is already eating table food, crawling and pulling up to standing. We have been so shocked as she does things. We are not use to a child doing things when they are suppose to. Evelyn surprises us each day with all her new skills. I have caught myself at times looking at her thinking, "Um should she be doing this," and like a first time mother going to the books and seeing if what she is doing is normal.
I am so thankful that she is hitting these milestones at a good pace, but at times I feel upset and worry about how will her and Grace be together. Am I raising them to respect each other and not be jealous towards each other for how they are physically and their abilities? When or will the questions come from Grace about if we both were in the NICU how come she can see and I can't? How do you answer those questions? There isn't a book at Barnes and Noble that I can read, I have looked. I know these things are coming and we do our best to be ready.
Along the line of thinking a new development came about this year. Grace has really started to ask questions about her and Alex. Hard questions, ones we didn't think would come later in life. I guess the spark of all the above thinking has come from Grace wanting to know more. It is hard, not going to lie. I don't know how to answer some of them, I don't know how I should tell her what she wants without all the details that are not appropriate for her age. We are working on it and when the questioning gets tough we turn to a counselor for Grace. Brad and I can talk about it a lot, but it still hurts and we are also learning how to show our emotion about Alex, but keep it in check too.
So with all that mushy stuff we have had GREAT things!! Grace is reading so well and she LOVES to run. She runs all the time and it is something that she is very good at. She is getting better at writing and her drawings are wonderful. She is great with Evelyn and can get her sister to giggle like no one can. Evelyn has grown SO much. She is weighing in at 18lbs! She is our little piggy and has dimples for miles just like her sister. Here are some highlights of our year.
|A very rare standing moment. Just days before Evelyn was born|
|Just one day old.|
|About 2 weeks old. Finally getting to see her hair.|
|Meeting her sister for the first time.|
|Yup dimples just like Grace.|
|Finally a meeting face to face and getting to touch. Such joy!|
|After 95 days getting to go home.|
|Graces ballet recital.|
|You looking at me?|
|Read to move.|
|My little princesses.|
|Are we done here?|
|She is mostly this happy, but don't let it fool you.|
|Cookies, one of her food groups.|