Well, these kids just keep getting bigger and smarter. Enjoy these pics!!
It's official. Joel is now completing 300 piece puzzles. He had been doing 150 piece puzzles for awhile now and Kyle really wanted to know if he could do more, but it wasn't until Joel mastered potty training that we gave him the opportunity to complete GIANT puzzles. The 300 piece puzzles are very easy for him, they just take him longer to do. So amazing. He and Daddy have been working on a 500 piece together in the evenings.
Little Miss tried rice cereal for the first time. She's been eating her fists, and has fallen in love with three fingers in particular. So, one night right after her bottle I thought, she's either teething already or still hungry. Decided to give it a try! She actually did amazingly well!! But as soon as she was done it all came back up! Guess she wasn't hungry!! I think we'll wait a few more weeks before we try again.
And one final advancement - the house is decorated for Christmas!! It was so fun to decorate this year because Joel was very excited and actually helped Kyle and I put the ornaments on the tree. I've had the Christmas music blasting for days now; it puts me in such a great mood! Wishing you and yours a very blessed holiday season! Love, Meg
So, what's new with everyone? Here's an update on the Dingle household! Kyle and I have been together nine years in January. He continues to be the most amazing husband on this planet. He is encouraging, hilarous, and handsome as ever. He is still teaching fifth grade, and is loving it. At the end of every school year, his favorite student is always the one who gave him the most trouble. He has such a heart for the hurting. I love him dearly, and fall even more in love with him the longer I know him. I'm so fortunate to have him in my life, my daily constant reminder of what unconditional love looks like.
Joel will be three and half next month. He continues to be an easy, happy, loving little boy. He's still larger than most kids his age, wearing size 5 clothing, hovering about a head above everyone else. He has completely mastered peeing on the potty, but has yet to do #2. Some days it feels like I'll be packing diapers for him when he leaves for college, but I know he'll do it when he wants to. He is a very smart little guy, completing puzzles way advanced for his age. His 150+ puzzles are now so easy for him, that he completes them upside-down. He loves to talk about the alphabet, sound out words, and spell his name. He has the dearest face and the kindest temperment. Yes, he has his moments, but overall he's an eager to please kinda guy. He's, not surprisingly, an amazing big brother, constantly asking to give his sister kisses.
Gabriel would be two now, running around and getting into things. Sometimes I look around while Joel is playing joyfully on his own, and Zoe lays on her mat smiling at her toys, and I imagine another little boy opening cabinets and climbing the tv stand and then I think about how lovely it is that I can go upstairs and shower with the easy two kids I have now!!
Zoe is the absolute most precious baby in the world. I'm sure all Mommas think this, but I just can't get over that God gave me the prettiest little girl ever created! She's almost four months old (OMG) and has become a very happy, cuddly little one. She sleeps very well, just like her older brother, going to bed at 7/8pm and not waking up until 7/8am. She takes three naps for me during the day, and stays pretty happy after eating 5oz. Like most girls, she loves to "talk" and has started to belly laugh. She has rolled over from her belly to her back two times, and now rolls to her side when you lay her on her back. She's completely used to falling asleep while I literally kiss all over her face and cheeks. I want her to be able to fall asleep on her own, but find myself rocking her and cuddling her way more than I did Joel. I guess the third time around, you realize just how quickly they aren't babies anymore. I'm obsessed with smelling her and dream about how I can bottle her scent. My favorite is the smell of her hands, after being balled up. Crazy, I know. Love her so very much and can already see the difference in the love a momma has for her little girl.
I'm doing pretty well these days. My head knows how truly blessed I am, but sometimes my heart still aches. Contentment is something I continue to strive for, but I feel it more and more often. I'm still pretty OCD when it comes to everything being in its place, and I've been lucky enough to be given a toddler who agrees with this philosophy. I have the best friends in the world, who lift me up in prayer and make me laugh so hard I cry.
This is a video of little Zoe at seven weeks, when she was first starting to smile and coo. My favorite part of the video is probably hearing Joel in the background, literally repeating everything I say. So precious. Enjoy!
Isn't she just the dearest, most beautiful baby you've EVER seen??
So, it has just been brought to my attention that I have readers, daily readers, who do NOT have Facebook and have NOT seen a picture of Zoe since she turned three months! I'm so sorry to keep you all waiting! Enjoy! More blogs to come, soon!
There are three reasons I think you should see this film:
1. Crying is good for the soul, and the healing process. And you will cry. You might be like me, and just tear up while you watch, and then as soon as it's over - the flood gates open. The song playing during the disc menu doesn't help...
2. The movie addresses complex grief issues that people don't often understand - like how we blame ourselves for our loss, that grief can take on various forms such as anger, how loss brings up underlying emotional scars, how loss effects different people in different ways, and how the loss of a child effects all your relationships.
3. I love Natalie Portman.