There are so many little things in life that form a giant arrow to a neon sign, blinking "BLESSED." Last night was one of those moments. Both my babies are very sick. They got diagnosed with pneumonia on Tuesday, and although Joel sounds much better, poor Zoe sounds worse. They gave me steriods to give her, in addition to her antibiotic, and everytime we try to give it to her, she throws up everything in her stomach. Heart-wrenching.
Because of this, and the fact that my hubby is away, I've had to miss out on some pretty important events this weekend. Last night was a girl's night/surprise baby shower for a dear friend of mine. I was so sad to not be able to make it. About two hours after the party started, four of my friends (half of the party) showed up at my door with TWO plates of food - one savory, one sweet. (And, thank Jesus I got a warning text cause this Momma *may* have still been in her robe.)
They brougt the party to me!! They stayed awhile, sipped some wine, and got me caught up on the reaction of the surprised Momma and all the fun games they played. Blessed.
Now, tonight I'm missing the FIRST BIRTHDAY of the only other child (besides my own) that I've had the priviledge to be present for theirl labor/birth. I'm deeply saddened by this. Maybe they'll bring the farm-animaled theme party to me?? JK!! ;)
(BTW, this is a really old picture... but it's too cute NOT to include!!)
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.