This past month our little guy has changed SO MUCH! He's really packing on the lbs lately. He's totally filling out six months clothes. We'll be in nine months here pretty quickly. He's definitely rolling all over the place, desperately trying to get his knees up under him to get in four point. A little bit to go before he masters this, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't feeling a little unprepared to have a mobile child! We've slowly been introducing foods and so far, he hates the first 1-3 bites, then can't eat the rest of it fast enough. He's a wild man! It's quite refreshing to have a kid who loves to eat! I love watching him explore visually and with his hands. He studies everything very intently and you can practically see his wheels spinning. He's enjoying his exersaucer and Johnny Jump-Up. In just the past week, he's learned how to "jump", basically just bouncing up and down but he seems pretty impressed by it. Our Cal is all smiles and really hams it up for Mom. He'll stare at you until you look at him, then give you a flirty toothless grin. I find it totally irresistible! What a sweet pea this one is!
I realized this month just how much we missed in Elena's first year. It's all so blurry. I think that we were trying so hard to survive and come to terms with what happened that it's safe to say her first year was anything but enjoyable, for her and for us. It was painful, confusing and almost unbearable at times. Cal's first five months have been so refreshing to us. He continues to show us what miracles these tiny little people are. We relish in every smile, every roll, every bite (of food!) and all the exploring his tiny little hands are doing. I'm so grateful for this perspective and appreciation of his development. It makes life seem so much sweeter.
Just because Cal still amazes us simply with his ability to take a bottle, doesn't mean Elena is getting any less love or attention! This sweet girl continues to make us all laugh every day. She is doing so well right now, making us proud every day at school and at the Jackson Center. I've been finding myself tearing up watching her, because I'm just so darn proud of her perseverance and ability to adapt herself into new situations. Cal may impress us with his new skills but Elena steals our hearts with how hard she continues to work.
These two together though....
Chad said something the other day, that before Cal was here, we were so excited at the thought that Cal would be so good for Elena, pushing her to keep up with him. But, I think we're more looking forward to how Elena will impact Cal, how she will shape the person he becomes. THAT is what warms our hearts. And THAT is what being a parent is all about. It's about helping these little people become loving, compassionate, world-changing adults. I pray for these little loves every day, that Elena would continue to be the spark and Cal would carry the torch to light up this world. What a happy, happy five months it has been!