Jacqui and Matt (and a glimpse of Sam in the top-right corner)
Yeah Yeah! Pose for the camera - just give me a sec..if I turn my hand just a little to the left...it might just fit!
Such a charmer!
The first thing I remember is absolute fear - fear of an unknown syndrome, an unknown path, an unknown future...but most of all...fear of being alone in this RTS-world. Getting to know Jacqui, Lloyd and little Matt, as well as my daily text-buddy, Vickie, has been so crucial to being able to find our way. Everyone wants to....needs to belong somewhere...and having such an instantly close bond to families we basically have not known for very long, has made the transgression from the typically "normal" world we once knew to the still largely undiscovered RTS-world we've become part of, so much easier and even a little exciting. And so we warmly welcome Tammy, Tayla and Payton to our world.
It's also always such a treat to get to see Matt - who is such a precious little boy - and to hear about all the wonderful things Jacqui and Lloyd get up to with their little angel...it makes me want the next six months (or twelve...or eighteen..okay - I'll settle for six) to simply fly by...and yet I am almost scared of missing something new that Sam does or conquers or, in actual fact, any of my children. Just this last week Sam's big brother, Luke, started shaving for the first time (I threatened to post the pic on the blog, but don't want to embarass the poor kid) and I can still remember the day he was born like it was yesterday. I still remember Meghan's first day at "big school", almost two years ago...remember her crying her big blue eyes out, remember the teacher having to pry her finger-by-finger from my leg and holding her in a tight grip while I make a dash for the gate...I remember it like it was yesterday. Oh hang on - it WAS yesterday....okay, well last term at the very least..no...SERIOUSLY! Meg has had some separation issues and right up until last term we would still sometimes have tears in the morning when dropping her off at school. But the passed few weeks, she politely tells us we can go when we start walking her to her class. Let's hope that the first day of Grade 3 doesn't find us regressing.
Anyway, Sam is doing okay and has actually had quite a long nap this afternoon...YAHOOOO...hence me being able to update the blog (what washing, cleaning, cooking???) It's all about prioritising, after all! He is still very intrigued by his little hands, which regularly find their way into his mouth now - yip, even that little thumb. He also holds his rattle for a little longer, so every day there seems to be some type of progress, even though its really teeny, weeny, smidges of baby steps. He is such a character though and is extremely "verbal" and loves his new found vocabulary consisting of (time for creative spelling) goof, bffff, ggggooo(you have to "roll" the g), coo, coof and sometimes a combo, like goof-bffff (don't laugh - him and I often have like ten minute conversations in our newly-learnt Samglish). The other night, after his usual 1am feed, while I was trying to get him back to sleep he lay looking at his (unbeknown to him) sleeping dad who, at regular intervals, let out a rather loud snore. Obviously Sam thought this was an additional Samglish word, so after each snore he would promptly respond with goof, or coo, etc - you get the picture. Although it was quite funny in the beginning, after five minutes it became really old and so I had to ask Chris to please turn over so that I could get Sam to sleep. And something else that I have found absolutely FASCINATING is that Sam "talks" (Samglish of course) in his sleep. I have never heard or seen anything like it, I mean, Luke and especially Meghan talk in their sleep, but they at least waited until they had mastered their language a little more...what a precious little elf he is.
Mmmm..what shall I do today? Oh, I know - lets have a look at my hands - it just NEVER gets old!