We have had a great weekend. Our first full weekend home as a family of four. I love having Joey around on the weekends, and the kids especially do. He likes to let me relax while he entertains the kids- not a bad deal! He has always liked to have "Daddy Time" with just Ace, but it is even more helpful to me now that our rambunctious little boy has been added to the mix.
This morning both kids were up at 7. Joey took Archie on a LONG bike ride while Ace and I watched some educational TV (Yes, Dora and Kai Lan are helping her to become multi-lingual, thank you very much). Archie absolutely loved the bike ride. Then he came home and took them both on a wagon walk. That's when I got in my power nap.
Yesterday was one week since Archie has been home. That really seems so strange to me. It feels like he has been here forever. He fits right into our family so perfectly and really just goes with the flow. It is so obvious that God created this child to be our son. I mean, we really knew next to nothing about him before committing to him. We knew some medical history, we knew his size, and we knew where he was and how long he had been there. But it isn't as if we knew his personality, or his behavior. We didn't know that he was the most hysterical little ball of sweet cuddles. He continues to amaze me daily.
Ace, although not thrilled at every second about him playing with her toys, or invading her space, could not be happier. She does not want to go anywhere without him. It is going to be hard when she starts school next week. She will go to Mother's Day Out three days a week, and Archie will be staying home with me. She is excited about her new school, but keeps politely reminding me that Archie is going with her. She will say things to me and Joey like, "and when I start my new school, I am going to have new teachers, and Archie's coming with me." At this point I have just sort of been smiling and nodding, but I know this week I am going to have to have the talk with her about it. I am hoping that maybe by that point some of the newness will have faded and she will be okay with being apart from him. I know she will LOVE school and I am planning to let her teachers know the situation so they might give her a little extra love and attention.
In other news- Ace actually is a bit bilingual at this point. She is starting to speak Bulgarian to Archie. She thinks she is such a little mom. Yesterday I heard her asking him, "Archie, do you want to watch a movie? Da? Da? (Yes? Yes?)" Archie of course responded "Da!" Even though he had no clue what she was talking about. She is also always telling him "Ne, Archie, Ne". Archie doesn't seem to mind her bossing him around a bit. And she thinks she is really helping, so at this point I am letting her do her thing. She also loves to try to teach him new words. As we were driving in the car earlier, she was telling him, "Archie, say Barbie. Bar-bie" And Archie very clearly repeated, "Bar-bie". Ace was so excited she said, "mom, I taught him something new!" Yes, sweetie, a very important word for him to know..
It is amazing how quickly he is picking things up. He is communicating so well with us and really has a great memory. Yesterday we were at Barnes and Nobles and I was looking through a little picture book with him. One of the pictures was of a towel. I only said the word to him a couple of times, and had him repeat it, but when we got out to the pool just a little bit later, he exclaimed, "towel!" as soon as we walked in and he saw a stack of them. He also understands "Happy", and even has made up a "Happy Song." It goes like this, "Happy, happy, happy!" Very creative. It is so cute when he sings it and puts his little fingers on his cheeks and smiles the biggest smile. I can't wait to sit down with him and really start working on his English. He is such a little sponge, I know he is going to be speaking in sentences before very long.
He is also very bonded to both me and Joey already. He will still pretty much say hi to or try and hug just about anyone, but he knows that Joey and I are his parents and protectors. He looks to us for help. When in unfamiliar places, or if he is scared, he really wants just one of us. He is so happy when Joey gets home from work each night, he runs as fast as he can screaming, "DADDDYY!!!" and jumps to give him a big hug. Of course Ace is right there with him and they usually end up in some form of a dog pile. Talk about love.
Joey and I are just so proud of both Ace and Archie. I am especially proud of them for both being asleep, right now as I type.
Here is what my house looks like right now.
Sweet baby girl. Has every stuffed animal and baby doll asleep with her. They are "at camp".
And the boys. Joey fell asleep while laying in Archie's room with him.
And now for some pictures from the weekend.....
First trip to the mall. Ace was so excited to finally be able to ride in a double car with Archie. We talked about this day for a very long time, every time we went to the mall. She would tell me, "when Archie comes home, we will get a car with two seats, and I'm gonna sit here and Archie's gonna sit here". And there they are.
I wasn't sure about going to the castle to play, but Ace really wanted to. I told her that I wasn't sure if Archie was ready for that but she assured me, "I will watch him, Mom". Archie loved it. He didn't really venture off too far from me or Joey. He really wanted to be sure at least one of us was in his line of vision. I am thankful that he does have some fears and will not just take off into an unknown place. He just enjoyed observing all of the other kids and giggled with excitement the entire time.
I found them like this in the rocking chair. They got up all by themselves and were rocking together and cracking up. They thought this was about the funniest thing in the world.
Ace and Sir. Yes, my dad's Grandpa name is Sir. It started as a joke (well not to him) before Ace was born. He said that's what he wanted to be called. I said no way. But somehow, some way, that is exactly what Ace ended up calling him. He says that the only time he has ever been called "Sir" is when it was followed with "I am going to have to ask you to leave", so he really wanted this name. Now it doesn't even seem strange.
And now, I am off to enjoy these last few moments of silence.
Lots of Love!