This blog chronicles the miracles and struggles of our daughters, Emily and Olivia. Emily was born 15 weeks early and had many complications, but she continues to amaze us! Olivia, born in China with heart complications, is also beating the odds. She joined her forever family (us!) when she was four years old and has been doing wonderfully! UPDATE: We started homeschooling August 2009 :)

Monday, April 02, 2007


Things are still going smoothly, but lest I give the impression that it's always rosy, let me set the record straight. We do have some moments of discontent. There, I said it. Both our girls can be strong willed and those wills sometimes clash. Pretty typical sibling stuff. Emily often wants to mother her little sister, but Olivia doesn't always appreciate it (see exhibit A, the lower video!). Emily can't get enough of Olivia and she likes to dress her, lift her onto the toilet, lift her to wash her hands, etc., but Olivia would really rather that I do those things for her. She allows her some times and resists at other times so it's got to be tricky for Emily. And it's tricky for us, too, trying to not always scold Emily for persisting when her sister wails. I've enjoyed taking them to the indoor climb at Burger King because it's great for sister bonding. Olivia is too small to get through the tubes on her own and it's one place where she'll happily accept her sister's help :)

We are so thankful that really do get along well for the most part and adore each other. While Olivia is napping Emily is so impatient for her to hurry up and wake up! And Olivia gives Emily a great welcome home reception every day after school! It's so fun to watch them interact and laugh together.


The Geroux Family said...

Miss Emily sure is a sweet little girl. For her age she seems to have a TON a patience! Sounds like, although it's not always rosy, Emily is a great big sister to her new little sister. That is so great to watch them interact and play, how perfect their ages are to eachother. I can see it already how close they will be when they are older. I give you and DH lots of credit too, it takes a lot of patience on your end. It's got to be a struggle at times. My son is 10 yrs older than our little Sydney is so when we get home with her at the end of May it should be interesting!
Jill G.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Olivia is doing great. I am still waiting to hear from my brother's friend. Sorry to hear about all the specialists and surprises, but it seems parenthood is full of them. Kole has been here a year with two older siblings and in pre-k for almost 9 months. His Non verbal skills are at a 4.10 year old, his expressive language is well below. He is now in a toddler stage there. we are making him say the words for things he wants. We have realized we let him get away with not having to use words too long. He can talk your ear off about nothing.
A word on the screening, she may or may not do well. Kole wouldn't screen. Even with given examples of what to do, he didn't get it or wouldn't get it, so don't feel bad if it doesn't go well, just know she will get all the more services because of it.

Shannon B