Yep. They are 5.
What a year of gaining independence right? And responsibility! Not independence in a "I can do it myself tantrum (but you really can't) but in an I can do it myself and they really can!
|helping mommy unload the car|
One thing remains constant.. an unwavering, unending love for all things superhero, transformer, and Lego. Dressing up in costume is our favorite past time and there aren't many places (other than school) that we don't go all dressed up!
Beckett has so many praises and success stories this year. He graduated from his orthotics, the ankle braces he has been wearing since 17 months! He is now officially only in a foot orthotic which is fancy insert that goes in his regular shoes. It's amazing the improvement in his running and overall coordination over the last year. His hypotonia that affects his gross motor skills also has begun exhibiting some delays in his fine motor skills. Mainly in hand strength since the low muscle tone affects strength. His evaluation this spring showed about a year behind in hand strength and fine motor. He's been working so hard at school one on one with his teacher and is now in occupational therapy once a week.
|He said "mommy, I'm so nervous about my appt" so we prayed and brought 2 penguins!|
|He wrote me a note back in his lunch box|
Another appointment that I would rather have avoided was Beckett's first trip to the ER. He had a bad fall and came up dizzy. He said "mommy my eyes aren't working". He failed most of my test so I called my friend that was a nurse and she said take him in. 24 hours later, a lot of tears, and a sleepless night the cerebral contusion (brain bruise) showed it was healing all on its own. The scariest night as a mom in my life. So grateful he is ok.
|Eli taking care of him|
|he had to get in bed too|
|a good report the next morning!|
|my precious boy|
|will not eat bread. picked the sausage out of everyone on of these|
|sweet sweet boy|
|always chooses to come with me to the grocery store|
|my baby and his favorite time - ipad time!|
|hand strength therapy with squeezers in the tub|
|shooting darts off our balcony|
|pink with sprinkles. Shipley donut drive thru.|
|those eyes. That smile.|
|His favorite Bucky slippers|
|This morning daddy was trying to get dresses and packed. Beckett's input? "Daddy don't say hate. It's a bad work. It's not nice to say you hate." Ha! Every time daddy tries to get dressed.|
And my Eli. Adventurous. A thinker. Problem solver. Man with a plan. And in charge. He tends to be a bit more reasonable and likes to engage in conversation where he figures everything out. Inquisitive. He is usually the first up with me while I am doing my quiet time. As soon as he wakes up he bypasses everything and everyone to come and find me and crawl in my arms. Sometimes he is content to just snuggle me while I read but sometimes we talk. And then he follows me in the bathroom to talk.
|early quiet morning|
|building forts with mommy|
|hey mom! Someone left a trail of goldfish to your room...hm.|
|carries his lego box all over the house building in what ever room I'm in|
|One our early morning talks .. "hey buddy? you sure are getting up early these days. Your brother is still up there snoozing" to which he replied. "You remember why right mom? That's because God made us different."|
|loves his headlamp|
|a fairly usual choice of clothing.|
|reading with daddy|
|heading out for golf|
|loves to draw|
One day we were at the car wash and I gave them each a quarter for the gum ball machine. As Eli put his quarter in I saw the gumball drop down and it was green. Green is Beckett's absolute favorite and I just observed from a distance to see what he would do. Beckett got excited and said "it's green it's green!" and Eli reached down to grab the gumball out. He came up arm outstretched and said " Here you go Beckett. Green is your favorite." Precious brothers.
It's like always having a friend over for a sleep over! Constant giggles, big adventures, great playing, and the occasional tiff or fight. Our sitters that watch them often comment on how well they get along with each other and how kind they are to each other. Fruits of some really hard discipline between 2-4. I am constantly ready to jump in for things that I think would be offensive or hurtful but they have their own way of sorting things out. Quick to say sorry and the worst punishment ever? Alone time!
|absolutely cannot keep their hands off each other. constant wrestles|
|Beckett is a memory game champ. Can't beat him.|
|calling themselves the "bumble bee brothers"|
|Not happy that I wouldn't let them out of the pool right after they got in.|
|Face Timing family|
|they think its so fun to ride in the back from the mailbox on the corner|