We got a wii system as an early christmas present and I love it! It's really fun, and the kids actually can play it too. I was a little shocked to see that Sarah could do it, but to see Philip playing! That was very entertaining :) In this video they're boxing and unbelievably, they won! (beginner level of course!)
Lately Sarah has said a few really sweet or funny things that I just have to share. Philip is a whole different animal from Sarah. He's wild and always moving. I was trying to put Philip's shoes on and he kept moving his legs making it a bit difficult for me. =) I kept saying, " Stop it Philip, stop it!" and Sarah responded by saying, " Mommy, he can't help it. Boys CAN"T stop!" I couldn't decide if I was just completely confused or entertained. I have no idea where she got that idea, but it cracked me up.
Then later that day Sarah noticed the sunset through the window in her bedroom. Philip and I were in the room with her and after she got a good look at the sunset she turned to Philip and said, "Come with me," as she held out her hand for Philip to hold. She took Philip to the front door to look out at the sunset where he could see it better. I stood back and just watched them for a moment. After a second, Sarah put her hand on Philip's back and said in the sweetest softest voice (pointing at the sky), " God made those colors Philip." She continued talking to him about how God made the sunset and sky and all the colors in it. It was one of the sweetest things I had ever seen, watching my daughter teach her little brother about God. It was precious!
Today, when nap time was coming to an end, I could hear Sarah and Philip talking in their room, so I went to go get them. As I'm approaching their room I found Sarah roaming the living room. She was surprised to see me and jumped anticipating that she will be in trouble. I said to her, " What are you doing?"
With a very serious face, she replied with,
" In my life and my heart, I don't know where I was going. In my life and my heart (eyebrows raised), you scared me! In my life and my HEART, I didn't do anything wrong."
I had to turn my face the other way so she couldn't see me laugh.
Later she told me about nap time and how she heard Philip wake up so she went over to his bed (which is in a closet) and said to him, " My name is Sarah Lane Wilkinson and you need pops because you're not being quiet!" All I could do is laugh. She's constantly saying things that crack me up or melt my heart. :)
Hannah is 5 days old today! She was born on November 5th at 2:42 weighing 7 lbs and 15 oz. The transition has been pretty good so far. When we came home from the hospital Philip was taking a nap. When he woke up he reacted much stronger than I had expected. He was definitely feeling a threatened by her even though they had already met her in the hospitial. Fortunately that passsed very quickly and he loves her dearly now. Whenever someone comes over, he is eager to point her out and show her off to our guests. He loves to get quick peeks at her and touch her, but then he's on his way to go play. Sarah has been about as perfect of a big sister as I can imagine. She is taking in Hannah like she's a little piece of Heaven! She wants to be by her side, holding her and kissing her all the time. She'll even pull up a little chair and sit next to her as she swings in the baby swing. It's so precious. :)
Robbie went back to work this afternoon for the first time, so I am on my own with all 3 kids for the first time. I managed to feed Hannah and get all 3 of them down for naps, and have even effectively dealt with a couple of fits ( the kid's... not mine! ) So far so good! We'll see how things go in the next few days though! :)
I haven't updated this in a while I know. Not too much has been going on. I mean alot of stuff, but not much activity you could say. Robbie tore his ACL, had surgery and is recovering. He's doing really well. It's been about 7 weeks since his surgery now. His Physical therapist says he's doing great and they've been cutting his therapy back some because he's progressing so quickly. The kids seem to be growing up so fast which is good since we're really close to meeting our 3rd, Hannah, but I want it to slow down at the same time. Sometimes Philip seems so much like a baby to me still, I can't believe he's going to be a big brother soon! Sarah is really growing up. She's very excited to meet her little sister. Yesterday we cleaned out the car really good and put Sarah and Philip's carseats in the 3rd row to make room for Hannah's carseat which we went ahead and installed as well. It's a full car! Sarah and Philip like their new spots in the car though so that's good!
The other day Sarah had to stay home form Mother's day out b/c she had a little fever, so we had a "girls day in" and we washed and folded a bunch of clothes for Hannah and put them away. Then we took some time playing with her teddy like it was a baby. We had some special time just us.
Philip is really growing up. As you can see in some of these pictures, he's our little climber. He will climb over, under, through anything! It's hard to keep him out of danger, but I think he likes it like that! :) He's all boy for sure, but he loves to play dress up with Sarah. Shoes, hats, and even crowns as you can see are fun for him to try to put on and play with. Sarah constantly talks about marrying Philip, or going to the ball with Philip (like in Cinderella). He has no clue what's going on but enjoys going along with it for the most part.
We'll now we're waiting for Hannah. Just a couple more weeks. Here's some more pics of her room and us waiting for her!
Here are some pictures from the day Philip got his first haircut. As you can see he cried the entire time, but luckily he sat still and let the job get done! :) It was hard to watch at first but then you realize he's going to be OK and and you can actually kind of enjoy it knowing you'll look back and remember how sweet the moment is :)
After the hair cut we went to play at a sprinkler park. Needless to say he was quite tuckered out and feel asleep on the way home for lunch!
I know it was actually a month ago that Philip turned a year old, but nonetheless, here's some pics. We had a really good time just hanging out with family and watching Philip dig into some cake for the first time. Sarah was quite involved, helping Philip blow out the candles and telling him what to do with the cake.
Philip's gift, a fire truck. He has come to really love this toy and especially loves to stand up on the seat and put his hands up in the air as if to say, " Look! no hands!" :) He's the greatest!
Since then Philip has gotten his first haircut. He cried the entire time, but it wasn't as bad as you might think. The barber is the same one that Robbie goes to and he was able to handle Philip very well. Philip looks so much more like Robbie now with the hair cut! It was a sad day because he looked SO much older with his haircut and his little curls gone :( The pictures are on Robbie's iphone, so I'll post them soon.
Sarah and I have been working on memorizing her first Bible verse, Ephesians 6:1. Today was the first time that she said it out loud on her own. We were not prompting her or even talking about it when she starting saying it so we were really surprised. I didn't think she had down all the way yet! Now she says it over and over:)
We have started doing some pre-school lessons at home lately and Sarah has really enjoyed it. She loves to learn and so each morning we sit down and write a morning message. I use it as an outlet to let her identify letters, numbers, individual words, and punctuation. Soon I'll be using it to teach site words. We also talk about the date and the weather as we write it. She really loves it. Today we started handwriting also. She loves to "write" but it's all scribbles of course (which is fine for her age) but I think she could really start taking off if she is taught how to write the letters she is coming to know so well.
She traced the letter several times, but the last one on the far right she wrote completely on her own. I was very proud of her! :)
Here's a Sarah sitting in her chair during morning message. This is what our morning message looks like when were done. Her favorite part is when she gets to get up and circle things in the message.
It's official... we're having a girl! We're very excited of course. I had a feeling that it was a girl which was strange b/c I hadn't ever had a feeling before so i was a little anxious to see if I was right. Sarah is looking forward to having a sister and I think Philip would be too if he understood. :) Her name is Hannah Ruth. :) So much to look forward too!!!! :)
We're home now and it's really nice to be home. I feel like I'm doing better than I was 7 weeks ago. I hope to be home for nearly 2 weeks and then go get a little rest in Little Rock. We will just be playing it by ear I guess.
Philip started taking steps when he was about 10 1/2 months, but by the time he was 11 months we started to really get it. He's gotten really good at standing up on his own too! He's actually walking a lot better now, it's just taking me so long to update this blog. I don't even remember the last time he was crawling!
We'll the kids and i have been staying with my parents some so my mom can help me with the kids and let me get rest. I am starting to feel better than I was about 6 weeks ago, so that's encouraging. On the weeks that the kids and I are gone we video chat with Robbie at the end of the day. He has figured out how to do all these fun things on it for Sarah. In this picture he's riding a roller coaster. It so funny to see and Sarah loves it!
Baby and I are doing well. Some of you may have heard that it has been physically demanding on me so far. I experienced some heart palpatations and shortness of breath along with pretty severe fatigue. We have been to some doctors and all tests have come back good, so nothing is wrong, it just looks like it's going to be a difficult pregnancy. I can't go for very long in the day without having to sit or lay down and rest. My heart starts pounding pretty easily and I also get out of breath. Very normal everyday activites can get to me. Fortunately, I have great parents who have opened their home to me and I will be staying here on and off through the pregnancy to take some of the responsability and stress off of me. My OB Dr. thought that was a really good idea as she is telling me to take it very easy and "pamper" myself. I can't complain on those orders :) While I am home I'll be needing some help, but I don't think I will be spending more than a week at a time at home. It will be difficult having the kids away from home and especially from daddy, but atleast we know all is well and the baby is doing great! :)
He who forms the mountains, creates the wind, and reveals his thoughts to man, he who turns dawn to darkness, and treads the high places of the earth- theLORD God Almighty is his name. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~