Getting ready for the tub, Caleb (age 4) takes off his pants and says “Whoa?! I am going commando!” Looking frontwards and backwards he says “Where are my underwears?” Then he picks up his pants and looks all the way inside them and says “are they in here?” Apparently he just forgot.
Call me a glutton for punishment or just stubborn, but I decided this morning to head out to the wetlands for another go at the boardwalk with the boys. Alright, that is not quite the truth…what really happened was that the boys were going ballistic after being cooped up insdide for so many days with Audrey so Karissa looks at me and tells me to take the boys outside to the park. So off I went, fully aware of what happened the last time the boys went to the boardwalk. If you did not yet read about this adventure, you can read about what happened here. So Caleb, Kyler, Maggie and I decided to tackle the boardwalk again. This time was not as adventurous and the only one to get wet was Maggie. We even managed to grab a few pictures.
Rylee is so excited to have Audrey as her baby sister. In fact, many of the pictures we have of her involve Rylee in one way or another. Yesterday, I sat down on the couch next to her as she was holding Audrey and just watched in awe of my beautiful daughters. Rylee looked up at me and said “Daddy, out of all the things that I have gotten since the new baby came, the baby is my favorite.” This just melted my heart. We had put a bag together full of new toys for each of our kids in celebration of the new addition to our family.
The real question, though, was how were the boys going to react to Audrey when she showed up. Before she was born, Caleb was asked several times what he thought about the whole deal and his standard answer was “I don’t think about it.” Kyler of course did not have much to say.
Since she has been home, Caleb has looked at Audrey from time to time, but is kind of pressing on with life knowing she is now a part of it. Twice now he has asked to hold her, but for the most part he has kept to his usual stuff, baseball, monster trucks, digging in the yard, and throwing balls.
Kyler has probably felt the most change in his status. He, of course, is no longer the baby and has done his best to demand a bit more attention. Often this is seen in trying to be funny to get everyone to look at him. He did this before (he is quite the comedian) but I feel like he has amped it up a bit. Of course, this morning, he got Dad to himself by virtue of a 5:20 wake up. Coffee anyone? The most affection he gives to Audrey is a lick on the head. I am not sure where he learned that one, maybe from Maggie…
I am anticipating both boys connecting on a deeper level with their Daddy as Mom needs to spend time bonding with Audrey. It will be an interesting journey as we watch these two little men grow up in this family of six. Yesterday Karissa and I looked across the dinner table at each other and just took it in that we really did have a table for six. We love it and look forward to watching each of these four children grow up learning to love God, love each other, and to serve others generously.