Since you've been gone...
Charlotte: This girl can officially say that she has 2 front teeth! The right one FINALLY broke through the gums (the ittiest tiniest little bit of it)... it has a long way to go and push itself out, but it's just about there. She is so ecstatic, that she tells everyone who comes into contact with her. It's absolutely precious... I never knew what she'd look like with front teeth... and now that I've gotten a glimpse, it's just so strange. She's so unbelievably beautiful. She had off from school this week as well, and has enjoyed every single moment. She is playing nonstop, and it was tough to get back on track with school today. Normally, she'd still have off... but she chose to do school right now, so that she could have off a few days/week when you get back home. Smart girl.
Marley: The strangest little rash appeared on this little girls foot this last week. I'm not sure if it's because she walks around barefoot, a lot... or what it was. It was super itchy at first, and then turned into blisters all over her heels. It was so painful to her, that she started walking only on her tippy toes. So, the day after Christmas (your birthday) we made a pitstop at the doctor's office to get it looked at. According to the good ol' Dr.... it was something in the family of poison ivy. SO STRANGE... it's winter after all. He prescribed her a steroid cream, and no shoes, only socks. So, 2x a day, I've been rubbing this steroid cream on her feet, and she's back to running around normal. Let me just state for the record, that while she was running around on her tippy toes, she looked mighty cute. She's been in great spirits.... all things considered. Keeps on playing like a champ. She adored Christmas... but I'm not sure what she liked more, the opening of gifts, or the handing out of ornaments at the elderly home. She was so exhausted that by her afternoon nap, she slept for 4 hours!
Finn: This little man is closely approaching 5 months old... and I think it's crazy to see where the time has gone. You left right before he turned 3 months... so that means we are almost 2 months down. He is laughing more and more (he loves when I attack his belly, with my head of hair) and smiles a lot, especially when he first wakes up from his sleep/naps. That's usually how I gage whether or not he's napped long enough... if he wakes up crying, or if he wakes up cooing. He's taking the binky more and more, which helps get him down for his naps a little more easily. This week, I start some sleep training with him... you're SO lucky that you're not around for this. I'm hoping that by the time you're home, he'll be on a solid sleeping routine. Hoping is the key word. For now, I'm transitioning him from his rocker, into his crib... so far, he's not a fan. I need to figure out how to make it cozier for him.
Me: I'm doing alright... I thought the holidays would be difficult, without you around... but they weren't as bad as I thought they'd be. I think I'm just so focused on the kids, that it leaves me with literally zero time to sulk. I'm knee deep in poopy diapers and housework, that I barely have time to just sit and think... that doesn't mean I don't miss you, or pray for you daily... nope, it just means that I have crazy amounts of distractions. I'm FINALLY putting the final touches on your package, and will have that off in the mail soon. It's just a little "taste of home" heading your way.
Story of the Week: While we were at the doctor's office getting Marley's feet looked after, Doctor Wilbur was sure to check out everything on Marley's body. He does such a thorough job... wants to rule out any/everything. He looked at her feet first, checked her ears, looked in her mouth... and lastly, went to listen to her heart. When he did... he said, "Charlotte, do you want to take a listen... listen for the Boom Boom Boom?" Marley (who was sitting on my lap), immediately started touching me and padding me on my breasts. Charlotte started to giggle, "Dr. Wilbur, Marley calls Mommy's boobies, 'boom booms'. You should just say, 'heartbeat'." Charlotte and Marley giggled some more, Dr. Wilbur joined in on the laughter, and I was left with a red face.