I am still among the living here - although quite a bit busier than I am used to. All the added work is such a blessing; for our little one is here - adjusting and bonding to us as a family. There are more snuggle times, more kisses, and a bit more laundry.
I can not tell you how blessed I feel to have our little girl here with us at last. We have to wait for six months for the adoption date to be finalized; but we are settling in to being a family of 7 quite nicely.
I have put our youngest on a schedule and I am finding it to help out a lot! We have time in for each of the older kids to have play time and cuddle time with their new sister. I am still assuming all of the role of feeding and changing - thus helping her with the bonding time with Mommy. Daddy did get in on an early morning feeding time - and Mommy was not in the least disappointed!!
Mother's Day was the happiest I have ever had! It had a bitter sweet note to it though, as a family in our church just said their goodbyes to their daughter two days before the holiday. While my heart was filled with joy and happiness over our newest - their hearts were breaking over their empty arms. It brought back a lot of memories for me of that first Mother's day without our Ally. Life has a way of putting things in perspective for us! Saturday, we will have the memorial service for this little one. My heart goes out to them - for we have been there before and I know the intense pain the death of a child brings.
Well, there is a hungry baby calling for me - I best be getting to her.