Saturday, December 19, 2009

Ups and Downs

It's 1:00 a.m., and I am stewing on some recent family drama and can't sleep. It got me thinking about UPS and DOWNS. Right now, I am UP which is ridiculous for a mom who knows her kids start the day early - I should be laying DOWN sleeping. Bob went on a job interview in Chicago this past week. We hope it went well, and there are so many ups and downs that pass through my mind as we wait for word back from the company. Our boys have been having some ups and downs of their own. Recently, all three of the kids LOVE to stand UP. They can't get enough of it. They are always wanting to stand up and see the world. Yesterday, Mom, Grandma, and I put the kids in a circle and let them stand up together. The pictures were hard to take, but the interactions between the kids were absolutely great.
Anytime the kids get close to each other, they like to touch/grab/gouge each other. I'm pretty sure they know and recognize each other now. Last time we went to the doctor, Ryan started crying in another room, and Michael recognized his cry and joined in (the other crying kids in the office didn't phase him at all).
Not only have the kids been standing UP, they have also been practicing sitting DOWN. I have a picture of Ryan sitting down somewhere, but between the camera, Bob's phone, my phone, and the pictures we've imported in one place and not the other, who knows where it is. It's lost in the bytes and bits of our cyberworld. Here Ryan is scrutinizing something interesting.
Michael was our first to sit down and stay for longer than two seconds. He is balancing himself with his arms, but he's getting the job done. I'm pretty sure that he could have gone much longer if he didn't get distracted by Duke hanging out around Bob and begging for food.
The next day, Michael tried it again, and he was even more successful. I think he sat up for a good five minutes.
James has also been trying to sit up (although I enjoyed the mid-fall picture and decided to post it over the more stable one). When the kids fall down, we misquote the Ali-Fraiser fight, "Down goes James, Down goes Michael, Down goes Ryan." Luckily, I'm pretty sure that our boys will figure this one out soon without too many face plants like the one Michael took today when he was practicing his sitting for Aunt Faith. Hopefully, the ups and downs in our world will smooth out soon as well, and instead of a thrill-ride roller coaster of life, we can get back to the gentle bumps in the road as we roll our stroller over them.

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