We started our day early, baby girl woke up crying for ¨mama¨ at 5:30am, big sister is still the mama she calls for but it was a great moment this morning when I told big sister to go back to sleep & baby girl came and slept on the futon with me until 6:30 when her brothers & sisters woke up. We all got dressed & ready for the day. We then headed downstairs and around the corner to the panderia & each child got to pick out one thing. We had already told them this in the apartment before we left & if they complained or begged for more they would get nothing. They did great! The only breakdown was when we were leaving and our oldest son cried because the baby girl asked for the same kind of treat that he had…ahh siblings. I explained in my broken Spanish that she loves her brother & he should be proud that she wants to be like him. Tears subsided & we headed back home.
After breakfast we cleaned hands & got ready to head to the park that is minutes away from the apartment but as we were preparing to leave big brother decided that he didn´t have to listed to instructions anymore & began laughing again when he was told not to do something. Needless to say Papi & big borther spent the morning at the apartment. It was a good lesson for big brother & his siblings. Lots of limits were tested today & we tried so hard to do our best with the kids. We correct, retry, and reassure them that we love them.
Tonight we celebrated Middle brother’s birthday he turned cinco! Around lunch time he began to act out & test boundaries, but as soon as he realized that he had a cake, the family singing happy birthday & a present (4 pieces of sidewalk chalk & 1 matchbox car) all was well again. We had to reassure the other children that we love them so much and our whole family needs to be excited for Middle brother´s birthday. It was still a hard night for the ninos, they are very competitive with each other & want everything fair & need to be reassured that we love them all & there are no favorites.
Tonight as reassurance we let them have toys during bath time. Everybody was a fan of the squirt animals & especially the plastic tupperware to dump on each other´s head. We definitely had the kids in bed by 7pm tonigt & they were asleep by 7:30, thank goodness! The day just feels so very long (& there are still so many of them left), we are still not in a great rhythm & our bodies still haven´t caught up, which means exhaustion is setting in. Several times today we had to remind each other that it is just the second day & they have already made so much progress. They are beautiful & we are so blessed!
Thank you all for your comments, texts & facebook posts! Several times today they would come at the right time: reminders that we are not in this alone, God is our strength, parenting is hard, & just kind words being said about us! Also a shout-out to Lauren, the missionary helping us, we literally could not do this without her being here! She has been an enormous help & seems to have endless energy, she treats our children with love & encourages us through out the day! Our family is so blessed to know her! And to think if Tyler wouldn´t have gone on that mission trip just a year ago, none of this might have happened (hint, hint, wink, wink!! If God is calling you do it, por favor!)
Headed to bed, thanks for reading!
At the dinnermesa,