But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him and his righteousness with their children's children . . . Psalm 103:17

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Baby milestones and developments

I started this yesterday but didn't finish and post it:

Seth and David do a really cute trick of turning themselves in circles on their bottoms while sitting. Seth is currently doing this and babbling while waving two girls' shirts in the air. He's very proud of his acquisition of the shirts because he had to pull himself up on the partially-open drawer to be able to reach in and steal them. It's really exciting to see him pull up on things and be so driven to get to toys and keep up with his siblings. What's even more exciting is that Seth is now taking 1/3 of his daily nutrition via mouth! He's taken 7.5 ounces both yesterday and today, plus food (on a toothbrush, oddly enough - he prefers the texture of the bristles to that of a spoon). Thanks for praying that he continues to eat and drink better as the days go by so he can get off his tube feedings entirely. Right now we're only hooking him up to be fed during his nighttime sleeping hours. What a relief!!

Gracie is crawling more and more and pulling up on everything, which is also fun to see. She continues to be amazingly sweet and patient. She and Seth are the easiest of the five. Marcie is the most challenging in that she is very mobile and very determined on getting what she wants. She actually knocked a bottle out of Will's mouth today because she wanted it! But she has unlawful amounts of charm and winsomeness that make her irresistible. She loves her siblings and the adults in her life and readily shows it by grinning ear-to-ear and squealing with delight.

Gracie also does lots of squeals of delight and chuckles of glee when she's playing or supposed to be sleeping. (If you want to hear a sample of her silliness last night at midnight): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpek9XjAzhc&feature=player_detailpage

David is active (the latest: getting to his feet alone, standing for a while, then sitting again!) but not nearly as demanding as Marcie about getting his way, and Will is sensitive and quick to tears, but slightly less active than David or Marcie. He's a real sweetheart, too.

Marcie and David frequently move in tandem. They were both standing up against our bathroom door, frustrated that they couldn't get in. Will is often not far behind, but he and David also go off separately and do their own things. Seth and Will are really close buddies. It's adorable! They are just crazy about each other.

We are, of course, absolutely in love with each of the five babies and their big brother. We can't imagine life without a single one of them! They fill our home with love, laughter and a lot of (mostly happy) activity and noise. :) Thank you, Father, for our blessings! Thank you all for blessing us so richly by caring for our family.

Love in Christ,

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

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