Now for a little update on our little people.
Bennett is so easy. I remember when we had Lakin I felt so stressed and strained and worried and incompetent. I had no idea what I was doing and everything felt awkward. I thought having a newborn was such a challenge. Now, with a toddler in tow, I look at Ben and think, man- this is the easiest it's going to get. He's sleeping well. Eating well. Waking like he should in the middle of the night and then going back to bed. He's pretty patient with the big sister who is in his face several times a day. He looks like Chris in so many ways. I think he's going to have his daddy's temperament too. Praise God. If we had another firecracker personality like his sister we'd have our hands full. I say that knowing Lakin gets her personality and temperament from yours truly. When I am frustrated with Lakin, I often have only myself and my genes to blame.
Lakin, on the other hand has been a bit of a challenge (The above photo says it all, doesn't it?). When she met Bennett in the hospital she gave him a kiss (per our prompt and request) and then lightly shoved him back into my arms. She's slowly warming up to her brother by acknowledging he exists and even offering a few unprompted pats of love and kisses. Today she wanted to be my helper and I think she started to take ownership of being a big sister. We've had a couple of long and hard days of tantrums and whining but I think we're starting to turn a corner. I have had my patience tested and been reminded of how truly sinful I am when I would snap or react to her defiance or fits of rage. God is teaching me how to offer grace and reminding me that this is a big transition for our daughter and she needs to know now, more than ever, how secure she can feel in our love rather than how irritated we are that she's chosen to disobey us. Lots of learning going on in our house right now- for momma and Lakin.
Lakin's baby takes a ride in the swing. Aside from dragging the baby by the foot, she's been a really sweet momma to her doll, imitating lots of things Chris and I do for Bennett.
Overall, we are doing great and just so thankful to have these two wonderful blessings in our lives.