Wow! The last time I posted Paysli was 3 weeks. It's extremely comical to think back to when she was 3 weeks old and our "parenting skills". Thankfully we are all still living and breathing, all limbs are still in place, and our sanity is still somewhere near the range of normality. :) Tim and I LOVE being a "mommy" and "daddy". It is by far one of the hardest things we have ever done/adjusted to but at the same time we wake up each morning excited about what is to come. But enough about us, and let's talk about the cutest, sweetest, and sometimes the smelliest person in our family... PAYSLI!!! Paysli turns 5 months next week and while it feels like we have always had her, I can't believe how fast she has grown up. Her days are full of smiling, giggling, and telling us about her day in her "Paysli" talk (oh how she makes her speech language pathologist mommy proud!). We have had so much fun celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years with her. When she was 8 weeks she got to start staying with her amazing Aunt Wendi and her cousins Luke and Kynli while I went back to work. I can't tell you how blessed I am to have such an awesome family who is helping us be the best parents we can be. It really does "take a village"! I thought I would struggle with going back to work for just a few days or weeks, but I still have my random days of sobbing when I drop her off. Wendi is fully aware that if she starts doing a "big life event" such as first words, walking, etc., she is to stop it immediately. If a first step occurs later on down the road, its the only time I give her full permission to give her a slight push/nudge. Paysli and Kynli have already shown signs of being best buds. Kynli seems to seek out Paysli and tries to get to her. Paysli also adores Luke, who keeps Paysli fully entertained throughout his busy day of jumping, climbing, and just being a boy (he is a little over two so there is never a dull moment in his world!). Luke calls Paysli "Kati's baby" and I'm told becomes very concerned when Paysli is upset.
Unfortunately Paysli experienced her first round of those dreaded things called ear infections. Wendi and I noticed she wasn't taking her bottles as usual (and she does not miss a bottle!) and tugging on her ears. Sure enough she had and ear infection in both ears. Poor baby! I told Tim that I wish I could take it from her... and sure enough I was sick a few days later. We both are better now. The latest developments include rolling over. We got a little concerned when we were hearing that other friends with babies around Paysli's age were rolling over and she wasn't (heaven forbid our child be a few weeks slower than others :) ). Well now Miss Paysli has decided she will practice her rolling over skills in the middle of the night and the wee hours of the morning. We knew we had something coming to us when we were blessed with a child that has slept through the night since she was just a few weeks old. I had a heart-to-heart with Paysli this morning and told her that I am proud of her for rolling over, I apologize for talking about how those other babies were better than her in the rolling department, but it's time to stop showing off. We will see tonight how receptive she was to our little talk. Paysli also seems to be able to recognize Tim and I, as well as other close family members versus strangers. It really is so neat to watch them turn into little people.
In other family news, Tim is working on his Master's in Education Administration in all his spare time. I am so proud of him. He somehow juggles it all so well with a smile on his face! He is coaching/teaching, coaching select baseball, working on his Master's, and being an amazing daddy and husband! How am I so blessed?!?
God has really blessed us all our lives, but especially within the last several months. Tim and I are thankful we put our trust in Him and let our family be guided by His will. There is not a day that goes by I don't look at Paysli and praise Him for giving us this precious little girl. We went through a lot to get our baby girl, but oh how we would do it all over again in a second. One night while we were praying with Paysli, Tim started praying for our two sweet babies we lost through miscarriages and thanked God for "Our Little Fighter" he has blessed us with. The past few years of our journey in having a child quickly played through my head. Then what an amazing moment it was to say "Amen" and open my eyes to see Paysli. Glory be to God!