It's hard to believe the girls have already been home for two months! I wanted to provide a quick update on each of the three kids as to how they've transitioned and major events in their lives.
The big news for Noah is he started development preschool the first week of November. He goes to school every day in the morning for about 3 hours. He loves it! His favorite part of it all is riding the bus. Every morning he wakes up asking if he gets to go on the bus today... he's disappointed when the weekend is here as it means no bus. This is a picture from his first day of school. This has been much more difficult for Courtney and I then it has been for Noah as we've watched our little boy become a big boy. Noah also has had some potty training successes over the last few weeks so we're looking forward to the end of diapers hopefully soon!
Maya has definitely become the girly girl of the house. She is constantly wanting to accessorize with everything from hair barrettes, to socks and shoes, to coats and recently she found some mittens to wear around. As you can guess Maya loved Halloween, so here is a picture of her all dressed up. She loves helping around the house and is quick to do anything for Mom and Dad that will receive praise. Her biggest frustration is her big brother Noah who likes to pick on her sometimes, and who hasn't learned that he should stop playing when she screams. She is now repeating a lot of words when she hears us say them and is slowly building her vocabulary of words she'll say unprompted. She just recently learned to put on her socks and shoes all by herself. We're still battling giardia (a nurse just told me that it's common for it to reoccur with kids who had chronic exposure) but once that's gone we're going to start potty training as she is ready!
Keira continues to make everyone laugh. She is miss personality and is very open about how she feels (both when she's happy and mad!) We got to make our first Emergency Room trip with Keira last month. She was playing with Noah and while running fell and hit her head on the corner of a filing cabinet. She got a good cut on her forehead which ended up only requiring glue, no stitches. Physically she has made a lot of progress and is exactly where a child her age should be. She starting to say a few words that are common to a 1 1/2 year old. She still has her chubby cheeks so she's always getting lots of kisses and attention from everyone.
If you'd like to see more pictures of the kids or our family, you can find them here in our 2009 Photo Albums.