Brotherly Love

While its comforting to know that my little guy loves his sister so much, it is not fun to learn just how much he loves her at 2:30 in the morning.  For about the past hour Gabe has been screaming.  He’s had a bottle, I have tried holding him, and he’s been given Tylenol but to no avail.  He’s all alone in their room with no sight of his sister.  I’m not sure if he’s just scared because he’s alone or at 10 months can he be concerned for his sister since she has always been there but isn’t now.  It took him quite a while to initially fall asleep as well.  As much as Kyle and I love our children, we feel they need to learn the importance of calming themselves down.  Even if I did pick him up, the minute I put him back down in his crib he’s unsatisfied.  I’m sure part of the problem now is that he has lost his nuk. 
I wonder what the neighbors might think if they were to wake at 2:30 in the morning to hear a baby screaming for an hour?
Meanwhile, Kyle is sleeping because he doesn’t have a problem drowning out the screaming of our children.  Lucky.  In situations like these I just don’t know what to do.  I’m not sure why this wasn’t a problem with Elle Belle.  I think she was able to self-sooth rather quickly so we didn’t have to go through this.  Gabe on the other hand, well, he gets held a LOT and pretty much any time he whines, some one comes running.  More because we didn’t want him to wake Elle up than anything else.  Man are we paying for that.  I thought it would be nice to just have some time with the Gaber Baby.  Elle is up at Auntie Nicki’s cabin for the weekend.  Apparently Gabe was not sure that was such a good choice.  Next time we’ll ask first.
He’s gotten quieter! 



Kyle’s sister took the Stennes family minus the wee-ones to the Twins game last night. One of my supervisors from work was kind enough to not only loan out her daughter to us but to come over and help as well. Knowing Elle so well, I knew she would more than likely be scare of the “monster” next to her bed. There is a panel next to her bed with access to the water pipes. When we or any of the units above us use the water Elle hears it through the panel and thinks there is a monster there. We came up with a way to cover the panel and that satisfied Elle for a bit. She apparently thinks that if it is covered the monster can’t get through. Lately however, her fear of this “monster” has grown and even with the panel covered she is a bit scared.

On the way to work this morning I was trying to come up with a way to help Elle realize that the monster wouldn’t hurt her. The first thing I thought of to help Elle was to teach her to pray to Jesus and ask that in His name the monster stay away. I have to admit my heart smiled a bit. Trying to raise a strong willed child to pray and thank God for dinner before she eats is proving to be difficult. It suddenly dawned on me that maybe this way Elle would start to realize that Jesus is always there and wants to be there to protect her and help her. Not only was I ecstatic that she might finally start to grasp how amazing God is but also that it was the first thing I thought of.

As a mom, I feel like I am always being critiqued for my parenting skills. That doesn’t mean I AM being critiqued; it just means that how I feel. :) While my children belong to God he has entrusted them to my husband and me. We hope and pray that they find Jesus and continue to seek him throughout their lives. When Elle flat out refuses to pray at dinner time it hurts a little. Not only because has decided not to interact with her creator a sustainer but also because it sort of makes me feel like I’m failing in a way. Granted she is only 2 ½ and has plenty of time to grow in her spiritual walk and still at the age of innocence.

On the other side of things, she has multiple children’s Bibles that she carries through out the house and “reads” on almost a daily basis. I have to admit, that’s better than me! Ultimately she is in God’s hands and I trust her to him. After all, she is saying “Thank You” most of the time with no prompting and no need for it. Just because she’s thankful! Thank you JESUS!



So I've succumed to the blogging world!  Mainly since we live such chaotic lives and would like an opportunity to reflect on all the chaos.  With the kids growing so fast, going back to school, trying to sell a house/condo, and Kyle's adventures I thought this might be a good outlet for my randomness.  I'll do my absolute best to keep it up to date and get photos and videos uploaded for entertainment- I just love my kids!

So be patient with me. :)

Just a taste of the kiddos
Our Bug-a-boo
How adorable is her hat
That's all for now!