Sorry to have neglected the blog but I was updating our secret group on facebook and just forgot:) We have been home for a little over a week and are adjusting as best we can. It is indescribable how amazing it feels to have everyone under one roof!
Nehemiah seemed to be a total mess the first few days we brought him home. He cried constantly and wouldn't sleep unless being held. We were shocked because in the orphanage we never heard him cry. On day four two little teeth popped through and he settled down. I think with all the new things and the teeth he was just done. He is now sleeping much better and not crying all the time. He does love to be held and if he falls asleep while being held you cannot lay him down!:) Stinker, he is loving having so many brothers and two little mommies that talk to him all day. We can already see him growing in his strength. His head control is much better and he will sit with assistance for short periods. We are working on building his core strength and lots of bonding time. He has not had any bottles since leaving the orphanage he is only nursing. This is great but also a huge task with six children. Thankfully Joey has been home to be an extra pair of hands.
Jeremiah seems to love having a family he hugs and kisses everyone and is loving exploring more of the house each day. We have been shocked how strong he has gotten in just the week we have been home. At the orphanage he needed two adults assistance to go up and down stairs. Now the goober is running up and down a few times a day to check out what is going on. He walked over a mile yesterday to the neighborhood playground and even went up the steps and down the slide a few times. He eats like a champ and has not turned down any of my cooking. The only thing he said no to was chocolate!! Silly boy. He is sleeping well at night and still takes a good nap during the afternoon. He supposedly was potty trained in the orphanage and the first few days in Ukraine he used the toilet but since being home he has not but we are rolling with diapers for now. (side note, wow five kids in diapers at night and three kids during the day is a endless job!!)
Adjusting to a family of eight is not all sweetness and roses it is crazy hard work. Just having six kids under 7 years old is tough add in special needs and institutional behaviors and it is impossible. We turn to God minute by minute requesting patience and guidance. The support we have received from family and friends in the form of meals, gift cards, gifts for the kids and prayers have been so uplifting. To God be the glory great things He has done!