What do you do?
What do you do when she's just too cute to correct? We have a lot of trouble on our hands. It seems that each and every day she gets a little cuter and a little naughtier. This little pickle knows she's cute and she also knows exactly what she's doing. We are really enjoying being home. She and I laugh and play all day long. I think she's the cutest thing I've ever seen.
This afternoon she decided to try and chew holes through her feeding tube. All the while I am telling her that its a no, no. She grins, giggles, and shakes her head no, no right back at me each and every time I correct her. She thinks its a teether. One of these days she's going to get a mouth full of that nasty formula and then I bet she'll think twice before biting into it again. Today she began locking it into her teeth and pulling it so hard with her hands that it actually snapped back at her. I don't know what to do with her. Once I got her occupied with something else she quickly found another way to be naughty. She knows she is not allowed to scratch and pull at her ostomy appliance. Usually when she starts this behavior we know she would like it to be changed, but today I knew it didn't need changing and so did she. She had this twinkle in her eye and this smile on her face that told me she was just out to cause a little trouble. I was trying to work on something while sitting behind her on the couch and she was supposed to be resting on her pallet. Instead she decided to make her mommy entertain her by jumping up and down off the couch. I must have gotten up 20 something times and each time I would reach her to remove her hand she would stop and start to giggle. I don't know what to do with her. She has these rosy cheeks and these twinkly eyes that just melt my heart. If you start walking towards her she starts waving at you like you she hasn't seen you in months. If I ask her a question she shrugs her shoulders like she doesn't know. Even though she is behaving quite naughty I can't seem to stop laughing at how her little mind works. I'm just so glad to have her home. She is a very happy baby and she keeps us smiling.
Tomorrow we are going on a little road trip to pick up Blake and Al. Ash is going to be so happy. She loves to go bye, bye. She reaches for the door constantly and every time someone comes into the house she tells them she wants to go bye, bye by waving her little hands. I can't wait for the kids to get home. They have had a great time with their cousins and we have had a great time giving Ashley Kate all of our attention, but we have missed Blake and Allie. I have been counting down the days and tomorrow morning is almost here. We are so excited about the start of basketball season. Both of the kids have their first games on Saturday and Dave and I can't wait. Basketball is my personal favorite. I played for years and years and then coached for 10 years before Ash was born. In our house basketball is just a "fill in" sport between Blake's baseball seasons and Allies soccer season's, but they are both really good at it. So each winter mom gets her basketball fix and the kids get a workout during their off seasons. Ash won't get to attend the games this year, but I am sure she will have a great time playing with her nan at home.
Only a few more days of winter vacation and then the schedules pick back up, school begins, and Ashley's appointments start to take off again. Dave and I have really enjoyed this week of lazy evenings here in the house. We have had long talks, enjoyed watching a few movies, cuddled on the couch, rocked and played with our baby gherkin, and gotten back into the habit of living our life together again. It has been such a gift. We are so blessed and so thankful for everything the Lord has done in our family.
My posts have been a little slow in coming lately, but I want to let you know how very much we appreciate all of your prayers. Your time here and your words of encouragement bless my heart so very much. I honestly don't know if we could have walked this road without you. Your presence has meant the world to me and I just wanted to say Thank you for loving our Ashley Kate. Enjoy your evening and may God bless. Trish