There you have the best picture of Aubry so far. I feel a little bit remiss lately, as I have been/am still intending on writing her birth story for you all (and by the way, Ms. Moon, I credit the blue and black cohosh for her starting labor on her own!), but things have been pretty busy at Chez Jones the last little while. We brought Aubry home on the 11th, and of course Hannah had to come with her, being the chuck wagonand all, and the pace increased exponentially almost immediately. It is a good change of pace, though, with this new baby to snuggle and sweet toes to munch on and long, long fingers that hold us all so tightly. Her umbilical cord has dried up and fallen off so she got her first tub bath, screaming all the while-she is practically a grown-up now! Hannah has fountains of milk, and Aubry grunts like a pig while nursing, and all is well in the Baby world.
Not so well goes it for my Eli, who is suddenly a child I don’t know, half boy and half man and hating pretty much everything. There have been problems at school, problems at home, and some moments I totally understand why some animals in the wild eat their young. He has been so infuriating, so belligerent, that I have been looking at him helplessly, wondering what can truly be done to help this young man. He denies it, but I strongly suspect that Hannah having the baby was the last straw for him; he loves them both, has agreed that perhaps Aubry is pretty delicious, but underneath I think the focus has been on Hannah for so long that he is trying to get my attention one way or another. There are some different things in the works so that perhaps this doesn’t have to mean the ruination of the future in terms of school. At home, I just keep telling him-as do all of our friends and chosen family-that I love him and I am not giving up on him no matter how mad he is at me. There are moments of hope, though. On Saturday night, after a huge fight on Friday where harsh words were spoken by all involved, he very casually strolled upstairs and started chatting about a book he had just finished reading. We chatted for a little while about books and philosophy and then he said,”Well, my resolve to not speak to you for two weeks just went out the window!” He is pretty amazing, and while of course Hannah still needs me, it is way past time to focus on the other three. I hope to find some balance there, because I don’t want any of my kids to fall through the cracks.
So many other things to catch up on! Sam is enjoying school and Owen just recently insisted on having his head buzzed in order to look just like his daddy, and has also recently begun saying funny little things like,”My brain REALLY needs a Twinkie!” Things are in general pretty okay, just busy. Look for some password protected posts in the future, as well as the birth story should you still want to hear it!