Well I have been absent most of the summer working to juggle many different jobs/tasks/kids. Figured I would give a quick rundown.
Work-still do it and a lot of of it.
School-Chapter 4 of the dissertation is in final edits and Chapter 5 has been started. Should be all done this fall...then you can all call me Doc Tribemama.
Finn-Doing well. He is HUGE which makes me laugh since last summer he was so tiny and wasn't growing at all. His speech is coming along slowly but surely. We have some Occupational Therapy as well to strengthen his muscles, especially in his arms and shoulders since he has hypermobility and his joints sort of pop in and out. He was also just diagnosed with Diastasis Recti which means basically the stomach muscles have split apart. Kids with CL are prone to hernias so I guess this is just part of it all. We will see gastro at Children's when we go see genetics. He also will need to get his tonsils and adenoids out at some time, and we have follow up with cardio in the fall. That being said, you would never guess anything was going on. He is a non-stop mover and shaker, he loves to dance and has some awesome moves, he is loving and sweet and silly.
Other kids-All doing great. They are such a different group which makes raising them fun and a challenge. I think they are all ready for the routine of school, time with friends and less time managing their relationships with siblings 24/7. They love each other and get along most of the time, but just as siblings do they get on each others nerves too.
House-we are preparing the house for sale next spring, but we have no clue what we are doing when it sells. Buying an existing home is easiest, but we are not sure we will find what we want when the time comes. We like the idea of building, but that takes time and where the heck will we live in the meantime? There are a few builders who have homes that we can customize some to better fit our needs, but we are not sure we want to live in a planned community again. Decisions decisions! We will meet with a builder and realtor this winter to see what our options are and go from there. Personally, I would love to buy a big lot with a teeny house on it. Live in the teeny house while we have the new house built, then rent the teeny house when we move into the big house...who knows maybe it will happen.
School starts in a few days and I think the kids will all have a great year! Happy September :)