It's about time for an update on all 3 of the Little Bees!!
Zoya is less than a month away from turning SIX! She has been home just over FOUR years now! I can hardly believe it!! She's had a rocky school year and missed quite a bit of school for all of the health issues she experienced this year. She has a follow up appointment with endocrinology this week and we'll see what their thoughts are at this point with the blood sugar issues. She has still been having some high and low blood sugars. The lows are mostly in the morning if she has been very active the night before. The highs are any time she has any type of sugar, natural or not. We have her on a good nutritional program and she is FINALLY gaining weight again! Before she got sick she was 39.5 pounds and dropped to 34 pounds at her lowest. She started gaining when we figured out the blood sugar issue, but was stuck at about 37 pounds for the longest time. She has now finally broken the 40 pound mark!!!!
Like most other 5-almost-6-year-old little girls, she is really into Frozen! That movie has even jousted "Marmaduke" from it's #1 request spot in Zoya's life! She's really enjoying her dance classes and just finished her second season of performances! She asks if she can go to dance every day! She loves playing with her babies and I love finding them all in random spots around the house, covered up and ready for bed. She is starting to really enjoy writing which is so awesome to see! She draws pictures on her magna doodle and tries to sound out the words and writes a few letters by them to represent the word. She loves books and reading, and she still hates math :) You can often find her listening to music on the iPod. She has been playing dress up with any and all items she can find around the house which is usually pretty humorous! She asks for "cold hot chocolate" when we do our special movie nights (which is just canned coconut milk, stevia, cocoa powder, almond milk, and ice!). Her speech is really coming along and it's great to hear her thoughts more and more! She asks several times a week for me to tell her her "Ukraine story" and lets me hold her like a baby while I tell her the story, adding tiny new details each time. She's still struggling with impulse control and some attention-seeking behaviors, and we're trying our best to help her overcome those things. She is an amazing little helper around the house with her sisters and often anticipates their needs before they are even known to me! She is really so very intuitive and sensitive to other people's needs. We are praying for guidance to make the best decision for her educationally-speaking for next school year. She is all around an amazing, sweet, almost-6-year-old little girl who has so much love to offer this world!
Mila turned 3 in March and has been home for 2.5 years already! It seems like yesterday she was a tiny frail little infant and we didn't even know if she'd live to see 3 years old! The Lord has amazed us with all he had (and continues to have) in store for her life! She participates in dance classes as well and will be starting "real" dance classes in the fall (i.e. without Mama). The dance studio is her absolute FAVORITE place in the world. I mean seriously, if I gave her the choice between the dance studio and a room full of veggie straws, she'd still pick the dance studio ;) She loves her teacher Miss Erica! Any time we drive anywhere NEAR the dance studio, Mila starts cawing like a bird from the back seat....really what she is trying to say is, "Erica, Erica, Erica." It comes out "Caw, Caw, Caw!!" and really loud so she's sure I hear her! She gets mad if we drive past the studio if we're going somewhere else!
Sofia is 2.5 years old and has been home for about 16 months now. She is extremely observant and learns just about everything she knows in a "monkey-see, monkey-do" approach, which is both good and bad! Don't ask her, however, to demonstrate any of her skills-because, well, sister is about as stubborn as they come!!!! I like to call it "persistent" and surely that skill set will come in handy later down the road, right??!! She is Zoya's little shadow and pretty much follows her around all day trying to mimic her. Those two are like magnets, but it usually doesn't end well! They know how to push each other's buttons, but they also know how to give each other the best hugs ever! Sofia also mimics Mila, mostly in the speech area. That means if Mila has a somewhat incorrect pronunciation of a word, well that's how Sofia says it too! It's pretty cute. Sofia's speech is still very limited, but no worries, that girl can get her point across other ways.....OH YES she can! She is a definite Tom-boy thus far-into getting messy, daredevil stunts, driven-by-a-motor, and just looking like a hot mess 5 minutes after I get her ready for the day! Oh and if you notice in pictures her pant legs rolled up, she suddenly can't stand to have pants covering her calves! LOL!
I forgot to share this picture from February, but this is a picture of the girls at a Parent/Child dance class :) It's our happy place! Surely Miss Rachel and Miss Erica won't mind showing their face on the blog ;)
So with all that said, hopefully you can understand why I've been a little more absent than usual around this blog!
I took these pictures on Mother's Day and didn't get any pictures of me with the girls...oops! Shawn worked so I couldn't bug him to take some pictures! I'll need a do-over I guess!
Wow that was a long one! Nap time is over, here we go! Thanks for checking in even though I've not been updating regularly! We appreciate the well wishes and prayers for our family! We are so very blessed!