Summer also started some major stranger anxiety/shyness for both kids. This makes traveling to see family and friends a little more stressful! Kennedy is very shy when we go some place she doesn't know or a situation is overwhelming for her. I have decided to give her a little time to ease into a situation and try to help her get comfortable. This is tough when you are also trying to hold a one year old who also has stranger anxiety.
This is how my kids felt about 7 crazy cousins in one small pool. I don't blame them, it was intense.
What Summer has been like for our family of four...
Brady- This summer has meant overtime for Brady. Even though we have been needing the help financially, it always just adds extra stress to our already pretty busy schedule. Brady went out of town for four days over the 4th and has worked a lot of 16hr days too. He worked 169 overtime hours in just two weeks, we miss him around here and we are both looking forward to some time away together next weekend. This has made me need to ask for a lot of help from Megan and hire babysitters to cover all our doctor apps, chiropractor appts, and Beckett's therapy. Leaving the kids with lots of sitters has made it easier for me to leave them and it is helping them work through their stranger anxiety.
Marissa- Summer for me has meant headaches. I have gotten headaches my whole life but they have gotten much worse and more frequent this summer. I finally gave in and tried the chiropractor the first week of July and have not had a headache since July 5th! I have been getting adjusted every couple of days and I have been so sore and stressed trying to find babysitters to cover the daycare or watch my kids, but being headache free has made it worth it.
Kennedy- The summer has meant talking, swimming, and Frozen for Miss Kennedy! She is chatting up a storm these days and cracking us up. We also started swimming lesson. Our pastor's daughter decided to do lessons for some of the church kids at our friend's pool. She is loving it! She is a little young still so she is just working on the basics and getting her more comfortable on the water. Kennedy spends her days playing Frozen with Rilyn, pretending they are Elsa with their cape, boots, and gloves.
Beckett- Summer has also meant movement and playing ball for Beckett! Beckett is finally mobile- not crawling yet but he can slither to whatever he wants. He is starting to get into stuff but we don't even care. He is so happy now and just plays independently making his way around the house. With the help of his physical therapy he is getting stronger every day. But more on this later. =) Beckett loves to play catch or just chase balls around the house, he can even say "ball" now.