That being said, everyday life is sometimes a bummer, and our house is a real mess. I stayed up super late last night putting it all in order, after the wreckage of Christmas with the wrappings and little bags full of whatever all over the place, and now it is a mess again, after one day of regular activity. Argh! I read an amazing book called "The Life changing magic of tidying up" by Marie Kondo, and I am totally inspired to clean up my whole house. The basement is our biggest challenge since it is full of stuff that needs to be sorted and mostly discarded. It's a huge job. For now, I'm just worrying about keeping our living space organized (everywhere except the basement), which is quite a task since we have a LOT of toys. Santa dropped off a huge load, as you can imagine, so finding a place to store all the new things has been challenging.
Thomas is doing great, and is now 5 months old. He is still topping the charts with weight and height and is just shy of 20 pounds now. (19 lb, 11 oz). I think the general plan is to double birth weight by 6 months, so he seems on track for that (born at 10 lb, 8oz.). Joseph is doing well too, and is very excited about Christmas this year. He is starting to be more of a handful by misbehaving (throwing things, running off) and I have had to implement some "time outs" recently. I think they are working. He is also getting a bit more pouty and jealous of things that others have. It concerns me a bit and I worry that he is jealous about Thomas sometimes. I hope they will be good brothers and be more friends than rivals. I try to do what I can to encourage a positive relationship.
I went to a Donor Conception support group meeting and met with other families locally either in the process of pursuing donor conception or currently parenting. I was really interested to connect with a few other parents who had older children, and are grappling with issues around "telling and talking". It is something I will need to consider more in the future.
Here are some pictures!
Trying some rice cereal
Christmas concert at Joseph's daycare