Amelia asked me last night if I was going to be alright getting the kids off to school without her. I laughed but it was a valid question. That child can push my buttons better than almost anyone, like the week after Lydia's birthday.
I am used to the anticipation of grief dates or the actual days being rough but this year trouble came when I let down the day after, just as babymoon morphed into full-swing life. There came dentist and doctor's appointments in mass with nb in tow (Amelia grew 5" in the last 18mo!), the first of a series of tummy bugs this season (which have only effected our males strangely), behind on all the housework, neighborhood dogs getting into our fence for the great chicken massacre (10 fowl casualties!)...and ultimately my fractured focus and depleted energy which led to miserable homeschooling. So
Just got the text that testing is over and Versed lived up to it's reputation, no memory of the event thus no trauma. So very thankful!!! What I was saying was that Amelia feeds off of my state and goes down with me at times but is also the most amazing force as an ally. That girl changes sheets for all the kids when accidents happen, makes school lunches, changes Esther while I make breakfast, and just anticipates my next move and request like no other. She thinks too, caught me, as I asked her on an off day why it wouldn't be affirming her recent poor school effort if I let her go ahead to a play date. "Mom, I would just consider it grace." Uh huh.
As Jason said recently, "I think Amelia is awesome. I just feel for her parents." That about sums it up! Oh and homeschooling is going much better on the whole.
How about some more pictures of our other big sister to conclude?