No, that's not the main subject of this post, but the sun is shining! I should have marked down the last time we saw it, so that we'd be able to appreciate it even more today. Sunshine peeked out just before nap time, and I was afraid Jaan and Raia wouldn't get to enjoy it, but it's just getting brighter, and they'll be up soon to go outside. Asya and I have already been enjoying it on the balcony.
But, I was going to write about our big girl, since I never got back to that yesterday. (Will's actually home all day today, so I have time to write!) I would love to know how much Asya weighs; she's definitely growing. In the past week or so, we've noticed that she's "waking up." She wants to look around and interact with her world a little bit now. Her older siblings still tend to completely overwhelm her, but she's interested in them. They still want to hold her all the time. She's turned into a pacifier baby. I don't know exactly what I think about that, but everyone should be thrilled. (I damaged the other two for life by not giving them pacifiers. ) It seems like Asya has slid right into our family without even causing a ripple. Or was she always here?
I still have time, so I'll keep going. . . .
Jaan has decided very recently that he's going to speak English. It's very fun, and very funny, and he's making great progress. By the end of a day, I usually feel like my brain is scrambled from answering his English questions, keeping up with Raia's Russian babble, and interpreting Asya's own language, but like I said, Jaan is making progress. A few nights ago he asked me "Как сказать ещё?" I told him "more," so he said, "I vant more eat." I asked what he wanted more of, and he said, "Как сказать beans с cheeseом?" So, we repeated "beans with cheese" a few times. Then he decided to put it together: "Please vant more beans with cheeseом!" That is just a tiny of taste of what's becoming very common around here!
I should write a little about Raia: she was helping me, by sitting and talking to Asya. I thought they would be safe for a second, so I turned my back. I heard a little squeak from Asya and turned back to find, "I hold her by myself, Mama!" And that's the constant battle with Raia, letting her help with Asya but not do any damage.