Yesterday, Austin and Harrison turned six months old. I cannot believe these are the same guys we brought home in late April. Their personalities are emerging now—Austin (my redhead) smiles and coos and oohs and ahs nonstop. He's undeniably charming. Harrison is opening up more, but he's more reserved. Sometimes I wonder if it's because he's been through a bit more than his brother. He has this sort of all-knowing wise smile that completely transforms his face.
We're getting out more now. We even took all of the kids to a fall festival recently, and survived. The looks and comments we get as a family are endlessly entertaining. Many view us with sympathetic "wow, better you than me" expressions, and one dad with his wife and one child even went as far as to look at us and say, "now that looks like a lot of work." Honey, you don't even know.
Vivienne gets so excited when we leave the house with the whole family: "We're going to the PARK! We're going to the park with Mommy AND Daddy AND Austin AND Harrison! Evweebody's going!" Then she does a little Vivi dance.
For so long we were split up as a family—with me in the hospital, then the boys in the hospital, then the boys confined to the house due to their heart monitors and our monsoon summer. It's so liberating to leave the house with everyone in tow. It's as though we've finally broken free.
I'll be back soon to report on more family adventures...