Tuesday, January 20, 2009

deciding to walk

Evelyn has decided to walk. Our boys started walking at 14 months and our girls took their first steps at 18 months. In almost every case they built up to it. Clinging to the couch, the table, chairs and testing quick sets of stumbling steps between islands of furniture ever slowly moving towards walking. In every case but Evelyn. Now she did flirt with the idea once or twice but generally found crawling and climbing most convenient. Then about 2 weeks ago, she stood up and walked from the kitchen to the playroom, a good 20 feet. Not a sailor walk, just off the ship stumbling this way and that, but a solid foot thumping walk.

Each of our children is so very different. It is amazing how genes from the same two people can be mixed in such diverse ways. Soon we will have another unique addition to the family. Who knows maybe they will decide to get up and run. Of course with four other siblings to chase after me I might run too!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year! Baby!

It is a Happy New Year because there will be another Stewart baby!
We are expecting our 5th child the third week of June (possibly Father's Day).


If you look closely there is a bit of a give away in our family Christmas picture for this year. Just take a minute and stare deeply in to the photo. Do you see it? It is written all over Evelyn's face. Frustration! How upset she is at the loss of her tiny throne. Or maybe you can see the smug satisfaction in Joelle's smile that Evelyn will be loosing her baby status. I mean really. It is all right there painted on the canvas of our family's expressions. Can you see it? No!? You could also just count the number of stockings behind us. Seven stockings for six people is either an indication that we should consider using a service for our taxes or that we are making a subtle statement.

Yes, 2009 will be another baby year for the Stewart's. We are extremely excited and all seven of us wish all of you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR too!