Sunday, May 30, 2010

Cooking out!

We are hanging out at the in-laws cooking ribs.
Layla got a ladybug pillow from Aunt Marsha. She loves it!



She actually tried to eat it!



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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Legs Braces

Well, we had an OT appt a few months ago for some feeding issues and an overall evaluation. The feeding issues we were worried about then had resolved themselves before we went. But during the overall eval the OT saw smoe things we needed to keep an eye on, so we did. She told us that if Layla was not walking by 14mths to call back and we would re-evalutate. So, this time we went in and saw the OT and a PT looked in(Not really evaluating just giving opinion) and the test they did showed that Layla's gross motor skills are more at an 11mth level, and she continues to walk on her tippy toes( which is a problem). So they decided to refer us to EI (Early Intervention) and leg braces. The braces are called "Jumpstatrts".

She will start with these and probably go to these called "Leap Frogs"

The PT that she would order them in pink. So I am hoping that she will not have to wear them for very long and that she doesn't throw too much of a fit about them. And I hate the fact that it is summertime. It is already in the 90's here.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

How Preemie Moms are chossen!

One of the ladies on a private message board found this and I had to share. I found it very inspirational.



Did you ever wonder how the mothers of premature babies are chosen?


Somehow, I visualize God hovering over Earth, selecting his instruments for propagation with great care and deliberation.

As he observes, he instructs his angels to take notes in a giant ledger.


"Armstrong, Beth, son. Patron Saint, Matthew.

Forrest, Marjorie, daughter. Patron Saint, Celia.

Rutledge, Carrie, twins. Patron Saint...give her Gerard. He's used to profanity. "


Finally, he passes a name to an angel and smiles. "Give her a preemie."

The angel is curious. "Why this one, God? She's so happy."

"Exactly," smiles God. "Could I give a premature baby a mother who knows no laughter? That would be cruel."

"But does she have the patience?" asks the angel.

"I don't want her to have too much patience, or she'll drown in a sea of self-pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wear off, she'll handle it. I watched her today. She has that sense of self and independence so rare and so necessary in a mother. You see, the child I'm going to give her has a world of its own. She has to make it live in her world, and that's not going to be easy."

"But Lord, I don't think she even believes in you."

God smiles. "No matter, I can fix that. This one is perfect She has just the right amount of selfishness."

The angel gasps, "Selfishness?! Is that a virtue?"

God nods. "If she can't separate herself from the child occasionally, she will never survive. Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with a child less than perfect. She doesn't know it yet, but she is to be envied. She will never take for granted a spoken word. She will never consider a step ordinary. When her child says momma for the first time, she will be witness to a miracle and know it. I will permit her to see clearly the things I see--ignorance, cruelty, prejudice--and allow her to rise above them. She will never be alone. I will be at her side every minute of every day of her life because she is doing my work as surely as she is here by my side."

"And what about her Patron Saint?" asks the angel, his pen poised in the air.

God smiles. "A mirror will suffice."

One of the fellow preemie mom's on the board lost her little boy the other day, due to a common cold that turned into a serious lung infection that ultimately took his life.
Thoughts and Prayers are with JW and his family.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Random pictures




My Mother's Day present from my 2 favorite people.







Layla just laying around playing with the phone.



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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

What's Better?

What's better than laying on the couch with a baby sleeping peacefully on your chest!




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Friday, May 7, 2010

Driving!

Adjusting the mirrors!



Checking behind me!




Momma and Daddy are napping and letting me drive!
Not really just taking a break from the drive.



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Location:County Road 11,3,United States

Thursday, May 6, 2010

What a difference!

Notice the blue butterfly on the strap cover. The first pic is when we were going home from the hospital,(3/10/09), the other us from today (5/06/10). What a difference.







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