Thursday, January 21, 2010

I love love me..we're one big happy Family!

Before being a parent I didn't know much except from what I had observed and seen while being a nanny. I took care of several different kids over the years while in high school, college, and even grad school. So I wasn't oblivious to the popular kids shows such as The Wiggles, Blue's Clues, Dora the Explorer, and let's not forget about every kids favorite purple dinosaur, Barney! Out of these I thought I knew exactly which ones I would allow my kids to watch and which ones were forbidden! Boy was I so wrong!!!

On a outing to Target a while back, Matt wanted to buy a DVD for the car for Grace. He grabbed a Veggie Tales and a Barney video. Both had lots of music and singing so we knew there was a good chance she would be entertained. However, we didn't know the obsession that would soon take place with Barney!!

Now every morning she comes down stairs and picks up the remote and brings it to me and says "Barney!" She even says please so how can I resist?! Please..someone tell me how do I resist because I'm to the point now where I want to strangle Barney and the little over dramatic kids in the videos!!! I go to bed with all the songs stuck in my head ...."I can do it...there's nothing to it..I can do it by myself." or "It's a bright sunshiny day!" over and over and over again!

Has any other parents out there come across this? I would try to hide them but she is a smart cookie and would probably follow me around for hours asking for Barney! I guess this is my fate until some other dancing animal grabs her attention! Matt has perfected his voice so we are thinking of dressing him up for her 2nd birthday as Barney to entertain the kids!! I'll make sure to post pictures of that!

Friday, January 1, 2010

3 months old!!!

Reese is now 3 months old and I can barely believe it! I don't remember Gracie's first three months going by this fast but I also didn't have another toddler to chase after. Reese is doing some pretty amazing new things. She is determined to sit up on her own. She is usually a pretty laid back baby unless she is determined to sit up. She grunts and yelps until we sit her up. Then her little head wobbles in concentration as she smiles so proudly when she is able to lift her head all the way.

Speaking of her smile, it just lights up the entire room! She has really began to start smiling and laughing ALL the time. She has the sweetest little personality. She has also been sleeping through the night!!! Can I get an AMEN! One morning I woke up after sleeping 7 full hours and to my surprise she was still sleeping. I believe it had been about 8-9 hours since her last feeding. But she is not hurting in the weight department. Just today she a repeat hearing exam (she passed again with flying colors!!) and she is now 12 lbs 7.5 oz. She is up 5 lbs since birth! They have a different chart to measure percentiles with children with DS but on the typical chart she is up there with the other kids at 50% percentile. I don't think this girl is going to be on the petite side.

We have lots of dr's appointments in the next month. The end of Jan we go back for a follow up in the NICU. I know they are going to be impressed with her progress. Then we go to see the Ophthalmologist and the Genetisist in Feb.

She is my little ray of sunshine and I thank God for my little miracle child everyday! I couldn't imagine my life with out her.

Christmas 2009