Aren't I cute in my sailor outfit? I borrowed it from Izzy.I wore it today because it's my Grandpa Sailing's birthday. Look at me trying to sit up like a big girl!
Olivia has just been super cute this week. I haven't been able to put the camera down. We actually took a trip to the mall today (and I didn't even buy anything.) I wanted to get out of the house, but it's been either too hot, too muggy, too windy or too rainy. Sometimes I never know how she's going to do. She knows how to scream really loud and I never know when she's going to practice it.
I also went in hopes that the exercise would help wake me up a bit. My fatigue just keeps getting worse and worse. I even went to the doctor about it yesterday. There's tired and then there's beyond tired which is what I've been feeling. Even when I get 8 hours of sleep, I still don't feel rested when I get up. He did some blood work to make sure there is no underlying problem. I'm sure it will come back fine. . .it always does. . .just like all my prenatal tests came back spectacular. I've actually been researching delayed sleep phase syndrome and boy, does it describe me perfectly. Like I've always known, my body doesn't follow any sort of normal cycle, schedule or rhythm at all. I'm tired all day and then when the sun goes down, I wake up. I'm hoping to get a handle on it soon as I just want to feel energized. . .even if it's just once a week. I tell ya, I'm getting closer to becoming a coffee drinker.
I found out yesterday that my grandpa is in the hospital. They are not quite sure what's wrong with him and if his symptoms are due to his Alzheimer's medication. My grandpa is one of the greatest men I've ever met. Please say a prayer for him and that he gets to go home soon.
Please take a moment to visit Heather's blog and be sure to keep her in your prayers. Heather is my in-laws' in-law and has been a faithful reader of my blog. She has provided us with lots of prayer and support and now she is needing some herself. Her doctor believes that she has developed melanoma cancer that has spread to at least one lymph node. She faces the possibility of surgery and chemotherapy while trying to care for a 2 1/2 year old and a 6 month old.
Heather just turned 30 this year and it's hard to believe that cancer is something people our age have to deal with. Sometimes I just don't understand all of the hardships in this world. I have heard of numerous people that are dealing with cancer in their family. I know that during my darkest times. . .comments, cards and support meant the world to me. My heart and prayers are with you all.
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61
I really don't want this patch on today. Olivia and Uncle Joel
Today is just one of those lazy days when it's nice to stay in your pajamas. After Olivia's morning bottle, she was still a little cranky so we climbed into bed. . .and slept for 2.5 hours! She has decided that taking a nap in mom and dad's bed is pretty nice. I'm sure the rain and thunder outside had something to do with it as well. And, she's napping again right now. Don't you just love lazy days like these?
Olivia had her 10 month checkup this afternoon. Her hemoglobin was normal, so we finally get to discontinue the Poly-Vi-Sol. She weighed 14 lbs 9 oz and was 24 3/4 in long. (Last time she was 25 1/4 in. long. . hmmm.) Her head circumference was 41.5 cm. She remains in the 25-50% on the preemie chart. I was so happy to tell him that she was finally rolling over. We're still working with her on arm position and on learning to sit unassisted.
I've been trying to figure out what to get Olivia for her 1st birthday. Remember that she'll be 12 months old, but her adjusted age is only 8 months. So, I thought I would ask all of you for ideas. Do you know of a certain toy that your 8-12+ month old absolutely LOVED? I already have a few ideas, but I would love to hear from all of you.
Now, I'll get back to stuffing my face with puppy chow. I had an overwhelming craving for it last night and decided to make some. I've recently found that I get headaches from too much chocolate, so not only did I get a stomach ache from it. . .my head hurt as well. Yet, I continue to eat it because it's so good.
I unexpectedly gave birth at 23 weeks to micro-preemie twins on August 27, 2007. Olivia Paige weighed just 1 lb 1.5 oz and was 11.5 inches long. Logan William weighed just 1 lb 1.75 oz and was 11.5 inches long. Our sweet Logan passed away after 1 month and 1 day. After 105 days, we were able to bring Olivia home. She is our miracle, our survivor, our joy. . .
On November 20, 2012 we welcomed little sister, Abigail, into our lives. She was born at 35 weeks, but only spent 8 days in the hospital before coming home. We feel very blessed. To contact Ryan and Jodi you may email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
You were the perfect little boy Of whom we always dreamed. Did you know we had your name picked out? All along or so it seemed.
You even had your daddy’s hands So miniature in size. In life we never got to hold you Or even see your opened eyes.
We had so many plans for you. Did you know you are a twin? I wanted you to grow up together. What a pair you would have been!
I wanted to take you to the park And push you on the swing. I wanted to teach you how to walk, And read and write and sing.
I wanted to show you a fire truck And let you ride upon a horse. I wanted to take you to the zoo To see the giraffes, of course.
I wanted you to watch cartoons And play video games with dad. And you and I would take a nap Oh, the times we would have had.
But, your mommy’s plans were not to be. “I have other plans,” God said. “You won't be playing in life’s playground You’ll be playing in heaven instead.”
And although I ache with sadness And in my arms I long to hold. I’ll see you again in heaven When my story on earth’s been told.
A thousand tiny fireflies Parading through the night Illuminate the starless skies With incandescent light They are miracles, here on earth So bold, so strong, so wise And bring to life a sense of worth For those who lack great size.
Some of this life’s smaller treasures Are the ones which matter more Than the larger joys and pleasures That we have grown to adore Volume is not as essential As the gift that lies inside Smaller souls with much potential Who shall never be denied.
A thousand tiny fireflies Parading through the night Illuminate the starless skies With incandescent light These children, while born premature Are testaments of worth Their spirits bold, their futures sure To ever bless the earth.