Despite a fun visit to the petting zoo. . .Olivia is not having a very good day. Soon after we visited the sheep, Olivia fell on the pavement and bloodied herself up. That's on top of an already sore mouth because of 4+ teeth coming in. She had 7 teeth for the longest time and now she's getting the rest of them all at once. She was crying on the way home. . .I'm sure because she was hot, tired and hungry with sore gums, a fat lip and a bloody chin. Right now, daddy is trying to get her to take a second nap. . .she needs some rest. She has not been very happy today. . .poor thing. Hopefully, my sweet girl will be feeling like herself again soon.
Last June, we got Olivia's birth size doll and took comparison pictures. I thought we would take a few again today. Unfortunately, I think Olivia has only gained a few pounds in the last year. Olivia was a lot more interested in the doll this year and didn't want me to take it away. I hope the doll becomes as special to her as it is to us.
Kerrick, Shawna (with a baby girl due in just a few weeks) Marilee and Olivia
I had a great time in college. . .primarily because of great friends. After we graduated in 2000, we decided to keep meeting about once a month. Sure. . .we've missed a few months here and there, but the four of us have been doing it for over 9 years now. We've been through a lot and it's nice to sit down and catch up with our lives. Olivia went with me today and did a fabulous job considering it was her nap time and she has 3 molars coming in at once. Hopefully, we'll continue meeting for many more years to come.
I believe micro-preemie parents look at the world entirely different than most. Every little thing that our little ones do is exceptional. I just beam with pride every time Olivia drinks out of a straw. Watching Olivia get on her zebra and bounce by herself just astonishes me. One day, she just figured out how to do it on her own. Of course, I'll never get over her walking. I remember when she was in the NICU, my dad told me how he saw some kids laughing and running out of a school bus. He told me that would be Olivia some day. I appreciated the optimism, but at that time. . .no one was sure if she would even be able to walk. When you are given a 90% chance of a disability. . .the odds aren't in your favor. I don't see my astonishment ending any time soon. . .I think it's something that will stick with me all of my life. Who knows what amazing thing she will do tomorrow and I'll be grateful to share it all with you.
Today, Olivia had another eye appointment. She hated it just as much as ever. Her eye doctor, however, felt that her glasses might be helping. . .at least enough to hold off surgery for now. She doesn't go back for over 3 months and we're continuing with the glasses. But, best of all. . .no surgery for now!!
After her eye appointment, we headed to the zoo and ran into some familiar faces. Many of you follow Heather's blog and have been reading about her fight with Stage 4 melanoma cancer. If not, be sure to head over there and show your support. Olivia made friends with her daughter, Ella, who is around Olivia's age. They were too cute!!
Today, Olivia had her first big gathering with Ryan's side of the family. We celebrated my nephew and nieces' birthdays. There were a lot of people and you'd think Olivia would be a bit intimidated. Nope. . .not one bit. She has never met a stranger and always becomes instant friends with everyone that she meets. Today, she happily walked from one person to the next with a big grin on her face. It was a joy to watch her today and I worry less and less about her socialization as she does awesome around all people. . .young and old. Olivia and her cousin, Kaleb, were especially cute as they kept patting each other on the back and smiling. Kaleb would bang on the folding chairs and then Olivia would do the same. The day would have been a lot better had Ryan not thrown his back out which rendered him immobile. I'm hoping he feels better soon. Thanks, Kim, for some really good pictures. It was nice to be together with the whole family.
Ryan stayed on the couch for most of the afternoon.
Kaleb and Olivia plotting mischief.
She had such a good time.
Olivia's new furry cousin, Kyran.
Kyran (the Jack Russell terrier,) Katie, Aidan, Kaleb, Alex, Olivia, Julia and Rebekah
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.