Trying on my Christmas bow. My mom is hoping I'll keep it on for Christmas pictures.
We're all feeling better today, thank goodness. My husband actually took me to see New Moon today while my mom watched Olivia (thanks mom.) It was nice to get out of the house and I've been dying to see that movie. Funny story. . .while Ryan was in L.A. he saw a scene for a movie being set up at a restaurant. He knew that Pierce Brosnan was in the movie, but didn't know what the movie was. We saw the preview today of a movie called Remember Me and Ryan recognized the restaurant. Sure enough. . .it had Pierce Brosnan in it along with Robert Pattinson a.k.a Edward Cullen (for you Twilight fans.) So, my husband kinda/coulda/almost saw Edward. Ryan did later eat at the restaurant that they had been filming in. Hey, we live in Kansas. . .we don't often come that close to celebrities. Well, unless you count my daughter. :)
When I took Olivia into the doctor on Wednesday, I also asked them about the cyst on her neck. They believe it is a keloid cyst (and not a sebaceous cyst.) Keloids are formations of scar tissue that grow because the body over-defends itself as a result of trauma or surgical incisions. As you know, her skin was extremely underdeveloped at birth (even more than Logan's.) I believe the cyst was caused by her central line that went into her neck. . .something that was needed to help save her life. The problem is that the removal of keloid cysts can cause more injury to the skin which can further exacerbate them. And. . .having one keloid cyst increases her chances of developing more, so they don't recommend ANY elective surgeries. . . not even ear piercings. Yeah, try telling that to a little girl! Anyway, I have to take her to a dermatologist to get their professional opinion and a plan of action. I'll probably wait until spring to do something. Sometimes cortisone injections are recommended alongside surgery. I don't want my sweet girl to have to go through anything else. She is already facing a possible second eye surgery.
In other news, Olivia is still sick. . . as is my husband. Both have a pretty bad cough and I've been bothered by sinus pressure and a sore throat. We just can't seem to get healthy around here. I guess that's what happens when you open yourself up to the outside world. :) We still try to be careful with germs, but Olivia needs social interaction with other kids for her development. She has been thriving because of it. I had to let her run around with two boys at the doctor's office because she couldn't stand to watch them play and not be a part of the fun. Thank goodness she didn't find the slide in the play area. Olivia now makes friends everywhere she goes and it's such a blessing to watch.
Well, I ended up taking Olivia to the doctor today because of her cough and the fact that she woke up with hardly a voice. They think she has croup and was started on steroids. Her lymph nodes in her neck are swollen as well. She's handling it like a trooper and doing fine. Don't tell her that she is hoarse, though, or she'll say "Neigh!" And, she was supposed to meet Santa Clause on Saturday. . . .
Olivia always wants to help me. . .no matter what I'm doing. Recently, she has started vacuuming alongside me. She tries her hardest. How can I get mad at her for unrolling the toilet paper when she does it so that she can clean? And, she takes the clean clothes and puts them in the hamper. I tried to explain that the clothes go in the drawers, so she took the dirty clothes out of the hamper and put them in the drawers. Everything may take twice as long, but what a joy it is to see her trying to help out so much! It makes my heart smile!
In other news, Olivia made it to 21 lbs last night. Hopefully, we continue to grow. She is eating really well since we've got her reflux back under control. I stood her up next to the growth chart today and it looks like she is over 32 inches. She was only 30 inches 3 months ago, so maybe a growth spurt is in store. Keep your fingers crossed. She also has developed a bit of a cough today. I'm hoping it doesn't turn into anything.
When did it happen? I'm trying to put my finger on it. When did my daughter start speaking in sentences? When did she start singing songs in the car? When did she start having her own opinions and thoughts? When did my baby girl grow up? We waited so long for her to do so many things. . .and she's doing them. It's amazing! Thinking back to the NICU days. . .we didn't know how much she'd ever be able to do. We weren't being pessimistic. . .we were being realistic. She continues to surprise us and learn and grow and blossom. It's amazing to watch. . . .I'm just not sure when it happened.
Kim, Me and Alex with Julia. . .the star of the show.
Ryan with niece, Rebekah
We saw Amahl and the Night Visitors this afternoon. My niece, Julia, did an awesome job as Amahl. I didn't know she was quite that talented! Of course, my sister-in-law, Laura, did an amazing job as Amahl's mother. What an amazing voice she has! If I could sing half that good or even a quarter. . .or 1/100s, I would be happy. My other niece, Rebekah, was the best shepherd ever. I loved watching her dance. It was a great day and I was so proud to watch them perform. They are the ones moving to California after Christmas. I just hope they don't forget us when they make it big in Hollywood.
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: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.