Thanks for all those who have sent me words of encouragement. LOL! And lots of prayers for Tuesday would be great. We are just enjoying the last few lazy days of summer.
In exciting news. . . Olivia weighed 31.5 lbs on her 5th birthday last August. In May she finally made it to 32 lbs. Since starting feeding therapy and starting on an appetite stimulant, she has made it over 33 lbs. Woohoo! The other day she ate 1.5 grilled cheese sandwiches and two yogurts! My goal is to get her back on her growth curve even if it is in the 1%. LOL!
Olivia has her Meet The Teacher tonight. I'm hoping the year ahead is a very positive one. I've seen those articles lately about the things every teacher wants a parent to know. My degree is in elementary education, so I somewhat understand things from a teacher's point of view. I'm just now understanding what it's like from a parent's point of view. These are some examples of things that I, as a parent, want my children's teachers to know.
1. My child is the most special child in the world. The challenge of every teacher should be to make every student in his or her class to feel that way.
2. We, as parents, are here to work with you to make our child's year successful. We know their strengths and their challenges more than anyone. Utilize those parents who are willing to help. Be open and honest with us.
3. Every child has their own unique strengths. Don't dwell on what they struggle with, but on what makes them unique. Those strengths will help them accomplish those things that are more difficult.
4. It's hard to begin a new year for the teachers, students AND the parents ( as I'm learning.) I have the same anxious feeling in the pit of my stomach that I did as a child!! Please make us all feel welcomed.
5. Love my child, nurture them, teach them and become one of those teachers that they will never forget!
Oh Abigail. Man. So, I had to password protect my iPhone because of her crazy shenanigans. Today she added a contact to my phone.
Yeah, I don't ever check my voicemail, but that's a post for another time (and it's better to text me!)
Later she changed this same picture to my profile picture on Facebook.
If my phone is anywhere in the room (or in my purse even) she will find it. It's like an obsession! So, I added a password that you have to use to get into my phone. Someone mentioned, though, that if you type in the wrong numbers too many times, it will lock you out. She would totally do that. LOL! She is gonna be the next Steve Jobs! Haha! Boy, she is her daddy's girl.
Anyway, I thought this picture was cute. We were reading one of Olivia's books that has her picture in it. I realized that Abigail was in the same pajamas as Olivia in the picture.
Speaking of clothes, look at this! No leggings. No tshirt. Woah.
We are working on wearing a wider variety of clothes and picking outfits out the night before. I have also started massaging her arms and legs after her baths and using a body brush and learning about the Wilbarger protocol. Just grasping for straws here and reading all I can about SPD, but she responded very positively to it!
Here is also a great article that I found about SPD.
Abigail is trying really hard to crawl. But it seems every time she does, she goes backwards and gets farther away from her toy! But she can roll very accurately. And, yep, she has two teeth now.
She isn't pulling up on her own yet, but she is standing supported. She worked for probably 10 min to get those stickers off though. And was so mad that they didn't come off. She focuses on stuff a lot longer than Olivia ever did. Yep, I think she'll be daddy's little computer programmer.
We joked that Olivia could never do that line of work because she is too "flighty." Olivia overheard and told us she is still going to be a butterfly. LOL! So, flighty is good to have in that profession I suppose.
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.