Friday, November 28, 2008

Thankful

Although most of Thanksgiving Day is usually spent by Americans stuffing themselves full of turkey, dressing, and whatever is a traditional food for them to eat, it is meant to be a day to reflect upon all there is to be thankful. In the past I have fallen short of realizing how blessed and full my life is, but it truly has been. With Magdalena in my life it is impossible for me not to truly count my blessings. On her 113th day with us she was able to celebrate Thanksgiving with our family. This is truly a miracle. All of her family gathered around to celebrate such a wonderful day.

There are other things that have been on my mind as I begin to reflect how thankful I am for having been able to spend so much time with Magdalena.

I am thankful for...
Noah, an incredible, loving husband who is constantly patient with me.

A country where I can freely go to church and worship.

A life where we are blessed with family.

God always providing for our needs (and sometimes just simple desires).

Work. Having a good work enviroment and being physically able to work.

I pray that I will always remember that these blessings are a gift from God, and that there is nothing that Noah and I have done to deserve any of these things.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Remembering

One year ago today, the day before Thanksgiving, I had surgery on my right ear. At the time I did not know that I was pregnant and it was too early for the doctor to detect it before having the surgery. But it is technically impossible that I was not because there are certain "activities" that I can not do for a certain amount of time. I remember lying there about to go under thinking that I really thought that I was pregnant, but I ignored these thoughts because there had been many times before when I had that feeling that I was pregnant but it was a false alarm. Also, for about two weeks after the surgery I was not allowed to blow my nose, which means that I would end up getting the worst cold ever. The doctor called in some strong medicines that would help me get better faster since I was so stopped up. I would sneak into the bathroom trying to blow my nose just a little bit, but Noah would hear me and get on to me for doing it! Early to mid December when I found out for sure that I was pregnant all of these things that I had done, the surgery and cold medicine, made me fear for the baby. My gynecologist said that he thought everything would be fine because it was so early on in the pregnancy, but if something were to happen it would be a miscarriage. Even then Magdalena showed what a fighter she was and would continue to be.

In March I returned to my ear surgeon, to have a hearing test done to see if it had improved, which it had a little bit but he thought that it could be much better. So I would undergo the surgery one more time. We would wait until after I had the baby, but I needed to make my appointment while my baby would still be little. I can't pick up anything over ten pounds. Because you have to make the appointment months in advance because this doctor is in high demand, I scheduled to have it right before Thanksgiving, just as I had done last year. I did not expect that Magdalena would still be with us. I knew the odds we had against us. But again she is proving me wrong and showing me what a fighter she is. Although I didn't want to go have it done, Noah and I both agreed that it was something we should not put off and to go ahead and have it done. I think that he wants me to be able to hear him clearly when he has something to say!! It is hard for me to ask someone to do some basic things for me, but he is being incredible about it. I can hold and care for Magdalena because of her low weight, but someone first will have to put her in my lap. This will only last for a short period of time, and on December 10th I will return to the doctor to get approved to continue life normally.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Giving...Just because they can

This is Magdalena after she had her picture made with Santa Claus. I had wanted to find her a Christmas dress, but it is so hard to find her size! Thursday night I saw this dress on Caroline's doll, and Caroline generously let Magdalena borrow all of her doll dresses. The other dress has a birthday cake on it, which almost made me cry. Caroline and Emma had a smocked birthday dress, and I kept trying to find one for Magdalena for all of her birthday celebrations, but again, I had no luck when it came to finding her size. Lori told Caroline how she had just made my day by letting Magdalena borrow all of her doll dresses. Noah is working so hard to finish up some work this week, so Magdalena and I hung with our family outside of the house. He would get much more done without her beautiful face distracting him! On Saturday Noah and I went to take Magdalena to meet Santa Claus at Photo Images. As we were walking in the door I saw that they are "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep" photographers (link on sidebar), which made me very happy! So few people know about that incredible organization. I introduced them to Magdalena, but I never really said anything about her syndrome or her life. We just showed her off, especially since she was wearing a beautiful Christmas dress! Although I was scared to order Christmas cards, I had realized Friday night that it was time to begin considering what we would do, and Photo Images had some options. We decided to make some with Magdalena and Santa Claus because they turned out so well. She loved looking at Santa's red suit! I am not sure why, but they did not charge us for the Christmas cards. I ordered 100 of them! I have to say that I was shocked, and I left there still not feeling like expressed my true gratitude to them. I have thought continuously over the weekend why someone would be so kind not even knowing our situation. God gave this to me. Not Noah. Not the people receiving the cards. This act was done for me. I am such a card sender for every holiday, and sharing Magdalena is one of my biggest joys. This gift left me speechless because it was intended to continue to awe me how God provides for us even with things that are not "necessities" but pleasures.

Giver two on Saturday came in the form of a sewer who doesn't know me, but knows about Magdalena. Realizing how much trouble we were having finding dresses, she made Magdalena two dresses. Magdalena will grow into them within the next month if she continues at the rate that she is going at now.

Lastly, my oldest niece, Caroline, was with my mom, her sister and other cousin at Build a Bear in the mall. They were having fun creating their own animals when Magdalena and I showed up after having her picture made. Caroline named her stuffed animal Magdalena Roberts. Then, at the end of the night she wanted her monkey to go home with Magdalena. She said it was the best one that she had ever made, and she wanted Magdalena to have it. I wanted to encourage her giving, but I also didn't want her to go without her monkey (which is her favorite animal). So we decided that the monkey would sleep at our house tonight and she could play with Magdalena and the monkey on Sunday in the car. Also, Caroline had just gotten upset because Magdalena had thrown up. She had said a couple of times that she was sad and she didn't want Magdalena to die. With little success, I tried to explain that all babies throw up, and Magdalena had gotten fed too quickly, and that it was because of this that she threw up. She would be fine for now. But Caroline did not believe me. I didn't want her feelings in this situation cause her to give Magdalena her monkey because she does so many other things for her, like, find plant bulbs in playgrounds!
Noah really had some good study time, but at this point in the semester it is hard to get a lot done in that short amount of time. We were glad to finally get home to him at the end of the day! We are a blessed family to have so many people in our lives who have used their talents to make everything smoother for us! Thanks to all of the many people and for all of the prayers sent up!
Magdalena was such a sweet girl while I pushed her around. Of course, that didn't last too long because she loves to be snuggled by her Mimi!Magdalena and her Mimi returning to the car

Friday, November 21, 2008

Twilight

Junior High and High School aged kids packed out a couple of theaters to see the movie Twilight, and along with them were my sisters and me. While waiting at least two hours for the movie to begin, the kids in the theater kept themselves occupied with guess the speaker of quotes in the book. One of the young people read aloud from the book that she had brought with her to the theater. The books were very entertaining, but I would never have decided to go to a midnight showing of the movie. Not only that, but we were the first people in line! I would have chosen to sleep, but to me, this was much more of a good time for us sisters to hang out and do something crazy. Noah stayed at home with Magdalena, and she was her sweet self for her daddy.

Jennifer (Gigi), Lori (Loli), and me



Thursday, November 20, 2008

Magdalena's Bo bo

As I write in a previous post, Gigi cut Magdalena's nails the first time that it had to be done. From my sisters' mistakes I have learned so much, and because the skin is so close to a baby's nail one of them accidentally cut their child's skin. I was terrified that I would do this. But as in many of our daily situations, it had to be done, so we were forced into taking that leap. Unfortunately, Magdalena received her first bo bo from her mommy, but thankfully only on one finger. The rest still have all of their skin!





Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Silent Words

God uses time and life to change and mold people. Personal experience has really put force behind that statement. In college I was a bubbly, outgoing person who was very talkative. I can't give a day that I changed, but I did. I lived in my own little world not truly understanding the world that surrounded me. God used this way of thinking as a shield and kept me safe in terrible situations that I put myself in not realizing how deep a sinner's heart can truly be. And He has given me a reality check many times in my short life to remind me that He is the king, and I should not assume that I deserve anything. Or it could partly be related to me living outside of my own culture, and then, returning finding life had continued on and trying to find my place in it. Struggling to find words is an understatement for me now. I really get tied in knots now, and it doesn't come as naturally as it used to in the past.

Although the southern culture that I live in would beg to differ, I don't think that silence always has to be filled in with words, or that things should be said unless they were truly genuine. My amazing husband is a walking dictionary, and can find the perfect words for so many situations. He is not perfect, but he is an excellent communicator, and he means what he says. I find myself trying to hide behind him constantly, which he does at times allow me to do, and he pushes me when I need a good shove. Having Magdalena changes the entire socializing arena for us because so many people want to talk with her. I am horrible at this, and I love the times when Noah carries her around so that he can give people the opportunity to meet my amazing, precious daughter while I stand afar outside the crowd.

Tonight I was thankful that Noah cared for Magdalena on our first time returning to church after a few weeks. I have not been talking to many other people outside of my family in so long it is almost difficult to do again. I hope that my church family will be gracious with me as I learn to communicate and be around humans again. No one acted as though I were a roach, but I will have to learn to speak again. And maybe one day God will bring back a good piece of the "old" me so that I can speak more freely with strangers.

Noah and I are so thankful for Magdalena, who continues to show us our faults, and because of her we are given open opportunities to better ourselves.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Beauty

I don't know why God decided to bless our lives with Magdalena, and I can't even begin to try to figure it out. I do know that when I look into her face all I see is pure, innocent beauty. No sickness. No pain. Just beauty. I know that I am one of many parents who have biased opinions on their child, but I am amazed what God has created through Noah and me. She is beautiful. Many parts of the day I enjoy just looking at her. Her small hands, tiny fingers, and a nose that is shaped like her Daddy's.

And she has begun to communicate very clearly with us. Her noisy cries tell us if there is something wrong, and a sound similar to the screaming lets us know that she is trying to convey some sort of message but she is not upset. Our discussions become more interesting as each day passes. I am amazed that she can do these things. I knew little of what to expect from the usual type of newborn babies, but from what I read of T18 babies Magdalena's personality is not what I had in mind. By having a personality she goes against what so much of what many of the articles have stated. Because T18 babies lack much of what we take for granted mentally I believed that it would be unlikely that Magdalena would know that I was her mother. In my opinion, for babies, a mother means security and love. I still don't know if she knows who I am. However, I know that her eyes can stay steadily fixed on me instead of looking at all of the shiny or colorful things. She knows that she is loved because she demonstrates that she feels safe in my arms. Because of the small things that she does I have to believe that she knows that I am her mother so that while she is here on earth she can rest in my arms.

Because Magdalena did not pass her hearing test while in the NICU, it is unknown exactly what she can hear, which is not uncommom because she has Trisomy 18. We do have an appointment in January to determine this, but really, what does it matter? I will continue to talk to her no matter what the result is, but I am more aware of the fact that I touch her more. I want her to learn my touch and scent so that she is able to recognize me. Her beauty does not change with or without this particular sense. Her beauty lies deep within her soul not in the "extras" that God gives us.

I am attached to Magdalena, and as each day passes I become more attached. My arms just don't want to let her go because I enjoy staring at her, hearing her little sighs, and feeling her breath movements. Her beauty overwhelms me in these small times. God's fingers did amazing work when they worked out every detail of her being.

People say that you change when you become a parent. This is true. I love like I have never loved before. I love Noah more (and I thought that was impossible). I loved my nieces before Magdalena, but now that love has stretched, and they feel like my daughters. Saying that I love Magdalena does not describe what I feel for her. Saying that she is beautiful does not give the sense of beauty that is really there. There are no words that are strong enough to immitate the feelings that are held in my heart. I savor our times together holding onto each moment trying to engrave it into my brain. Her smell and little Magdalena-isms are what I want to never forget and fear forgetting.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Old Friends

Today a college friend came to meet Magdalena. I met Dawn my sophomore year in college, and we, along with two other friends, hung out and watched the Golden Girls, and often times we compared our personalities to the ladies on the show. Our girls nights out where always a blast! No matter how much time passes without seeing each other it feels like we pick up where we left off. She is an incredible friend to me.

Dawn and her husband brought their 5 week old son, Joseph, so that we could meet him too!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

100 Day Birthday Party



Magdalena loved the balloon that Mimi and Papa gave her. She held onto it, and looked at it the entire night!

My sisters, Lori and Jennifer, and I loving on Magdalena together
My oldest sister, Lori (Loli to Magdalena), is always so thoughtful. It is partly because she has had more life experience and partly because it is just her nature. She thinks of all of the small details that makes things extra special. She made Magdalena a birthday cake, found candles for it, and arranged everything. I could not have asked for a better big sis! Our family party was such a fun celebration, and Magdalena got a lot of "first" gifts. Mimi and Papa gave her the first big girl dress that she can wear (size newborn), Gigi gave her the first piece of jewelry, a cross necklace (and a high school musical card which sings to her), Loli gave her the first pair of shoes, and Caroline made her a card and thoughtfully gave her a plant from the playground and stuffed animal that she won at the fair.
We had an exciting day knowing that our precious daughter has lived to celebrate such a momentous occasion.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Happy 100 Day Birthday!

Yay! I am so happy to share that Magdalena is 100 days today! How amazing! We began the day with a visit from Rosa, Magdalena's nurse. And look what she brought her to celebrate! I didn't think about taking a picture of them both together until after she left, so I must do that and post one soon!
Then, we left for Emma's school. I was so nervous because it was the first time that Magdalena has ridden in a car while being the only one in the back seat. I had her heart monitor on so that I could watch that she was ok in case I couldn't hear her. The school is only five minutes away from my house, but I was nervous! We went so that Magdalena could participate in an activity which makes Christmas ornaments with the hand print and/or foot print of the kids. Here are some pics of Magdalena with her cousin Emma.



Thursday, November 13, 2008

Fall Pictures

We just took fall pictures! There is a sneak peak on Andrea's blog if you want to look!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Walking with Magdalena

I am trying to be a little more consistent in my contributions to this blog. Julie has done such an amazing job of writing from her heart that I don't always feel that I can contribute much of substance. But as Magdalena's father, I want to share from a little different perspective. This is the latest...

As the weather has gotten a little cooler recently, I have started to go for walks with Magdalena in the afternoons. It has become one of my favorite things to do. She seems to enjoy it as well. It is so much fun wrapping her up and carrying her around and talking to her about all the things that we see. We pretty much only stay in the area of the townhomes, but there is still a lot to see and discuss. Her eyes go all over that place as she tries to take it all in. The other day, she was very fussy and upset so I decided that it would be a great time to go for a walk. She was crying loudly as we went out the door and then her whole demeanor changed as she recognized that we were outside where there is so much to see. She stopped crying and was so happy and content. Usually on our walks, we talk about cars that pass by, grills and other things on the porches, toys that are left out, the birds that are flying over us and the beauty of the blue sky, to name a few things. But, I think, the best part of our walks is when we get to meet the fascinating people that live in the townhomes. Some I know from school or from other places, but many I don't. Magdalena loves to meet them all. It is so great to meet somebody, as happened on our first walk, who had never met Magdalena but had heard of her and had been praying for her regularly. This dear woman said that she was so honored to actually meet Magdalena and couldn't wait to tell her friends. We have met others who didn't know of Magdalena yet, but they all fell in love with her right away and they all got Magdalena's business cards to be able to read up on her. It has also been great to see friends from the seminary who had heard of Magdalena, been praying for her regularly, but had never met her in person. It's so much fun to see how much they care about her.

These walks are such a blessing and I am so thankful for the time that we get to spend together.

Magdalena's Forgiveness

As Magdalena grows we continue to have to increase her feedings. As of yesterday, she now intakes almost three ounces every three hours (when we brought her home she took only one ounce). We are still learning how to know when to increase it and when she is showing signs that she is hungry. Her first feeding of the day we always give NG, which means we let her continue to sleep while we put it into her tummy through the tube. All other times we let her suck out of the bottle as much as she is able to before tiring, and we feed the rest to her through the tube. This morning I am not sure what I did different, but I put the large amount of formula too quickly into her belly. I realized this because she had a major spit up problem while on our bed, which is not at all normal for her. She was very upset by this, but after a bit of time she forgave me. Much more quickly than I had expected. We changed her clothes again and put the sheets in the washer, and she cuddled with me while giving me those big blues eyes. It was the best forgiveness time that I have ever gotten.

As Magdalena gets older she is beginning to do some things that normal babies do, but being new and overprotective parents we aren't sure how to handle certain situations. While at my sister's house on Saturday I realized that she was able to lay her baby down and get ready and her baby, Landon, was content. I thought that we must begin trying this sort of thing. Yesterday I did this for the first time and it worked! Magdalena was awake and I propped her up on her daddy's pillow in our bed. She loved it! I watched her while I was drying my hair and putting on my makeup, and she just continued to look around being perfectly content. She truly enjoys the big bed. She was doing well again today, but then the spit up came because of the quickly given formula.

As a whole, Magdalena seems to feel ok. She is about to grow out of her preemie diapers, and before we know it we might even be in size newborn!

Noah is working towards the end of the school semester which is December 9th. The end always seems the toughest because everything catches up with you, so please pray that he will do the best to his ability! Hebrew is probably his toughest subject right now.

Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Medium Ground

Like so many people, driving is the time when I really think about things. Things that I want to think about. Things that I have been avoiding. When thinking on these fall months this past summer I never thought that we would have Magdalena with us. The odds would be that we would only have a few days. I had thought that these holidays would bring a sadness that is not known to everyone. However, we have been blessed with so much time that I find it hard to believe that it is already November. Yet, I hate to think about the upcoming holidays and to become too hopeful. I am such a planner which can be a blessing and a curse depending on the situation. By now I would be practically done with my Christmas shopping, picking out paper, and wrapping the presents, but I don't find myself looking forward to that at all. The unknown haunts my brain constantly. I am looking and praying for medium ground. Ground where I can accept the unknown and worship God for giving us His son, the whole point of the Christmas season, and not be so focused on God's future plans. When driving home today I tried to listen to Christmas music so that I would become accustomed to the sound and joyful at the same time, but it forces my mind to the two possible outcomes which I am just not ready to do. I say all of this so that if you are a close friend to me, please, forgive me for not being the "normal" me around this season. I am just praying for medium ground to stand on.

A song I heard on the radio last night while driving sums up so many feelings for me. Here are the lyrics to Cindy Morgan's "How Could I Ask for More".

There's nothing like the warmth of a summer afternoon
Walking to the sunlight, and being cradled my the moon
Catching fireflies at night
Building castles in the sand
Kissing Mom's face goodnight
And holding Daddy's hand

Running barefoot in the grass
A little hide and go seek
Being so in love, that you can hardly eat
Dancing in the dark, when there's no one else around
Being bundled 'neath the covers, watching snow Fall to the ground
Thank you Lord, how could I ask for more

So many things I thought would bring me happiness
Some dreams that are realities today
Such an irony the things that mean the most to me
Are the memories that I've made along the way

So if there's anything I've learned
From this journey I am on
Simple truths will keep you going
Simple love will keep you strong
Cause there are questions without answers
Flames that never die
Heartaches we go through are often blessings in disguise
So thank you Lord, oh thank you Lord How could I ask for more
Thank you Lord, how could I ask for more

In the mail a few weeks ago I received my diploma. Something that I had been waiting years to receive, but the excitement was not as I had anticipated.  I loved studying something so specific, my passion for languages, and I was so excited about graduating. But all that work, completion, and receiving my masters, compares nothing to what God has given me through Magdalena, my first child, my daughter. When I go into my closet and see that envelope I am just amazed that God gave me such a great education, something that I strongly desired, but I am so much happier when Noah and I are together giving Magdalena a bath or watching him return after he has taken her for a walk. She is so beautiful right now as she sleeps, and that I am able to see this beauty now makes me truly happy. In time God will use my education and love for people and languages for His glory, but for now he has taken a different route so that our family and many others can worship him in something that is often taken for granted, something in such a small package, in the body of a small, almost seven pound child.

Monday, November 10, 2008

A full weekend

The weekends are usually my prime time to blog because I have an amazing husband who helps me so much with Magdalena and gives me mind breaks. However, I have used my breaks reading Twilight, a book that my sisters have gotten me involved in. They were reading the series while I was in the hospital having Magdalena, and every time they were together they discussed it. It drove me crazy that I had to get involved in what was so great, and I have to say that I am not at all disappointed!! There is a lot to share, so I hope that I don't leave anything out. Let me start at the beginning of our weekend...

I did not know that Noah took this picture of me, but this is what I was like by Friday...exhausted. Being a new mommy is tough, but Magdalena and I hang in there together even through some nap time! I didn't mean to fall asleep! While the night was still early I woke up and cooked Noah his favorite meal to celebrate his birthday. Although his birthday was Sunday I did this on Friday knowing that it would be possible. That night we ate dinner and watched a movie together.



Also, on Friday, my sister's mother-in-law had been to a market and bought this hat for Magdalena. You can tell how much she loves it! Look at that face! What a fun hat for an incredibly fun girl!

In this picture Magdalena is finally happy that we figured out to roll it up so that it would fit perfectly! She is thinking how crazy her parents are!




Then, Saturday was our big picture day. Andrea came back to the area to take some fall pictures of our family and our precious baby girl! We had the pictures made outside and since my sister, Jennifer, lives near where they were being taken, we spent the afternoon there with her family. Here is Landon, Magdalena's cousin, and Magdalena "napping" in the same bed. (Please do not worry. We did not leave them there in the big bed unattended.) Of course Magdalena is too spoiled to nap in a weird place. Plus, like her mommy, she likes routine.



Taking pictures outside seemed like a good idea when I set up the appointment. I thought that it would be gorgeous, but the day cooled off very fast, and Magdalena did NOT like being out in the cold. Who can blame her? So we did what we could, but she still did not show off her big blue eyes as much as I would have liked. I can't wait to see the pictures! On our way home we stopped by Barnes and Noble so that I could get the second book to the Twilight series. Obviously Magdalena did not go in because of how tired she was! Look at that sweet face!



Then, we were so happy to have Magdalena with us to help us celebrate Noah turning one year older on Sunday...should I reveal his age? Noah and I met in Mexico, where we were both serving as missionaries. He had been there a few years already, so he used this to his advantage to teach me the ropes of the place and to get me hooked. We were married about a year after we met and returned to Mexico for one more year to serve. God has blessed me with an amazing, patient man, who continues to love me in spite of all of my flaws, and he makes me want to be a more godly woman so that I can be a better wife for him. Sometimes, like last night, I want to cry watching him with Magdalena. Not tears of sadness. But amazement. How could I have gotten such a wonderful man and daddy? We bathed Magdalena, and he was bent over the bath tub, sleeves getting wet, making sure that there were two firm hands near her at all times while she was trying to wiggly off of her sponge. It was so sweet. Magdalena had a fun time soaking in her bubble bath while her daddy talked to her! Here is a picture right after her bath, snuggled in her towel. She didn't cry even as she felt the cold air when being out of the warm water. She knew her daddy would keep her safe, warm, and snuggle time with him was coming.

Look at that cute look she is giving and that double chin!!


Before Magdalena took her bath I meant to get a picture of her and Noah together. She wore this t-shirt for the very special day! Thankfully, Noah took this picture of her napping. Look at that little belly poking out! We are so proud of her for gaining weight!

Friday, November 07, 2008

Our Little Baby

Today I finally went for my dentist check-up. I just knew that I was going to have to get lots of work done on my teeth, but thankfully I was all in the clear. Yay! I won't have to return for another six months! Magdalena behaved wonderfully for daddy while I was out, and in fact we had a great time all day. With Magdalena being our first child we have no idea what to expect on so many levels with a baby. But today like so many others she has shown me how much she is just like any other baby. Sometimes she is fussy and sometimes she is happy. Today she was in an incredible mood. Now that we have finally gotten confident with the amount of food to give her, she can spend her time looking around and playing with us instead of crying because of hunger. With the help of Magdalena's nurse and doctor we have come to finally realize that although Magdalena is "different", she is still simply a baby. As she grows we will feed her more. This sounds simple. Feed her when she is hungry. But I really thought that we would continuously get specific instructions like when we left the hospital.

Throughout this fun time we have been able to watch Magdalena learn to smile, to find her tickle spots, and watch her stare at lights and gold objects. Like her favorite thing to look at are the lights hanging from the fan in the living room. And forever I will remember the shape her eyes turn when she gets really upset. Like a sun rising, they turn into the shape that resembles a half of an oval. Sometimes the crying can make me impatient, but I love to see those sweet eyes.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

91 Magnificent Days

I just had to share this adorable picture of Magdalena and her daddy. I am not sure where the other sock is!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

90 Unbelievable Days

I will never say it enough. Noah and I are amazed at God's grace by giving us so many days with our precious daughter. One of my biggest fears since bringing Magdalena home was to give her a bath, and honestly, I have not done it alone since Magdalena has been home. I just didn't think that I could handle it, so every time my mom came over she would help me so much by doing this. She knew that this was her special time with Magdalena. Well, Mimi (my mom) has been sick, so I knew it inevitable. I was going to have to give her a bath by myself. Thankfully, Magdalena has been putting on weight, can move around a little (but not too much), and I had watched my mom do it many times. I was scared that I would make the water too hot or too cold, or it would be too high or too low. I enlisted Noah to help me complete this scary task, and I am happy to say that it was a complete success! Not only did we scrub her down well, but she actually enjoyed lying in the water for a bit! Yay! We were so excited about it last night!

Today we went for Magdalena's check-up at the pediatrician, and we are happy to say that she has put on a little chub! She is now 6 pounds 11 ounces and 19 3/4 inches! We knew that she was getting bigger and that her belly pokes out of the water during her bath time, but these measurements confirmed all that we were seeing. Both Magdalena's nurse and the doctor have helped me to feel like I can feed her as she needs food. I just always thought someone would tell me the amount I should give like they did when we left the hospital, but now I feel comfortable knowing that we can give as needed!

I hope everyone went to vote today! And tonight we are celebrating Noah and my brother-in-law, Stephen, in turning one year older this week! So we will have more pictures to share soon!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

88 Sleepy Days

Magdalena has gotten to where she can just hang out while mommy and daddy do things around the house. Sometimes it is washing clothes or making lunch, but here daddy had made her a comfy spot on the couch. She loves to be snuggled up in this blanket! You can tell that she wants to open her eyes but just can't do it because she is so comfortable.