This post is going to be a photo bombed update on Ellie, but first I wanted to write about a something very near and dear to my heart.
A group of us mamas with babies with T21 have embarked on a journey together. Our mission is to help new or pregnant moms receive accurate and up-to-date information when receiving a Down syndrome diagnosis. My friend Jenny was able to explain it much more eloquently on her blog Blessings Beyond the Ordinary. The first step we are taking is sending out our personal Christmas cards to medical providers. Our hope is to give them a glimpse into what life looks like... and how it's just like any other family! If your child has Down syndrome, please join us and send your card to your medical community too! Our pediatrician, the Ds Clinic, and my OB will be receiving our card this year. This should be interesting as my relationship with my OB ended on an awkward note... more on that another time!
|Our 2013 Card|
I also wanted to update on what we've been doing the past couple of months. Ellie is now 11 months old. We have had a really fun and crazy busy couple of months since my last post. Ellie has had her first Halloween, Thanksgiving, attended a fancy gala, met Santa Claus, met new friends named June and Katie, and is meeting milestones on Ellie time.
Ellie's mentor Iris was featured on the cover of the 2013 Nike Special Olympics Youth Games Booklet. The Youth Games invited Iris and her mom to the Governor's Gold Awards. They were given the option of bringing a guest, and Ellie and I were invited to go to! All proceeds from the event benefit the Special Olympics. It was such an honor and a night I'll remember forever. We were served a nice fancy dinner and Ellie and Iris were the only children there from what I could tell. They were such good girls and sat patiently through the whole event and were adorable and smiling the whole time. What an amazing opportunity!
|Iris on the cover of the booklet, little rock star!|
|Our girls all dressed up!|
Ellie is still getting bi-monthly Physical Therapy and Early Intervention. I'm lucky that my mom-in-law is here two days a week and my mom is here on Fridays with me. They help out a lot with her therapies, and it's nice to all be working on the same things with her. Ellie is working hard every day and can stand perfectly when you hold on to her hands, but isn't ready to stand on her own yet. The other night, however, Luke was playing with her, stood her on her feet, and let go. You should have seen the look of excitement on her face! She stood for a few seconds and as I was screaming for him to grab her, I snapped a picture (BAD MOM!) but she's fine, she didn't fall! Her crawling is not happening yet. She gets up to crawl and when she tries to take off she gets in skydiving mode. See below. She'll get it, it's just taking a little extra time and that's OK. She is also waving now, playing peek-a-boo, as well as "how big is Ellie" which is the cutest. Here is a video of some of her neat milestones the past couple months:
Ellie 10 Months Old
Ellie 10 Months Old
|Getting ready to crawl!|
|Annnnd she flies instead.|
|Trying Cheerios for the first time. Hmm...|
|Family Halloween Pic!|
|The long table(s)|
Jesse smoked and cooked a 25 pound turkey on our traeger and it was AMAZZZIIINNG. Speaking of my talented hubby, he made me a barn wood wall too. I LOVE IT! And it works great for a photo backdrop. Ellie was snuggled and kissed and showed off her new skills all night long. All in all, it was a great day and our hearts and bellies were full! Here are a few photos from that day.
|The wood wall, and beautiful kids.|
|With Uncle Kev and Grandma Barbara|
|Grammee calls this "getting the party started" and I am loving the coordinating outfits!|
|This is what she does when you say "how big is Ellie?"|
|Ellie and June at the Cheer Showcase|
Article about Katie
|Katie at the Cheer Showcase|
|I think she's questioning the beard. I know we were!|
The song I chose for this post is one of my all time favorite Christmas songs. This part always gets me misty-eyed, and this year it means more than ever.
I remember dreaming
Wishing hoping praying for this day
Now I sit and watch them
The little ones I love so excited by the wait