Apr 16 2014

16-52 sitting pretty

Project 52 – A portrait of my child once a week, every week in 2014.

Week 16:  Sitting Pretty

7 months old

We’ve been working hard at unassisted sitting, but all this little one wants to do is stand.  I sat her down in her crib and put her hands on the railing to steady her and she immediately started trying to stand up.  How is it that this baby, who refuses to roll over on her own (though she can, she won’t!), is trying to stand before she learns to sit or crawl?

 

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Apr 14 2014

monthly prompt: rain

**I am a part of a small blogger collective consisting of other mom bloggers and each month we are given a word “prompt” to write about.  This months prompt is “rain””**

If you are from the Pacific Northwest, the scenario I’m about to tell you will be familiar.  At the end of February, it looked like Spring was about to arrive.  We had some really beautiful days and it seemed like maybe winter would be over early.  Then on March 1st, we got a giant dump of snow.  Everyone despaired.  It seems to happen every year like this, and every year we seem to forget the outcome.  While to some the snow looked really beautiful, it was also March 1st and we were done with winter (meanwhile, everywhere else in Canada was still waist deep in snow, and we really had nothing to complain about).  Then as per usual, a few days after the snowfall it started raining. The days turned grey and the ground turned a mushy brown.  Any snow that was left over was patchy and discoloured.  Everything looked dismal.

At the same time that this was happening, Lucy had just come home from the hospital from her heart surgery.  We had just pulled out her NG tube and were doing a rapid wean to get her back to eating orally.  We were so excited that the hurdle of heart surgery was out of the way and that the feeding tube was out.  Things looked rosy at first.  But if you are familiar with any kind of recovery (especially with babies) you’ll know that there’s a motto: “one step forward, two steps back”.  I remember one particular day when she had been eating fairly miserably, I looked out the window at the grey mush that was our backyard and thought about how miserable things felt.  A phrase kept popping in my head though:

“Sometimes things have to get ugly before they can be made beautiful.”

We know that here in the PNW when we get a snowfall there will inevitably be that gross period of cold rain and mud.  We also know that in order to get the beautiful spring and summer that we love so much, that has to happen.  Never have we woken up one day after a snowfall to see that the snow is all gone, the ground is dry and it’s warm and sunny outside.

“Sometimes things have to get ugly before they can be made beautiful.”

Sometimes the rain has to come, to clear away the last vestiges of winter and make way for spring.

I’m pretty sure this phrase can apply to a lot of scenarios.  For us, it meant that we had to be prepared for Lucy’s eating to be bad in order for her to learn how to get better.

We had pretty miserable days (or weeks?) with weaning Lucy off of the feeding tube.  After all, she had spend more than half her life getting fed that way, so we were working against a lot.  We knew that she had to figure it out on her own though, and that meant having miserable days of her screaming constantly because she was hungry and just didn’t understand what it meant.  It was ugly.

Today though, she is over one month tube free and after months of miserable feeding, we are now on a normal schedule and our lives aren’t completely dictated by when/how well she eats.

Oh, and guess what?  Spring arrived.  Just like it always does every year, and it’s be-a-utiful!

 


“Rain” is the April writing prompt of The Mommy Blogger Collective. In addition to a monthly writing prompt, the collective hosts a monthly blogger featurette. This month we are featuring Katie of Hello, Little Bean. A few words from Katie — Hi! I’m Katie and I write a blog called ‘Hello, Little Bean.’ It’s about life as a new mom to my cute daughter, Lark Story. I’m California born and raised, but currently live in Michigan with my soon-to-be husband, James and my soon-to-be stepson, Brennan, as well as our little Lark and two kitties. I’m a full-time graphic designer who loves all things artistic and creative. I’m overly sensitive and sentimental, sarcastic and foul-mouthed at times, a foodie and a reality tv junkie who’s completely and utterly in love with motherhood. You can also find me on instagram, facebook, pinterest and our little online boutique, Bold Threads.

/// The Mommy Blogger Collective /// Christina, Courteney, Dena, Erica, Erin, Gillian, Katie, Misty, Nicole, and Renée. ///

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Apr 10 2014

15-52 the morning.

Project 52 – A portrait of my child once a week, every week in 2014.

Week 15:  The Morning

6.75 months old

Since last week, we have finally (FINALLY) gotten into a normal routine.  Lucy is eating enough in one sitting that I don’t have to wake up at 5AM to dream feed her, and Dave doesn’t have to stay up till midnight to dream feed her.  She wakes up on her own at 6AM, and that extra hour of sleep seems to make all the difference.  I bring her into the bed with us and we hang out for about an hour or so till we are ready to get up and have breakfast.  Minnie (of course) gets right in on the snuggles and doesn’t waste time getting close to Lucy.

This ‘normal’ feels good.

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Apr 4 2014

14-52 puppy kisses

Project 52 – A portrait of my child once a week, every week in 2014.

Week 14:  Puppy kisses

6.5 months old

I love how these two are together.  Minnie seems to adore Lucy, and Lucy already will pet Minnie when she’s laying next to her.  I can’t wait to see how she will be with Minnie when she’s older and walking.

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Mar 27 2014

13-52 the normal.

Project 52 – A portrait of my child once a week, every week in 2014.

Week 13:  The Normal

6.5 months old

12lbs 14oz

Today we had a follow up appointment with Lucy’s cardiologist.  He informed us that from now on, we are to treat Lucy like just a normal baby.  No more special treatment.  It’s funny how one would normally say “But my baby is more than normal!” and perhaps be slightly irritated by a comment that they are to treat their child as “just normal”, but for us the idea of her being “just normal” is so nice to hear.

So here’s what’s normal for Lucy right now:

- Teething.  Huzzah!  *said sarcastically*  She’s been a bit of a miserable case with a terrible diaper rash and oodles of drool.  But such is life for a 6 month old.

- Goofiness.  She loves to make silly sounds with her mouth and laugh afterwards.  It’s usually accompanied with drool.

- Camera ham.  If she’s in a bad mood, I’ve discovered that the camera will make her smile.  What. Have. I. Done….

Normally I’d just select 1 or 2 pictures, but this week I just couldn’t decide.  So you’ll just have to suffer through a few more pictures.

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