Isabella Danielle, born at 24 weeks and 1 day, 1lb 11oz, 12.5in

Zachary Michael, born at 36 weeks, 5lb 13oz, 18.5in

Alexander Charles, FULL TERM, 7lb 1oz, 20in

Monday, September 14, 2009

Always So Blessed

Everyday I am with Bella, at some point in that day, I look down at her and just feel a rush of amazement that there is this little human developing each second that Chris and I made. From the toys she plays with, to the noises and words she hears, to the movements she makes...each piece is helping her learn and transition into a little girl from a tiny baby. I feel so honored to have this gift in my life. I cherish everything she delivers to the world...all the messiness, the silly outbursts, and the challenges of teaching her to catch up to an age she shouldn't be. It somehow still baffles me that she was produced inside of me. God is glorious to give women this gift, although we may have cursed it at the time of our child's delivery. Today, for instance, I was blessed with, not only having Bella take a long afternoon nap after a strenuous morning physical therapy session, but having her not want to wake up from that nap that led her to nuzzling on my chest to sleep another thirty minutes. She wrapped both of her delicate arms around my chest and settled her head on my collar bone. It made me feel so at peace with my child. It didn't take me long to remember the first time I held her, although nothing will compare to that moment, it surely wasn't far from it; and for that I am so grateful.

I was fortunate enough to get an update on my co-worker's niece, Jolee, this afternoon. Jolee is progressing well and her brain bleeds have begun to resolve on some level. Thank you for all your prayers for her journey.

With all the love in our hearts...Peace and God Bless to you all!!!

I'm eating in my cool new high chair for the first time!!!


lauren said...

You Go Girl!!!

Mandy said...

I am from Woodard Properties, and from the first day we met you, you became such an inspiration to me!I couldn't imagine how I would handle all that you two have, and certainly wouldn't have done it as gracefully as you have! My son is now 19 months old, and you certainly brought me perspective on just how blessed I am. It is such an amazing gift to be a parent and I am so thankful for it! Bella is such a beautiful, chunky girl - a true testament to the wonderful parenting she has received! It is so amazing to see how far Isabella has come! You have done an amazing job!