To give you a little background information, there is a couple I know of through some friends who just had a baby with Trisomy-18. It's a chromosomal abnormality and these precious babies are said to be "incompatible with life". The statistic is something like only 10% live to their first birthday. Here is a portion from a recent entry from my journal:
"What a day - it's been a doozie. Taylor wasn't a happy camper for a good part of the which caused Mommy stress. But I must say that after spending about an hour reading about Trisomy-18 and some of the posts from Boothe and Conor's blog, I have new perspective. Suddenly a crying baby doesn't seem that bad and the reality of the fragility of life sets it. It's truly amazing how life occurs and how babies are formed in the womb. Thank you God for Taylor's life. I pray for many more days and years with her. Thank you that she was born healthy. I am amazed and encouraged by the Farley's posts - their faith, honesty, insight."
I ask that you lift up Boothe and Conor to the Lord and pray for them to have peace and sweet time with Baby Copeland until God sees fit to take her home. Copeland is one week old today and at home with her parents, which is something they never expected. If you'd like to know how you can pray for them more specifically go to their blog at http://conorbootheandgirls.blogspot.com
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I was just rocking Taylor and singing "Jesus Loves Me" and she decided she should chime it. She was staring at me intently and kept making these sweet little noises every now and then like she was trying to sing with me. It was one of those priceless motherhood moments. Within the past week or two she has really started smiling alot and "talking", too. She is just too cute! And we tell her so quite often.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Last night Taylor pretty much slept through the night. I say "pretty much" because her last feeding was at 11:00 and I didn't lay her down until a little after midnight, but she slept until 6 this morning. That's quite an accomplishment. I know it won't happen every night from here on out, but I think that shows that she's capable and that hopefully it won't be too much longer until she's pretty consistently sleeping that long. I guess when you're a big girl of 8 weeks you can do things like this.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Unfortunately, the thumb sucking I referred to in the post before last was a one time thing. Must have been a fluke. There has definately NOT been any self-soothing going on in my household today. But we'll keep trying!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
As I walked into Taylor's room at 2:45 a.m. to feed her I heard a smacking/sucking sound and this is what I saw. Yep, she found her thumb. And yes, I ran to get the camera at that razy hour. This isn't the first time she has attempted to suck her thumb/fingers, but it made me happy because this time it was not accompanied by screaming. Some may disagree with thumb-sucking and opt for a pacifier instead as "you can take away a pacifier, but not her thumb/fingers". And some may opt for nothing at all. I, however, will take anything that calms her and helps her sleep. She does use a pacifier but doesn't have control of it yet and can't put it back in her mouth when she loses it, so that makes for some frustrating times for us all. And for all you Baby Whisperer folks out there who are thinking that I should not be using a "prop" to help her sleep...oh well, desparate times call for desparate measures. In a few years I may be wishing we'd never given her the pacifier or allowed her to suck her thumb, but for now it works and now is where I live ;)
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Now that I'm starting to get a little bigger, mama and daddy are now able to start putting me in more clothes. I'm glad that they're doing this because I was getting bored with wearing nothing but a diaper. Plus, everyone saw me naked all the time. Here are some pictures so you can see how cute I look!