Friday, August 8, 2008

New Things

Whew! I've been slacking! Sorry I haven't posted in almost a week, but there really hasn't been much going on. Both the girls are enjoying summer, as is Mommy! Its so nice not to have to run to the hospital or the doctors! I think I can get used to this!

Gabby is asking more frequently now, "Mommy, is it school day yet?" She starts pre-K on September 2nd & is sooo excited to get back to school! She'll go three days a week this year, vs. the two days last year! My little girl is growing up!

Miss V is still eating like crazy!! I find myself feeding her & looking at her in absolute awe. Its so hard to believe that just 2 months ago, we were lucky to get her to eat a teaspoon by mouth, & now I'm not tube feeding her at all during the day! Just yesterday she had a half a fish sandwich, bread & all! I just love seeing those cheeks moving like crazy when she's chewing! Its something I never thought I'd see!

In addition to the eating, she's really getting quite daring about walking! She's been cruising around the furniture for weeks now, making laps around the coffee table & the couch. Now she's getting daring enough to go between the table & recliner. Granted, her armspan is long enough that she can go between them without letting go, but you know how little one's learning to walk are! Last night, she was busy playing with Sis & cruising around. She made her way over next to the chair where I was sitting. Next thing I know, she takes a step without her hands on anything!!! I was giddy! Of course she looked at me like I was nuts (oh, how right she is!). She hasn't done it since, but she's getting closer day by day.

Watch out, here I come!!

By far the biggest new thing was yesterday. The girls got to meet their Uncle Jim! They were both so excited, especially Gabby. All she talked about yesterday morning was meeting "Uncle Jimbo!" Jim (aka Jimbo) is my oldest half brother. We have the same father, & have never been really close, but none the less still brother & sister. The father that we share isn't involved in my life. Lets just say that he's not the nicest person & did some stupid things (the story is a mini novel & right now would take WAY to long to explain). Jim & I have kind of kept in touch over the years, meaning we talk every year or so. Earlier this week, Jim's mom passed away. Of course once I heard about it, the first thing I wanted to do was send flowers & go see him! The flowers were easy (my Mom & her sisters own a florist), so then we planned the funeral home visit.

When we arrived there, we found Jim right away, & he seemed pretty suprised & happy to see us. The girls were both pretty shy around him at first, but after a while they were both warming up to him. It was so nice to see my brother & for him to see the girls. I hope we can make it a habit of getting together more often!

On another note, our little heart friend Elaina remains entangled in a battle for her life. According to her blog, she is slowly declining & there is no further option surgically to fix her heart short of a transplant. But, with her lung complications, she isn't a candidate. Hollie (her Mommy)wrote that they are trying to have her considered for a heart-lung transplant, but that would be out at Stanford in California (they are in Utah, Salt Lake area). They are in need of much prayer support to make it through this journey. Please continue to keep them, as well as all our heart friends & their families, in your prayers!


Vanessa said...

I can't believe she will eat bread! I have been trying for months with Arianna and she refuses. She did take 3 nibbles of a tortilla tonight and I was totally excited! She looks at me like I'm nuts too so your not the only one. And not tube feeding during the day?!?! She will get that button out before you know it!

Mami Adame said...

OMGoodness! She is doing so good! Its like she decided she's going to take big giant steps in everything she does now! So happy for you!
Is she taking meds by mouth or gt? Angelina has actually been taking hers by mouth but not consistently. We'll get there!
Our prayers go out to Hollie & Elaina...

Wendy said...

Hi Tina!

I have tears in my eyes from reading the wonderful updates on your sweet Nevaeh! Taking steps AND eating?! Wow! She is doing absolutely amazing, Tina! I am so happy for you!

I love seeing her pictures, too....she is just so anxious to get moving and chase after that big sister, isn't she?! :) So cute!!

Please know that I think of you and Vaeh often....I just have been lousy at keeping up with everyone this summer! Give that cutie-pie a big ol' hug from us!

Lots of Love & Prayers,

Wendy (& Emma, too!)

The Portas said...

What a star!! Lots of new things, and that is music to my ears. Her progress with eating is sooo huge. I hope this gives some hope to other mamas who have struggles with this very thing.

I'm so glad you are reconnecting with your brother. Family is so important and that is an important relationship that your girls might treasure, so good for you for initiating that.

HAve a good week! Keep up the good work, Vaeh!


Vanessa said...

Just thinking of you guys and wanted to say hi!