Happy 7 Months!?

Friday, June 14, 2013

There's never a dull moment around here. Miss Olivia is surely keeping us on our toes and this week was a perfect example of it. We celebrated my parents 35th Wedding Anniversary on Monday with this amazing Portuguese dish my Grandma used to make. I intended on snapping a picture of it, but I devoured it before I remembered to...

Fast forward to Wednesday where Olivia had a follow up appt with her Nephrologist (Kidney Specialist). Due to some major kidney failure in the Nicu, they need to make sure her kidneys weren't damaged and are growing appropriately. Her Nephrologist is such a nice Doctor and she couldn't believe how great Olivia is  doing. It always gives me great reassurance when I hear it from the doctors how good she is doing because with a micro preemie  it could go either way and I am so thankful that God has blessed us with good health and growth! Since we were at CHOC, we decided to go pay a much needed visit to our extended Nicu family. It was great seeing her team and our favorite nurse! Being back there did bring back some not so great memories and I made sure to say a special prayer for all those babies fighting for their life! To think that it has only been a little over 2 months since Liv has been home amazes me. Life feels complete with her and too go back to those 5 months in the hospital where I had to leave her makes me cry. If I go out to the grocery store for an hour, I rush home to see her! She is my everything and then some. God knew what he was doing when he created her, as she is an extraordinary baby that I am blessed to love & obsess over.

I feel like she hit so many mini milestones these week. She has been smiling a lot, which makes me smile of  course. I can't explain the feeling you get when your baby smiles for the first time...it's amazing. Did I mention I started giving her solids? Oh yes, we've started that journey. It's actually a pretty big deal since she had an oral aversion just 3 months ago and didn't want anything in her mouth. For her to let me put a spoon in her mouth without gagging and actually enjoying is major. Oh and lets not forget teething! Yes, Livy has two bottom teeth that are present in her gums currently...which basically means, fussy, refusing to eat, but wants nothing but fingers in her mouth baby times. Exciting times over here!

 I guess the biggest of them all is my baby girl turned 7 months, 3 months adjusted yesterday! I can't believe it's been 7 months since I gave birth to my daughters. I just can't believe it. It feels like it happened yesterday. Call me crazy, but I believe that when you pass on, your soul remains and is present when need be. There are certain times I'm in the room with Olivia and I feel Abigail's presence or I say "Abigail, is that you? Are you here with us?" because I truly feel she is. On Wednesday night, close to midnight which would make it the 13th (the twins birthday) we were all watching a movie in bed. Steven, Liv, the boys and I were all cuddled up watching this movie when out of nowhere there this ladybug was crawling on Dylan. Now you can call me crazy but I 100% feel like it was a sign from Abigail letting us know she was with us. Ever since Liv was born I've called her my little lovebug and I am even planning on a ladybug theme for her first birthday. This ladybug just continued to crawl all over Dylan and he even tried to take her off but she just came back. The mysteries of life are what make it great, and I am embrace them all.

I miss my sweet angel baby, Abi. Mommy loves and misses you more with each passing day. Well I've got to get going, we've got Liv's  Physical Therapist coming any minute and I'm still in my pjs! :)

P.S. Here are some pictures of Livy over the past 7 Months!

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