Last week you had several nights of crying until three in the morning..off and on you would wake up wailing and thrashing, and no matter what I did to try to console you, you just cried and cried. I checked for little swollen bumps in your mouth to see if it was teething that made you so sad, but found nothing.
Wednesday night my throat started hurting before church, and by the time I got home I couldn't even swallow, it hurt so bad. For the past two days I have been on the couch, feeling like a truck hit me- I ache from head to toe, and my throat is killing me, my nose is stuffy and I feel like crying myself. So now I know what was bothering you last week, and I'm so sorry that you felt this miserable! Just as tylenol wasn't doing the trick for you at 3 a.m., it's not making a dent in this nasty flu for me either. At least it only lasted a few days with you, so hopefully it's not much longer for me.
In the mean time, I've been uploading lots of recent photos of you...
I've been wanting to journal about how much you've been learning lately, so now that I have a good excuse to be bedridden, I can take some time to do it!
Something I've noticed lately is that mornings are your best times for "showing off."
We may or may not be able to get you to perform all your little tricks throughout the day, but when you wake up we're pretty much guaranteed to get a good response from you. For instance, you now know how to point to my nose when I ask you where it is. You can do the same for my eyes, hair and teeth, and if I ask you where your toes are, you hold them up for me to kiss. You can clap your hands on demand or wave "hi", and if you're in a really good mood you can give kisses...but just by smacking you lips together- so far you haven't tried to plant one on us:) So every morning we go down the list of things you can do, and you instantly comply.
Lately you've been verrrry interested in my make up. If my purse is open you scoot over to it as fast you can, and dig through the contents til you find my mascara or lipstick. The other day you had it on your chin and cheeks before I could stop you, and you shrieked when I took it away. Yesterday you got ahold of my mascara...I think you thought it was a hair care product or something...
...when you realized it wasn't doing anything for your hair, you decided to use it as a toothbrush...
I love your bedhead look. Your hair is so fine that it's pretty fuzzy when you wake up, and Daddy and I think you're so adorable with it sticking up all over.
You're a morning girl just like your mama. Unless you're teething or sick, you always wake up in a happy mood, and I love our early mornings together.
Caleb has been teaching you to stand and to take little steps, and yesterday you were pretty proud of yourself for balancing against his legs for a few seconds...
I don't know what it is about mornings, but it's like you're taking everything in and making mental notes about all the things you see...
Abigail has been teaching you pat-a-cake...you love it! It's so cute how you put your hands up for her to help you do the motions when she starts to sing.
I know I have said this about every baby, but it feels funny that there was a time when you weren't a part of our lives. You're only 15 months old, but it seems like we've always woken up to mornings with our Lilybird, seeing what our baby girl can do.
Daddy came home from work today with a book about Down syndrome that someone gave to him called Down Syndrome: What You CAN Do. The introduction was written by a woman named Karen Gaffney. Among many other incredible achievements, she graduated from college with her Associates of Science Degree and her Teacher's Aide Certificate...and in 2001 she swam across the English Channel on a 6 person relay team. She also swam 4 miles around Alcatraz Island.
Oh, and she has Down syndrome.
You know what I think?
I think there are going to be words written some day about an equally motivating young woman. I believe there is going to be a list of accomplishments that follow that young lady's name, and I bet that list is going to exceed all of our wildest expectations and make us so proud we can't read the words through our tears. I think she's going to amaze us with all the things she CAN do.
You know why?
Because you're already doing it every day!