I'm sitting at the computer listening to Christmas music (yes, we do that early here at the Rice Ranch!) with a very feverish Lilybird on my lap. She started running a low grade fever Saturday morning, and last night it shot up to over 102. She spent the night tossing and turning in my bed, crying and obviously miserable, and all day I've kept her pumped up with ibuprophen and lots of fluids. Not sure what is going on, and a trip to our family doctor is probably inevitable if she isn't better by the morning. It's Sunday night as I prepare this post...it's not often we miss church, but Lily won't let me put her down, and I have not mastered the art of playing piano for song service while holding a sick infant. So home we stayed.
This post will be short and sweet because Lily is crying again...however, I do not think it is possible to get any SWEETER than this video.
Saturday morning (before she started to become inconsolable) Lily was doing her typical push-herself-up-to-a-standing-position routine for her brothers and sisters, which is always followed by clapping and praise and big smiles, all of which Lily participates in herself. She's her own biggest fan. :)
All of the sudden, and thankfully with a fully charged camera nearby, Lily took her first step.
And I have to say that even though I always envisioned that moment as one of tears, (because when a child with special needs nails a milestone like that, you can pretty much guarantee a flood of proud and happy tears), there were none. Just wild, ecstatic cheering and clapping and "YAAAAAAAY LILY'S!" from a roomful of brothers and sisters followed by "get the camera!" Cuz Lily's siblings know that this is a moment her friends in bloggy land are going to want to celebrate as well.
So here you go. Let the celebration begin!
(and try not to laugh at the piece of plastic that gets stuck to her diaper just before she takes that glorious step forward...there's no telling what you'll find on our family room floor on a Saturday morning!)
And speaking of celebrating- have you noticed that lovely chunk of a grant that's been rising steadily for our little buddy???
Thank you SO MUCH to all of you wonderful people who have been praying and blogging and giving for little Artem. I think he's going to hit $10,000 BEFORE October 31st, what do you say??
If you've missed it, we are asking readers to donate five dollars to Artem's grant fund on Reece's Rainbow. That's it. Five dollars. Our goal is to raise that grant fund to ten thousand dollars by the end of the month, in hopes of attracting a family for him. Will you spread the word?
ARTEM NEEDS A FAMILY!!
And if you could, please pray for Lily to feel better soon. I don't have any more pictures to post this week unless she gets better, and I promise you don't want to see her pathetically tear-stained face on tomorrow's post- it's pitiful! :(
Thank you, friends!