Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Cue Dirty Dancing references here... Lydia, didn't we tell you that nobody puts baby in the corner?
-- Post From My iPhone
Sunday, October 25, 2009
I found it through Matt Logelin's blog, which I saw on Oprah, when he announced with great sadness the death of Maddie Spohr, a 17 month old who died from a serious respiratory infection due to complications from lung disease caused by prematurity. The thought of a child's death is always sad, but it is particularly stomach-churning once you have your own child. Maddie died suddenly after what seemed like a very triumphant birth and life overcoming lots and lots of odds.
Heather Spohr, Maddie's mother, has continued their blog, which has literally thousands of readers. Hundreds and hundreds of people who had never met the Spohrs in person came to Maddie's funeral because they knew about it through her blog. They were the top family team for the March of Dimes walk, and there were Friends of Maddie teams across the country. I probably start crying while reading two out of every three entries she posts. Her writing is heartwrenching and difficult to read at times, but I read for three reasons. 1.) You can't help but fall in love with Maddie and Heather and her husband, Mike, 2.) I believe that reading Heather's reflection on parenting and Maddie have made me a better mom, and 3.) I know that if something were to happen to Lydia, I would want everyone that never had the chance to meet her to "know" her, and I want to do this for a mom that has lost her daughter.
Heather's blog has become particularly relevant to me during these past two days, because yesterday while perusing Facebook, I learned that a person I went to high school with lost one of his twin daughters this summer when she was a few months old. The obituary that I found online said she died suddenly, and it read "She thrived, she lived, she was our little blossom." I haven't really stayed in touch with this person other than a few facebook messages when we "friended" each other, right after his girls were born and around the time Lydia was born, but I remember him fondly as a kind, genuine person. I have been thinking about him and his family non-stop since I found out about their tragedy. These moments make me stop and realize that when things are rough, the privilege to watch Lydia grow and thrive, to deal with the everyday joys and battles of parenting is something so many people crave and can't have.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
It's not quite official, but I'm fairly confident that Lydia's first tooth has begun to cut through. It's her bottom left front tooth, and I'm resting a little more easily knowing that she actually does have teeth. I was worried she would remain toothless forever. This also explains why she's been a touch more quick to start crying these past few days.
Lydia also would like to thank her Aunt Judy for the bibs and the rubber ducky (I'm actually very excited about the rubber ducky, because it has a temperature sensor on the bottom that turns white if the water is too hot), and I am SUPER excited for the fleece blanket that was in the box! Robin's trusty Minnesota Gophers blanket has just about seen it's last day, so we were due for a new one, and this one is super cozy!
One final development: Lydia has realized that rolling over gets her from one place to another. On several occasions since Saturday, she has rolled all the way across the bed, once grabbing a toy on one end and rolling all the way back to the other with it still in hand!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
A huge thank you to all of the people who have been so supportive to us during the very trying past months. Only now have I let myself really admit just how difficult the whole process has been. It's over now, and we're so glad!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
As the cooler weather approached, we realized that Lydia has very few articles of long-sleeved clothing. We are going to Chicago in November for a friend's wedding, so we knew we would be purchasing some warmer things for her, but yesterday I decided there was no time like the present. Lydia is now outfitted with pants, long-sleeved onesies, a few long-sleeved shirts, and a couple of long-sleeved dresses (with leggings) that I just couldn't resist. Because so many people have been so generous with giving Lydia clothing, this was the first mother-daughter shopping trip we have embarked upon, and I have to say, I had a lot of fun. A highlight included walking down the sidewalk downtown with Lydia in the Maya wrap. A woman in a car honked at me and flashed the peace sign, and for a moment, I felt like a true hippie mama. Then I realized that were this woman to know that I was indulging in some consumerist bliss and headed to a baby boutique, she might not have had the same sentiment.
One of my favorite things to do when taking Lydia shopping is to allow her to "pick" what we buy. I narrow down the choices to two and will hold both in front of her. Lydia will look between the two and usually reach out for one. I fully realize that she doesn't "get" the little game, but it is fun for me! P.S., she always chooses the cutest choice!
Photos to come of Lydia in her stylin' new duds. (Judy, you will happy to know that many of the articles of clothing include the color pink and two of the pairs of pants even have ruffles on the butt.)
Thursday, October 8, 2009
As teachers, we do many things for our students, and sometimes that includes making complete fools of ourselves for the sake of student enjoyment--even doing the sprinkler, the running man, and a fancy little step known as "bullets." I'm #43 if you're wondering.
Here's the chatterbox at work!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Awhile ago, Lydia decided she didn't like being carried tummy-to-tummy in the Maya Wrap. I was really disappointed, because they are not cheap and I love "wearing" her. A few weeks ago, I decided to try a different carrying style and turns out, Lydia loves the Kangaroo Carry! Today I took her to run some errands while Robin did some work on the house. I brought along the Maya Wrap, and it was fantastic. She tends to be very calm when we are wearing her, and she is pushing the weight limits on the Baby Bjorn. When we do the Kangaroo Carry, she can see everything, and I still have the use of my hands. Gotta love that Maya Wrap! (Thanks again, Jenni!)