an update in photos

I am horrible about uploading my camera sometimes… I found photos from December on this upload.

Finley is doing great… She is getting more verbal every day. She says; Hello, Bye, night-night, no-no (so cute right now, but I know it becomes less cute as they get older), YES!!! (usually with great enthusiasm), Ro-Ro, Octopus (what she says sounds very close, but also very funny), I do, apple (for some reason one of her favorites), num-nums (when she wants milk) and a few other things.

She also is obsessed with dancing and spinning. I will need to get it on video and upload. Let’s see how long that takes me.

And a shameless plug for the Ladybug Run… Have you registered?

Drama Queen

You may remember that in Finley’s early days she really showed her character traits of feistyness and earned herself the nickname “drama queen” with her nurses. At the age of 17 months  those traits are only becoming more evident and I just continue to praise God for her stubbornness, strong will, and fierce determination. These are the things that God blessed her with that gave her that will to keep fighting in the NICU, and now gives her the will to fight the car seat, the high chair, diaper changes, clothing changes, big sister stealing toys from her (this is an area where it comes in handy)…shall I go on? I laugh because she is just so funny. Since she started walking she does not want to be contained. Ever. She is a busy girl and you cannot stop a rolling stone. I think I had a bit of this with Rowan too – this is a stage I must block out. When you have to practically pin your child to the floor  to get a diaper changed. But whenever I hear that scream of defiance, I smile and thank God for it. Now, when I am in the parking lot fighting to get her in the car seat – there might be a minute of frustration in there too – but I am forever thankful. I think I may have two strong-willed girls on my hands – but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

As, I am trying to write this update about Finley, but my heart is heavy and I keep thinking about another CDH baby fighting for his life today. Killian. I keep praying that God will intervene and help him pull through this. Please join me in praying for this family.  Reading his mama’s post brought me to tears. Hug your babies close today. Be thankful for good health. Give yourself grace if you didn’t get everything done.. if you loved on your children today that is all you really needed to do.

Leaving you with some recent photos of Miss Finley…..

6 month birthday!

On Saturday, Finley celebrated her 6 month birthday. Finley celebrated with her first “solid” and throughly enjoyed her oatmeal. She did amazing at eating and did better than Rowan did with her first meal (in terms of swallowing rather than pushing out). She has been eating her full serving and I am excited to start introducing veggies and fruits! As of last Wednesday, Finley weighed in at 15.14 (so she is probably over 16 pounds by now) and she is now in the 50% percentile for weight and she is 26 1/4 for length.  She is growing so well I try not to worry that she will reherniate from growing too quickly. I just pray every day. Rowan was so sweet and she told me yesterday that she didn’t want Finley to go back to the hospital ever and that she would pray and I should pray too.  I finally uploaded my photos from the last 2 months…. enjoy!