Madi is doing some wonderful things these days! First off, even though she spent a week in the hospital with pneumonia......I think it actually did her some good. She came out of there with a renewed sense of energy and is doing some things that we have been working on for months!
|Preview of her first birthday outfit!|
First off, she is crazy mobile! She still is only doing the army crawl but she is moving non-stop! If you are sitting next to her, she will lunge at you and try to climb up onto your lap! Her army crawl is still only a very short distance but she quickly recovers and is searching for the next thing to try and get. Her latest thing she loves to do is try and get the items and small toys that I conveniently hide underneath the ottomon. I purposely put some of these things to stay out of her reach. Well, not anymore, they are fair game to her!
About 2 1/2 weeks ago, she decided all on one day that she was going to pull herself to stand from a sitting on a box position. And she decided to wave to us. She did both of them for the first time in a matter of 5 minutes. It was awesome!! We were so shocked by the pulling to stand that we didn't even have a chance to recover before she waved at us!
Another amazing thing Madi did for the first time the other day........she sipped out of the straw! We have been working on this for about 3 months now and have been getting super frustrated. We were using a combination of the Take N Toss and HoneyBear cups but neither of them were working. We tried using different fluids, different consistencies, different temperatures, different flavors......basically, different everything to try and spur her on. Well, out of the blue, she sucked! And then she did it again! She is only taking a few sucks at a time, so she really isn't drinking anything more than 1/2 oz. at a sitting. But, it is a start! I am so excited and proud of her!
Another great development in the eating area.......she is full-on finger food eating! She LOVES, LOVES, LOVES toast! She would eat it all day long! She also is eating scrambled eggs, green beans, chicken, sweet potato fries, strawberries, tater tot casserole, and she even ate a couple of black beans at dinner tonight. She has been able to "rake" the food with her hands for awhile but she couldn't figure out how to open up her palm to stick the food in her mouth. Again, just like everything else, all of a sudden one day she could do it!
With all this super proud momma bragging......I have to throw in a down side we are experiencing right now. As you can see from all the pictures, her mouth is hanging open and her tongue is sticking out........well, she is sick, yet again. Really, I don't know if she has ever gotten better for more than a day or so before the next round hits. She basically has been congested and snotty nose for 2 months now. I feel so bad for her. She isn't sleeping the best at night and I know that she is tired of me wiping and sucking the snot out of her nose. She starts to cringe anytime she sees the bulb syringe even coming near her.
I know that alot of it has to do with her nasal passages being very small due to the Ds and unfortunately, she has a very weak immune system. So, the slightest little bug seems to throw her over the edge. I hope this is not an indication of how our winter's are always going to be. Hopefully she will grow out of this a little bit as she gets older.
We are super excited about the amazing things our baby girl is doing these days! Only 1 more month until her birthday!!!!