Monday, October 8, 2012

3 months!

Technically its tomorrow, but tomorrow is a busy day for us and I didn't think I'd have time to take any pictures.  Here is the 3 month update - which the last post pretty much summed up.  But official-at-home-photo-session 3 month belly pics.

She weighed 8 lbs 2 oz this morning.  She wears Newborn size clothes and diapers still.  She eats every 2-3 hours during the day and can sleep 4 hours at night.  On occasion I might get a 5 hour stretch.  When she doesn't have gas or the hiccups, she is a VERY happy baby! She is beginning to smile and talk to you - that is oh so precious! She doesn't meet a stranger either.  She will smile at every stranger we pass (even the ones with rude comments).  She says mommy needs to learn that trick - ha!

Her friend in the NICU, Miss Ava Grace, passed away yesterday.  (Her blog is on the right in the link list.)  Heaven gained another angel and she fought hard to the end.  She was suppose to have surgery this morning but decided she didn't need to put herself through that.  Ava Grace was the only other baby that we knew in the NICU while we were there.  She taught me some life lessons that are too much to share.  But in the midst of my sadness, I would pass by AG's unit in the NICU, and be reminded that life is too short - don't take it for granted. Don't be mad at God.  Count your blessings and be happy everyday - even on the bad days.  Please say a prayer for the Oakes family in Greenville, MS as they cope with the loss of their sweet baby girl.  She was ~3 weeks older than Merritt.  Merritt was suppose to be the "Very Hungry Caterpillar" for Halloween, but after reading Amy's blog and being reminded of how special these babies are, Merritt is going to be an angel instead.  Because that's what they are.  Angels among us.

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