I mentioned this in my last post but she just continues to blow me away! She MIGHT be my best eater which is just unbelievable. She will try almost anything on my plate (but don't put it on her highchair) if she is sitting in my lap. Bananas, rice, Nutrigrain, ham sandwiches, goldfish, cheerios, chicken casseroles, cinnamon rolls, french fries, chicken nuggets, rolls/bread of any kind, beans, she even ate some of my hibachi zucchini tonight! Relax - I still make her eat her veggies and fruit in baby food too. The fact that she tolerates everything is very close to a miracle (if you knew of the vast majority of O babies). Yes, I don't even take chicken nuggets for granted anymore.
The O group lost a 4 month old O baby yesterday. It saddens me to hear that. For them, it will never be over. I can't imagine the heartache.
Many days I feel like I don't deserve Merritt (meaning I have no idea why God saw me somewhat fit to take care of this sweet angel). She constantly puts things in perspective for me. I'm complaining about the school car rider line and then I look at her and think about what she has to deal with on a daily basis. Good news for her is that she won't remember any of it. But she's changed me and I can't imagine life without her. All my kids too. They each teach me something different, but she has taught me alot: patience, faithfulness, respect, endurance, strength, and a different angle on unconditional love.
I took her for a weight check the other day - and it was 16 pounds even with clothes and a diaper on :/ I was a little disappointed but I have to remind myself that she is eating constantly. She won't shrivel up. She definitely won't lose at the rate she's eating. So despite all the food that she is putting away, she still doesn't gain like a normal baby. I am looking forward to turning her car seat around forward-facing (even though the new rule is to keep them backwards til they are 2 years old). She really will be 18 mo + before she hits 20 pounds. I might throw a party we'll be so excited! ;) It'll be an "unbirthday" party since we aren't doing birthday parties next year! ;) I'm kidding...but I will drive her around longer that day...maybe until she falls asleep. lol
|Ignore her bedhair here, she had just woke from a nap and we made a pit stop at Chick-Fil-A.|
|13 months old. 16 pounds.|
|Hernia side view.|
"By You I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother's womb. My praise shall be continually of You. I have become as a wonder to many, but You are my strong refuge. Let my mouth be filled with Your praise and with Your glory all the day....
You, who have shown me great and severe troubles, shall revive me again, and bring me up again from the depths of the earth..." Psalm 71:6-20