Our home has had a lot of singing in it the last few weeks!
My friend, Haley, came over to visit and brought her guitar to sing for Gracie. As you can see, Gracie was pretty mesmerized!
Gage is also learning a lot of songs. I sing this one to Gracie every night and Gage decided he wanted me to start singing it to him and teach him the words so he can sing to Gracie too. Excuse Gracie’s little burp – Gage has watched this video repeatedly and laughs so hard that he didn’t notice the burp while he was singing! And yes, I will dress my children in footed pajamas until they don’t make them in their size anymore. I love them.
I’ve been a little emotional the last few weeks with realizing how quickly the kids are growing up.
Gage is able to add, read words, say the Lord’s prayer, count, tell you about presidents, speak a little Spanish, retell Bible stories he’s learned, and a million other things that sometimes make me think he’s 14 instead of 4. Les and I continue to be amazed at the details he remembers. He could still tell you what he ate for breakfast on a certain day on the Disney cruise we took over a year ago. It’s amazing.
Gracie turns one next month. How did this happen?! I was reflecting on Instagram the other day, talking about how at this age, Gage was walking, and Gracie is not even crawling right now. I think when I notice things like this, they COULD be moments that Satan will try and make me anxious about Gracie’s development…but praise God for His perfect plan for Gracie – and her perfect time frame of development.
So since I am realizing how quickly my babies are growing up, I’ll treasure this time Gracie is moving at a slower pace in this moment of her life (because soon she will be walking hand in hand with Gage), and soak in the moments she just molds into me, snuggles, and is my baby doll for a little longer.
Finally, here is your factoid about Down syndrome for this Friday night…
I remember when I was about 16 weeks pregnant, before we got the diagnosis that Gracie would have Down syndrome, we were at UAB doing a long, high-def ultrasound. At the end of the ultrasound, the doctor said everything looked great, but he saw what could be one soft marker for Down syndrome on Gracie’s pinky.
See that precious little curve of her pinky? It’s referred to as clinodactyly and can be a common feature of Down syndrome, but people with no genetic syndromes also may have it.
That little pinky freaked me out when I first heard about it, when there was so much unknown. Now, it’s just beautiful and another little thing to love about our Gracie. Perfection.
Can you believe that detail on her pinky was seen on an ultrasound around 16 weeks? What a sweet life that was already growing. You can’t see that on an ultrasound, so early in a pregnancy and NOT see life. Psalm 139:
For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.