If You’re Happy and You Know It…

The last couple of weeks have been really happy in our household!

Gracie has had a couple of different milestones that we are excited about! She has started holding her hands out for us when she wants to be picked up!

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She is standing on her own for a few seconds at a time (not crawling yet, or walking, but able to balance herself and stand comfortably).

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She conquered the straw cup and now we use those (except at night – I am holding on to the nighttime bottle for my own sake! I love that time!)

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The most exciting milestone was Gracie being able to go from her belly to sitting up and then back down. We have worked on this for so long. I left her in the room to go run her bath and when I came back, she was sitting up! She is becoming much more curious about her surroundings and wants to move so badly. She needed to be able to sit up on her own before her muscles would be strong enough for her to crawl. Maybe soon?

Two other bits of good news is that Gracie’s hips were popping and when we went for a x-ray, the doctor was not concerned and said it would eventually get better! She just doesn’t have enough muscle to cushion. We also got our regular blood work that checks for several different things and all of that came back great as well! Praise the Lord!

She’s been teething a ton and has had 5 teeth pop through in 2 weeks! Check out those teeth!

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We’ve been working hard on our sign language. Gage is the best teacher to Gracie. I heard him in the other room with her the other day saying, “Here, Gracie, do this sign! Cereal! Watch me! You can do it!”

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He is also obsessed with feeding her! He is so good about making sure it’s small bites and not something she can choke on.

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His love and care for her continues to be overwhelming. There is no doubt that God created Gage and Gracie to be brother and sister. His compassion and patience are unwavering. I think a lot of the possibilities for Gracie’s future, but one thing I am certain of is that she will never lack in love from her brother.

I pray that we never forget to remind these little firecrackers that they are amazing, one of a kind, saved by some sweet grace, and can both change the world.

This parenting thing is a big deal.

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This weekend, I am part of a storytelling event – Arc Light Stories. It’s at 7:30 at the Avon Theater in Birmingham. Come hear me and a few others tell stories about mothers!

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Posted in Down Syndrome, Every Day Stuff, Gage, Gracie
6 comments on “If You’re Happy and You Know It…
  1. Cathy Gipson says:

    Gracie’s progress is amazing!! Love reading your blog… I wish we lived closer so Gracie and our Molly (a month younger than Gracie) could play together. I also noticed how long Gracie’s hair is getting! She’s perfectly beautiful … Fearfully and wonderfully made!!

  2. Brooke says:

    Crying!

  3. cbradford21 says:

    im so excited to know all these great accomplishments…go gracie go!!! Gage is the perfect big brother:))

  4. Ginger says:

    So excited for all of the wonderful milestones that Gracie is making!! What a blessing that Gage and Gracie have both of you for parents….God is GREAT!!

  5. Noel says:

    just stumbled across this website, and I’m glad I did. Sitting here reading up on all of Gracie’s and the family’s milestones has me in tears. I can feel the love of God sitting here in my dinning room in FL by-way of your family. Keep doing what you’re doing, you are all blessed to have each other, and a real inspiration to many.

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