It’s been a while since I posted. Life has been busy with work, play, and therapy – but not full of doctor appointments or anything bad, just normal life!
Our Gracie bug has been growing like a weed. I mentioned a few months ago and that we were having some trouble with weight gain. We got any medical concerns ruled out, so we met with a nutritionist and worked on calories and some new ideas. We are very fortunate Gracie is a great eater, so she was game for whatever we gave her! Lately, she has been enjoying a diet full of super muffins, waffles with peanut butter, PBJs, avocados, hummus, green beans, carrots, and whatever I cook for dinner! She has gained about 3 pounds since meeting with the nutritionist and we could not be happier!
She has also been well, so that’s a huge blessing. I am so grateful my mom keeps Gracie on the days that I work. She works with Gracie just like I would, and Gracie can nap well and eat well. It is a great situation. Thanks, Nana! We love you!
We have had MONTHS of me wondering if Gracie would ever crawl, pull up, and do many other things. Yes, I know that kids with Down syndrome develop on their own timeline, and I tell myself that all the time, but sometimes it’s still hard. However, it’s true – when a child is ready, they’re ready. And Gracie is ready!
She now crawls on all fours!
And pulls up!
And tonight, she started this!!!
She is also communicating more!
We are so excited about these recent (as in, she has started all of this in the last month) developments. She works so hard for everything. Sometimes it makes me want to cry because I get so frustrated at how hard she has to work. I wish I could help her, but she keeps pushing and keeps trying, all with an awesome attitude, and she is teaching me so much.
We also attended our first Buddy Walk last week. We had a team with several amazing families I have grown to know and love – some since our diagnosis while I was pregnant! It is so amazing to see so many families celebrating Down syndrome. Our team name was “More Alike Than Different.” That is a mantra I have adopted since having Gracie because she and her friends are truly more alike than different. Times have changed, friends. Back in the day, people with Down syndrome were institutionalized. Today, kids begin early intervention at birth and have so many resources available. We have big dreams for our Gracie bug and we will do whatever we possibly can to give her every opportunity her heart desires. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for her life.
Here are some pictures from the Buddy Walk!