"Don't be like the rest of them darling"

I always knew that if I had a daughter, I would teach her to be who she is no matter what...Strive to show her that different, unique & original is more beautiful than anything else as long as she is true to herself...I'm a big fan of being different & it's almost fitting that I ended up with a daughter with an extra chromosome...No one could possibly be prouder or love her more because of her "differences" than me...


Yesterday, after one of Pip's pre-opt appointments, I laid beside her & we just stared at each other for ages...At times it feels like she is this wise old soul & by just looking at her, you find clarity for something you needed...As minutes passed, I realized that I was crying...Not sad tears but happy, thankful, big old hopeful ones...My Pip turned 8 months yesterday... And I couldn't help but relive all she's, we've, been through...From surgeries & heart failure to feeding tubes & patching, my little Pip has jumped over mountains in her short inspiring life...I laid there looking at her amazing-brushfield spotted eyes in complete awe of such a courageous, special & "different" soul...



Here is 8 little things you may or may not know about Pip...


1- Pip is packing on the pounds....A whopping 18 pounds to be exact!!! I looked at a picture of her the other day from when she was in heart failure in the hospital & I can't believe the difference...Way to chunk up baby girl!!!

While I'm over the moon she's packing it on, she is basically just exclusively breastfeeding- We've been trying daily to introduce cereals, fruit & veggies but she seems to want to chomp & blow out raspberries more so than actually swallow any food...We will be working with her docs/therapists & she sees a feeding specialist in September...



2- Pip has the tiniest feet around...She still can fit into newborn shoes & even those fall off her mini-little-tootsies...



3-  We almost exclusively call Reid, Pip or Pippy now...Noal constantly is saying "Where's Pippy?, You okay Pippy?, Need a hug Pippy?"....When asked out & about what her name is I almost stutter & have to actually think about saying Reid and not Pip...




4 - She adores her big brother...She's constantly watching for him, cooing & smiling at him, reaching out for him to snug...I think the greatest "therapy" for her will honestly be him...Trying to copy & keep up with him...


She also adores her pup- Deacon has never been more protective than now- He's Pip's little watchdog & goes absolutely bananas if anyone knocks on the door or gets near her...It's so annoying but cute in a way...


5- She's a yappy loud little thing...Although she is a pretty happy babe & doesn't cry a whole heck of a lot- When she does talk it's extremely loud, but I guess the poor thing has two chatty parents & a chatterbox brother to keep up with...


6- She's kinda-starting to sit on her own & use an exersaucer...She has great head & leg strength but her core is still a bit "floppy"...As directed by her therapist we have been doing exercises everyday to strengthen her up...




7- Pip loves nothing more than to sleep on you, with you, beside you, doesn't matter as long as she's touched...And absolutely any type of motion puts her out - She particularly loves a good bum tap to send her to la la land...



8- And lastly Pip burps & farts like her dad...Loud & outrageous...


I wonder if by almost losing her, I have learned to celebrate her more? And if so, than I am grateful & in absolute awe of this beautiful little soul who is going to light up the world...


Don't be like the rest of them darling...I'm happy you are you...

9 comments:

  1. Anonymous16.8.13

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  2. lisa dinchik16.8.13

    Great words to live by at the end. :)

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  3. Anonymous16.8.13

    Love seeing the video of Noal and Pip laughing. Looks like she's already trying pretty hard to keep up with him and yes, I'm sure he'll be her best therapist! They are beautiful little blessings!

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  4. Anonymous16.8.13

    Hi my name is TerryLee.

    I think your little pip is adorable. She is beautiful in every way, just love and give her hugs and kisses and spend every moment with her. Your are a great and wonderful mother. All the best you and your family.

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  5. Anonymous16.8.13

    Beautiful!!!!! I can't tell you how much she is like our Sophie. She is adorable and every time I see you call her Pip I smile. It fits!

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  6. Mandy Jay16.8.13

    Phew! Hardly made it to the end of that one... you have me in happy tears too. What a great message... thanks for continuing to inspire... xo

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  7. Beautiful post. And such cute photos! That last one is adorable!! Such a doll!

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  8. Beautiful post, photo and video and very wise words. Warmest Wishes to you all

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  9. Your post made me tear up. She is absolutely precious, and a true gift.

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