Libby and her Grandpa Mirly have something in common - they both love ducks. This picture is from the patio of the Boathouse Restaurant in Forest Park. Libby wanted to chase after the ducks but her Daddy wouldn't let her. Here she is just calmly looking at the ducks quacking nearby. Too precious.
I know i'm a softie. I realize that. It can be a good thing or a bad thing. I am also a very visual person...so when I see something good or bad, that image sticks with me. I think that is why I have strong opinions about movies. But recently, I learned of a fellow online Mommy had lost her daughter. I have spent the last few weeks trying to put my emotions in check. It hasn't worked. The little girl, Maddie, is a month younger than my Libby but was born very premature and had struggled with many illnesses as a result of it. She is a beautiful little girl that has a great smile and could just tell was loved. I cannot bring myself to use past tense here so pardon my butchering of the English language... I cannot get her face out of my mind.
There is just something about this that I cannot get over. Jim hates to see me sad so has asked me to not religiously look at the Mom's blog but I cannot help it. My heart just breaks every single time I hear about it. I am trying to turn it into a positive thing (versus spending the afternoon crying at my desk ... like I have been). It has made me cherish my daughter even more. I just spend hours just looking at her. I hug and kiss her as much as possible now.
So, while this posting is sad and I am definitely crying as I write this and using this as a therapy session, please take a few things from it.
Love your children. Hug and kiss them as often as you can.
Cherish life. Never let it pass you by.
Document your life as much as you can. Take pictures, videos, write about it...anything you can do to make it where you will always remember everything.
This little Maddie...she will never be forgotten because she definitely made her place in the world for only being in it for 17 short months. And to her family, my heart goes out to you. Please know there are many people out there that are thinking of you.
The video links were becoming a little bit overwhelming on this page so I have shortened it ... but everything is still there. If you want to see the videos, just choose the year you want to see on the right hand side, the list will expand, and you can view the video of your choice there. Hope that makes it easier to scroll!!
I finally did something crafty =) (in a good way!) One of the teachers in Libby's Room (the Frog Room) at daycare was only place full time there temporarily until the original full time teacher came back from maternity leave. That teacher ended up quitting last week and now they need a full time teacher in the room. Of course, I wanted the teacher that has been there since we started, Amber, because she does such a great job with the kids. So I am plotting with other parents for a campaign to have her be our full time teacher. I even made these t-shirts for all of the kids to wear in the Frog Room. Aren't they awesome?
We had our 18 month checkup yesterday for Libby. She is growing every day and the doctor was really surprised by how different she looked from her 15 month checkup. Libby is turning into a little girl right before our eyes! She only gained 1 lb in the last 3 months...that is the first time she has gained in almost 9 months!! She also grew 0.5 inches! Her height has definitely slowed down - which is a good thing. The doctor said she is the size of an average 27 month old which explains why everyone always asks us if we want a booster seat when we go out with her. I'll take a tall kiddo though. =)
Oh, and this checkup was the first time we had seen the doctor in 3 months! That was quite an accomplishment not to have gone for an entire 3 months where we normally had to go every month. Hopefully we won't have to be back until her next appointment which is her 2 year old checkup!! Hard to believe that is only 6 months away!