Thieve of hearts

It's been a whole month since we came home from the hospital and boy, what a month it has been. Let me start by saying, I LOVE BEING A MOTHER!! It's the best thing in the world! But those first few weeks were rough. I mean ROUGH! I think the worst part was the surge of hormones. I cried, I laughed and I cried some more. Me being a control freak and a planner made for a tough adjustment of giving a tiny person the say of when I can go to the bathroom.

Not to fret, I have managed to allow this little person to have her say yet still feel that I can shower - on occasion. She's the best baby in the world and I have been blessed with an angel. I know that we are still in the honeymoon phase but in all honesty, I can't say enough wonderful things about her. She sleeps well, eats well - VERY WELL, and really is such a wonderfully chill baby. She only cries when she is hungry, sometimes when she has a dirty diaper and when I am in Target too long.

She has this captivating spirit about her. I would say I was biased but I hear it from others as well. She literally sweeps you off your feet. I can sit and hold her and  feel the most content and peaceful feeling I have ever felt. Jay says the same thing. My Mother can't stay away. She is like an addiction. And I love every second of her!

We've had our regular visits to the pediatrician. She's growing very well and is at 50% growth for a typical baby in weight - weighing in at a solid 9 lbs 8 oz; 55% in growth at 21.5 in; and at 75% growth for a baby with DS. She's a rockstar!

There are several appointments in our future. Next week is the dreaded First Steps test where they will look for things wrong with her or say that she isn't doing well. I know this is only to benefit her so that she may get the therapy she needs, but I dread it. The next nail biter we have is the cardiologist appointment in Oct. and then the visit with the doc that specializes in DS. For now, I am enjoying my alone time with my gal

I have decided to not focus on the DS until I have to. Call it denial or whatever, but to me, she's a baby. She's my baby and I want to soak up every second! Our pediatrician said it best yesterday and it will probably be something that sticks with me forever. I asked if something was common for typical babies or just babies with DS, and she said, "Let's just say it's common for Leighton."

I like that. :)


  1. Yay, I'm so glad you guys are all doing well and adjusting to life with a newborn! Just let her be a baby, it's what she is! Don't spend your time focusing on the Ds or the test or the evaluations...she's only going to be this little once so enjoy every second of her!!!

  2. Aww.. so happy for you. She is absolutely beautiful. Zoey is in first steps, they pick at stuff. Her pt says they kind exaggerate sometimes so just know that going in. So happy to hear she is thriving that is wonderful. Weight gain is a good sign of a healthy baby. Co.gratulations dear friend. God Bless tour sweet family

  3. She is so beautiful! I'm the same way with Addison- why focus on the Ds when there is a little baby who is uniquely all her own? (-: Glad to hear that things are going well!

  4. So glad to hear everything is going so well...She sure is a beauty! You have the right mind set...Leighton is your baby girl and she needs to be treated just like any other baby Ds or not. I agree with Wren...There is zero point in worrying about the Ds until there is something to worry about. If I could go back and change one thing about Russell's first year it would be that I didn't worry about as much as I did...That I had just relaxed and enjoyed every phase of that first year.


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