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. :)