Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Down Syndrome Butterfly Fundraiser

Please join me as I raise money for the Houston Buddy Walk. I am selling a Bedazzled Down Syndrome Butterfly Iron On. You can iron on to any shirt you like. Each iron on is $15, and a portion of the sale will be donated to Grace's Glam Squad. Get your orders in now!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

31 for T21 - Day 5 - Sleeping Beauty

Even though she is sick...she is still Sleeping Beauty!

31 for T21 - Day 4 Sick Baby

So, I am a day late. I have been dealing with a sick baby. This is Grace's first time being sick and she is 7 months old. I am grateful we have made it this far without getting the crud, but I could whip her brothers butt for giving it to her. Ok, that wasn't too nice. But Sammy was sick all last week, and it is almost impossible to keep these boys from their sister. They love her just TOO much. So, Sammy passed his germs to Gracie, like I expected. And now she has the runny nose, the bad cough, a sore throat, and feels down right crummy. She is just not herself. She is either sleep, eating, or crying for Mommy to hold her. So Mommy has had to give her baby girl some extra undivided attention these past few days.
We did go to the doctor yesterday, she has a combination of Croup and Allergies.

All this beautiful weather we have had in Pearland really sucks on baby girls allergies!

Well, heres to happy healing, and a speedy recovery.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

31 for T21 - Day 3 - BABS

So, I have a new nickname for Gracie. It's Babs!!
I am not sure why I thought Grace would be different, I am a talker, her brothers are it was inevitable for her to be a talker. Grace has started babbling non stop. In the morning when she wakes up, while she is playing on the floor, in church as everyone is quiet. She is a talker!! What can I say? She got it from her momma!!

I must admit, I enjoyed watching my husbands smile today as she babbles Da-da-da-da-da!

Friday, October 1, 2010

31 for T21 - Day 2 - A Year Ago Today

I can not believe how quickly time pasts. Has it really been a year since I got that phone call? The phone call that gave me the results of my amnio.

For starters, why on earth would a doctor call you at work with that type of news I have no idea. She is lucky that I liked her, and was willing to accept that from her. But yes, on October 2, 2009 I received a phone call at work with the results from my amnio. I went into a conference room and closed the door. Whats funny, is that I already knew what that doctor was about to tell me before she said it. Six weeks prior to this day, the first time "down syndrome" came into our vocabulary, I knew. I could feel something different early on. So I already knew what she was going to say, as the words came out of her mouth. "The results have been confirmed, you are having a girl and she does have trisomy 21."

I left work for the day and called my husband, my mother...crying the entire time. I am surprised they were able to understand a word I was saying. Driving at that time was probably not the best decision, but having a crying fit in the office probably wasn't a good decision either. I left work and drove home, questioning, all the things I thought this child would not do.

Then something took over me...its like a wave of calm came over me. I was still crying, but no longer hysterically crying. I pulled into the parking lot of our local shopping center. And I told myself. The doctor said its a GIRL. We are going to finally have a baby girl. And I switched my focus of the news that was handed to me that day. I stopped thinking (for a quick moment) that this darling baby I was carrying would have Down Syndrome, but instead I focused that I was finally having my BABY GIRL! I walked into the Carter's store, and picked out Grace's first dress. I was still crying, and had mascara streaked across my fast, and I checked out of the store with two dresses for my baby Grace.

Those two dresses hung on the door knob in my bedroom for several weeks after I was told my daughters diagnosis. It was my own type of "retail therapy." Every time the thought of sadness would come along and I would start to think about what I would be missing with my daughter having Down Syndrome, I took a look at the little brown dress with pink flowers hanging on my door knob, and would think...who cares....I am finally getting my BABY GIRL!

31 for T21 - Day 1

So, today has been one of those full blown, PRESSURES OF BEING A MOM DAY!!! Since I can't think of too many pleasant things to say, I am going to share with you, what keeps my spirits high and keeps me going everyday. Everything I do in life, I do for three things....

These three smiles...