Twenty-One & Twenty-Two Months Old

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~Growing Up~

Since Noelle turned twenty-two months old today, I figured it was time to finally catch up on the last two months that I have missed.  We have been so grateful to experience such normal things with her this summer, and we packed in what we could while the weather continued to stay warm through these last few weeks.  In addition to all of that, we also enjoyed watching our baby truly transition into the toddler stage as she began to walk while pushing things, took her first couple of steps on her own, turned into a little monkey climber, and demonstrated through her growing personality that she is quite the ham!  Her health continues to improve as she avoids common illness, although it has still been evident that we must continue to aggressively battle the reflux.  However, once we came through our last flare-up, she finally turned a corner in her eating abilities and has experienced a growth spurt unlike we have seen all summer, now weighing close to 16 lbs.  Our days are full of training, therapy, and so much love and laughter that our hearts are simply full as we pray with her each night and thank God for her.  Pictures always seem to tell the story best, so here are some highlights from the last several weeks that we have enjoyed…

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~She has turned into quite the little “helper”~

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~Our little monkey (and yes, she figured out herself to pull the drawer out and climb on it!)~

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~Working hard to figure out this walking thing~

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~Enjoying two favorite pastimes: eating ice cream and watching cars drive by (she loves them!)~

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~Fun at the playground~

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~Loves to help Daddy too~

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~The best view on our walks~

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~She met a horse…~

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~…and a puppy (more on him in a future post)~

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~She discovered a love of chocolate chip cookies!~

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~Nearly anything with a motor captures her fascination (and her desire to “help”)~

The growth we see these days extends far beyond her size and reaches to her understanding and responses to us in various situations.  In a recent evaluation, she averaged a 12 month level, so we still have a lot of catching up to do; but thankfully we have therapies in place to assist us in this regard, and although it requires great attention, time, and diligence, I do not find it to be tedious, especially considering our overall circumstances of the past two years.  It is a joy to to spend my days with her, and I treasure these moments that now seem to quickly pass us by.  The next few weeks hold more specialist appointments, one of which includes a repeat MRI and evaluation of her spine after the report we received last April.  We have not seen any concerning symptoms arise, so we are hopeful and praying that the issue has resolved in these last few months.  We will continue to keep you updated and are also excited to share a new series of posts that will be coming this fall as we truly begin to reflect on what God has taught us thus far through this experience.  We look forward to remembering all that God has done and thanking Him as we mentally traverse this journey once again and see how He has grown us.  In closing, I will share one of my favorite pictures of the summer…I cannot thank God enough for this man who is not only my husband and best friend, but also the best daddy this little girl could ever want.  Their relationship to me is priceless…

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~Best Buds~

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9 Responses to Twenty-One & Twenty-Two Months Old

  1. Marleen October 9, 2013 at 5:54 AM #

    I love reading about your precious little girl. I think God knew what He was doing when He gave her YOU as her parents. What a blessing she has in you.
    In the picture on the play ground, she looks SO much like her daddy!!!

    • Jill November 8, 2013 at 5:08 PM #

      She is definitely a mirror image of her daddy not only in looks but also in personality! She is a sweet blessing to us, and we are so thankful for how she has changed our lives in so many ways.

  2. Katherine Allred October 9, 2013 at 9:51 AM #

    What cute pictures! Praise the Lord!

    • Jill November 8, 2013 at 5:07 PM #

      Thanks, Katherine!

  3. Hope October 10, 2013 at 10:59 AM #

    I love how you appreciate all the little treasures of life. I believe when life goes “perfectly” one takes so much for granted and forgets to cherish life. Your sweet little girl has made many stop and delight in the sun on ones face or other simple things in life.

    • Jill November 8, 2013 at 5:07 PM #

      Thank you, Hope. We have certainly learned that along this journey…not to take the small things for granted and to marvel at the small miracles we see daily. We’re so grateful for how this has changed our lives in so many ways. To God be the glory…

  4. katesjourneys October 15, 2013 at 11:03 PM #

    yay – what big girl accomplishments. Look forward to reading your future posts!

    • Jill November 8, 2013 at 5:06 PM #

      Thanks, Kate! Looking forward to hearing the news on your sweet little boy!!

  5. Kay wilkinson November 18, 2013 at 4:36 PM #

    What a joy to read your about your courageous journey with your precious little miracle girl!

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