Offically "Chasing Nola" too

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Month 6 and 7 have been very eventful for our newest little. Here's what she's been up to.

 

I know this pic is blurry but, THE FACE!!!

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1. Eats whole bananas, cucumbers, strawberries, pasta, blueberries like its her job

 

2. Got the Army crawl down to a science

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3. Pulls herself up on everything

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Nothing like having to do an emergency dropping of the crib mattress right before bed. Immediately after I snapped this pic, she fell and smashed her face on the crib railing :(

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4. Goes from laying to sitting

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4. Claps while saying "Yeaaaaahhhhhh" - I swear she is!

5. "Na Na Na Na" is her sound of protest

6. She growls always, like always.

7. She is SO loud, going out for dinner is completely out of the question

8. She is just starting to get comfy doing the four point crawling. Most of the time it ends in a bear walk of sorts.

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9. She refuses to not be included in the festivities

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10. Plays Peek-a-boo like it's her job.

11. Her life's current mission is to hunt and track Hazel's sippy cup. Must. Get. Sippy. Cup. Must. Drink. From. Sippy. Cup.

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Watching Frozen like a big girl.

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Daddy is moving up in the ranks with Nola. It's quite sweet.

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She's teething, like hard core teething. She's got 2 bottom teeth, one top so far. And I'm pretty sure the next 3 at the top are going to be out shortly. She suffers, you guys. Just ask her.

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Some of her "firsts" over the last couplel of months. Sprinkler, Swings, pool floaty, PASTA, and road trip.

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Off to continue month number 8...crazy!!!

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Filling up our tool boxes

WARNING: There is a rant coming your way. You might want to leave now while you still can (but I really hope you don't - sniffle) or grab a coffee and come back prepared to take a moment to read my plea about "milestones."
Oh good, I am so glad you stayed...here goes.

 

I don't know if you've noticed over the course of reading and following the blog that I am not really one for comparing other kids, worrying about when milestones will be reached at what time, or giving praise for how quickly some kids do things compared to others. I am not sure how many times I have been asked...

"Is she walking yet?"

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I always just answer in the most honest way that I can and hope that it satisfies the person asking. I find it interesting how our culture and society is always worried and focused on that next step. We just don't spend enough time focusing on the present (which if y'all have been reading for a while, know how I feel about "being present"). Enjoying the phases our kids go through in that moment. Let me ask you this...

"What is the next milestone you are going to ask me about if I tell you she IS walking?"

What do you want to know about after the walking? I have no idea what is after this. Is it talking? Running? Reading? Drawing? I'm not sure.

What I can tell you about the way that I see things is that every child reaches milestones when they are ready. We can't force them to feel confident enough to take that first step, say their first word, turn the pages in a book or feed themselves with a spoon. All we can do as parents is be there to teach, support, challenge, be patient and give them a soft place to land when the first 50 attempts end in a little heap on the floor or a huge mess on the wall. Developmentally, as our children show interest in these things, we start to fill our tool boxes with the necessary items to help them achieve, progress and grow.

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Even before Hazel came along and taught me about being present, I mean really forced me to live in the moment, I never placed much emphasis on what milestones kids were reaching when. I would always be there to celebrate their success but never wonder when they were going to do certain things. Of all my nieces and nephews, I couldn't tell you what age any of them were when they started to meet milestones and become the little people they are. I am just proud of them. All of them. For the things they can do and the things they are learning. I like the people they are becoming and to me that is all that matters in the end. I'm just glad to be a part of the journey.

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In the last 18 months (cause Hazel is 18 months now...crazy!) I have met and become so close with so many other mamas who have babies with DS. I embrace every single milestone that their children reach. I am proud of them. I know what goes into being a mom of a child with special needs. I know how much effort and energy goes into OT, PT, and Speech. I KNOW some of what's in their tool boxes. I get it.

Are all our babes reaching milestones at the same time? Of course not. But we all take out our hammers, levels, and cordless drills and give it the best we got.

Mamas to typical children: Do your children reach milestones at the same time as their peers? Of course not. But you take your measuring tape, screw driver and chalk line and give it the best you got.

Children are individuals and that is what makes them ours. That is what makes them the people we love. Watching them overcome challenges and hurdles is what makes us beam with pride. To see something that was once so difficult become so easy, makes us proud.

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In the end we are all the same. We all want what is best for our babies. We want to provide the foundation that they need to become stronger, successful, stable, productive members of society. It's just that the tool box we use is filled with different tools and tricks.

But it's ok...there's more than one way to build an empire (just ask the Romans).

Sometimes we share the tools of others because they make sense to us and sometimes we hoard our little boxes and stick with what we know works best for our kids. Either way, we have all spent the time slowly collecting the tools that are helping us do what we need to do.

Make our children happy.

 

So I guess I just took the really round-about way of telling you all that Hazel has started to walk.

She took her first steps at 16 months and has been practicing at her own pace ever since. She is still very wobbly and it ends in a heap on the floor a lot of the time, but she is proud of herself. She is confident and she gets back up and tries some more. To me this is a success. Looking at her determined little face makes me feel like my box has all of the right tools stashed away in it. I'm sure in the future I will take some away and add others, but for now I feel fully equipped to build my empire. My empire is Hazel's confidence. As long as she gets back up and tries again, I am proud.

 

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She was not letting go of that stick for anything. Also, she was giggling and laughing the whole way walking down the sidewalk.

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Keep on gettin' back up baby girl. You got this!

 

 

 

Weekend Round Up

This weekend was a lot about waking-up-and-doing-what-felt-right-in-that-moment and a little about rushing-around-to-try-and-be-everywhere. Especially, since Hazel came down with a stomach bug to start the weekend off with a bang. Her first one ever, so I guess I can't complain, but we certainly weren't laughing about this one (unlike the bronchiiiiiiiiiiitis). There was definitely not enough sleep to go around this weekend for any of us, but she is on the mend and is back to her active, loud, happy little self. However, now she is getting both of her eye teeth and one of her bottoms all at the same time. Needless to say she is a little irritable at times.

Looking back at the pics from this weekend, I feel like we still managed to enjoy small moments together as a family and get some visits in as well. Success!!!

 

We had a visit from Nonna, Nonno B and Zia Gina. Just try and tell Hazel she's not going to get her license one day. Good luck to that pour soul.

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We made it to the Farmer's Market to grab some treats and then hang in the park.

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We made it to the cottage for a visit with family.

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(PS: We get to go here, to this place, anytime we want...Lucky much?)

 

We had time to get the all time BEST photo taken of the 4 girls.

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Her cousins are always up for some Hazel lovin'.

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My all time favourite moment. Let me just say the pregnancy hormones are at an all time high around here at the moment. Which means I am either breathing fire or on the verge of tears (or both at the exact same moment - Awesome!). Anyway, there were a few times this weekend that these 2 had me choking back tears. This was one. And the others, I get to store in my memory and keep to myself. I adore these 2. I adore how much they love each other more than anything else.

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Nico. Just because in the 6.5 years that we have had her, her ears have almost NEVER both been up at the same time.

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Lastly, this video is great. Jimmy Fallon, Robin Thicke and The Roots. Instead of listening to Big Parade we listened to and watched this. Amazing what can be done with a bunch of kids toys. Hazel was into it, dancing and carrying on.

I *heart* Jimmy Fallon...sigh

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Enjoy!!!

Peace & Gratitude

 

PT & OT for Children with Down Syndrome

Since Hazel started crawling our main focus for physio has been to encourage her to crawl as much as possible. We have not been working at all on bringing her to the next step which is walking (although she has her own ideas about standing independently and cruising). I am a huge fan of keeping her crawling for so many reasons.  

1. She's easier to chase after while crawling

2. She is getting so much more coordinated by strengthening all her muscles by using them often and equally.

3. She is acquiring a keen body awareness for all her muscles. Even down to the pincer grasp. It is coming along nicely since she is constantly aware of her fingers because of the constant weight baring through her arms while crawling.

4. She is easier to chase while crawling (Oops...already said that)

 

Small Disclaimer: I just want to remind everyone again that these activities were given to Hazel, for Hazel, by her OT and PT. If you would like to try any of these at home with your babes, please ask someone in your local community for support and advice on what will work best for your children.

Another Small Disclaimer: My intention for these posts is to provide ideas and information about OT, PT and Speech for anybody who feels compelled to learn or is interested in what it looks like in our home. It is NEVER to compare Hazel to other children. My favourite thing about kids is that they are all different and do things when they are ready and in their own time.

Also, we have stopped doing some of these activities and still continue to do others. Since she has started standing and cruising on her own we have added some new activities that I will include in the next PT/OT post.

 

The activities this time around speak for themselves...

 

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1.  High Kneel on Couch

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2. Pull to Stand & Cruising

We use anything that is the right height for her to pull up on. Actually she is good at scanning a room and trying her darnedest to pull herself on everything in it. (Who says "darnedest"?)

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3. Bench Sitting

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We have the toys within reach on either side of her so she has to turn and reach/lean down to grab the toy and bring it up to center.

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4. Crawling...crawling...crawling

 

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1. Self feeding with a spoon and fork

She does great with this as long as I load it for her. She is pretty proud of her self, actually!!!

 

2. IN & OUT

We practice with anything and everything. PRAISE!!!! Girlfriend can put things IN & OUT!!!

Here is a pic of the toy that really drove the concept home for her. She is obsessed!!!

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3. Lots of listening to music while we play

Listening to music facilitates movement and also allows me an opportunity to add actions and signs that she is starting to learn slowly.

 

4. Working on early feeding signs

We are working on "more", "eat", and "drink." She has mastered "all done" and knows when to use it. The other are more difficult because she won't let me use her hands to show her how to do it. She just gets mad and pulls them away. (Same with loading her own spoon, won't let me guide her hand)

 

5. Pincer grasp

Like I said crawling has helped her a great deal with this. I just try to give her small pieces of food and try to encourage her to use her fingers to grab it. We are laid back about it but it is coming along. We are going to start using 1 inch cubes and smaller toys for her to try and manipulate them with her fingers.

 

Have a good week everyone!!!

 

March Round Up

Well March just flew by, just like January and February. Crazy!!!  

Hazel has been hard at work, doin' her thang, bein' a baby. She is rarely sitting these days (or rarely sitting still). We officially have the baby gate up now. She may or may not have been sitting at the gate, hands on the rungs, looking through at me, shaking it violently. Y'all know how it is??? (If you follow our IG feed you already know what I am sayin')

Biggest news for Hazel this month:

SHE FINALLY GOT A TOOTH!!!!! 

 

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Lots of this happening...always.

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Hazel spent time with Nana. They shared stories and smiles. They laughed and played. So cute!!!

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We had a very special visit with Hazel's very first fwends.

The twins that joined Hazel in the same pod in the NICU came for a sleep-over. As we all sat at dinner eating, drinking, talking, and laughing (where there were 3 highchairs all at one table). Holly and I had that mother-to-mother look on our faces that just begged the obvious to be said.

"Look how far we have all come!" "Look how much has changed!"

 

We sat there talking about what our girls are eating, how much they sleep, how much milk they drink and what they like to play with. While, a little over a year ago, we were racing against the unforgiving "pumping" clock, talking about what nurses were in that day, how many milliliters our girls got tube fed, how tired we were and how many more days until we could all take our babies home.

1 short (quick) year has brought with it an immeasurable amount of wonderful change!

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And last but not least...

Happy 10th Birthday Stella.

Can't believe you have been around for 10 years already!!! You are growing way to quickly and taking your sisters with you. Please leave Hazel as she is. She's not allowed to be 10. We are very strict in this house.

We love you!!!

(PS...I love you even more that you had an ice cream cake)

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Welcoming April with open arms...

 

 

Shadow Fondness

K...so it's still snowing on March 25th. I think this year is one of the worst we've had in a while, weather-wise. BUT, I guess we aren't having tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes etc. (why does this really not make me feel better - #firstworldproblems) One of the highlights over the last couple of weeks for sure was that the sun was out for long enough to cast a shadow for Hazel to find. And find indeed...

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She has been searching tirelessly for her shadow these days, when she finds it they get reacquainted. The arms go up, the fingers start to wiggle, the body bouncing up and down.

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Enjoy your Monday!

 

 

PT & OT 9-12months (for Hazel)

First, I MUST share this video. It's the John McGivney Awareness Video, the facility where Hazel's therapists work. LOVE!!!  

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Amazing, right?

Ok...moving on...

 

This post is a medley of old and new(ish) Physical Therapy (PT) and Occupational Therapy (OT). I am working on a new post of activities from 12 months and up.

YIKES!!! Time fly's...Hazel grows and then we start new activities.

Hazel started to do these activities when she was 9 months. She is still working on some and has mastered others. As with all of my PT and OT posts, these activities have been approved by Hazel's therapists for Hazel, please check with a therapist in your local community before trying any of these activities with your children.

 

Occupational Therapy

1. In & Out

Hazel is working on putting objects in a bowl and taking them out. We use any big bowl available. I think maybe a metal one would be better so that when she drops something in, it makes a louder noise. Sometimes when I am feeling brave, we use a huge metal pot (side note: holy it's loud!!!) Any little toys work to drop in, links, cubes, pegs, balls. Hazel often has a hard time hearing anything drop in because she is constantly talking and babbling while playing. What is that saying - "you can't talk and listen simultaneously" - wait...did I just make that up? Oh, either way, you know....

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She takes toys out of her bin, not so much put them back in. That's my job. I think she just wants to make sure my position as maid is secure. She's so kind and thoughtful.

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2. Drinking/Eating

We are always working on eating and drinking. Hazel practices drinking out of a cup and a sippy-cup everyday. We try to encourage self-feeding by giving her pieces that she can pick up herself and put into her mouth. Her pincer grasp is not finessed enough for her to pick up really little objects like Cheerios, but she does well with penne noodles, crackers, bread and bananas (to name a few). Poor girl still has no teeth, so taking bites is difficult. When she gets the pieces into her mouth, she can't bite a piece off. Frustrating!

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3. Rings

Put them on. Take them off. Put them on. Take them off. Put them on...

So that's that one.

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Oops...that's cheating! You can't just dump them all, Hazel!!!

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Oh yes...bang them together is another game she likes to play.

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Physical Therapy

(these activities are not all we do, just some)

1. Weight Bearing on Arms

This one is a precursor to crawling. Here is one of the positions that works for getting her ready to push herself up in a 4 point. It is also encouraging her to weight bare on her arms. We try to get her to go from one side to the other. I find it easier if you hold a toy out for her to see, however, it feels like I need another hand to support her and hold the toy. You have to find what works for you.

When I move the toy in front of her, she follows along with it and sits looking forward and then I drag it to the other side and she leans to reach it. It's a tricky one!!! This was also great for getting her comfortable with putting herself in the sitting position. She would push herself back into a sit.

She would often shift her weight and would be in a 4 point stance for a couple of seconds, which was great to get her used to the crawling position.

 

2. High Kneel

This was my favourite PT activity (now she does it all the time on her own while she's playing)

It is easy and efficient for mommies and very effective in teaching backing in to a sit. It is also perfect for strengthening her arms by encouraging her to weight bare on them for a extended periods (by this I mean about a minute...maybe more if she was really into the toy that day). When backing into a sit she just pushes off the toy with her arms, leans to the side and goes down.

 

I would often switch up the tools we used to get her into a high kneel. Here she is leaning on a pillow or nursing pillow that is on top of the foam piece we have. Works perfect. Sometimes I would put her mirror in front of her so that she would stay there and talk to herself for a while.

At some point, she started going into this position and rocking. Crawl prep...

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3. Crawling

Turns out this is the best PT there is. So, we just encourage her in which ever way motivates her that day to crawl around the house. Under the advisement of her therapist, we are not working on walking with Hazel. She is gaining so much strength in her arms, legs and core by crawling that we are just content to keep her doing that.

 

Speech Therapy

1. READ! READ! READ!

Lots and lots of reading. The same books over and over. We make sounds of animals, we point to the text. We start again...

Girlfriend is obsessed with books. She will sit forever with me and read. I LOVE IT!!!

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Sometimes, she can't decide, speech or OT??? Decisions...

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We have since added a bunch of new activities to our daily routine. I will share in a later post. Hope this helps to give some ideas!

Happy Days...

Silver Lining

  When the geneticist sits down and tells you your baby has Down Syndrome, many thoughts go through your mind. Lots of things are said. Doctors and nurses tell you about the "challenges" that may lie ahead.

One of the thoughts, is that your baby will be different from all the other babies. Immediately you think, "woah, 'different' - that can't be good - doesn't sound good."

We all want our babies to be different, unique in a way, but when push comes to shove, not really. We don't want them to be that different. We want them to be the same, and do all the things that every baby does.

Any one of you moms out there that has been on Baby Center - EVER - FOR ANYTHING - knows what I mean. It's fine...no judgements!!! Chasing Hazel is a judge free zone...really...I have no room to judge - TRUST ME!! I digress...

So, I was saying...you find out your kid has Down Syndrome. For a minute (k...so way longer than a minute really) you feel like life as you knew it is over. Long story short (for now), you try to figure out what does it mean for your baby? Will they do all the things other babies do? It's scary and daunting and scary.

 

Here is the silver lining...

Hazel and all other babies like Hazel, will do all the things other babies do. They might work a lot harder to get there, but one day it just happens, they are there. We are blessed to be a part of their journey.

And mama pride!!! Well proud does not even begin to break the barrier of emotions you feel that your baby is different, but also very much the same.

Best of both worlds really.

 

Hazel crawled today...

 

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With pride and a happy heart

See you tomorrow

 

 

Hazel Laughing Video

If this doesn't make you laugh, or at the very least bring a smile to your face, I will quit writing the blog!!! For us, there isn't a sweeter sound. No harp, or birds singing, or babbling brooks, or ocean waves...NOTHING is better than this sound. So pure and innocent and simple. Our new favorite thing to do at home is try anything and everything that will make Hazel do this...

Hazel Tries Rice Cereal

Well, we finally started Hazel on solids. She's a natural...that or she was starving. When we last took her to the doctor she had gained a whole pound in 7 days. She is now 13 lbs 13 oz!!! Could be more now since this data is a week old. She feels heavier every morning when I pick her up!!! We aren't sure if she likes it or hates it, but the key is...she eats it. I think she is undecided. The look on her face is priceless. Its almost like she is just entertaining the idea of it out of pure curiosity. You can almost see her thinking...hmmmmm the taste of this isn't terrible, consistency not to bad...well here I go...num num num!!! I think she was equally intrigued by the spoon itself. She tries to grab it and guide it into her mouth. Her daddy and I were very surprised that for the first time eating she actually swallowed 90% of it. A good 10% ended up on her face and surrounding area. Very good Hazel...I can't wait to see what she does when she actually likes the taste of something!!!

I think she got confused as to what she was supposed to be eating...

You want the truth right???

Hazel has not been sleeping well since her surgery...so, needless to say, we have not been sleeping since her surgery either! Last night, like many other nights, Hazel was up at 3:30am. So, mommy was up at 3:30am. I am not going to try and paint a pretty picture, portraying me as this patient, all loving, selfless women that lives and breathes only to serve her child...so of course I feel guilty about that.

I am not going to pretend that by 6:30 am I wasn't looking up flights to New York (just because the thought of an empty hotel room seemed like the most peaceful place inside four walls at that moment). I am not going to pretend that I wasn't giving Hazel her bottle while my head was resting on my pillow, with only one eye open to see if the bottle was actually hitting the target area. I am especially not going to pretend that I didn't call my mother at least 20 times from 7 am to 9 am to see if she could come and relieve me so I could close my eyes, if only for a few minutes. I may or may not have taken a nap with Hazel's sleep sheep on full blast next to my head so that if she cried it wouldn't disturb me (that's what her Nonna was here for). When my dear friend came by to drop off some icy treats, I may have, most likely, not brushed my teeth or changed my pajamas's...it was 4 o'clock. I may have gotten a text from my husband wondering if by 5 o'clock I would still be home or in NYC? Don't judge me...I know most of you read along nodding in understanding, remembering and reliving those precious moments that you have all had.

I love my kid but sometimes sleep trumps love. Trust me I know there are people out there who have it worse, but I did ask if you wanted the truth. My truth...just for today...that was the truth.

In other news...Hazel is a huge piggy and ate a whole cube of sweet potatoes. Pretty ridiculous for the first time eating them. We bonded over a lovely meal, followed by some lovely milk made just for her, and then snuggles for daddy.

Good Night...

 

Hazel Continues to Impress

Have you heard of the John McGivney Children's Center? We are lucky enough to live in a community with an amazing resource to help parents with children like Hazel who just might need a little guidance to keep them on the right track. They help children with Trisomy 21, as well as other children with special needs. We are grateful for their expertise and guidance. They have proven to be a great support to us as we try to do our best to raise our daughter.

We had a visit last week from the speech pathologist. She came over to make sure Hazel is on the right track with early language development. Her goal was to offer suggestions and learning strategies for us to use to help Hazel continue to develop new skills to the best of her ability. Upon her arrival she was surprised to find such a strong and healthy looking little girl. A far cry from her days in London. The description of the baby in the file she read was not the same baby she came face-to-face with. She was very impressed with Hazel and all her accomplishments so far.

It is common for children with Down Syndrome to have difficulties with speech. One of the reasons they experience this can be due to low muscle tone in the jaw. So far, Hazel seems to be ahead of the game in this regard. Her muscle tone is very good and she has begun to babble and imitate, skills a 6-9 months old baby can do. The speech pathologist was shocked to see her progress so far.

We don't know what future challenges await Hazel, but we are proud of the milestone that she has achieved. We are never looking at the things Hazel can't do, but celebrating the things that she can!!

Here is an example of how vocal Hazel is. She is perfectly happy in this video by the way...

Happy Video Friday!!!

Happy Friday Everyone!!!
We finally figured out how to post videos on the blog!!! Here is the video of Hazel smiling for the second time ever. She smiles once at about 50 seconds and twice more at around 2 minutes. What an amazing thing to see for the first time after all she had been through in her short little life. Hazel was about 8 or 9 weeks old in this video. She is so tiny! Hope she brings a smile to you face.
 

Nobody told Hazel she has Down Syndrome...

While Hazel was in the NICU in London, one of her nurses, Marie, and I were discussing Down Syndrome and the impacts that it may have on Hazel, particularly the low muscle tone aspect. It was then that Marie began to tell me about when they were getting Hazel ready for her bowel surgery. She was only 28 hours old and being prepped for a major surgery which included an IV line for anesthetic. Marie proceeded to tell me that Hazel was not happy with this idea at all. She screamed and carried on, pulling and kicking so much that she had to really hold her down in order to get the job done. Marie looked at me and said, "Hazel has Down Syndrome, but nobody told Hazel!" Since then, it seems, Hazel has been making it her mission to prove to the world that babies with Down Syndrome can do all the things that other babies can do, even if it takes a little longer. In regard to her muscle tone, the physical therapist came to visit Hazel a couple of weeks ago and she was very pleased with her progress. Hazel holds her head up balanced (I think she has success here because she is so nosy, always trying to look around to see what is going on), she can reach and grab her feet, she can lift her head up 30 degrees when flat on her stomach and 90 degrees when we prop her up. She can roll over from her back to stomach, also from her stomach to her back, and has been practicing how to sit up with support. She can manipulate, grab and hold her toys. Hazel enjoys having conversations, which include pleasant cooing and smiling, with her elephant. But, as for Owl on her play gym, I feel bad for him because she kicks him around a lot and yells. I guess we can't expect her to get along with everyone!!!

Here is what we very often see when Hazel is in her bassinet...this is how we know she is awake!!!

I can roll over!!!

Hazel has been getting very strong the last few weeks. She can roll over...YAY!!! I was so proud to see that she is developing her muscles and knows how to use them. She can hold her head balanced most of the time and has been doing really well with tummy time. Her motivation to look up is just to see her daddy's face smiling at her. She is so strong and continues to get stronger everyday. When she is awake, Hazel is rarely sitting still...her legs are going, her arms are going, and usually her mouth is going too.
It is such a good feeling to see how far Hazel has come. As she gets older her personality is becoming evident. She tries her best in everything she does and is determined to prove to the world that she can do anything. We could not be more proud. We are so excited to grow and get stronger together!!!

I'm a big girl...

As you can see, as the time goes on, Hazel's cheeks seem to be getting chubbier and chubbier. Also, her double chin is much more evident than it was in the past. That is because she is a whole 9lbs now!!! On our recent visit to London, the doctors and nurses were very impressed with Hazel's weight gain (gaining over 20 grams each day). Last visit she only gained about 10 grams per day. It was a big improvement. The doctors are always impressed with Hazel's strength and muscle tone. She continues her fight to try and change opinions where low muscle tone is concerned. At home her eating is becoming much more consistent, now she is eating about 3 ounces every 2 - 3 hours. Her leg almost has a roll. The doctors are going to present her case to the surgeons in Toronto and hopefully let us know what the timing will be for her surgery. For now we carry on, because Hazel seems to have it all under control for the time being. Keep the prayers, thoughts and positive energy coming. It seems to be working.
Hazel is getting much more vocal these days. Sometimes we hear the quiet coos of a young babe, and other times we hear a sound I can only describe as an angry cat. An angry cat that likes to yell, specifically at her mother, for random things like food, or freedom, or a clean butt, or food...
Hazel is also beginning to enjoy her space and freedom to kick around and talk to visitors. Her neck control is coming along nicely. She can hold her head up balanced most of the time. When she is free her arms and legs never stop. She is constantly trying to suck her thumb, but can't quite figure out how to get the thumb to stay in her mouth. Hazel is beginning to pull herself up with her arms while lying down. She is very determined to demonstrate her strength at all times. We are so proud of Hazel and her progress. She amazes us a little every single day with her fight, will and determination to be stronger than the day before.
It's not all smiles all the time...
Hazel is way to long to fit into the baby tub, so now she is in the grown up bath...she loves it!!!