Saturday, April 28, 2012


Life is good, Ella is amazing. Everyday brings new words and facial expressions, new abilities as she discovers  more talents. Ella is getting so big, I see her everyday and if feels like she is bigger every time I see her.. Ella is 34 1/2 inches tall and weighs 25 lbs. she is 20 months. According to the old wives tale if you double a child's height when they turn 2 that is roughly the height they will be full grown. Ella still has 4 months to grow before she turns two and she is already nearly 3 ft.!! Oh my, I may have a 6ft. daughter some day :) She will be tall and beautiful! I am so grateful that she is growing so well, eating was a bit of a challenge in the beginning and still is from time to time, but over all she is doing fabulous. We purchased Ella's first medical alert bracelet. When I went online to order it, I felt sad that they had to make medical alert bracelets in a toddler size it didn't seem fair. When it came in I looked at it and didn't think it would fit it seemed so tiny, but it fit perfectly. It looks so small, it breaks my heart. It's not like I can ever forget about her heart defect, but something about having to wear a bracelet all the time feels like I'm branding her or something... like she is "tagged". It's hard to see it on her tiny yet chubby wrist. I am taking it slow, and easing her into wearing it. We are starting with wearing it when we go "out", not that we really go out much, but we like to take drives around town just to get out of the house sometimes and she would need it if we got in an accident. She doesn't like it anymore then I do, she will play with it, but if I try to put it on her wrist she cries. I have to remind myself that it doesn't define her just like her scars don't define her. I have to remember that even if their were no outward signs like blue fingers, toes, and lips, her heart would still not be whole and it would still be broken. This is life, it is going to be normal for us someday. At some point down the road maybe a tiny medical alert bracelet won't bring tears to my eyes and sadness in my heart,  maybe someday I'll be better at this whole heart mom thing. I have to try, to continue to not only except it but to embrace it. I have to be able to face it and not avoid it, other people in my life and in Ella's life will have the luxury of walking away if it is too overwhelming, they won't have to stay if they feel uncomfortable. Ella, Jon and I will never have one moment for the rest of our lives that this isn't in the forefront of our minds. I have to be strong because I want Ella to be strong. I want her to feel normal, I want her to see her medical alert bracelet and think of it as a safety device, nothing more. I want her to get excited to order a new fun color, not cry  that she has to wear one. I'm not going to pretend to know what she will feel, and I expect that she will have many many days that she feels sad, or angry, because of her limitations/daily medications etc. but I'm going to do everything in my power to help her approach life with the attitude that life is worth LIVING, that she has a second chance to live her life. I want more then anything for her to live without constant fear and feeling sorry for herself, I want her to know that she is STRONG. She has come so far and beaten so many odds, she is a fighter, a survivor! 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter 2012

Ella's Easter Basket! 

 She is serious when it comes to chocolate bunnies! 

My sweet girl!

Hugging her bunny after biting off it's head!

 Egg hunt!

It was a great day just the three of us! This Easter I find myself so incredibly thankful for the gift given to us all! I think about the sorrow Mary must have felt when Jesus died, and what JOY must have consumed her when 3 days later he AROSE!! happy resurrection day! Today is Ella's 20 month birthday!!!! What a wonderful life I have being her mommy! She is such a wonderful little girl. I know I make it sound to good to be true, but it is just that amazing! Ella is talking so much now, She walked up to me a few days ago and started touching my face and said "Momma beautiful, Momma beautiful" Then she walked away saying "happy, happy, happy," Then she sat down and picked up her Christmas story book and "read" it saying "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus"! She LOVES to say "prayers" at dinner and bedtime, She often says "Ella beautiful" and she laughs at nothing and makes us laugh too! She is very encouraging and likes to say "Good Job" and "Yay" She is showing good manners and says "bless you" when we sneeze she says "please" and "thank you". She says "No thank you" and "all done" when she is finished. She goes to bed without a fuss, she eats good, she plays alone well, she doesn't do something after she knows it is a "no, no" She loves to watch "Boz" in the mornings and she likes to "snuggle snuggle" She is constantly giving unprompted hugs to Jon and I! She will just walk up and wrap her arms around our legs and squeeze tight and say "ohhhhhhh" It melts my heart every.single.time. She said her first sentence last week, She came up and gave me a hug, and while hugging me she said "I love you so much"! It was so sweet, brought tears to my eyes! She really is quite a hugger, she hugs everything, stickers, chocolate, toys, hats, books... anything. She is so sweet! She is as perfect as they come. No I'm not making this up. She is AMAZING! I say it a million times a day, Jon and I both talk about how unreal she is at least 10 times a day! On her fussy days, she is smiling 90% of the day. She rarely cry's at all. I could go on forever, but I have a feeling no matter what I would say it would never accurately describe how wonderful my miracle is! I hope you all had a wonderful Resurrection day! 
Remember to check our youtube channel for new videos of our Ella! "amyladawn"