Little victories 

Today I’m inspired by a friend to celebrate little victories. This friend’s husband recently fell off a roof while shoveling snow off it and is in a medical induced coma. She is celebrating what she calls a little victory (its not really so little of a victory) that he wiggled his toes for the first time. He has a LONG road ahead but with each new victory he’s one step closer to a (hopefully) full recovery. 

Today’s little victories are (in no particular order) M drinking from a straw, a smooth transition to whole milk, and slowly beginning to wean herself! Unrelated to milk she’s also SO close to taking her first step! 

Of course my daughter’s first time efficiently drinking from a straw would be sipping a shamrock shake from McD’s. (I drank many of these while I was pregnant).



 I’ve given her a straw a few times and she always just chewed on it. She never even tried to suck it. Similar to many other areas of development she seemed to figure this out overnight. One day she couldn’t and the next day she did it proficiently. I went out and bought a few straw sippy cups so she can continue to practice. It’s so fun at a restaurant being able to share our water now. Just yesterday Paul gave her the straw and she sucked down some of his water. 

For a few weeks now she’s been drinking whole milk. Once she figured out the regular sippy cup (not until about a month or two ago) I put whole milk in it. I wasn’t sure if she’d drink it but she loved it! Once she got the hang of drinking from a sippy cup she didn’t seem to care what was in it. It seems like she really likes milk though. I started out just offering it whenever she had meals. I still nursed her the same amount of times and began to wonder if she’d ever slow down nursing during the day. Well that day has arrived! It may be a little premature but she seems to be nursing less often during the day. I now make sure I offer her whole milk at 2 of her 3 main meals and any other time I feel is a good opportunity. She’s not drinking more than probably 2-3oz a day but it’s a good start. 

Yesterday she nursed at 830am and then not again until after 4pm! She drank whole milk a few times in between. The days before that she only nursed 3 or 4 times. I feel like we are on our way to simply morning and evening nursing sessions. 

Since her 12 month shots her (finally) good sleeping habits have been interrupted. I don’t know if there’s any correlation with her nursing less/waking up more often but last night was one of her better nights since her shots. We also were back home and she was in her own bed so that may have been part of it too. We have a lot of traveling coming up so hopefully it wasn’t about not being at home. We’ll see…

So much is happening right now. She’s also beginning to let go while standing and stand up independently. She’s working on the confidence to take that first step. Or more likely trying to remember to balance/ have patience because she wants to run. There are so many little victories. Now if I can remember these when it’s been a long day or a rough night. She’s a busy, growing baby and beginning to look (and act) more and more like a toddler every day. (Tear) 





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A birthday in pictures

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Made for a greater purpose

Babies are an automatic conversation starter. I thought being pregnant was, but no, not compared to walking around with a baby. I’ve always gotten comments while walking around with M. Now that M is so engaging and smiles and waves at most anyone who smiles and waves at her, it feels like we are talking to people all the time. I answer questions like, “how old is she?” and hear comments like, “what a beautiful baby”, “those eyes”, and “she’s so expressive” every single day.

Often I’ve thought of all the lives we come across each and every day and smiles Marijka has given and received. I notice people notice us even if no words are exchanged. I see a quiet giggle or smile flash across a face as a person catches glimpse of her bouncy pigtails or when they see her baby face under a white mad bomber hat. When she flashes her big smile (with or without waving), I watch hearts melt.

Marijka has touched many lives in the 50 weeks she’s been here on earth and I look forward to watching as she grows and touches many, many more.
It reminds me of how long we tried before having her. I think about these moments we are living in right now and how different they’d be if things went a different direction then they did. All that pain and all those trials had to happen for us to be blessed with Marijka at the exact moment we were meant to. We wouldn’t be passing the same people we are today. Marijka wouldn’t be making the day of someone we passed and had a conversation with. There would be other scenarios playing out, possibly some equally as awesome. However, I believe with my whole heart Marijka, like all of us, was made for a greater purpose. Until she discovers what that is exactly, I hope to show her how by just being born, smiling, waving, and living every day to the fullest, she is already making a difference in SO many people’s lives.

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