Everleigh is 10 Months


*Everleigh was too busy watching Alphablocks lol

Happy 10 months (adjusted age is 9 months & 1 week) to my precious little girl. She is 13 lbs 2.5 oz, 26 inches in height, and head circumference of 14 inches. We were excited to hear that she made it on the growth chart for her height and she is now in the second percentile. She has grown so much in the last month. She is starting to enjoy tummy time and getting so good at doing them. We also started feeding her solids like apples, pears and sweet potatoes. She sure is enjoying them and has been doing really well at swallowing since she's started. Like with most things, when you have your highs you also have your lows. Unaware to us, Everleigh was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Because of her brain condition and how it's causing her to have high tone, she was diagnosed with CP which is usually described as impaired muscle coordination in correlation with a brain injury prior to birth causing her to not be able to use her muscles purposefully. We have been in the talks with her doctors about tone medications but have opted out of meds all together because we do not want to do anything that can potentially set her back. One of the two medications could potentially have a side effect of introducing seizures and the other was a downer which could cause her to be more drowsy and we just felt that she was doing so well naturally that we didn't want her to be set back with unintended challenges. It has been a hard month receiving this new diagnosis for her and on top of that she might still need a clinical high chair to help her eat. When her PT showed me a couple of the chairs they were recommending, I couldn't help but cry. It was so overwhelming looking at the chairs and thinking to myself like that my Everleigh could spend the rest of her life in one of those chairs. I understand that these chairs were made to support kiddos like Everleigh and I'm not trying to be ungrateful or sound mean at all, but they are just so UGLY.  As her mama, who loves her so dearly, it really hurts to see her not be able to use the high chair that Zac used/still using to eat his meals. I share these challenges with you all because some days are so hard and it is definitely not always sunshine and rainbows. However, I believe challenges makes us stronger as a person and without them we couldn't grow into the person we are meant to be. Although there are difficulties, there are still so many good things to be thankful for as well. We can only see the good when we choose to see them. So that is where I am at today, I am choosing to see the good, Everleigh is healthy, eating, growing and she is just the happiest little girl ever. We have a such a smart little son that is coming along so well. My husband is so loving to our little family. And I also see a good heavenly Father who loves us so dearly that although we are so undeserving of anything, He still chooses to love us by sending his one and only son to die for our sins. When you feel like Jesus doesn't understand your pain, He does. He weeps with you and for you. So as hard as life may be, I believe what Jeremy Camp's (a Christian singer) father said about life's disappointments, "my life is not full in spite of the disappointments, it's full because of them."


xo, Mama Song 


"You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book." Psalm 56:8


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  1. Awe... so happy she made it on the weight chart and glad you decided to stay off meds for her. Love her dearly, I will continue to pray for baby E. You are a wonderful mama!!!!

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