How is it possible that this little girl is growing up so fast? It seems like just yesterday that she was in the NICU and we were so worried for her to just breathe and grow.
I’m so glad that those days are behind us now. Our ongoing struggle continues to be mostly with weight gain and eating, with an occasional respiratory issue tossed in. For one year, from her first birthday to her second, she didn’t really gain weight. She fluctuated all around 20 pounds, but never really got over that “hump.” Around April this year, our fantastic doctors at Children’s Hospital Boston switched her formula. Since then, she’s gained 4 pounds! As of today, her weight is up to 24 pounds! Hooray-hooray! Clothes are actually starting to fit her better and her pants aren’t constantly falling down around her ankles. We had to have a little shopping spree to replace the pants that she suddenly outgrew. Instead of size 3 months (yes – you read that right), she’s now in 9 or 12 month pants! Woo-hoo! (They’re capri length or shorts, of course, because the length is all wrong, but the waist fits) She can even wear jeans that are 2T if they have the adjustable elastic in the waist!
Today we visited a garden center with Grandma D. Jenna wore her “Dora” shades, which looked a little Elton John-ish & cute, and had a fabulous time until we hit the pea gravel paths. She was wearing sandals, and every time she took a step, tiny stones got caught under her feet. She would freeze in place and tell us to “Stop! Stop!” We had to remove the sandals, brush off her feet, and replace the sandals. We went through this several times, before she finally consented to being pushed in the stroller (which was NOT easy to push through wet pea gravel!). Her favorite part was playing in the fountains. Joy just bubbled out of her every time she would find “ANOTHER one, Mommy” and she was drawn like a magnet to stick her fingers and hand in. This one trickled into a bucket, and when the bucket filled, it tipped and spilled into a basin below. It held her attention the longest, and she was amazed every time the bucket dumped.
It was a beautiful day, and we picked out geraniums, marigolds and an evergreen shrub that I forget the name of, but had never seen before. They all got planted to day with the help of Grandma, and they look gorgeous. Hopefully, they make it through the hot summer days ahead. I wish that every day of summer would be like today – – low humidity, temp in the 70s, sunshine, blue sky and those fluffy white clouds that make you feel like you’re in a storybook. Mmmm.
In other news, we’re watching our friends’ daughter (who’s 4) for 4 days. Getting two kiddos fed, and ready for bed was challenging tonight, but went relatively smoothly. Hopefully, the next few days will go as well. They actually play together very well, so I’m not too worried. I’m already preparing myself for a bit of chaos in the house, and don’t expect to get much of anything else done the next few days except for playing with a couple of gorgeous girls. I’m going to just try to relax and get in touch with my inner child too!