Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Bitter-sweet Milestone Day

Today we reached a bitter-sweet milestone.  The birthmom signed her papers indicating that she will not be parenting O.  We ask for your prayers for her. This is never an easy thing to do, even when the birthmom knows that it is in her best interest and in the best interest of the baby.  We so very much admire her strength and her sweetness. She has done so much this week to help us to feel comfortable with being given the great privilege of raising her beloved daughter.  She wants us to be the parents and feel comfortable that this is what she wants for her baby. She is grateful to us for parenting O.  We just feel so privileged!!!!  We cannot imagine a more perfect daughter!  We love her more and more everyday!
Mama O gave O a bath today.  In the photo above and below, she is all clean, bright-eyed and happy!
Just some time looking at Daddy O and Mama O before going back to sleep. She did much better eating today. The occupational therapist (OT) gave us great tips to keep her more alert during feedings.  Her sucking is strong and in good form.  All the reading about Down Syndrome is paying off as we understand very clearly what the OT person is saying having done our reading ahead of time.
Here is our little apple blossom stretching out.  She now weighs 4 lbs 8.3 oz. !
We are taking one day at a time and just enjoying every moment that we are with her!  Today we were in the NICU for 9 hours. Usually our days will be shorter so that we don't wear ourselves out before she comes home. The bath delayed our departure.

Thanks to every one for your support and prayers and emails. I try to keep in touch as much as possible, but I know that I don't always do as well as I would like. But know that we so very much appreciate all the support and emails and facebook comments!


Signe said...

Oh Linda, this is a day of bittersweet moments. On the one hand, you have been given the most amazing and precious gift of O and on the other, we have a mother who has to somehow learn to live with a very difficult decision. Even if it's what she wants, it will still be hard. But, mostly I am just so happy for you and Peter. Your time has come. O could not be any cuter or sweeter and I can't wait to hear more and more about your life with her. Congratulations!!!!

Rooster said...

Imagine yourselves one year ago, or even six months ago, watching what's unfolding in your lives right now... how long you have wanted this and the day is finally here!! Yes, unimaginably hard for C.

Congratulations!!! Hope to see you at the hospital on Sunday (my Mom and Marcos with me too.)

Connie said...

This is great news or you and Baby O. I pray that C is able to feel peace in knowing that this wonderful gift will be well cared for and loved. So happy to have O a part of our family. Can't wait to hold her myself!