As you can see in the photo that we took when we got home, that she looks very brave and very tough in her purple bandage.
The blood tests were routine: thyroid, sickle cell anemia and Targeted Nutritional Intervention (TNI). TNI is optional in care for people with Down syndrome, but our doctor believes in using it. Many people who use it for their children say that they notice more alertness and energy in their children. O tends to have low endurance and limited alertness.
It is hard to believe that August is almost gone. O has become increasingly social, has gained strength in her neck, arms and shoulders, but still doesn't have complete head control. She will be 4 months old chronologically the beginning of September. O is beginning to attend to books being read to her, and is also beginning to enjoy songs being sung to her. She is doing some early self soothing in her crib: hands to mouth. And she is beginning to hold and mouth stuffed animals and stuffed veggies. Her favorites are carrot and puppy. We no longer angle the crib mattress, as she can roll around 180 degrees. She has discovered that she at times likes to sleep on her side. Although all babies do these things, it is still a bit of a miracle to watch it all unfold while we are sitting in the front row. Sleep is going well... except when it is not. But we cannot complain most nights. Last night... I saw 2:30 am and a bottle at 3 am.
Thanks to everyone who keeps us in prayer. The only thing that could make us happier is if O had been born to us directly and there were not the complications that adoption places on the family unit. But God watches over those who are of pure intention. God is indeed good and sends His angels to lift us up!