Sunday, October 25, 2009

She's Growing Up

In 16 days, Little One will be turning 1 year old. I was talking to some of the moms I spent time with at Mount Sinai Hospital when our babies were in the NICU. Little One spent the first two months of her life in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). The moms and I were reliving the first few days and weeks of our babies' rocky beginnings.

Turning a year old is bittersweet. Certainly, we have a lot to be thankful for. Our babies made it so far and they are thriving. After being born so early, this first year is really worth celebrating. It's a big thing! At the same time, I realize that Little One is...going to be a year old!!! This makes me sad in a way.

It means my baby is growing up. She's not going to be a "baby" baby anymore. She rolling, sitting, standing, scooting around (backwards only still!), feeding herself, entertaining herself, babbling and singing...she even drank from a cup two nights ago! Yes, Grampy gave her some apple juice for the first time, and not even from a sippy cup! From a big person cup!!! She drank the apple juice and enjoyed it. Grampy also gave her a french fry the other day. Oh, boy. I have a sneaky suspicion Little One is going to be spoiled when she goes to Grampy's and Lola's house! At home, I make all of her baby food and I am pretty anal about what she eats. No wonder she loves Grampy so much! ;)

Little One's relationship with Grampy reminds me of the relationship my brothers, cousins and I had with our grandfather. My Mom would tell my grandfather not to give us gum because we always swallowed it. We were little! We didn't know the difference between gum and chewy candy! My grandfather would always wait until Mom left and then give us candy. I will never forget the smile on his face and him whispering "Don't tell your Mom!".

Lola made Little One laugh at supper time tonight. Little One gave her grandma some pretty loud belly laughs! We got it on video, but Lola wants to screen the video first before it gets posted! :)

Little One turning a year old just makes me cry. This time last year, I was at Mount Sinai Hospital on bed rest. Gavie's Gal, AvoidEverything, FancyPantsyMomma, Humps'NBump and several family members of mine and Hubby's came to visit me while I was on strict bed rest. We still didn't even know the sex of Little One (and were convinced we were having a boy!). We were calling the baby "Junior" on the blog back then!


caninecologne said...

hi c - i can't believe it's nearly a year since your daughter was born. i'm so glad that everything went well for her and for you. that was definitely a tough 2 months (or was it 3) that you spent in the hospital with her, away from your husband and all. look at her now! she's come a long way and so have you! you are an amazing mother!

J at said...

I'm so relieved that everything turned out so well for you and your cohort at the hospital. Blessings indeed. I'm so amazed by current technology. I was a premie back in my day, and I was over 5 lbs. Not supposed to live. I think a big part of that is the steroids they gave you to help develop her lungs. Yay steroids!

I cried when Maya's belly button stump fell off, because she was growing up too fast. Also when her first tooth fell out. So I know how you feel. They grow up so fast. Seems like yesterday, we were dealing with colic. And now, she's 13 years old! Crazy.

She's such a sweet baby, and so obviously thriving and doing really, really well. Such a happy girl. I enjoyed taking care of her for you in my dream. ;)

louann said...

C, I cannot believe Little One is turning 1?! As in she's going to be 1 year old already?! Oh goodness. Time flies too fast!

Couldn't stop laughing about your story about your grandpa. Grandparents spoil their grandchildren rotten. It's cute in a way teehee.

C said...

You're right. It was actually closer to 2.5 months in the hospital rather than 2. Hubby keeps reminding me how long it was to be away from home.

Thank you so much, CC for your support and encouragement. :) xo

C said...

Me too! Every day in the NICU was so scary, because one never knew what would happen from one minute to the next.

You are right though. Modern technology can do amazing things. All these little preemies even younger and smaller than LO were assisted in the NICU and have come out fine! :)

I remember this time last year I was blogging about the pregnancy and blogging from my hospital bed!

Thank you for adding that bit about Maya's belly button stump and first tooth! I was beginning to think I was just hypersensitive and just too emotional!

C said...

HAHA! Thank you for taking such great care of LO for me in your dream! :) I love that dream! Too funny!

I had a weird dream last night where LO's first word was "JUSTICE". Weird!

C said...

I know! Crazy, eh?? I was thinking about your boys as well! They are growing up so fast! Don't you sometimes want to freeze time and enjoy them while they're still little? Now i know what everyone means when they say "Enjoy them now because they grow up too quickly". It's so true!

Justagirl said...

She is so big! I can't believe she already drank from a grown-up's cup. She's such a cutie! I can't wait to hear about her birthday celebration.

Uncivil said... made the Dish!!!!!
Cute little beetle juice!!!!

Anonymous said...

into eyes

to bright and happy days for countless years to come.

hotmommy said...

she is getting so big i can't believe she's turning a year old so soon. i remmeber you going throuh all the hospital stuff and remember all the tear filled phone calls my friend. lots of love

Palm Springs Savant said...

Its crazy how fast time passes by, I loved that little video clip. Such a cutie! I went back over your archives just to see the progression, I loves blogs for this reason.

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