Wealthy woman

September 22nd, 2010

We just enjoyed a few days without internet service, due to our DSL provider having some trouble in Harrisburg.

During that time, Verity discovered her appetite!

She has cut half an hour off her eating time, consistently drinking four ounces in 1 1/2 hours instead of 2.  Once she even gulped it down in one hour!  She starts out so strong that she makes slurping noises on the bottle.  And this morning, she drank a whole 5 1/2 ounces for breakfast, then 5 ounces for lunch!  She must have known this was her weigh-in day!

She only has five feedings in a day now, with a long morning nap, so there is more time between one feeding and the next.  Her eating routine looks something like this:  8-10 am, 12 noon-1:30 pm, 3:30-5 pm, 7-8:30 pm, 10:30 pm-12 midnight.  That’s if she’s not having a growth spurt.  But growth spurts help Verity to gain 5 1/2 ounces in one week, and make her mama so proud she doesn’t mind one continuous feeding all day long.  I still pump six times a day, and plan to keep that up for the duration.

See all those hours in the day in which Verity is not eating?  What a wealth of time!  I am feeling free as a lark!

There were times in my younger years that I felt occasional impatience at having to stop and nurse a baby for twenty minutes.  Every four hours.  Shame on me.

On Monday, Doctor Morton was pleased with her growth, told me to discontinue giving her Lasix, and said it doesn’t look to him like she is developing pectus carinatum.  (That has a common name, but it’s even more disagreeable than the scientific name.  We are thankful we don’t have to say either one now.)

Yesterday, Tuesday, we had special company, but I’m waiting for permission to post that picture.  

Today her occupational therapist, Marcia, endeared herself to us even more than she did last time.  She assessed Verity today, and found that compared with a typical four-month-old without Down syndrome, Verity is holding her own nicely in all areas except for physical.  She will be three months old on Sunday.  <Beaming with pride>

Marcia encouraged me to keep up with what I am doing and gave me two additional suggestions.  I’m getting a tremendous amount of enjoyment out of working with this child!  I didn’t expect this to be so satisfyingly fun!  Especially now that I can also get a few other things done in life!

She has begun to bat at toys and bring them to her mouth if we put them in her hand, although the physical therapist may shake her head at me tomorrow.  She had told me this was much too early to expect Verity to have the ability to do this~

She usually grabs hold of her dress instead of her toy, though!

See how she’s holding her head straight in the middle?  That’s called “midline,” and it’s a sign of progress.  Not long ago, she didn’t have the strength to do that.  Also, notice her feet coming up~

The physical therapist told me not to expect that, either~

Tsk, tsk, my dear, such behavior!

She needs lots of tummy time to encourage her to lift her head up.  Stephen was delighted to help keep her noisy, flashy motivator going!  These annoying types of toys have been anathema in our house for many years, but times are changing!

Nighty-night, treasures of my heart.  I am surely the most blessed of all women.

“And now, let the weak say, ‘I am strong;’ let the poor say, ‘I am rich, because of what the LORD has done for us:’

Give thanks.”

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12 Responses to “Wealthy woman”

  1. Angiedawn says:

    What a wonderful post! I just love reading everything you write! You write so well and get such good points across!! I couldn’t be happier about Verity’s progress and am also thrilled that you are having a little more time to do other stuff too! :):)

  2. Janns says:

    What a wonderful report! It brought tears to my eyes! I’m so glad that you have those times for doing other things, too. Maybe you can take a little nap during one of them. :)

  3. Lynda Keene Fry says:

    Well, Sue, you managed to do it again!  Touch my heart and make it smile!  You are such an inspiration!
    Verity is such a sweetie.  And she has such cute and loving brothers and sisters!  May God continue to bless and answer your prayers.  Love Lynda

  4. Ilisa says:

    I love it!  My Calvin (T21) is 2 months today and I can relate so much to what you and Verity are going through.  We too are working on ‘midline’ and I love seeing her legs up (especially over her head!!)  Yep, making me smile. :)

  5. Shari~hotfudgecustard says:

    Wonderful, wonderful!!  Praise the Lord!  Those girls are beautiful!!

  6. Joy Horton says:

    Wonderful pics and words, Susanna! Always loving those pics of your beautiful girls! What a blessing your family is to me!

  7. jennifer76 says:

    Love the picture of your precious girls!  So happy to hear how well Verity (and mama!) are doing!

  8. Alice says:

    Crying here, Susanna! So beautiful! You, your family, especially Verity! And of course, our amazing God is beautiful!

  9. Tami Swaim says:

    Oh, that last picture took my breath away.  What beauty to behold!  Wealthy woman indeed, me too!!

  10. Anna T says:

    YEA Verity!!  Go, Go, Go!!  Good for her mouthing toys (no oral aversion) and “working out” : ) !!  It’s so nice that she’s also getting into more of a schedule and eating “faster”, Happy 3 month birthday precious girl — yea!!  Your last words have the song in my head now, what a nice way to (almost) end my day — “Give thanks for what the Lord has done for us, give thanks…” and also, “Count your many blessings, name them one by one…”

  11. Lisa says:

    I too have always shunned noisy, flashy toys.  But for Magdalena I have broken many of my self-imposed rules.  (I do still try to keep the annoying toys to a minimum :)

    It looks like Verity is doing great!  What a joy.

  12. Marilyn Osborn says:

    That picture of your girls made my heart melt!  You ARE a RICH woman!
    Wonderful progress!  PTL!

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