Monday, June 27, 2011

walking cracker...

when a cracker is not just a cracker...when a little girl becomes a real girl with attitude...wants, needs, expectations, regrets, anticipation...when I found out Maddie was going to born with extra...I never in my wildest dreamed she would be the Maddie of today...then when we learned she would be born with TEF/EA I knew all was lost for me and my little girl...the girl I dreamed and longed for...when Maddie was 1 years old...I still was under the impression life would be impossible without good planning and preparing...the first year Maddie is what you would call the "perfect" baby...never cried, never whined, never put up a struggle...she could have had an obstructed airway...she would nap, play, try to suck fluids...I assumed she would always be that mild tempered...just 4 months ago...I believed we as a family would not be able to eat out together without bringing "Maddie Food"...I thought that Maddie would never eat anything EVER with crunch...just a month ago Maddie did not know how to chew and swallow...when Maddie began taking independent steps...Maddie began to blossom into a whole new child...Maddie now has a HUGE personality...she is very naughty and into everything....Maddie is what you would describe as a busy, independent, strong willed toddler...no longer does she sit there and let kiddos take things from her...no longer does she sit and watch but she jumps in and plays...Maddie loves going anywhere with us...but the biggest jump that I have seen in my Maddie...is her eating...yesterday at the pool Maddie ate a cookie a whole cookie...she took it in her hand, took bites, chewed and swallowed...independently...this is HUGE!! and today she ate a ritz cracker...not a big deal to most people...to us it has changed our world...and we could not be more proud of our little girl...
big girl

15 comments:

  1. Way to go Maddie! The cookie is just the beginning of good foods to come!

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  2. Yay! Thanks for this. Being at the 11mo baby stage is getting long :(

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  3. She is a big girl...yes, love it when the personality thing starts kicking in!!!! :)

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  4. Way to go Madds!!! Russell and I are SO proud of you!!!

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  5. I can imagine how exciting that was for you...I can't wait for that day!! I love the picture!! :)

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  6. Adorable picture! Thanks for sharing all that she's doing. That is encouraging for a momma of a passive little one like me!

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  7. Yay Maddie! That's just awesome! We are also finding that development is taking off with those baby steps out of the way. :)

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  8. AHHHHH! Love that picture! I swear she is the cutest thing in glasses ever! Yeah Maddie!
    I do that ya know, stare at Eslea and think about what her personality is going to be like. We all do that as parents don't we? Imagine the WHO they are going to become..
    Maddie is so beautiful and her personality shows through the pics. -erin

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  9. That's how j is now. Everyone always comments how good he is. Eh.

    That is so awesome!! I'm so proud of you both!

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  10. Madds you are so rocking those glasses and that cracker ! Its such a full-on journey when complicated by medical issues, its great that things are working themselves out. Viv (Oweys mum)

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  11. WooHoo Maddie you big girl you!!!! I love the look on her face...she knows she's BIG (& wild) and proud of it! You go girl!!!

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  12. Yay for Maddie! I am so proud of how far she has come :-)

    Kelli @ livinglifewithes

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  13. Such a sweet post! I was just reading through some of your previous posts and love the "pole dancing", too darn cute!

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  14. Yay for crackers! This is Claire's new favorite sign. :)

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  15. this photo would be perfect for the montage I'm working on...any chance you could send one my way? :) pretty please??

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