Taking a vacation is pricey. I’m thankful to be able to go on a family trip once in a while because I realize many cannot afford to. Growing up, my parents made taking an annual vacation a priority. They believed in the benefits through experiencing new environments, scenery, and experiences. My husband and I believe … More What’s Priceless About Pricey Vacations
All I had to say was “I have the flu and I have a 9-week-old with Down syndrome” and all five of us were immediately put on Tamiflu, a nice $250 investment, but worth it. Last Tuesday I woke up with a scratchy throat but thought nothing of it. By Tuesday evening I was chilled … More The Flu and the Worry
Geneva and I haven’t been getting out much; our only outing is these days is just to pick up her sisters from school. So being stuck inside, we spent some time taking pictures. I took some pictures in her little swaddle wrap that I love for it’s whimsical print. She wasn’t too happy with me … More Just Some Pictures
During the day we play and try our best to spend time on our tummy, which is more important for Geneva than it ever was for the other girls so she can strengthen her muscles. I’m looking forward to meeting with the physical therapist in a couple of weeks to see what they think about … More Tummy Time
GiGi’s routine seems to be eat, stay awake for a couple of hours where she prefers to be held and not in her swing or bouncy seat, then sleep for a few hours and repeat. I don’t remember what I did with my other two when they were this age, but with Geneva I feel … More Settling Into a Routine
The second week went well also. We celebrated Thanksgiving; so much to be thankful for. Lia, who seems to be a little intimated by the baby’s small size, seems to warm up to her here and puts on a show.
The first week went very well. Geneva quickly got the hang of breastfeeding and was wetting her diapers regularly – everything a one-week old is expected to do. Brendan and I spent a lot of time just watching the baby, enjoying her noises and funny movements. We also saw the pediatrician and she was already … More The First Week
The first few days went better than I ever expected. Despite the fact that Geneva’s ultrasounds showed no clear markers for Down syndrome, there were still so many unknowns that wouldn’t be known until birth. There were still questions about her heart, intestines, and bloodwork. Geneva passed her hearing test. Her bloodwork was good and … More The First Two Days
Later in the day big sisters Carina and Lia came to visit. The baby still didn’t officially have a name yet.
A lot of people apparently write down their birth story. There isn’t much for me to write about since baby arrived 8 minutes after I arrived at the labor and delivery floor of Brigham and Women’s. In a nutshell, maybe I waited too long at home to labor? My water broke at 10pm, just in … More The Birth Story