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Friday, May 3, 2013

Life is full of Firsts.....#NatrelBaboo

Life is full of firsts.  Some of those firsts happen without even noticing and some are a really big deal. 

Yet, it is those amazing moments of baby-hood and toddler-hood where the firsts are celebrated with joy and wonderment.  I can remember being so excited and dancing around after the first tinkle in the potty, or that first real smile when they baby was about two months old.  All those sleepless nights and screaming fits of colic melt away and mean nothing when your little baby looks at you and coos for the first time.

Life is full of firsts, and those very first firsts are the ones to be cherished the most!

My last pregnancy was unexpected, very unexpected.   I didn't even realize that I was pregnant until I was about eight weeks along.  I was in the job which I had worked and sacrificed so much for.  We didn't have any plans to add to our family, as we had our million dollar family.    When it dawned on me that I may be pregnant I was completely taken off guard.    But, it didn't take too long to get used to the idea of  having a newborn to love, and once again realized that God has a sense of humour.

The pregnancy was not easy or simple though.  Jillian fought and beat a lot of odds to arrive safely.  I remember being so scared the day I gave birth to Jillian.  When it came time to push the room filled with doctors and nurses and I knew that they just didn't know what was going to happen.  That day, the most wondrous first was the sound of Jillian taking her very first breath and crying for the first time!

Of course, we saw and celebrated all the regular milestones, such as sitting, crawling, and walking.  Yet, there were other firsts, which were maybe not as noticeable as others, but were pretty special to us.
Jillian's first Christmas

Jillian's first swing - the first of a great love of playing on the swings
Jillian was very slow to develop any speech.  At her well baby check ups, I would always bring up the delayed speech issue and question the doctor.  For many months we were told that because she was a third child sometimes speech is a little later because she had two other siblings who would speak and do for her.  As she was approaching her second birthday, her speech was very limited and most times she just whined or gestured when she wanted something.    Once we began to test her, we realized that she had a lot of fluid in her ears and her hearing wasn't what it should be.  Just after her second birthday, Jillian received her first set of ear tubes. (we just went for round three this past month)  That day, as we carried her out to the car Jillian heard a bird's song for the first time and pointed it out to us.  It was indeed a memorable moment and one of the most special firsts in her life!   

The firsts don't end when children are through those first couple of years of life.  I've come to find that each age offers a special first, and cherish each and every one as it happens. 

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Disclosure: I am part of the Natrel Baboo Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own


Heidi Carlson-Reid said...

I had a very similar experience to you! My second set of twins was not planned and I didn't know I was pregnant until several weeks in and couldn't give my LMP :)! It was a rough pregnancy; my guys were early but healthy. One of though was a late talker too and failed several hearing tests before we found out he needed tubes. Before that, it was apparently like he was hearing underwater. As soon as the tubes went in at 2 1/2, we could tell he could finally hear! Thank you for sharing your story!

Sny Med said...

Your daughter is just adorable! I love the photos of her! What an amazing first to hear a bird song after she could not hear well initially, due to the fluid in her ears!

mamawee said...

What a lovely memory to have of a first with the bird! We dont have experience with hearing issues, but my oldest had a severe speech delay and was diagnosed with verbal appraxia. It is a LONG road.

Kristen said...

I am just in the process off trying to find a speech therapist for my 2.5 year old because he is not speaking as much as he should. He can hear well so I don't know why he has a delay hopefully we can get a specialist...

Multi-Testing Mommy said...

Looking at adorable baby photos like yours make my ovaries hurt!!!

Victoria S said...

This milk is really nutritious! Your pictures are so cute!

Victoria Ess

Fab Frugal Mama said...

I was just thinking back today to the time when my youngest was an infant. We were at the park this morning and it occurred to me that he's getting to be such a big boy... time really flies. What wonderful memories you have of Jillian when she was tiny - thanks for sharing your sweet pictures of her. :)