Sunday, October 10, 2010

The month of "firsts"

Yup, tis October. And we made it through our "first" anniversary. Today is our second "first" anniversary.

So, a year ago yesterday was the day, one year ago, that I was admitted to the hospital in active labor at 26 weeks and 3 days pregnant. Yesterday's anniversary could have been so different. Elisa could have been born on 10/9/09. And she might not have made it. Had she been born at that early date, her chances of survival would only have been 80%. But she wasn't. She was born 19 days later and with a 100% chance of survival.

Obviously we aren't really going to "celebrate" a lot of these "first" anniversary's, because honestly, we don't really want to "remember" them in the same way you do birthdays and anniversary's. So yesterday was low key. We did go out to dinner, thanks to a gathering at a friends and having some gift certificates. So Miss Elisa gained a new experience. That of dining at a "sit down" restaurant.

She's taking after her daddy in more than one way. She LOVED the warm bread that came with dinner. She was a little vulture snatching it off of daddy's fingers or out of his hand. At one point it seemed like she'd eaten half the loaf herself! She hadn't really, but it definitely felt like it. I kept waiting for it to be given back, but she kept it all!

And after dinner and the Mizzou watch party, we tried what I believe is called sleep training. After many difficult nights fighting to keep her sleeping, we've decided she needs to learn how to put herself to sleep. I'm told I'm a bit late on teaching her this, that we really should have done this around 6 months old. But I guess I was just enjoying my nightly cuddle sessions too much. So we just gave her a bottle, got her a little drowsy and put her down. She did better than I thought, after fighting with her the last few nights and having 45 minute cry it out sessions. She only whined for 5 min and then was out. For the night! And didn't wake up until 8 am. Heaven!

Today, our "second" anniversary is the day we met our soon to be host family. :) Which is a good anniversary as they really helped us out during our stay. I don't know what we would have done without them! We spent our day carving pumpkins and decorating for Halloween. I'm really looking forward to the holiday's this year. They will just hold even more meaning than they did last year, even though they aren't technically Elisa's "first." They feel like they are though.

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