Chapter Eleven: Whatever you are, be a good one!
There were a couple nights recently that were crazy, we had wake ups constantly (every 2 hours). In the mornings I felt like a zombie, my AM coffee had no effect anymore. Muffin took over and gave me some much needed mommy time away from everything. It’s ok to need “away” time. All of us do once in a while, it doesn’t mean I don’t love my sweetie to pieces, it just means I need to breathe. I went shopping and bought Alivia some pop up books (she loves them) and a Christmas dress for her pictures. Funny how I was supposed to go buy myself something. Yes I am one of those moms, pictures for every occasion!
I kept thinking why was Alivia so restless at night? I was starting to get a little worried, and it was constantly on the back of my mind. I waited for something new to happen that would let me know why she was so fussy. “Maybe some new developmental leap? Or “Maybe she had a headache?” I wish she could talk from the get go, but I have heard we will miss the days that she couldn’t say anything at all! I don’t know how much of that I believe, it would make this guessing game a lot easier. Well let me tell you, my food bags got a taste of what was brewing …. Teeth! She had teeth coming through, and that would explain why she was so grumpy. Thank god! We avoided one problem and got a surprise instead.
The winters here are horrible, we pretty much only get summer 3 months of the year. We still went for walks and shopping, and enjoyed the beauty that the frost had to offer. Alivia was building up her own character, and I truly believe that since the surgery she had started to flourish with mobility. She was rolling and lifting her head, things she had never done before. Most likely her head was too big for her little body which made it hard. Blowing bubbles, talking, getting mad (Our little ginger snap), she would grab things, and eat anything that fit into her mouth. Solid food taste testers were going great, all my homemade creations she gobbled up without even a flinch. We were overjoyed that everything seemed to be going great!
We had another appointment coming up soon. With hydrocephalus the appointments are often and that’s ok, we are more than happy that she gets checked. This whole parent thing, I felt, we were doing amazing, Alivia was happy, and healthy. She is our everything, and I know it shows! Even with all the small bumps in the road we worked together to get through it!