Sunday, November 22, 2009

Prematurity Awareness Month Fact #22:
Morgan Kate receives physical therapy once a week. She has been receiving these services since April. In the beginning we worked on things such as rolling over (both ways), tummy time and sitting up. We have since progressed and are now working on walking. Our physical therapist (PT) brings various toys and activities to encourage Morgan Kate to walk. In the past month she has left two different walk toys for us to use during the week. Our PT also shows us different exercises to do with Morgan Kate to help with flexibility and strength. Morgan Kate loves therapy and our PT!

It's kind of funny. Because of PT I watch children so much more closely now. I watch to see how they are picking up their food, how they go from a sit position to a crawl and even how they walk. I guess when you do something as much as we have done, you start to notice those things.

Tonight we started putting up our Christmas decorations and I got really emotional. I wasn't sad or upset, but just overwhelmed with relief and content and happiness. While we were decorating, Morgan Kate was watching us and playing in her pack-n-play. She was mesmerized by the decorations. She would look at things so closely and then get so excited and she wanted to grab everything. All I could think of was how she wasn't here last year while we decorated. Granted, she wasn't technically supposed to be here period. But she was, and she was in the hospital. I remember wanting to get as many decorations up as possible before she came home. I wanted it to feel normal. But it didn't. How can things feel normal when your newborn child is in the hospital?

Tonight I was just so relieved. Relieved that we didn't have to make a trip to the hospital to see our baby girl. Relieved that she was here while we decorated. Relieved that she is doing so well and continuing to amaze us each and every day.

Just relieved that after waiting so long, we were all here, the three of us doing normal things that families do. And it felt so good.

1 comment:

Kathy Hardison said...

It was probably the first of many traditions that you will have with MK. Can't wait to share T'giving together - we have so many reasons to feel extremely blessed this year! God is so good.