December 7, 2012

Laney has been on a roll (quite literally) lately!  We’ve had a great couple weeks of improvement and we hope to keep up the good trend.

The last week or so Chad and I have been so excited because it seemed as though Elena had rounded a corner on her eating.  It was confirmed during her last speech therapy appointment when she gobbled down 2.5oz of food!

This is the most she’s EVER eaten!  

It’s like all of sudden she figured it out.  She’s even opening her mouth for the spoon.  It’s not quite the most coordinated but she’s doing it.  

You have no idea how exciting this is for us.  Her eating has been some of the most tedious, frustrating, painstaking parts of her therapy.  There have been many days where we both end her feeding in tears.  A year ago she was literally being fed 6-8 drops via an eyedropper.  But all that perseverance and hard work is paying off.  To see her opening her mouth for the spoon and actually seeming to enjoy eating makes my heart burst!  

She still has a VERY long way to go before we can even whisper the word “weaning” (from the G-tube) but a Mommy can dream, right?!  It’s certainly a step in the right direction.  Keep up the prayers, because this most definitely is an answer to them!

She eats!

Covered in pears after her therapy session!

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This is Elena. Our Light. You can see all the goodness and joy that shines from those deep blue eyes. She loves sneezes, yawns, industrial toilet flushes, automatic paper towel dispensers and The Star Spangled Banner. Music is her everything, specifically Moana, Frozen (really all Disney), Queen & Taylor Swift. Nothing makes her squeal quite like swimming, fast boat rides and her two brothers in trouble. In addition to her megawatt smile, Elena reminds us to cherish the smallest of victories, to live in the present, and to daily dwell in a posture of gratitude for every breath and every blessing.  

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I’m Emmalee, an ordinary gal born and raised in the Heartland. Wife to Chad, and Mom to Elena, Calvin & Turner, I spend most my days ridin’ dirty (literally so much trash) in my minivan carting kids to and fro. When I’m not being a Momager, I excel at self-care, cooking gourmet meals my kids won’t eat and deep-diving all the feelings. Most days, my attitude is gratitude, just taking life one step at a time.

Emmalee & Elena

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