Grethel Van Epps

We had a wonderful photographer come to our home on Sunday to take Edie's 1 year photos, Grethel Van Epps. I still can not believe Edie is 1!! We had a great time and I would recommend Grethel to anyone. She spent about an hour with us, we did not feel rushed and she had the proofs online the NEXT DAY!! She was even kind enough to give me this photo for Edie's blog header. Don't you love it! She has also worked with some of our friends in our same neighborhood and she will also be photographing our next door neighbors in a few weeks.

Edie was so fun and did such a great job smiling and posing. I think having Grethel to our home made all the difference. Edie was so comfortable and had a blast eating her cupcake! These will be online until February 9th. We hope you enjoy them!
http://www.gvephotography.com/ enter site, click clients, password is edie.


Edie and Allie

Edie had a special visitor this Sunday - Allie Lovell. We met Allie and her parents while in the NICU. We had dinner and visited while Edie and Allie played. As you can see they are both very attached to their pink shakers. It is funny that they both have the exact same one. Tim and Sandy commented that Allie has a lot of the same toys too. Not only do our girls share the same toys but they also share the same pediatrician, cardiologist and ENT. Both Allie and Edie were discharged from the NICU on the same day. Afterwards we would run into them at almost every Dr. visit. I know God had a hand in it all. He made the connection and he knew we would develop a really wonderful friendship. And the Lovell's could not be more wonderful.

It was fun to get together with them and share experiences as well as insights and compare notes. Sometimes as new parents it is hard to know if you are doing the right things or not. But it seems as though we are all on the right track. Our babies are doing really great things and making great progress. Allie is 14 months old, you can see more of Allie on her blog which is linked to Edie's. I look forward to watching these two grow up together and knowing that we are all in this together is comforting. It is great to have friends who know and feel exactly some of the same things we do. Sandy is planning to get together a "Mom's Club" to meet every so often just to get together and let our children play with one another. Which I know Edie would love just as much as I would!

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I am not sure how I got Edie to make this pose - but it is precious.

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Edie's First day of Mothers Day Out

I have been so busy with so many things that I neglected to tell everyone that Edie has started MDO at First Baptist Alabaster. This is a photo of Edie all dressed up and ready for her first day of school. She attends Mondays and Fridays from 9-2. She has 4 teachers and around 12 kids in her class. The first day was a little tough. She started to cry once I was leaving the room and I wanted so badly to go back in and get her but I knew I couldn't. She did not eat very well for the teachers and cried a good bit. The past few days have been a lot better. When I picked her up today she was scooting around the floor playing with a toy and smiling at the other kids. The teachers said that she had been all over the room all day meeting everyone. They also said that she plays very well with others and seems to really enjoy being with the other children. I am so glad that she is making new friends. I am not sure if it is the MDO or what, but Edie has been talking up a storm lately! Her therapist at The Bell Center was so impressed with her sounds today. Fridays also make for a verylong day for Edie now that she goes to MDO from 9-1 (I have to pick her up early on Fridays) and then to The Bell Center from 2-3. So far she has been a real trooper. I know I say this a lot - but I am so proud of her. She has accomplished so much this past year.

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Our Baby is ONE!

It is amazing what has taken place since this same day last year. I can remember so well how nervous Scott and I were going to bed the night before Edie's birth. We spent the night doing some last minute things in Edie's room and enjoying our last night alone. With little sleep during the night we woke early to leave for the hospital around 10:00 am. I was starving, scared, excited and anxious all at the same time.

We had literally just put our bags down and I was told to change into my gown. I said "right now? Already!" I thought we would have a little more time to settle in. Well we did later among all of the cahos of the prep work. I was wheeled into the very cold, very white delivery room. The epidural was terrifying for me. A
ll I wanted was to hold Scott's hand and see his face. I could feel sweat on my face. I asked Scott if I was sweating terribly and he just replied "you are beautiful".

While the nurse talked us through the procedure being preformed I just layed there saying over and over "please God, please God, please God let her be ok, let her cry so I can hear her". After what felt like an eternity I heard my baby cry and it was the most beautiful sound ever. I thanked God for his blessing and for giving us this wonderful opportunity. Scott brought Edie over to me, I touched her face, kissed her on her cheek and then she was gone.

I am not sure how long it was before I saw Edie again. It seemed like days. Scott would come in the room to check on me, give us reports on Edie and back to the NICU he went. He assured me everything was ok, Edie was fine and she was resting. I remember holding Edie for the first time in the NICU. I remember how beautiful she was even with all of those tubes and wires attached to her tiny body. I remember the first time we were able to bring her to our room to nurse her. It was early in the morning and it was snowing outside. It was perfect because we were all together as a family, finally.

The next few hours, days, weeks are now such a blur. I remember the heart ache I felt once Edie was diagnosed with DS, how the news was given to us. I felt like I had failed everyone and most of all I thought I had failed Edie. I was sad, confused, angry at God, wondering why did he choose our little baby, why did he choose us? How are we going to do this? I felt this way for several days until the night Scott and I went home without our little girl in our arms. As we were laying there in our bed - alone again- a calmness came over me. I felt this weight leaving my body and I knew right then and there that we were ok. God was going to show us his plan and was there with us. I also knew at that moment that Scott would take care of me and we - together - would love Edie with everything we had.

Edie quickly became the love of our life from the moment we laid eyes on her. She has given us much more this past year than we could have ever imagined. She has further developed our relationships with God, family, friends, and strangers. She has made life in general so much better because we appreciate the little things more. We are grateful to Edie for everything she has taught us and for everything we have experienced because of her. Edie's smile will melt your heart. Her eyes will light up a room. And her hair will make you look twice! I have never laughed so much in my life as I have this past year. I love being Edie's mom and I am so proud to say she is all ours!

Edie has made being parents so easy for us. She has always slept through the night since the day she came home. She greets us with a smile each morning. She leaves us with a smile each night. She is strong. She is determined. She is smart. She has a great personality. She is the best little girl we could have ever dreamed of having. I am so grateful to God for trusting me to assist him in the miracle of Edie's birth and I am grateful to God for trusting Scott and I to assist him in raising her. Thank you God for our miracle.
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Happy New Year!

We had a great time celebrating the New Year with our dear friends Ashley and Eric Caldwell and Ashley's sister Jennifer and husband Corey at the Hats and Horns party. Partial proceeds for this event went to The Bell Center - where Edie attends school. I have never been to anything like this for New Years, but it was a blast and we plan on making it an annual event.
I thanked as many members of the Hats and Horns society and Service Guild as I could for their efforts. Scott and I did have the opportunity to go on stage and say a little about The Bell Center, Edie, and to thank everyone for coming. We had several people introduce themselves to us afterwards and tell us how wonderful it is to meet parents like us and how brave we are. All I can say is it is not us - it is our little girl who is wonderful and who is the brave one. Edie makes our job easy. We have been so blessed by Edie in 2008. We look forward to what 2009 will bring. Happy New Year!


Happy New Year!

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We had a wonderful Christmas with Edie and our families. Edie woke early to see what Santa had brought to her. She loved opening the packages containing tissue paper - so she could eat it! Santa brought her many toys, clothes, and a ladybug bubble wand. One of Santa's little Elf's also stopped by to introduce himself to Edie. He said he would be back next year to visit longer and play games with her. He also said that we could give him a name then too!
After Christmas at our house we headed to Gigi and Giddo's for lunch and more gift giving. We then left for Aunt Kelli's for a "late lunch" and more gifts. Needless to say by the end of the day we were stuffed and our car was full! Some of Edie's favorite toys are her dollie (who giggles), her pop ball toy, slinky, wooden puzzle, wagon and push car. (I am trying to figure out how to upload a video of her in her push car so you can see how much fun she has in it as well)


Gorham's Bluff

We spent the night at Gorham's Bluff on the 23rd just for a mini get-away. Gorham's Bluff is located in Pisgah, AL in the middle of nowhere. It is a lovely neighborhood with beautiful views and nothing to do but relax and just be together. It was a little too cold for us to stay outside long so we spent much of the time indoors. We stayed in a cute little two bedroom white house. It had the greatest wrap around porch and a great view from the master bedroom. It was filled with windows and glass doors. Edie took a swim in one of the two claw foot tubs. We made a fire and had lasagna. It was nice just to all be together as a family and spend some quality time together. We would love to go back once the weather is warmer but we did decide that we would try to make this a yearly tradition.
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