Monday, August 20, 2012

Ada Makes Three!


A few weeks ago Ada had tubes put in her ears. She had some fluid at her first ENT appointment and when they did a hearing test she wasn't hearing.

The day of the surgery Ada went 21 hours with no food, between needing an empty stomach for surgery and not giving her food other than sugar water once she woke up. The surgery went well and while she was under they did an ABR (Auditory Brain Response) test. June had this when she was 6 weeks old. Her hearing came back normal which was a sigh of relief because it's one less thing to be concerned with. Keeping hearing aids in a little one has been a challenge, and from what I hear it's harder keeping them in the ears of a child with Down syndrome because the cartilage in their ears is a little floppier.

"But Daddy, I'm so hungry and they are making me wear this huge gown!"
Ada rolls over on purpose all the time now and is trying to get up on her knees to crawl. She can sit up for brief moments and enjoys playing in her Bumbo with a tray. When she is hungry she smacks her lips. We are starting to sign with her and we play the little game "How big is Ada?" and lift her arms up high. Now she is starting to bring her arms to her face when we say this and she grins from ear to ear. In September she will have a 2 1/2 hour eye appointment to figure out what her vision is like.

Ada's sisters teaching her fine motor skils.
I can't remember if I told you about her thyroid test. The poor thing had to have blood drawn from her arm. Fortunately, the test was negative and she doesn't need to be on meds at this time. Speaking of not remembering, I've been slipping in this area. By the time my first two girls were six months old I felt like I was getting out of the fog and things were becoming easier. That has not been the case this time. Sometimes I wonder how I am going to get everything done and, oh, sometimes I remember I really don't have to get everything done! I've had friends tell me they would meet me somewhere and later I'll realize I thought it was a dream and barely make it to the destination.

Sisters playing princess in their castle tent.
I feel like some days I can keep up with the steam roller but others days it's brushing up against my back side and I'm going to be squashed. I'm hoping this Fall when things are a bit more scheduled my mind and body will keep up better. How do we fit it all in? Or what don't we fit in?

Catina and June holding hands while swinging.
I'm really excited about what the Lord is teaching me but now I need to listen and find out how I'm suppose to live life in this new way and turn from my old ways. Incorporating this new life and keeping up with three children seems complicated without serious boundaries. My biggest fear in all of this is for friends to not understand and think I am brushing them off or not wanting to be around them. I wonder if others deal with this same issue and I wonder what they do about it.

Pray for me!




Thanks for your honesty. I'm so glad we can talk about this even in a season where we're grasping for time to connect over the phone. Even with friends as close as us it's easy to just get bits and pieces of each others' lives and really have no clue how they're doing or feeling. Thanks for sharing, and know that I'm interceding!



  1. Oh goodness, look at that pouty lip in the first picture! I would have bought her a big mac. She's such a sweetie pie.
    Ann, indeed, thank you for your honesty. I meant to comment on your "Jonah" post. It gave me goosebumps. I love reading about what God is doing in others' lives, especially to see how His words to us can come in from so many directions.

    1. Thanks, Asta! You are an encouragement. Looking forward to hearing some of your words some day. ; )