monday, july 12

it has to be good when you get to a point where the days you think about the fact that your daughter was born weighing less than 2 pounds are far less than the days that you are forced to think of them.  i've had a few jolting reminders that things weren't always this "normal."  a few weeks ago i had a message on my phone from a scheduling coordinator that adali had been referred and recommended to receive a second developmental testing at cardinal glennon.  honestly, i had to listen to the message twice and make sure that i heard it correctly.  it was as if i had forgotten that she should have been developmentally delayed and that she was actually tested just over a year ago.  it was almost as if i had forgotten it all; the sleepless nights, the pleading with god, the desats and alarms, the synagis shots and smell of antibacterial soap.  but then i realized i will never forget.  it will always be there, but it is times like this where i realize i don't always have to live with it.  that it's ok to move on and enjoy the days where things are, well, normal.

it's been awhile since i've actually put thought into how well adali is actually doing.  but, that's a good thing!  we've been too busy enjoying the summer and "doing" life to think about if what we're doing falls in line with what a normal 2 year old should be doing.

we've already come to the conclusion that she is absolutely crazy!  but beyond crazy, she's wicked smart.  it astounds me at how well she remembers past events and will carry on a full conversation about something she did with someone that wasn't even there.

example – i always introduce adali to anyone she meets.  we were recently at a car dealership and i introduced adali to a woman named mary.  mary was kind enough to give adali some (nearly a dozen) key chains.  this has been several weeks ago, but now if anyone comes over to the house, she will grab her key chains if they are around and tell anyone who will listen that mary at the car dealership gave her the key chains.

she also always asks what the check out persons name is when we run errands.  so far she has managed to point out (without me even brining it up) and correctly name 3 separate checkers on return visits.

other things to note – she is still completely obsessed with toy story.  to the point where, the other day at nana and papas house she was running around in toy story underwear (obviously intended for little boys) and probably a dozen toy story stickers plastered to her stomach as she repeated to infinity and beyond 532 times in a row.

and even more important than how crazy she is or how smart she is, is how happy she is…



she makes me crazy sometimes but she always makes me crazy happy!

much love,

mama a


4 Comments ( Reply )

  1. sara t says:

    I am positive that it is impossible to watch the video and not smile and laugh with her!!!

  2. Sandy says:

    That is so sweet!!!! Wow how she has grown! She is adorable! Love the part where she said my funny daughter!

  3. Erin says:

    I miss you guys and need an Adali fix soon. We need to get Carson and Adali together. Between her belly laugh and his we could make a lot of people smile. She’s doing so great!

  4. Oscar says:

    Hi Jamie! Jenn follows your blog and always updates me on how you guys are doing. I love your pictures. Adali is so big and so cute! She seems like an amazing little girl. I’m glad you guys are doing well.

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