It's been a trying year. I have been incredibly blessed by my little daughter. She is a constant joy to us. But it also has been a quite difficult year because of her health problems and failure to thrive. But her failure to thrive has only been in size so far, otherwise she is develping great! She is crawling, cruising, can stand on her own for a brief time, climbs everywhere, is curious, exploring, her vocabulary is getting richer every day. The only problem seems to be her lack of interest in food and some kind of disorder in her digestive track to extract all the nourishment from the food =(. She is going to turn a year old in a week and I am so thankful that we made it this far with God's help. She teaches me patience, trust, faith, long-suffering and patience (yes, I know I said that twice).
Every time it seems that we are making progress, that she is eating a bit more, that she is gaining some and the doctors let us go a few weeks without checkups and tests, something happens and she has either a respiratory infection or GI problems or justs goes on a hunger strike. We have been twice to the hospital in her short life and many many times to different doctors and done many tests. She has no conclusive diagnosis. We just have to do what we can do best (feed her!) and hope she is going to outgrow whatever is troubling her. It's frigthening at times, frustrating most of the time, but she keeps us continuosly in prayer for wisdom, patience, grace and love. She is a sweetie! I am so thankful to God for her. I just wish I knew how to take better care of her health.
Last week we had a visit by my sister and her little girl. It was so great to see my niece and for Abi (and the other children) to play with her cousin. Now little Naomi is just 6 months old and our Abigail is almost a year old. It was so funny, when Abi called her cousin "baby", since the "baby" is 4 pounds heavier than her =). But they had a great time together.
I'll finish this post with a shot of my petite troublemaker. I found her a few days ago in the bathroom "cleaning the toilet"! While I am very happy about her readiness to help, I am not thrilled about the chore she picked, LOL.