|Ella Bean....as we call her|
When I was pregnant with Miles I signed up for one of those websites that gives you a weekly rundown of baby's development in utero. I used to follow it religiously. I looked forward to each new week and finding out how many inches baby should be and what organs were developing at the time well so that I would have a very healthy baby. It was like a little ritual I had.
Once the baby is born, the website continues sending you weekly emails with your baby's progress, like "Your baby is 4 weeks old. At this point your baby should be starting to....". When Miles was born I couldn't bare to read those weekly emails. I was angry at them, angry that they only included milestones and development for a typically developing child. It was too painful reading where Miles "would" or "should" be if he didn't have Down syndrome. I remember even crying once as I read one of those weekly updates. That's when I took myself off their list. No need to put myself through that crap!
Well, about three months into my pregnancy with Ella, I decided to sign up for those emails again. I realized that I hadn't been paying as much attention to this pregnancy and where baby was in the process. I wanted to give as much love and attention to this pregnancy as I had to my first one with Miles. I didn't read the emails religiously and I didn't spend as much time visualizing the baby's progress, but when I had the time, I did it. And it was nice. Then Ella was born and everything was fine. She is a typically developing child and I'm having a totally different experience seeing her develop. In fact, this time it's the reverse; I actually look forward to reading the weekly emails and finding out where a baby her age should be in her development. And the crazy thing is that she is right on target. It blows my mind!! A couple of months ago I read that she should be starting to make sounds and babble. Like two days later Ella started babbling like crazy. On another email I read that at these many weeks, she should be really interested in faces and be responding to different facial expressions. Well Ella had already been doing that for a couple of weeks.
|Mama and Ella|
|Miles & Ella love!|