Carly passed away today. No one knows any details yet other than that she was suddenly terribly ill and they called 911. The next message just said that she was now an Angel. Please pray for her family. We are all completely shocked. Carly was an inspiration for all of us with younger children with Ds. Since she was a few years older, we learned alot about what to expect with our own children as they got older. She was an absolute treasure and will be missed terribly. We must remember that every day is a gift and we have to enjoy them all because tomorrow is not guaranteed. We love you Carly and are thankful that at least you are in Jesus' arms now.
Oh my gosh…I can’t even believe how long it has been since I have done a post. My initial excuse was that my kids were on spring break for two weeks and then my husband was off for one of those with an injured back so getting computer time was pretty hard. But now, everyone has been back to their prospective places for over a week and I still haven’t done much. I have been really trying to focus on getting some other things caught up in my life so maybe that is why. Or maybe it is because there just hasn’t been much to write about and no great pictures to post.
Anyway, I did feel badly that I posted those previous videos of Ella hitting some pretty big milestones without writing anything about it but I just knew that if I didn’t post them, it would be a while. Boy am I thankful that I did get those videos because otherwise I don’t think that ANYONE would believe me when I said that she stood up on her own and took a couple of steps. Because….the little stinker will hardly ever do it in front of anyone. I thought for sure she would be working on it constantly and have everything mastered by now. But NO…..NOT ELLA!! She continues to want to do things her way!!! She will still stand up here and there and has gotten pretty stable on her feet for a few seconds and once in a while will attempt to take a step, but she certainly isn’t working on it all the time like I thought she would. Oh well, I know it will happen sooner or later.
Ella has been starting to really get into watching TV lately. She LOVES her Baby Signing Times videos and Sesame Street and Barney. Once in a while she will even sit and watch Golf with daddy and she seems like she is really paying attention. We have recently found a new thing that she loves to watch and I wanted to share it with you all as she is a little more local than nationwide. When my older girls were much younger, we were turned on to Jana Alayra who is a children’s Christian singer and she has a couple of videos out that we bought way back when. Ella LOVES to watch these. She has movements and even incorporates some sign language in to them. Her music is so much fun and she really teaches the kiddos about Jesus in a way that they can relate. Here is the link to her website. I would highly recommend buying her first DVD….I guarantee that you will be right there jumping along with her :) http://www.janaalayra.com/
Here are some pictures of Ella sitting where she SHOULD NOT be sitting while watching her Jana Alayra video and doing some of the motions. I always take advantage of the time she is glued to the TV to get some things done but now I have to wonder if I can leave her alone in a room at all....I think she is going to be my climber!!!
We are still working on getting Ella to eat solid foods. I am not sure if she has mastered it yet.... I will let you be the judge.