I am writing this update from an airplane which is currently passing over Saudi Arabia en route to India for work. These plane rides are never pleasant – mostly because all I can think about is my sweet girl and how far away she is – so I’ve found that if I write to or about her, I feel a bit less miserable.
Daisy continues to be the busiest, most active human being I’ve ever met. Her energy level is enviable – from the moment she opens her eyes in the morning to the second they close in the evening, she is exploring, running, jumping, singing, babbling, climbing, playing and trying to get into things that are supposed to be off-limits. She is especially interested in that last part.
Daisy has been very talkative for many months now but she is starting to fully understand what we say to her and is slowly learning words to exchange with us. She signals for her favorite TV show (“Bubble Guppies”) by saying “bubble” and she calls her best friend (the little girl with whom she shares a nanny – Margaux) “GoGo”. She is getting more and more confident with her speech - frequently mimicking us and delighting herself when she gets close. She has the sweetest little voice – even when she is babbling nonsensically, I could listen to her all day.
The sweetest pumpkin in the patch!
Physically, Daisy is getting taller and continues to get stronger and stronger. Sometimes I think back to the time when her doctors told us she had low muscle tone and I laugh – she is SO strong today, she continues to blow us away with her physical abilities! Daisy’s white blonde hair is starting to come in and she has seven teeth with a few molars starting to poke their way through the surface. We are still awaiting results from the Whole Exome Sequencing test we gave blood for back in August. This test will determine whether Daisy’s hip dysplasia is related to other skeletal issues and will require surgery. For now, the dislocation of her hips doesn’t seem to hold her back one bit!
We celebrated Halloween with some of our favorite staff from the Jefferson NICU where Daisy lived when she was first born. Every other year they host a big Halloween reunion for all their graduates and Daisy was a huge hit in her panda costume. Her nurses were thrilled to see how healthy she is and the older kids thought she was so cute they all wanted to take pictures with her!
The cutest panda there ever was!
Daisy's Latest favorite activities:
Rolling around with the dogs on their bed and playing keep-away with their bones
Hugging and kissing the dogs
Playing in the tub with bath toys and pretending to swim
Opening and closing the microwave drawer
Playing hide-and-seek under the dining room table
Carrying around purses and wearing jewelry
Sorting through her shoe drawer
A girl and her dogs
My favorite thing about Daisy right now is her evolving personality. She has a huge sense of humor and a flair for the dramatic. She is deeply expressive and loves an audience. She absolutely adores animals – shrieking with delight whenever she sees a dog especially. We love her more every day and can’t wait to see what she accomplishes ❤