Sunday, September 5, 2010

Week In Review

What a week.  Looking back to a week ago tonight we were so excited for our baby Alea to come home.  we finally brought her home on Monday.  She is an amazing little girl.  The instant spirit that entered our home when she arrived is truly amazing.  There is no doubt that she is one of Heavenly Fathers most choice spirits.

This last week we have been relearning how to parent.  It has been 7 years since we brought a little baby to our home.  The two older sisters love their sister very much. They go and check on her every 2 minutes to make sure she is ok.  As for Jodi, she is trying to get rest when she can.  Alea is a pretty good sleeper though.  I think she would sleep through the night if we would let her.  The doctor wants her getting her feedings every 4 hours though.

The hardest thing about having her home has been the oxygen chords.  We are getting better at lugging them around the house.  In a way it is like house arrest, as we can only go as far as her oxygen chord will reach.  They do have a travel tank, but the Dr. has told us that we shouldn't take her out much until 3-6 months.  He actually said, "I wouldn't take her to church until she is 5, but we know that isn't practical". Who says we have to be practical?  What has been an eye opener for me is how dangerous illness is for a baby who has Down syndrome.  We are being super careful!

Well, not sure what to add.  I am going to be doing another "In their own words" in a couple of weeks, so if you want the girls perspective on anything let me know and I will ask them.  Thank you everyone for your support.

Now this week in pictures:

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  1. This would be Kulani if the doctor told us not to go to church for five years: "Woohoo! Now I can be NFLDS!" She's getting huge! You must know the same people I know, because we have the exact same baby blanket with the polka dots and butterflies. Keep growing, little Alea!

  2. What more does a Garner need that be told they can't go to church for 5 years - use any excuse you can:) I love the photos - the one with her in the towel makes her look so much bigger. We love you guys! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Chris!!

    Thank you so much for your sweet comments! I only had to glance at your blog to see you have a beautiful family filled with amazing spirits. What a gift to them this blog will be.

    And quite frankly, it's nice to have a little testosterone in the blogging world. You can blog stalk me anytime! ;)

  4. Love all the pics, she is a doll. We loved being able to hold her too.

  5. Love the pictures and I want to see her and hold her! Hopefully I will make it up there sooner than later. . .