Name: Ellie Grace
Age: 18 months
Weight: 14 lbs
Nicknames: Ellie baby, Ellie Bee, Sunshine, Gracie, Princess, Big girl, Ellie belly, Auntie Soso, Little one
Likes: Bath time, taking walks in the Ergo, standing, laughing at people, babbling, smiling 90% of the day, napping on momma, playing tricks on momma, hugging momma, anything and everything having to do with momma
Dislikes: Physical therapy, sitting by herself, darkness, and being with anyone besides her momma
Favorite toys: Mickey Mouse stuffed animal, Vtec kids computer, anything that makes noise or lights up
Favorite foods: Yogurt, mashed avacado, ice cream (a girl after my own heart), peanut butter
As of today, I have a one and a half year old! I still can’t wrap my mind around that. My girl came home two months ago and acted totally like a newborn, unable to engage, move, eat well, or sleep for long periods of time. Now, she is babbling, sitting straight up, and standing with assistance. She eats a lot, and only wakes up 1-3 times a night (it used to be 5-8!). She’s no longer a baby, even though she’s a tiny little peanut who only fits in 3 month clothes. She’s a growing little lady.
Today, you turn 18 months old. A year and a half. I can’t believe that in six months you will be two years old. You have grown so big and strong and I am so proud of you. I am constantly in awe that out of everyone in the world, God chose us to be a family.
When you wake up in the morning, you are nothing but smiles. During the day, you are constantly laughing. When I tie you onto my back for you to fall asleep for the night, we walk to a mirror and when you see yourself on my back, all you can do is open your mouth wide and smile. You truly are the most joyful child.
My baby girl, I say it time and time again, but its the biggest blessing and honor to be your momma. People will say that you are lucky to have me because you were an orphan, but I don’t believe that one bit. We are lucky to have each other. Because I could not imagine life without you. We are a team. A mother daughter duo. You are my forever sidekick. We don’t go anywhere without each other.
You are brave. You are a warrior. You are strong. And you never, ever give up. I know the physical progress you’ve made in the last two months is only a beginning of an incredible journey of healing that we are on. I can’t wait to have a front row seat in continuing to watch God perform miracles.
Ellie Grace, my sunshine, you are so very loved. I loved you before I ever met you. I have been praying for my future children for years, and now, I know all those prayers were heard by our Father, because every single one of them was answered…with you. My beautiful daughter, you are God’s greatest gift to me, and there are never enough words to thank Him enough for giving me you.
I love you. Always and forever. To the moon and back, and more.