An overdue post…

Taking Time

While numerous distractions have left me neglecting this page recently, it doesn’t mean that I have forgotten it.  On a daily basis I remind myself to sit down and write.  Then there is finding time to do so.  Then there is actually doing it when I have the time.  This applies to many other day to day duties like laundry…and vacuuming…and dusting that also due to neglect has now has formed a pattern on my TV stand.

It’s an endless battle trying to push work aside sometimes and prioritizing my time here. What I have discovered is how much of a therapeutic escape this blog has become for me.  So I guess what that means is…I need to be here.


As far as Tessa goes…well as you can see she is quite content…

Maybe a little too content…

And that’s fine.

She is still trying to figure out mobility, and I am letting her by not rushing.  A process that has forced me to be patient, her ability to become a crawler or a walker will present itself when she is ready–not when I am ready.

We were introduced to a great occupational therapist earlier this month.  The results of OT have already proven quite successful.  Tessa is learning how to play productively, she is attempting to make animal sounds, adapting more to sign language, and last night for the first time she said, “Hi!”

While Tessa has been busy, so has her brother Casin.  He recently showed a pig at our local community fair.  The pig–who earned the name Joey–was donated by a local family for Casin to show at the fair with the ending goal to be whatever money the pig brought in at the auction would be donated toward 47 Strings:  Tessa’s Special Code.   Joey sold for $750 in the auction that day.  Tessa’s clapped and smiled while looking at the crowd when the bidding was over, as if she was cued to do so.  A more fitting thank you will be given to those who deserve it, and believe me we are grateful to have such staggering support right within our community.  

Baby, Baby, Baby

We were able to get an early peek at our upcoming addition to our growing family a couple of weeks ago:

Pictured here at eight weeks and one day, baby Carey appears to be growing great–and my already visibly round belly is proof.

Coming Soon

  • September Letter to Tessa
  • A post on our decision on whether or not to do early prenatal testing during this pregnancy and our reasons for the decision we made.

Moving Fast!

Dan and I arrived back home from our vacation to swoop Tessa up and cuddle her all day!  While we were gone, she managed to cut three or four teeth in three days while we were gone.  I talked last post about Tessa meeting her milestones and while I enjoy being a part of them even when they can be wonderful and frustrating (example: teething), I feel like we dodged a little bit of a “parenting” bullet here.

BUT…she was still pretty happy to see mom and dad…

Her motor development as well as physical strength are sharpening as she gets close to her first birthday.  Here are some things that have been happening since our last post.

  • She got more teeth
  • She is learning cause and effect
  • Tessa is picking up large items from her high chair tray
  • She is still scooting backwards, but at greater distances
  • She is working hard trying to transition from laying to sitting and vice versa
  • Her aunt and uncle taught her how to stand at the couch
  • Tessa is drinking from a straw with ease and holding her own sippy
  • “Mom” and “Dad” are being said more frequently, especially when Dad is visible
Cause and effect
“When I hit this, it lights up!”
Picking up a banana
















I was reading on that I need to put things on Tessa’s tray that are easier for her to pick up and still safe for her to eat.  She has yet to develop her “pincher grasp” so large, soft items are working best!  Thanks! 

Almost on the go!

While we were gone, her aunt and uncle taught her this little trick!  Her shoulder strength has greatly improved, and she is able to hold herself up for a little while!

Working hard to get to the sitting position

Blurry, yes, but you can see that Tessa is trying so hard to get into new positions without just falling over.


She is drinking from her sippy pretty much on her own.  She needs a sippy with a straw to help maintain tongue control and to strengthen her oral development.  It took no time at all for her to start doing this!

And after all of that…

A girl is tired!


  • Please keep your eyes peeled for the launch of our Kickstarter video to help raise funds for the children’s book I am writing.  There, you can pledge any amount of money and receive great incentives!  I’ve been informed by our publisher that the illustrator is currently working on our project!  You can look here for details or you can look at after the launch of the video!  More details will follow as I get them!

Thank you!