Grace, Four Months

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This month has been difficult for mama. Between going back to work and Gracie having her first cold/ear infection, I think it goes without saying there’s been some working mom guilt.

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My first week back I went into work just for the morning. I truly struggled with that decision because it meant picking up G in the middle of a nap and then trying to get her to go back to sleep once we got home. Well, Gracie didn’t miss a beat and slept like a champ. Being away from mama must have been exhausting. Her second full week of daycare was when she was exposed to the bug. She seemed fine for a week and then she hit the wall. Fortunately, she wasn’t too cranky and just wanted to be asleep all the time.

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At her four month appointment she was 15 pounds (I think being sick slowed her weight gain down) and was 26.5 inches long. She is in the 62nd percentile for weight and once again is in the 99th percentile for length.

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Gracie laughed for the first time on the day we found out she had her ear infection, so if that doesn’t prove that laughter is the best medicine, I’m not sure anything can. Gracie loves having her face tickled and that is a frequent cause of laughter. Sometimes though, I will leave her laying on the floor for a moment while I elk out of the room and when I come back, I hear her giggling to herself.

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Gracie is ‘talking’ more and more and likes to tell stories. I frequently pick her up from daycare and the sitter tells me that Gracie has been telling stories all day. Our sitter also tells me that Grace is a very easy going baby, which makes her  joy to watch. She also sleeps like a champ, thanks to being swaddled again. Hearing this makes working much easier.

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Grace, your dada and I love you more everyday. After you go to sleep at night we keep looking at your face on the monitor and telling each other how much we love you and how lucky we are to have you. You make our lives richer and fuller.

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A First I Could Do Without

Gracie has her first ear infection. I don’t think I’ve ever had an ear infection (that I can remember) so she has already surpassed mama in this area. It all started out innocently enough with a cold last week but then things got nasty and we made a second trip to the doctor only to discover the cold wasn’t just a cold anymore. So, Gracie is chugging the pink stuff and is on the road to recovery. I am glad that I trusted my mama intuition and called the doctor when it seemed like things just weren’t right. All in all, Gracie has handled being sick really well. She has basically just wanted to sleep all the time and is even kind of happy when she is awake. She did wake up in the night a few times but it was because she had a raging fever, so I can’t blame her.

I Don’t Want To Forget

Just little snippets of work that I don’t want to forget. 

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In September I was in an accident with two young clients in the car with me. (No, they didn’t cause the accident…). My pretty, little, red, two door car was totaled. Just a few days later I had one of those clients with me and was taking her home in my rental car. The rental was a black VW Jetta. This little girl walked outside, saw the rental and exclaimed “your car got fixed!”

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One of the kids on my case load has a Filipino foster caregiver. The foster caregiver taught the three year old child a derogatory Filipino word, which the child then repeated to a DCFS investigator.

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The other day I got called to testify at court. And then the state’s attorney decided he didn’t need me to testify after all.

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Last summer, shortly after I had started my internship, I was supervising a visit at the park. The only available restrooms were across a busy street at a gas station. With about 5 minutes left in the visit, I heard one of the kids, age three, say he had to use the bathroom. The mom told him he could wait, and I let it go. Right before I started loading the kids into my car, the same kid yells out “I have to poop! I am not kidding!”

Christ Is Risen

Let no one caught in sin remain
Inside the lie of inward shame
We fix our eyes upon the cross
And run to him who showed great love
And bled for us
Freely you bled for us

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave!

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave!

Beneath the weight of all our sin
You bowed to none but heaven’s will
No scoffer’s crown, no scheme of man
No burden great can hold you down
In strength you reign
Forever let your church proclaim

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave!

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave!

O death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
O church, come stand in the light
The glory of God has defeated the night

O death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
O church, come stand in the light
Our God is not dead, He’s alive He’s alive!

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave!

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave!

Lyrics by Matt Maher