Well, I am now officially the mother of a rollie pollie! Rhae has been rolling from her stomach to her back, and has now mastered from back to stomach. As I figured she would, now that she has discovered this mode of locomotion, she is testing it out by going all over the den! Jay and I sat and watched her the other night go from back to stomach to back to stomach to back to...well, you get the picture! I know this may not seem like a lot to many people, but it is a MAJOR milestone for us! I can just sit and watch her roll and roll and roll while I cry and cry and cry! I got so tickled at her this afternoon--I laid her in the den on her blanket and went about my business getting some things done. A few minutes later when I checked on her, she had rolled off the blanket towards the TV. So I went on into the kitchen to wash bottles and call my mother-in-law, and a few minutes later, I turned around to go check on her and she was laying in the doorway! I started laughing so hard that I could barely catch my breath! My little rollie pollie!
I had hoped that one day I would see my baby be able to roll like she is doing, but I honestly didn't know that it would be before she was 9 months old! This gives me so much hope for the future--knowing there is a probability I will see her sit up alone, maybe sooner than expected, and hopefully see her walk one day. Rhae has come such a long way and I am just so thankful each and every day that she is here with us! I know everyone is proud of their children, and I'm not trying to say that I love my child any more than anyone else loves their's, but I promise, until you've had a child who defies all odds and just keeps going, I don't think you can truly appreciate all life has to offer. I told my stepmother just the other day, as much as I dreaded OI while I was pregnant, I wouldn't take anything in the world for it now. OI is my life, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Of course, I would get rid of it in a heartbeat to get rid of Rhae's pain, but that would be the only reason. OI is part of what makes Rhae who she is, and she wouldn't be Rhae without it! OI has changed me in so many ways, all for the better--it has taught me so much. I've said it before, and I'll say it again...take nothing for granted, especially your children! Slow down and pay attention. Get excited about the little things. You'll be surprised at the difference it will make in your life.
P.S. Incase I don't post again before Sunday, our friend, Jake Grys, who also has OI, and his family were the lucky recepients of a new house courtesy of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in November. They live in Illinois and their story will air this Sunday night on ABC at 7pm, CST. Don't forget to watch precious little Jake get the house of his dreams!