Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Coffee and Lemonade

So... this is the latest development! Two weeks following Jackson's palate surgery we were able to start him back on solid foods again. I decided to try his usual oatmeal but with apple juice this time... and he loved it and gobbled it down in 10 minutes! Afterwards I thought I'd try a bit of juice in his sippy cup and see how it went. Initially I had to hold it for him, while he tried to figure it out. Then he started to get it and want to do it HIMSELF. Then the other night, this happened:


Drinking while Sleeping from Halle Whittington on Vimeo.

I have seen babies fall asleep while drinking before, but Jackson has NEVER done it because he has NEVER been able to take any liquid from anything. And we have tried EVERYTHING! So when we observed this the other night, we had to capture it. I can't tell you how excited it has made me! He can only take little bits from it right now, but he's getting it... and that makes me SO HAPPY!

In other news... Today is my sister's 29th birthday! Happy Birthday Anne (aka Bear Bear)! I love you!

Also, I met the most amazing woman today along with her beautiful girl, Bella. Bella is 3 months old and was also born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. We found each other through the blogging world and were finally able to meet up today over coffee and lemonade. I can't even express what it feels like to talk with someone that understands much of what we are walking through and knows what it is like to be a first-time mother in the way that I do. Jenny, you are such an incredible mother and I am so thankful for you.

What a beautiful day...

10 comments:

Emery Jo said...

this is the CUTEST video I've ever seen. What a precious boy... fighting sleep so he can drink his big boy cup! I love it!!

Robertson Family said...

Seriously cute video! And I am so glad to hear you have someone close who can understand what your life is like! Here's to more beautiful days!

The Avilas said...

That video was AMAZING!!

Joy Howse said...

YEAH!! Aiden just did the same thing - took a bottle unassisted for the first time EVER. What a wonderful moment. How do you post longer videos like that? If I try to upload anything over 15 secs it says it is too big. So frustrating.

Thanks for sharing. He is adorable awake and asleep. :)

Anne-Therese said...

I love that video!!! Yay Jackson! You're my hero. :)

Jenny said...

Oh Halle,
I loved my time with you as well! I wish we lived closer to each other, but I'm thankful for the time we had. Who knows? Maybe we'll meet up in Texas one day... :-) Adorable video. My mom and I watched it together and laughed - can't wait til Bella can get to that stage. Thanks again for the yummy lemonade!

Lisa said...

Yea! I'm so glad to see everything is healing well and he has reached this awesome milestone. That video is the cutest. I think my favorite part is Mom and Dad chuckling in the background. ;)

The Avilas said...

I love it. THanks for sharing. We are going to miss that little guy. He will be throwing footballs and cussing the next time we see him! Love you girl.

Jenn

Cheatwoods said...

That was very sweet..so cute! Its so fun watching your kids get things isnt it! What a great little smart guy!

Cameron Ingalls said...

yay!!! wooowho! so glad that he can finally fall asleep drinking (like his old man) ;) just kidding! But i am super glad that he has everything patched up!!!