Well today is the day! Last year at this time mom and I were probably on our way to the gestational diabetes counseling. I kept trying to convince everyone I was not at risk for having a big baby...she was only in the 35th percentile! But everyone insisted I had to go. So we sat and waited and then talked and talked about what I could and could not eat and what exercise I needed to start and how to take my blood sugar. Then off to Applebees...and most of you know the rest of the story. Then from Applebees to that life saving sonogram. I keep thinking of the what ifs. The sonogram fell on MLK day and I had scheduled the day off of work to go. If I had remembered on MLK day we get our regular pay plus time and a half I would've rescheduled it. The sonogram itself was $150 and I was trying to talk myself out of spending that much just for another sonogram. But God works in mysterious ways and somehow we made it there that day. Just in the knick of time. There was reverse bloodflow in the placenta and Avery hadn't grown at all since the last sonogram, 1 month earlier. She measured only 27 wks, but I was 31 weeks pregnant. After much tears and chaos and an emergency c-section, Avery Grace arrived at 4:32pm that afternoon weighing 2lbs 2oz. That day was filled with so many fears...what if she didn't make it...what if something was terribly wrong with her...so many what ifs. And we find ourselves a year later, with a perfect little girl (who, by the way, stood alone yesterday for the first time!) Who could've ever imagined how fun and miraculous and exciting and amazing this year was going to be. Happy Birthday Avery. We love you more than you can ever imagine. You are truly the most miraculous gift I have every been given. Looking at you makes me understand exactly what I was meant to do... be a good mommy to you! I love you, love you, love you.
Pics to come later...off to Dr. Khanfar for a 12 month well baby visit...even her daddy is coming this time :) Then I have to go to work (boo!) and after that there will be cupcakes and presents and pictures galore!