This past weekend, Rylee got to experience the Henry Doorly Zoo for the first time and I think she loved it! I don’t think she knew what she was looking at when the animals were far away, but when we got to the aquarium, she couldn’t stop looking around at everything swimming by. She is also a “people watcher,” so I think she enjoyed just being outside and taking in the new surroundings. I couldn’t believe how much had changed since the last time I was there (at least 5 years ago). I am going to grab a map next time so we are not just wondering around! It was also fun to take her to a place that I also got to experience when I was little. I am usually about a month behind on getting pictures uploaded from my camera, but I WILL get pictures up from our first zoo adventure eventually!
This last week I came across a blog that has really made me appreciate everything I have in life and how blessed I am to have a healthy baby. If you want to see what I am talking about here is the link: www.eviejayne.blogspot.com. The blog is written by a mom who has a little girl with a bone disease. The mom actually started the blog when she was still pregnant and was told that her baby would probably pass away shortly after birth, if she even made it that far. Well, the docs misdiagnosed the baby and she is now 1 ½ years old. The little girl is just so darn cute and it breaks my heart that she has had to go through so much pain at such a young age. In her short 1 ½ years of life, she has probably already gone through more than what most people endure in a lifetime. However, even through all of her medical issues, she seems to be such a happy baby. I actually found myself tearing up when I was reading through the blog because I could not imagine having to go through that with Rylee. Heck, I bawled when Rylee had to get her first shots! Although I have never met this little girl, she has definitely taught me to enjoy each and every day (the good AND the bad ones) to its fullest!
I also want to say that I am very proud of this mom that she continued with her pregnancy and knew that aborting her baby wasn’t even an option! I think she said in her blog that the overwhelming majority of women terminate their pregnancies when they find out their babies have a life threatening disease or have some kind of abnormality. This is proof that we need to leave life and death up to God!