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Monday, November 19, 2012

Brenna Helen Marie is ELEVEN months old!


Beautiful Girl,

I'm not really sure where the late fall went, but somehow we are already in the middle of November, preparing for Thanksgiving! And I'm baffled how this can be your last month of babyhood, before you turn ONE. How did we even get through some of those extremely difficult times during your first year?

But we did, and you're happy and healthy now, and we feel so blessed.
You are still a "baby" in some ways - mostly physically, since you have about a 50% delay in your motor skills, but socially and emotionally, you are right where you should be. You definitely think you're a big girl!

And you can't wait to get up and go. It frustrates you so much to see everyone else walking around and leaving the room, especially when we leave you sitting by yourself. A pile of toys is not enough; you want people to play with!

Your new favorite game is peek-a-boo, and you squeak with delight when my face pops out from behind my hands. You also love playing with all of the glossy holiday ads that are coming in the mail now; crumpling paper rocks your world, and this entertains you for quite a bit longer than any toy you have!

You still only have two bottom teeth, but I think some more might make an appearance soon. You love to grab at your feeding tube line - it's the perfect width to get your little fingers around! - so I've been finding "replacements," such as this stethoscope from Connor's doctor set :)

I know this next month will be a blur, with Thanksgiving, Christmas preparations and of course your big birthday bash :) But just 11 short months ago, I would have given anything to know this is where we would be today - first holidays, your birthday, spending time with family and friends, reading books and playing with your brother, and thanking God every day that you are here with us.

You have certainly turned our lives around, precious girl, and very much for the better. You are a sassy thing, with lots of independence, love for your family and a big cuddle fan, and there's no one else we would choose to complete our family. You are our sweet girl, and we are so proud of you for all that you have overcome this year.
We love you and are so grateful you are our daughter! Happy 11 months!

18 comments:

  1. I end up crying On every blog you write. I'm such a hot mess. When I first started reading about Brenna, I too would have given my arm to know that she would grow and be strong. I'm so glad she has you and Evan as parents. I cant think of 2 people that Could fo a better job and being her parents! You 2 are wonderful!

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  2. Happy 11 month birthday, Brenna. You have touched so many lives and we all rejoice with your family at how far you have come!

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  3. HAPPY HAPPY DAY BRENNA!!!:)
    Pete and Judy Olesen

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  4. What a beautiful baby girl! She touches so many of us!

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  5. Beautiful Baby, Thank you for sharing.

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  6. What a wonderful,touching reflection! God's blessing to all of you. Happy Thanksgiving, Westlakes!
    Pat K

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  7. Thanks for sharing Brenna's life with us!

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  8. She is so absolutely beautiful!! Happy 11 months Brenna!!

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  9. Gorgeous as always sweet girl! Happy 11 months!

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  10. I'm not supposed to be checking non-work websites from my office, but I did, and now I can't work because I have tears in my eyes...I guess that's why the policy is in place! Such a beautiful girl - so glad to see her growing and thriving. She truly is a blessing to so many. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Happy 11 months Miss Brenna!! I teared up too reading this. So thankful she's doing so well! Love those jeans of hers btw! So cute!!

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  12. I have read your blog every day since Brenna was born last year, and like many, I'm sure, I've never commented. I am so excited to share her birthday with you next month. It's hard to believe I've been reading that long. Brenna is so beautiful and I love reading about your honest struggles with caring for Conner and a child that needs special care. Truly a blessing to read your blog.

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  13. Congradulations to the whole Westlake family !!!

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  14. I cry with nearly every post -- this one I even needed tissues......bless her darling little heart!

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  15. Happy happy happy 11 months, Beautiful Brenna and beautiful family. I can't believe Brenna is already wearing jeans! Geez, time goes by so quickly. God bless you all, Westlake family.

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  16. Brody likes to play with his feeding tube extension too so we just give him an extra one when we are feeding. :-)

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  17. What a little beauty! So glad she's making good progress :) mum told me that my early years were up and down, and the smiles were well appreciated.
    Love the new design too :) glad to have caught up now I'm out of hospital.

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