Day 47

Dave and I seem to be short-tempered today. Not to a terrible extent – just runoff from the weekend’s adventures and limited sleep. It’s also because with every step forward that Tess takes comes new decisions and realizations. Tess is in an open crib – she seems more out in the world. Yet a cold can still kill her, and if we tried to take her out of the hospital they’d (justifiably) call child services. It’s hard to have so much excitement at her progress and still have to hold back.

We talked to Lexie tonight about what she would do in our place with the new open crib guidelines – one of our most annoying yet effective questions. And despite the open crib, she suggested we keep limiting visitors and definitely holders. *sigh* So it’s only mom and dad and birth parents for now. It’s like eating chocolate out of an advent calendar: there’s never enough chocolate for one day! So we have a little more perspective on the size of her latest step forward, aka progress but don’t go crazy. Still, walking in and seeing that little face all snuggled into a swaddle and covered by grandma Rose’s blanket is a serious heart warmer, and we can’t wait to share it!

Salt Lake was gorgeous today, and we got to spend part of it on Micky and Eric’s deck surrounded by mountains, horses, dogs, a pond, amazing food and even better company. And that’s saying something! The food was to die for! Lol. It’s the closest thing to family dinner that we have out here, and we always feel comfortable and homesick at the same time. On the way back, we talked music with Kat and Spencer, per the usual. As I raved about Tom Waits and the development of musical characters, I realized we really are a generation older. (They’d never heard of him.) It just made me think about how different regions, backgrounds and ages change how you relate to the world around you. I can’t wait to see what Tess brings home, once we get her there!

8 thoughts on “Day 47

  1. Well…helloooo!
    Tess is certainly dressing well and looks lovely in her new frocks. I love your commentary maggey and dave. If this is the first time you have been testy…you are truly remarkable! This is a very tough way to start parental life and i think personally, that you are both doing an amazing job …Tess is such a lucky girl..to be surrounded by three families’ love….how many kids have such a warm, happy leap into life..even if she couldn’t wait to see what the world had in store for her! Hang in there and get some sleep! Of course, i am cooking a brunch casserole at 1:30 in the morning so how wise am i? Maybe i am not your best example!? Hugs and kisses! love, mom

    • Mom, you are awesome. This just made my whole week! Also, love the breakfast casserole comment but wish you weren’t up so late yourself! Time kind of creeps up on ya, huh? Can’t wait to see you guys. 🙂

  2. Wow! An open crib! Love the photo of Maggey and Tess! Love the comment along with it even more… *heart melting*
    Big hugs to all of you (germ free ones)! (and to Cathy and the gang in Milwaukee too! Miss you guys!!!)
    Lots of love, Jess xoxo
    p.s. ahhhh! So cool that you were able to meet up with Shannon! Jealous!

  3. I cannot imagine the highs and lows. You and Dave are doing such a fabulous job as parents. I admire your bravity, will to seek counsel, and intense love for your little pumpkin. All of us in WI are cheering you on. Sending love and positive thoughts today and each day.

  4. Everyone raved about the brunch casserole at “Birthday Group” today…it was almost as impressive as the wonderful news about baby Tess. We are so happy for all of you and thank you for the excellent reports on her progress. Maggie, you are an excellent writer! We send prayers for her continued strength..we have several friends with little ones who have grown rapidly from small sizes ..all doing great.
    We cannot wait to meet her when you get back home. Until then please know that all the Andersons share your joy at her safe arrival. You are already earning A’s in parenting!!!! Love, Barb and Steve

  5. Guys: Tess looks great out in the crib under her colorful blanket; Maggey you are gorgeous in the navy blue sweater (the color really becomes you!); and Dave, hang in there with Badger red (right on!). Look forward to seeing you next week. Love, Dad

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