Praise the Lord Lilly turned 6 months old today! This is a huge milestone for a Trisomy 18 baby. I remember my first goal for Lilly was to just be able to bring her home from the hospital. Then I wanted to get her to 1 month. Then I prayed for 6 months. And here we are! My next prayer is 1 year. Once she makes that she'll be one of only 10% of Trisomy 18 babies that have survived their first year.
I love when God does things that surpass my expectations. :) I love what God says in Jeremiah 33:3: "‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’"
Check out Lilly's little double chin in today's second picture!
In the last picture, Lilly has just fallen asleep after having "tummy time" on the floor. I try to get down on the floor with her for a little while every day so she can have the opportunity to lift her head and strengthen her muscles.
It's sort of strange seeing normal babies and what they're doing by 6 months. Lilly can only smile, stretch, roll onto her side (sometimes), and lift her head off my shoulder on occasion. Sometimes I start to feel sad for her, and all of us, when I think about that. But that doesn't last long because I'm just so incredibly thankful that she is still alive!
"The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation Is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly. The right hand of the LORD is exalted; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly. I shall not die, but live, And declare the works of the LORD. . . . I will praise You, For You have answered me, And have become my salvation." - Psalm 118:14-17, 21