“When God wants a great work done in the world or a great wrong righted, he goes about it in a very unusual way. He doesn’t stir up his earthquakes or send forth his thunderbolts. Instead, he has a helpless baby born, perhaps in a simple home and of some obscure mother. And then God puts the idea into the mother’s heart, and she puts it into the baby’s mind. And then God waits. The greatest forces in the world are not the earthquakes and the thunderbolts. The greatest forces in the world are babies.” ~ET Sullivan

Monday, December 3, 2007

The Highs and Lows of Being Two

Leah had a relatively tear-free birthday; no major owies, no time-outs or spankings. We were busy partying, so she didn't get to bed until 10:00 last night, which made for a not so happy toddler today. The poor girl was under-rested from the start, and thanks to two different doctor's visits and an afternoon in the car, didn't get more than 1 hour of nap time. Chris came home at lunch time and was witness to Leah getting knocked in the head as she stepped in front of a door as it opened. Then when he came home from work, within an hour she pulled a chair over onto herself, getting a nasty forehead bruise, and in her traumatized state wouldn't eat dinner. By this point in time, we couldn't yet tell what part was hurt, so in case it was her mouth that hurt, I gave her ice to munch on...and she choked on it. I did a finger sweep and made her gag and it was actually quite scary. Yeah, it wasn't such a great day.

We were all a little traumatized by the time bed time rolled around. We are glad for the perspective that life is fragile and are appreciating our little girl so much right now despite the grumpy moments, or should I say days (we just don't want to be reminded of that fragility every day...).

On a good note,
the Dynamic Duo has been reunited!
Leah and Ophie are together again at last! Our friend at the Conoco in Laramie followed through on his promise to mail Ophie to us, and she arrived today! Here is Leah beaming as Ophie's return was revealed! Any ideas what to send this guy as a token of our appreciation?


Anonymous said...

Yea! Happy Leah! As a suggestion of what to send the attendant, maybe some jewelry? It could be a new ring for his tongue or nose or a piece of jewelry for a new body part!

On a more serious note, a thank-you card signed by everyone in the family (especially Leah and Ophie), one of the pictures of happy-Leah opening the box, and a gift card to Blockbuster.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Elizabeth. Send him one of the pictures of Leah! And a note that she "dictates"....

Anonymous said...

Do they have blockbuster in Laramie?!

Anonymous said...

I say chocolate. Everyone loves chocolate. And a picture of the happy couple.

Anonymous said...

Hey Sweetie I'm glad you got Ophie back. What a wonderful friend to of had at the Conoco in Laramie and to know the importance of what Ophie meant to you. I agree a Thank you card from the family with a picture of Leah and Ophie being reunited. The picture says it all.

Love ya a bunch Sweetie,
Aunt Joy