We apologize for the lengthy delay in posts. The Christiansen family has had a lot to deal with these past 2 weeks. We went in last week and I was induced on Monday night. After a long 3 days, Jude Avery Christiansen was still born into this world - a beautiful, and amazing little boy. He passed during the delivery which was probably better for us anyway. He was a big boy -- 1 lb 2.5 oz and 10.5 inches long! We spent time with him and then had to say our goodbyes for now. Avery was not there and she is none the wiser, although we plan to make Jude a part of our lives moving forward.
A friend told me I was lucky we produce such strong kids...Jude hung around for 22 weeks to make sure we knew that he was strong enough to take care of Avery from Heaven. I really hope she is right. I guess if you've learned anything about this family in the last 20 months it's that we fight - full blown, from our head to our toes.
We also said goodbye to our nanny Taylor, who has been a tremendous help to us in the last 8 weeks while Sharon has been out. We wish her the best in all that she does in this big world. Starting Monday we will be shifting tactics once again and Avery will start going to a friends house during the week while we work. We'll be changing up her therapy routine a bit but she really is doing well. Her favorite word is still "no" and she was able to stand alone for almost 30 seconds the other day at PT. Not something we ever see, but they swear it happened. Next week I will return to work, hopefully in a better state of mind and a little less sore than now. Jeremy has been doing his best to keep me comfortable, stable, and calm - all the while wrangling a 2 year old that throws her hand in your face and tells you "no". Overall, I think he's hanging in there.
There have been a lot of tears this last week...uncontrolled and random at times, but my little girl always knows how to wipe my face and give me a kiss to make it better. If she only knew how effective that is for me...