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Good Things For Gwendolyn

December 11, 2010 by Victoria Strong
Two weeks ago I posted "Good Things For Gwendolyn" about some of the fun, positive things in Gwendolyn's life. I have seen other bloggers make lists of positives -- especially during a difficult time -- and I love it. I have even seen some make their good things list a regular feature and I want to join them -- well try. So the "plan" is to post a Good Things For Gwendolyn weekly to recount the funny little events, the sweet moments, the things I love. Maybe some others will as well -- I'd love to read your good things, so leave a link to your blog in the comments. They don't have to be "BIG" good things and there isn't a required amount -- just a list of the things that week that made you smile. This week the list is going to be a little long because I have two weeks worth of good things! (Some of these I already posted on Facebook, but since GrandPa and some other important folks aren't Facebookers, I am reposting them here.)

Gwendolyn's Good Things:

1) Last week, we were swinging on the swings at preschool when a little boy came running across the lawn. "I want to give this to Gwendolyn!" he said and handed her a purple flower. (This was initiated all on his own, no one told him to do this.) Gwendolyn blushed, batted her eyes and did a little coy shoulder (seriously!) and I could almost see her heart swell. It meant the world to her!!! (I nearly picked that boy up and smothered him in kisses, but then I regained my composure!)

2) I posted the above on Facebook and a few days later sweet Jadon (and his parents) posted this:

Gwendolyn was doing her night time routine, so I took my computer in to show her Jadon's picture and told her he wanted to give her a flower. She blushed and did her I-can't-believe-how-cute-that-is coy shoulder. I asked her if she thought Jadon was handsome to which she looked at Daddy, blushed even more, and then looked at me and did very BIG eye rolls "YES!" And then she wanted to blow him a kiss! (Slow down girl!)

3) We picked out the Christmas tree and decorated it over the weekend. Gwendolyn LOVED being involved in all the steps. Selecting the tree, hanging the wreath on the door, putting the silver pine cones on the dining table, decorating the mantle, hanging the stockings, and, of course, absolutely everything with the tree decorating. Like last year, we wrapped her in the lights and turned them on and off to her squeals of delight. And she then was our foreman telling us exactly where to place each ornament and which ones were allowed to go on the tree. At the very end, Bill climbed up on a step stool while Gwendolyn rested on his shoulder and together they placed the tree topper. Every night she loves going downstairs to see the tree and its lights, giving it a smell, and admiring the pretty ornaments.

4) Gwendolyn is fighting her naps. Well, she falls asleep for 5 minutes in the car as we drive home from preschool and then won't always take a full nap at home. She needs rest! Needs it! And apparently I do, too. I put on Peter Pan and then conked out snuggling with her. When I woke up, I couldn't believe I fell asleep. And was talking to her about it. I said, "Was Mommy snoring?" and she started laughing and kept saying, "Ah-huh!" giggle, giggle, "Ah-huh!" I still don't know if she was teasing me or if I was sawing logs in her ear. smile

5) I took Gwendolyn to the doctor this week for her monthly Synagis shot and for a check up. She is so good at the doctor. She loves Dr. Abbott and she loves his nurse Cyan. Cyan always gives her special stickers and, well, stickers are pretty much the bees knees to a three year old. She cried when getting her shots, but as soon as I reminded her about her stickers and we started putting them all over her arms and chest, the sweet sniffles subsided. And the fun news is Gwendolyn is now 29 pounds and 42.5 inches LONG!!!! Dr. Abbott called her his beautiful giant!

6) At preschool last Thursday we got to play with our special new friend "L." L has been really sweet to us for the last few weeks and always pats the table at snack time showing Gwendolyn to sit next to her. And on Thursday she wanted to hold her hand, which made another little girl "G" want to hold Gwendolyn's hand, too. So all during snack time L and G took turns holding Gwendolyn's hand and saying things to her like, "You are so soft!" Then after snack we played puzzles together. We high-fived each other, we cheered, we did puzzle after puzzle and sweet L took Gwendolyn's hand and helped her put the pieces in place, always high-fived her, and was actively playing with my baby. She did this on her own and with such natural, no big deal instinct. I heart her!

7) I put Gwendolyn's hair in braids for the first time. Braids! Gwendolyn has very fine hair like mine and it just wasn't thick enough or long enough to braid. So last week while she watched a movie with a braided character, I thought I'd give it a shot. She really liked them after Daddy pointed out she matched Mommy. We've been doing them a lot now! She's so grown up!

8) Last Friday we got to go out to the stable to see Little Star and Zorro. The weather was gorgeous and Little Star and Zorro were so happy to see Gwendolyn. And boy was she excited to see them! This time she got to feed both of them carrots out of her palm, put butterfly clips in their hair, and take them both on a walk. And then we had a special treat. Diane (aka Little Star's Mommy) just got a new van to transport him in. It's the cutest thing ever -- Little Mint -- a 1960s mint-colored Volkswagon bus. Diane was showing us how easy it is for Little Star now and Gwendolyn really wanted to be in the van with him. He kept giving her little head bops and nuzzles and so I would put her head up to his neck to nuzzle back and they both loved it! And...she was in such heaven that she was able to be off her bipap longer than she has been in weeks. Gwendolyn loves Little Star!

Talk About It

Love the idea of sharing Gwendolyn's Good Things! I absolutely love to read all about what Gwendolyn is doing! The stories from school are always awesome BUT I love Little Star stories even more. I especially LOVE the last picture. How cute is that? And coming in a close second is the braid picture! I may just have to start a Good Things post weekly myself. At least for me it helps to think back to the good things in a week and not dwell on the "hard" things. Love to you from the Howsden's
Posted by Molly Howsden on 2010-12-11 09:03:29
all of these good things are making me cry like a baby!!! I love ALL of this and wish I was in on all of this action!!!! As always you guys are the BEST parents!!! Gwendolyn is SO lucky to have you guys!!! xoxoxxo to ALL of you!!!
Posted by lauren lundy O'Connor on 2010-12-11 10:57:53
As always...an update from the Strong Family just makes my day. Gwendolyn is getting to be such a "big girl" and I love sharing her school stories w/my mom and friends. They are so heart warming and innocent. I had such wonderful little friends in elementary school that helped me and were my little protectors.....I can't wait to hear Gwendolyn's friend stories. Little Star stories are the sweetest!! Keep the updates coming!!
Posted by Tammy Duke on 2010-12-11 13:04:53
Loved this post... Gwendolyn is such a very lucky little girl to have parents like you who do such wonderful things for her. My heart melts every time I read your stories about her adventures at preschool. I know it was such a hard decision for you guys to send her, but I know these experiences are so incredible for her. I am so glad she's making such good friends and having such a good time!
Posted by Legally Fabulous on 2010-12-11 13:16:10
Thank you so much for sharing, again!! I love reading about all of the adventures you get up to. I can just imagine the excitement of getting her first flower from a boy, so sweet! I think the idea of "good things" is a great one...sometimes when we are struggling remembering all the good is that bit harder (although I must say you always surprise me with how well you handle everything!). I can't wait to read all of your posts but the weekly 'good things' is already one of my faves!! Hugs, Em
Posted by Emma on 2010-12-11 17:46:33
Love the good things idea. Miss G has so much to share with the rest of the world. What a fantastic learning experience for all of us. I feel so fortunate to be able to share in your lives and look forward to reading your blogs. Love the lights around your little angel! Love Carol
Posted by Carol on 2010-12-11 19:01:44
Oh my word! She looks SO grown up in those pics! What a little lady!!! Lu-huv the story about her "boyfriend"!
Posted by misty on 2010-12-11 21:43:26
I loved reading this blog! smile It is a lovely way to share Gwendolyn's personality. xxx
Posted by Lynsey Fuorvito on 2010-12-12 02:41:27
My gosh, Miss G is looking more and more like such a big girl! Especially with those braids! She is absolutly stunning like her mommy....and of course her daddy! smile thanks for sharing all of the awesome pictures. Seeing the good, positive "stuff" and focusing on that can't always be easy for you guys, but those smiles I see warm my heart and make me thankful for all that is good and right in this world----you guys are amazing....positivity and strength....that is what makes your family so darn amazing! smile be well, Lisa smile
Posted by Lisa Prokopetz on 2010-12-12 06:56:45
My gosh, Miss G is looking more and more like such a big girl! Especially with those braids! She is absolutly stunning like her mommy....and of course her daddy! smile thanks for sharing all of the awesome pictures. Seeing the good, positive "stuff" and focusing on that can't always be easy for you guys, but those smiles I see warm my heart and make me thankful for all that is good and right in this world----you guys are amazing....positivity and strength....that is what makes your family so darn amazing! smile be well, Lisa smile
Posted by Latoya Bridges on 2010-12-22 00:53:26

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