While I am an avid blog reader I have always told myself I would never start my own. Who would read it? My life is pretty boring. I can only think of one person who MIGHT read my blog and even that person is doubtful. She would just call me. But, here I am starting a blog.
Why, you ask?
That's easy. After getting such big response from my two mass emails I sent out (both can be viewed below) I realized this would be the easiest and most efficient way to keep everyone updated on Isabelle's progress. This will be slightly quicker for me as I won't have to sift through all of the email addresses in my address book finding everyone I need to send it to, and you guys can voluntarily check for updates instead of me forcing them down your email inboxes. I will also be able to upload pictures and videos here for everyone to see at any time (once I figure out how to do that at least). So, congratulations. You all care so much about my girl that you have forced me to join the blogging world.
Ok, for those of you who may not have been with us from the beginning or just haven't always kept in touch let me give you a very short version of the past two years. Isabelle was born August 1st of 2007. She was diagnosed with Larsen's Syndrome which is a connective tissue disorder mainly causing loose joints and joint dislocations. More specifically for Isabelle this caused her to be born with dislocated knees, hips, feet malformations, and an abnormal curve in her cervical spine. Her feet and knees were casted every week for two months after she was born to slowly straighten out her feet and to bend her knees the correct way. At six months old she underwent surgery to finish correcting one of her knees and both feet. She has been in physical therapy since shortly after her surgery and has come a long way. We have now found out that the curve in her spine will now require a surgery that is extremely risky for a child her size and age but, you can read those details in the two previous posts.
Now a little explanation about the name of this blog, "Belli's Place." Up until Isabelle was about three months old she cried, constantly. And I really mean that. Night, day, during meals, any where and everywhere. So I found myself singing this song to her quite a lot, and I am sure most of you have heard it. It goes something like this, "Isabelli, Isabelli, night and day it's Isabelli change the diapers, fix the meals, wash the bottles, do the laundry." Oh wait, you probably don't know that version. But it is very similar to the one you might have heard on Cinderella. I swear that's not where I got it from though =-)
So, the name Belli stuck and it's what I have called her ever since. And while she has grown out of the crying and turned into an unbelievably happy and easy little girl she will still always be my Belli. And this is now her place for all of you to gather to read, pray, and show her your support.
Thank you for joining us on this journey and please continue to keep my sweet girl in your thoughts and prayers.