Friday, March 11, 2011

Are we "normal" yet?

This past week, I've almost felt normal. Our daily routines consist of mom and dad going to work, cleaning the house, dropping the girls off at Grandma and Grandpa's, reading bedtime stories, watching hours of Yo Gabba Gabba, blowing bubbles, taking baths and lots of sister play-time.

Ok, as I write this, I realize that "normal" does not also include morning and evening meds, OCD attitudes about germs, wondering if my baby is teething or going into heart failure, debating whether or not a heart rate of 137 justifies a text to the cardiologist, etc.... but, hey, beggars can't be choosers. As the days pass, normalcy creeps in. And I love it. Sometimes I catch myself and wonder if I shouldn't feel normal; maybe normal isn't good. Abnormal keeps you on your toes and reminds you to take nothing for granted.

Unfortunately, being a part of our ever-growing congenital heart defect (CHD) family does not allow you a chance to feel "normal" - at least not for more than a day or two at a time. There is always pain and suffering and reminders.

So, today, the Lihns will feel normal. Afterall, Zoe turned 10 months old today! Tomorrow, we will take Zoe out into the world for the first time in a long, long time.

We will continue to take life a day at a time and enjoy our days of normalcy, when and while we can.

Pictures of Normalcy...

(Zoe agrees...laundry is no fun!)

("Sassy like Mom" - and bossy too!)

(Emmy "getting Zoesie out" of her crib.)

(Sister love- Zoe is not impressed)

(Chillin' in the playroom)

(Play that funky music, white girl)


  1. LOVE this post! Love all the pics - but have to say, I think the pic of Emmy with the hammer "getting Zoesie out" of the crib is my favorite! Enjoy the normalcy - after the year we've had, you deserve it! Happy 10 months beautiful girl!!!

  2. Can I tell you how much I LOVE these pictures. Zoe's hair is so long! I agree with Amy the one of Emmy getting Zoe out of the crib is so cute. Enjoy it because I am sure in a few years she will be chasing her with the hammer lol. Aidan and Jake have already started fighting over toys. Here is to "our normal"!

  3. Tears of happy. My love to the Lihns. Your girls are so incredible. Precious.

  4. These last two pictures made me laugh out loud. So adorable.

  5. Love the favorite Zoe doing the laundry....your red lacy bra is sexy!!! Haha so glad you're finding your life to be normal :)

  6. Now that I look again maybe that's not a bra lol but cute pics anyway!

  7. Can't wait for normal... you guys are awsome :)