Welcome to Georgia's Journey

Georgia Lily Lucas was born at home on October 6th, 2008 4:15am, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was diagnosed with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) on April 1, 2009.

On April 3rd Georgia was taken home, to be near her sisters and the rest of her family and friends. Nearly three weeks later, on April 21, 2009, she died peacefully -- in the loving arms of her mother and in the same room in which she was born.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Springtime

The girls are now officially on spring break and the weather is supposed to start warming up today. I am looking forward to having a relaxing yet full week with my girls. This year like every other year, the arrival of spring has brought out Calla's asthma in full force. We were actually contemplating taking her into the the ER last Sunday night (she has my lovely chest cold) but we managed to make it through and her breathing is now much better. She has actually been on her meds daily for a couple of weeks now which is hard for everybody to handle. The Flovent turns our sweet, cautious little girl into one that is full of hyper and aggressive energy. She also has a hard time focusing and making decisions. Mike and I try to be patient with her but it can be very difficult at times. We are now trying to diminish the amount of meds she is on until we can find the right balance. At least with the weather warming up we can send her outside more to burn off some of that excess energy.

Maya, on the other hand, seems to be flourishing this spring. Instead of melt down after melt down I am hearing more laughter from her and she is much easier to reason with. Her spunky personality is starting to shine through again and she makes us laugh pretty much everyday. She currently has a list of all of the things she is going to start doing when she turns four. These include eating tomatoes and mushrooms as well as writing her name. (She can actually write her own name but doesn't think that she should have to until she turns four!) She is going to give her teachers a run for their money one day.

With a growing tummy following us all around, the excitement of another family member is growing. Maya was shouting with delight last night as she counted on her fingers 3 sisters! Both of the girls are thrilled to be welcoming another little sister. Talk of Georgia has only increased as we slowly get ready for our next one. I am very aware that most, if not all of the actual memories Calla and especially Maya have will be replaced with memories of this new little one but we are trying hard to keep Georgie's short life a part of them. This is done mostly through talking and looking at pictures. Maya also carries and sleeps with Georgia's bunny most of the time.

While I thought that March and April would be extremely difficult months we are all doing just fine so far. It's hard to be sad when the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and our kids are happy and healthy for the most part. We are planning on taking off for a couple of days around the 21st but other than that we are just taking it one day at a time.

Love to you all,

Kristen

1 comment:

  1. As another week has passed without chatting I am so glad to hear things are going better, especially with Calla's cold! I am sure some days are better than others but I am glad to hear you are heading into spring with a house full of love and laughter! You are right, a lot of the girls memories will be replaced, but the values they learned from Georgia, from you and Mike and this whole journey will be with them forever! They have learned so much about love and life, and Maya being excited about having 3 sisters just shows what an awesome job you have done.
    This week we will chat for sure, but until then, hugs and love to you all, Em

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