We took Promise for her newborn screening today at the clinic. They take some blood samples and send them to a lab to be analyzed. I think they're checking to make sure she won't die or something. They had to prick her in the heel to draw the blood, and she didn't seem to like that very much. She screamed for a while, but I'm sure she won't be emotionally scarred for life. I actually really enjoyed holding her and comforting her after the ordeal. It felt great to be one of the only people on the planet who could truly console her. I like being a Dad.
Promise is very healthy and she's gaining lots of weight. She's growing like one of those foam toys that expand in water. We checked today and she is now 6lbs 15oz. That's a 23% increase in just 12 days! I did the math: if she keeps growing at this rate, she will be heavier than me by the end of January. I think we may need to alter her diet.
Bethany is doing great. She went out for a haircut at a fancy salon today, which is something she never does. In fact, she enjoyed it so much that she reportedly started to cry for joy when the stylist pulled out the blow dryer (is that some sort of post-pregnancy hormonal thing?). She's going back to work tomorrow, but only for an hour or so. She has a couple of continuities that need a prenatal exam. I think she's going to take Promise with her, so I'm sure it will be quite a challenge.
Have I mentioned that Promise is awesome? Well, she is. I love her so much. My Mum said something that blew me away last week. I was telling her how I like to hold Promise on my chest while I sleep, and just how much I love my little girl. You know what my mother said? She said, "Now you know how much I love you!" That rocked me to the core. In fact, I'm crying again right now just thinking about it. I had no idea until that moment how much my parents love me. What an incredible revelation.
I'm going to sleep now. Sleep is hard to come by these days, so I'll take it when I can get it. I've attached a few more pics of the special lady. Some of them have been up on Facebook for a while, but I know that some of our readers are not "Facebookers". I've just finished writing an update on the water project for the Impact Nations website. I'll probably post it on these pages in a day or two.