Monday, November 24, 2014

Our Pumpkin Is Two!


And just like that... we have a two year old in the house.























Sunday, November 23, 2014

Home And Happier...

Our toothless tiny P came home late Friday night, and went straight to bed. On Saturday she spent most of the day sleeping, but today, we saw some precious toothless smiles. And she has been eating, which makes this mommy relieved and happy.

Sunday...

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Unexpected...

We have had an unexpected turn of events with our precious tiny P this week... and we are back in the hospital.

Poor tiny P. She just cannot get a break...

At the beginning of the week we noticed that tiny P's face was swollen. Well, more swollen than usual on one side and her smile was crooked. Later that day we realized that her palate was sagging and she was having trouble swallowing. So, we packed up and headed to Children's. And given that she had just had a heart catheterization, our baby was promptly admitted.

We had been worried about tiny P's teeth, and we had an appointment in January in Children's to get them taken care of... now there will be no need for that appointment.



Tiny P had emergency surgery for a very large abscess, and before she went back, we talked to the dental team with her cardiology team, and it was decided that since she was going into surgery and they would already be in her mouth, they should take care of all her dental work, so they would then be free to focus on her heart without worry.

She went through surgery well, and when she came out, and they called me back to discuss, they said that they'd had to remove many of tiny P's teeth, because many were abscessed, rotted to the nerves, and crumbling away. They were also able to remove and drain a large abscess.
Poor tiny P... they removed THIRTEEN of her teeth! I didn't know she had that many. She only has a few left, and will be toothless for a long time.
I am so sad for her to have to go through this, and even more sad that she has been in pain for what must have been a long time.



We are still in the hospital, and anticipate being here for a while longer. Tiny P is having a rough time with recovery. She is still quite swollen from the surgery, but also our girl has a hard time getting fluids out of her body in general... After surgery it is even worse. Her diuretic has been increased from twice to three times a day, and she is still retaining fluid.

Please pray for our baby girl, we would love for her to go home soon!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Waiting And Last Leaves...

A few days ago we went out while it was warm and collected some of the last Fall leaves. Gathering leaves, or "leaf hunting," as little M calls it, is one of the babies' favorite things to do...


Even tiny P gets in on the action...


We make piles...


We add the pretty ones to our "collection."


We run and chase...


We smile like this...


And we show off our dancing moves...



And our scratched faces. Seriously, this boy always has a scratch or bruise on his face somewhere.


We laugh at funny stories and jokes...


And when it gets cold, we head back inside. The last of the leaves are nearly gone now... goodbye, Fall, and hello Christmas season!



Today the board of cardiologists at Children's met to discuss tiny P's case, and to decide the best course of action for our girl.
I don't know when the norm is for such things, but I am hoping we hear something in the next couple days.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday...

Whether your children are yours through biology or adoption, they are yours through love.
~Sadia Rebecca Rodriguez