6 Days After Open Heart Surgery!

So maybe she isn't a drama queen after all! Ever since we got home she has been ALL SMILES! We just keep cracking up because EVERY TIME she looks at us she just gets this HUGE SMILE. Maybe she was being a drama queen before because she didn't feel well before....her little personality is really emerging just in the past couple of days! She slept through the ENTIRE night last night from 9pm until 6:30am and even if it was a fluke I'm okay with that because it was nice to get a little rest (even though during "my shift" I checked on her about a trillion times because her breathing is now so quiet and normal!). She sleeps in a normal position now after this surgery and rarely arches her head back anymore...maybe (in addition to the airway surrgery) 2 days on the vent and laying flat on her back retrained her brain? Her coloring is absolutely gorgeous....

I think she looks like she has a suntan in this picture!

I can't get over how quickly she is healing! Her only restrictions are no tummy time and we can't pick her up under her armpits. Her scar looks absolutely FABULOUS! I can't believe how great of a job the surgeon did minimizing the incision. It looks like someone took a pen and drew a line down her chest, not like someone cut her open! She is back to the weight she was prior to surgery (she lost a little in the hospital) so we're looking forward to fattening her up from here! As long as all continues to go well and we have no concerns, Mila will go back for her follow up appointment in two weeks. Shawn and I just keep saying "Did she really just have open heart surgery?" The memories are fresh in my mind, but at the same time her beautiful smile eases those painful pictures still left in my head.

We are so blessed...what an awesome Christmas this year!


  1. Simply Amazing!!!!

    Wishes for a very Merry Christmas for your family and a wondrous New Year filled with health and happiness :D

  2. Has to be the absolute best feeling in the world to have her feeling so good and happy. What a wonderful Christmas blessing!

  3. You are indeed BLESSED!!!GLORY TO OUR GOD!!!
    We are beyond GRATEFUL with you, that MILA is doing so super well after the tough surgery, it is definitely a MIRACLE!!! She looks BEAUTIFUL, this SMILE, ohhhhhhhh!!!!
    Enjoy your FIRST CHRISTMAS as a FAMILY of FOUR at HOME!!!
    Greetings and hugs from the Müllers

  4. Congratulations!! I am so happy ya'll will be home for Christmas!! It is so amazing to me what they can do medically and she looks so good!! I love all the pictures!!!

  5. I think I would just be sitting and staring at her in awe. Do you sit on the couch and stare at your girls in disbelief? They are beautiful and I am reminded once again of God's blessings.

  6. Such a miracle. Such a beautiful little doll. I am so happy that God took over and led you to her.

    Carlene's soon to be momma :)

  7. She is gorgeous and it is wonderful to see how smoothly the surgery and recovery went. I've been following your story since I first saw Mila on Reece's Rainbow. Have a very Merry Christmas and I look forward to seeing little Mila develop in the coming months !

  8. Merry Christmas to the entire Basile family and best wishes for a very happy new year!

  9. So wonderful to hear how well she is recovering!! Love the pictures, you can just tell she feels loads better!!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

  10. Wow, she is amazing. Isn't it crazy how one (or two) surgeries can make such a huge difference so quickly?? Shows her fighting spirit! Merry Christmas!

  11. She looks absolutely amazing. Congrats and Merry Christmas. So glad you got so spend it at home.

  12. Sarah,

    As I end a beautiful Christmas day with my family, I am so delighted to read about your beautiful family, and gorgeous PINK! Mila....

    Merry Christmas! My prayers continue to go to your girls and your journey!


  13. Praise God, she's beautiful!! Hope you had an incredible Christmas and blessings on into the new year :)


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