Sunday, December 4, 2011

Growth Spurt, Surgery

I swear every time I look at Mila she looks different than the second before. It's unbelievable to see how fast she is growing and changing. At her last doctor's appointment two weeks ago, she weighed 11 pounds, 5 ounces. Today, just 13 days later, she weighs 12 pounds, 10 ounces......another gain of one pound and five ounces in the past two weeks and just over 5 pounds since meeting her! With her weight gain she is actually on the Down Syndrome growth charts!! She isn't on the typical charts, but the fact that she falls on the DS charts is amazing when you look at where she started.

Mila's surgery is *tentatively* scheduled for Monday, December 19th, just two weeks away. I say tentatively, because we are waiting on her records to be sent to a pulmonary hypertension specialist in Philadelphia. Depending on his opinion, we may or may not proceed with the surgery as planned in Pittsburgh on the 19th. If we proceed with the surgery, we will be spending Christmas in the hospital. Perfect timing for Mila's new beginning. Please keep praying that Mila would continue to stay healthy, that we, along with the medical team, would make the best decisions for Mila, and that peace would surround us through this difficult time.

Shawn took these pictures with his cell phone last week, and then today.


12 comments:

  1. She really looks great! Will continue to pray for Mila to be strong and healthy enough to get the surgery she needs to fix her sweet heart.

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  2. I can't get over how absolutely adorable she is!

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  3. Are you sure that's the same baby girl??? My goodness how she's grown. Praise God for her growth!

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  4. She is just so darn cute!!!! Praying that God will just continue to put miracles in Mila's path as you consult re: surgery etc. He can!
    Anne B.

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  5. It is just AMAZING how your SWEET GIRL is changing before your eyes!!! So so WONDERFUL!!!
    PRAYING, what you asked for!!!

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  6. Praying for your discernment and her healthy status!

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  7. Wow! What a change! She looks like she has gained not one pound but two or three! And a whole lot of strength too!

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  8. Wow she is getting soooo big and doing so well!

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  9. She looks so beautiful. It's wonderful to see the transformation happen so quickly.

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  10. This is amazing. And also heartbreaking. These children are withering in these orphanages not because of their special needs but because of the orphanage environment.
    I know there are many older children but this makes me want to adopt a baby with special needs to save him from being robbed of this crucial first years.

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  11. Hey again... I kepp coming back and gazing at her. The transformation is so amazing. I would love to create a poster from it advocating for adoption... because this is one of the best reasons ever.

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