Monday, May 31, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Last Friday, my parents met me and Anniston in Jackson for her Immunology appointment. Since we returned home from the hospital with her, my mom and dad have been so generous to drive over to help me with Anniston’s appointments on the days that Stan has not been able to come. I am very independent, so I have to interject that I can (and have) take her to her appointments on my own, but the times that they have accompanied me definitely has made those days easier…especially when we have more than one appointment in one day.
Since we only had one doctor’s visit Friday, we were all able to spend a little more quality time together, and it was so much fun! Anniston LOVES my parents, and they LOVE her!! As soon as they walked up to her, she smiled and laughed and basically did not stop as long as they were around! She had trouble eating her lunch because she just kept laughing at her GG :).
A little note about her Immunology appointment: It went great…we had some blood work done (SO not fun…hard to stick her…), and we will not know the results for a couple of weeks. I don’t talk about this much, but the syndrome that caused her heart defect they said could also affect her immune system (and calcium and speech…), so that is why we have had to be so careful with her this year. They have really wanted us to keep a tight reign on her, especially around large groups and children, so church has been an issue.
We go and sit in the back…she just wants to play, so it can be a bit of a distraction for us and possibly others. She really is VERY good, but just excited. Getting to church late and leaving early so as to limit the people she was exposed to was common for us in the beginning, but now that it is warmer, we are being a little more lenient. Plus, I want her to have interaction with people! I really would love to put her in the nursery, but her immunologist says no for now…still. We thought she might tell us different at this appointment, but she wants to wait and see the results of Anniston’s blood work.
Her T-cells have always looked good which is awesome since they pretty much orchestrate the rest of the immune system (praying that they are still looking great!). It was her IGG (Immunoglobulin) antibody that was low about six months ago, so we are praying that it is in the normal range now!
This is really so funny to me to say all of this because this little girl has not been sick ONCE this entire year!! Okay, maybe a runny nose or two, but seriously, besides like a few hours of a REALLY low fever ONE time, she has NOT had ONE ear infection, has NEVER thrown up, has never even acted REMOTELY sick, and has not had to see her pediatrician for an illness ONCE!!! We have been SO blessed, and I just want to shout it from the rooftops that God is good!! This is such a miracle in itself, and I have been so excited to share it with you guys!
I am thankful for her amazing doctors and for their wisdom, too! We have known to be careful with her, but we have also tried not to take precaution to the point of insanity. (Well, sometimes...it was pretty hard not getting out much at all over the winter months!) We are blessed and are looking forward to a great report. And even if it were not great, she is fine, and you can just look at her to see that she is healthy. I almost want to say “keep it coming because this little girl will prove you wrong!” Almost is the operative word :).
Okay, now for more pics with GG and Grandpa (since I finally remembered to take some!):
She has this new thing...
Where she head butts with my dad. It's so cute. She always leans toward him for them to touch foreheads.
Thank you so much, parents, for helping me! I know you only came so you could assist me and not at all so you could get some loving from this sweet little girl, right?! I have the most amazing parents, and I love them more than they know!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Stan's mom is SO much better at remembering to take pictures than I am, so she took some of these with our camera and did a wonderful job catching some of those moments we might have missed! I love how sweet Anniston looks in this one :).
Have I said how much she loves her Janjan and Pops, too? (And, how much she loves to NOT look at the camera?? She'll smile at my phone anyday. Go figure.)
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
The extent of my sewing up until now has mainly consisted of appliqueing onesies or burp cloths, so I was pleasantly surprised to find this intimidating realm of sewing not so intimidating!
The flower applique on her shirt was cut from the same Amy Butler fabric that I used for her pants. Oh, and the pants are actually supposed to be capris...might be seeing these well into fall :).