Thursday, September 23, 2010

Maddie status-post surgery

Last week Maddie finally had her surgery. The surgery itself went really well, per the vet who performed it. Maddie came home with a large cast on her leg, pain meds and antibiotics. The days following her surgery have been rough.

The day after her surgery we had to take her back to the vet, where they kept her for the day to administer fluids, an enema and monitor her urine output (she hadn't voided since prior to her surgery).

Then 5 days following the surgery I had to take her back in because I was seeing some purple bruising around the top and bottom of the cast. I'm glad I did. When they removed the cast to look at it she had such significant bruising from the pressure of the cast that they couldn't put another dressing on.

Unfortunately for Maddie that meant "the cone." You're familiar with it I'm sure... a source of dread for all 4 legged creatures!

We've been having to feed her pumpkin several times a day (a natural laxative) to counteract the constipating effects of her pain meds, feed her dog food to her one piece at a time by hand and give her water to drink out of a cup (the cone makes it impossible to get her head low enough to eat or drink from her normal dog bowls.

She's not allowed to walk on the leg at all except when going to the bathroom for 5 weeks! For those who have spent any time in our house they know that we might as well be torturing the poor dog... As she's probably one of the most playful pups I've ever seen. We're trying to make the crate as comfortable for her as possible since she's spending 24 hours a day in it for 4 more weeks. Plus, the whole family is suffering a bit as she hasn't had a bath since the day before the surgery and our dogs get bathed every week religiously.... pee-ewww.... now I remember why we're so diligent about that. She may be little, but that little dog can carry a lot of stink!

All in all we are very happy that she's doing so well and that the surgery seems to have been a success. We just can't wait until Maddie is back to her normal playful self!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Ainsley is 6 months old!!

Well the past few weeks have been busy ones! Kimberly came to visit for a weekend from Myrtle Beach, we traveled to Indiana to meet our newest niece, little Josie, and Maddie had the much dreaded surgery. I'll do a post for each of those over the next couple days.

Last week, however, was a really big deal for Miss Ainsley! She turned 6 months old!!

What is that?!?! You mean EVERYONE doesn't celebrate a 6 month "birth" day?

Well that's just silly... they certainly should, and WE certainly DO!

Ainsley is moving and shaking all over the place! She has discovered that rolling works as a very efficient form of transportation, that Schatzi's hair is very soft and squeezable (poor Schatzi!), and that the weight of her head poses a small challenge as she's learning to sit up on her own.

To celebrate her first 6 months of life, she had her first taste of solid food!! She loves her rice cereal and gets excited between each bite by flapping her little arms and grunting for more! We plan on introducing more interesting tastes and textures this week, starting with green veggies. I'll be making her food for the most part, so say a little prayer for her that I'm a good baby-food chef. We've also introduced sippy cups and have started giving her water to sip on throughout the day. She's not quite sure what to think about those things yet though. For the most part she just enjoys chewing on it :)

She also is having a lot of fun in her baths these days. She's always enjoyed relaxing in her bath, but has just in the past couple of weeks started playing in it. She enjoys splashing in the water as well as eating and batting around her rubber ducks.

Ainsley has grown and changed so much in the past 6 months that it's a little overwhelming. I think though, that Matthew and I have learned and grown almost as much.

We have learned what our parents have been telling us our whole lives about how quickly time flies.

We've learned that each day is precious and is truly a gift.

Through the love that we have for our daughter, we have been given a small glimpse of the love that our heavenly Father has for His Son... and in understanding that, understand a little more what the true cost of His death on the cross had.

We also now can understand a little more the love that the Father has for US as His adopted children.

Finally, we are more and more convinced every day of how undeserving we are of His favor.

We are so incredibly and indescribably THANKFUL for the sweet gift He's given us in Ainsley. These past 6 months have rocked our world and we're looking forward to seeing what He's going to do in the months and years to come.

Behold, children are a gift of the LORD,

The fruit of the womb is a reward.

Psalm 127:3

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Smile Baby!!

Well a couple of things have changed in our household over the last week or so....

Earlier in the week Ainsley was being fussier than normal. Still happy when we were holding her and playing with her, just a little more needy than normal. She wanted to be rocked longer before being put to bed. She did not enjoy playing by herself in her exersaucer. She was waking up in the middle of the night, which is strange since she's been sleeping through the night since she was around 10 weeks old. She just didn't seem quite herself.

On Wednesday we woke up to find our sweet girl was congested, had a runny nose and a bit of a cough. We just thought she must have caught a bug in the nursery at church. We gave her extra love and attention, put a humidifier in her room and didn't think too much more about it. This was the first time Ainsley has shown any signs of being sick at all, and from what I understand to be almost 6 months old without any illness is a pretty good run!

Well Saturday morning we found a new surprise... Ainsley was cutting her first tooth! Well, it only took this rookie-mama about a week to connect the dots and realize what was going on! Poor girl had been working on that tooth all week! I looked it up and sure enough, all of the symptoms she had can be signs of teething. So I guess it's a good thing that she wasn't really sick, and next time I'll know a little better what to look for!

It shouldn't be too long before the tooth has fully emerged... so say GOODBYE to those sweet gummy smiles and HELLO to those pearly whites!!