Catching Up

October 9, 2013

So I’ve been meaning to blog almost every day for the last two weeks, but the days are getting away from me and I’m just too darn tired in the evenings.  We have some catching up to do!

We’re trucking right along.  Elena continues to thrive at the Jackson Center.  She is officially over the “cry for the entire three hours because I don’t know any of you” phase, which is a relief.  We’ve seen such a boost in her head/trunk control since she started.  All the extra therapy is paying off.  It’s great for her socially (she has a very “special” friend in class, who happens to be a boy) and I get great reports of her achievements each day we are there.

Our house is FINALLY coming along.  We exited the long, very long, design phase a couple weeks ago and our contractor has officially started work.  It’s been really exciting to see the progress each week.  And though, overwhelming, picking out all our finishes has been fun.  It’s great to see it all come together.  We have many months left before we even can think about actually moving but we’re making progress!

Now, to the not-so-exciting news, Elena is having surgery at the end of the month.  Ugh.  It’s awful.  Being a parent can be really tough sometimes, but having to decide to put your daughter through a painful surgery where the results aren’t even guaranteed, really ranks up there.  I would give anything to go through this for her.  The doctor will go into her groin and cut one of the three tendons that attach to her adductor muscle.  In theory, it’s should ease the tension in her left hip (that is likely causing her hip to dislocate) but the doctor can’t give us a guarantee that it will do anything.  It is really just a shot at slowing down the dislocation in her hip.  Barring a miracle (which we will CERTAINLY be praying for), Elena will have to have the most horrible, no good, awful surgery in a few years when she’s older.  We left the meeting with the surgeon pretty discouraged.  We agreed though that we have to give Elena every chance we can to keep her hip functional and without pain.  My poor baby.

Needless to say, we’ll be needing some prayers over the next couple weeks.  Say a few especially for her little hip.

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This is Elena. Our Light. You can see all the goodness and joy that shines from those deep blue eyes. She loves sneezes, yawns, industrial toilet flushes, automatic paper towel dispensers and The Star Spangled Banner. Music is her everything, specifically Moana, Frozen (really all Disney), Queen & Taylor Swift. Nothing makes her squeal quite like swimming, fast boat rides and her two brothers in trouble. In addition to her megawatt smile, Elena reminds us to cherish the smallest of victories, to live in the present, and to daily dwell in a posture of gratitude for every breath and every blessing.  

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I’m Emmalee, an ordinary gal born and raised in the Heartland. Wife to Chad, and Mom to Elena, Calvin & Turner, I spend most my days ridin’ dirty (literally so much trash) in my minivan carting kids to and fro. When I’m not being a Momager, I excel at self-care, cooking gourmet meals my kids won’t eat and deep-diving all the feelings. Most days, my attitude is gratitude, just taking life one step at a time.

Emmalee & Elena

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