July 12, 2016

We’re home.

We got home last night about 8pm and I don’t think I’ve ever been happier to be here.  My shower, my couch, my bed….Calvin!  We left the hospital yesterday morning at 9am and drove straight through.  Elena was the champ.  She never fussed one time.  We stopped twice to get her out, change diapers/dressings and move her leg around, popped her back in the car and off we went.  We have been amazed at how well she has done thus far.  Riding in a car seat 72 hours after a major orthopedic operation for 11 hours is unimaginable to me, but it was nothing for her…Chad and I complained more than she did!

Last night she woke up just once (hallelujah!) so we were all pretty darn well rested this morning.  We’ve been able to manage her pain with just Tylenol and overall, she’s doing really well.  Granted, she’s still “off”, lethargic, painful to move around, her digestive system is a little awry and her little body is bruised and swollen but she is doing so much better than last time. And we are SO thankful.

We are so appreciative of all the messages, texts, prayers, meals and love we have received.  It has been such an encouragement to us.  It’s definitely a crazy (and I mean cuh-ray-zeeeeee) season in our life but our support network has been amazing, and we are thankful for each one of you.

The last month of our lives has been so beautifully orchestrated.  Everything came together fairly easily for this all to happen and I totally recognize the blessing that is Dr. Nuzzo.  He was worth the trip all the way to New Jersey a hundred times over.  The fact that we were able to have an alternative to what 99.9% of orthopedic doctors would do to our little girl (that literally has a 100% failure rate over time and an up to 2 year recovery) makes all the difference.  We are so fortunate to have had the opportunity for him to fix our precious girl.  That being said, we won’t stop praying that this was the LAST orthopedic surgery she’ll have to face for a long, long time, if not ever.

For now, we’ll be hunkered down here at home, enjoying a freed-up summer schedule with the sweetest little patient and adorable 2 year old.  That, and waiting for this other little babe to make his or her arrival AND give me that looooooong over due glass (or bottle) of wine. Cheers!

Here’s Elena yesterday on our ride home, happy as can be!

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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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