Thursday, November 17, 2011

Enjoying the break...

Wow !! I can not believe it has been almost a month since I last blogged !!!! Shame on me !!! I'm so sorry !!!!  It's amazing how one day just sort of rolls into the next, and before you realize it, a month is gone !!  I also can't believe that Mia has been out of her cast for a month !!!  Truth of the matter is....we are really enjoying this break !!  Mentally, physically, spiritually, name it, we needed it !   Life without a cast is so much better !!! She is loving the freedom !! I wish I could make her understand that the more she uses it, the more it will hurt, but, she is 2 and what can ya do?  During the day, she is all over the place !!  We didn't expect her to crawl, walk or do much of anything for at least a year.  However, our girl (who continues to amaze me daily!) moved her legs as soon as the cast came off!  She insisted I put her pants on (didn't expect her to be able to close her legs enough for that), and when asked if she wanted to ride home laying down (her usual casted position) or ride sitting up, she said, "sitting up!!!".  And so she did.  4 hours out of the cast, she looked at Daddy and said, "I want to stand".  And, so she did.  The next day, she announced, "Mamma, I want to crawl"...and, so she did.  Her spirit, determination and 'can do' attitude just amaze me !! 

Standing up, testing out the new hip just hours after having the cast removed.  ;)

Her new favorite thing to do, is to hold your hands, so that you can help her walk.  I have no doubt that before long, she will be letting go, and doing it on her own.  She's already trying.  Only one thing stops her.  The pain.  Unfortunately, her nights are usually still pretty 'ugly'.  Using her legs so much during the day, brings on some horrible pain at night.  In turn, the pain will usually trigger a night terror or nightmare of some kind, and so our old routine continues.  I do, however, believe we are making progress !!  When she does have a good night, it's GREAT !! She sleeps straight through 10-12 hours or so.  We are going longer and longer between pain med doses...and overall, during the day she seems happier !!  Much happier !!  Now, if we can get the nights to get in line, all would be good !!
We are looking forward to holidays, particularly since we know we won't have to deal with casts or surgeries...and we'll even get to spend her birthday (in Feb.) without them as well !!! 
We see "the amazing" Dr. Heflin again on Jan. 23rd, to discuss the next surgery, which will be sometime at the beginning of March....but, you know what ??  We 're not going to think about that right now !!! We will cross that bridge when we have to, and for now....we are just going to continue to enjoy the break !!!!!

Here is a little video scrapbook I made of Surgery #1...I apologize for it's length...trying to get 3 1/2 mos. down to 8 minutes was tough !! haha...and I'm sorry that I couldn't include everything...we have been so amazingly showered with love throughout this ordeal, that I could not possibly include it all....but this will give you a pretty good idea of that love and of what we call "Team Mia" !! ;)

We love and appreciate each and everyone of you !!!!! We are blessed beyond words and beyond measure !!!!  And, we are so proud to call all of you our friends !!!

Thank you for all that you are, for all that you do...and, for just being you !!!!
And, thank you for being a miracle for our Mia !!!!
With a Mommy's heart,


  1. So glad to hear Mia is doing well! Hopefully the pain will begin to subside more pretty soon. We'll have to see about making a little trip down your way again sometime soon!

  2. What a little trooper she is! Wouldn't be at all surprised to see her become a world class gymnast someday :-)

  3. Oh...this is just HEAVEN in a BLOG!!! I can tell you all from visiting with them. The SHOCK I felt when seeing Mia just SCOOTIN' all over on her butt...when I thought she would be lying in her AMAZED ME..but more than gave me HOPE for her! She is stronger than just about anyone I know. She isn't a complainer...though she's got LOTS to complain about...and the night terrors..yes..for a grown woman they are TERRIFYING. Mia...honey...I pray everyday that they go away and leave your forever! No one should have to have that in their lives. are a ray of sunshine and hope for EVERYONE! and your family...are just the most AMAZING people I have had the pleasure to know. And Ben...I am betting on her being a photographer or a singer...just sayin'...hehe...;-) Love you guys BUNCHES!<3

  4. So glad Mia continues to improve! I will pray for the night terrors to scram!! That is something we sure don't need!! And I love it that she wanted to do EVERYTHING before her little body was supposed to be ready to do it! That, I'm sure, is evidence of the healing power of the Lord, as well as Mia's determination! She's a trouper, for sure!! Many blessings to all of you!

    With love,
    Linda Carr

  5. Just watched Mia's video...nice job. I still watch Aleena's video all the time and it still breaks my heart.

  6. So glad you have some good news at the moment. I can't wait for Erin to have the freedom.

  7. thank you all so much !!!!!!

    Aussie: thank you, and I think they will forever break our hearts...when the videos are watched, others see "photos", we see the "experiences" and remember the moments.

    Emma: We can't wait for Erin to have her freedom too !!!!!!!!! She is in our all are !!!!!! :) <3

  8. Thank you for your kind comment on my blog! My (and my family's) prayers are with Mia. My own family has a little miracle. My little sister, Elliott, who we adopted in August, has a serious heart condition. She had open heart surgery, and she is doing well, but she's going to need another surgery soon.
    I hope Mia heals and improves!

  9. On another note, I find it so amazing that little Mia was Il Volo's special guest! She must've loved that a lot. I thought it was adorable! I have to admit that I wished I could've had that connection with the boys as beautiful Mia did. But she deserved it far more than I did. :)

  10. Okay, last comment, I promise. I am just curious, but are you keeping in touch with Il Volo at all? Haha thanks for reading my comments! (:


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