I have to finally introduce you girls to our darling new addition. I'm sorry it's taken me so long. I didn't have the heart to show her off yet due to some comments that have been made to my family - along the lines that we shouldn't show her off because she doesn't look "normal" and some people just "don't want to see that". Well, I don't care anymore. I'm going to show her off.
Can I just tell you how madly in love I am with this sweet little wonder? She is doing so good. I look back on this post and I am in awe at how far we have come. We are so very blessed. My sister is amazing and I love watching her be a mom to this sweet girl.
McKenzie is doing awesome. She is taking most of her food from a feeding tube. Last night I was able to watch her drink from a bottle. It's amazing all the little things you take for granted. I was thrilled to see her drink from a bottle when that would be a "normal" thing for any other child. Her swelling is going down. She acts like any other newborn. She squirms, grunts, coos, smiles, holds your finger, startles and gets ticked just like the rest of them.
We still don't have any answers as far as her health goes. I'm not worried. I do know that God is in control, He's brought us this far, he can take us much further. She will have her first mouth surgery in April.
Thank you all for your prayers. Thank you for understanding my absence from the blog. I hope to be back more regularly soon. Things have been very overwhelming. We found out that poor Amanda actually had shingles. She was in terrible pain for about two weeks and had this terrible rash on her elbow. I finally took her in and it was shingles. Our family doctor said that he strongly believes shingles is due to stress. After he said that he calmly said to Amanda "Have you been under a lot of stress lately?". He did not know what kind of question that was! LOL! She's doing good now, but it was just one more thing we had to worry about.