Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Introducing McKenzie, Finally

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.

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  1. Welcome to Miss McKenzie! I'm so happy to hear she is doing so well. I have a niece who was born with Crouzon's disease, which causes facial deformities. It's hard to watch an innocent little one go through those surgeries and tough times and I know how hard it is to watch your sister go through those times with her child. We'll keep praying for McKenzie!

  2. she is so beautiful and i am sooo happy that you decided to share her! she deserves to be celebrated and i am so happy she's doing well!

  3. Every baby is a blessing and I am in awe of how God is using your family. McKenzie couldn't ask for a better family. Thank you for posting about her.

    And Amanda is beautiful as well! You know I've always thought so.


  4. What a sweet little pink bundle! Thanks for sharing...it's wonderful to put a face to the prayers!

  5. What a precious little one! So glad to meet her. We'll keep on praying for her!

  6. I don't care what anyone says she is gorgeous! People that are cruely brazen enough to say she should not be shared, shown and admiredshould themselves be put away. As for me I will call Miss McKenzie georgeous. And not just anyone can pull off gorgeous.

    On another note my boss got shingles over the summer. All I can say is owie! Both lovely ladies will be in my prayers.


  7. she is beautiful. i wish i could give her a little snuggle. sweet mckenzie!xoxo! YOU ARE LOVED!!!

  8. ps what "is normal" anyway? i think we as a society have the whole "normal" thing completely wrong. these little ones have sooooo much to teach us.....
    !!!!!!! i have a little nephew that has some strggles...a form of muscular dystrophy. my brother and sister in law have all sorts of unbelievable comments made to them. the last one was when a guy from church asked my bro, "so, is this one normal?" (referring to their newest son -- they have 3 sons and the one with healther struggles is the middle son)

    my brother has a great comment, he looks at them, without missing a beat and says, "all my sons are perfect."

    i like what sarah palin said regarding her youngest son trig who has downs syndrone, "I'm looking at him right now, and I see perfection. Yeah, he has an extra chromosome. I keep thinking, in our world, what is normal and what is perfect?"



  9. I'm glad you shared McKenzie with us, Heather. Thank you! I'm so thankful that she's doing so well and pray that she will get better every day.

    Poor Amanda! I don't know if you remember that I broke out in shingles when we came here in July to look for a house. I broke out right before we left town...due to stress. Hubby's upcoming military retirement, job uncertainty, where we would live/settle, etc., etc., and bam! They were on my waist, right about where my waistband would hit. I was one of those droopy-drawered people, all while meeting people in professional positions in the search of a new home. Not my best days.

    I've been absent from my blog a lot lately too, and reading other people's too. Miss you!

    ~ Kayren

  10. She is gorgeous. Don't let anyone ever tell you differently!!!

  11. McKenzie is exactly who God created her to be. Beautiful. Precious in His sight. Loved. Created for His pleasure.

    I am thankful you shared this picture and update. She is beautiful.

    Sorry to know your Amanda had shingles. My mom and father in law have had this. Painful.