Next week is another big step in our journey. Maggie and I are flying to Atlanta to see a specialist for a second opinion. Or maybe I should say our seventeenth opinion! I have done a lot of research on where to go in the country so am praying we get some answers in Atlanta. I always say I don't want to get my hopes up, but I always do....
Other than that, Maggie is doing really well! She stood by herself for three seconds yesterday, which she thought was hysterical. She is in that stage where she wants me to walk her around the house with my hands, but is scared if I let go with one hand.
Also some exciting news....
Maggie started Mother's Day Out! Now that she is almost two and her lungs are stronger, her doctor said she can go to Mother's Day Out and Church Nursery. In fact, he said she needed to go. She has been so isolated with her Chronic Lung Disease for so long. I remember when we left the NICU and they told me not to take her out for two winters. They weren't kidding! Now it's time for her to be around other children her age. The only caveat is that her nurse (Jessica) needs to go with her to do the feedings and medications. Thankfully the school agreed to this which we are so thankful for!
In addition to MDO, Maggie is also one of four toddlers in a feeding therapy school on Fridays. I go with her to this school. While Maggie and the other children get to "play" with the graduate students assigened to them, the parents have their own their little "school" where we learn about ways to overcome our child's feeding issues. What a blessing that a spot opened up for Maggie in this program and that her vomiting stopped so we could acutally go!
Another good bit of news is that the olive oil and avocados are doing their job. Maggie is now 24 pounds! We are so thankful to God for this huge improvement and for leading me to make this homemade formula. It has made such a difference! She actually looks healthier and fuller to me. And that weight gain will help in fighting any virues she may pick up at school (although Jessica says she is "pureling" like crazy at school!).
Here are some more pictures as of late:
We have a new princess in the house
Mary Lawrence started a new school
She was very confident walking down the hallway the first day...
But this was her reaction when we got to her classrom (aka she refused to go in!)
Thankfully her teacher lovingly welcomed her and she warmed up quickly. That is, after she announced to the class, "My name is not Mary Lawrence, it's Lawrence, like my grandmother."
So now at school, dance and soccer she has told everyone to call her "Lawrence".
By the way, after hating soccer last year, she loved her first practice and game this year.
Justin is relieved!
That's all for now. Other than please pray all goes well with anethesia tomorrow for the MRI.