9 months (and 2 days)...

Oh what a time it has been!  It has had its fun and its not so fun times as I suppose anyone's 9 month time span would.  A quick refresher just to put all of it into perspective... Willow was born on Dec. 24th (cannot believe it is coming up so quick!), and just 2 1/2 months later was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus ex vacuo, meaning she had hydro due to a lack of brain matter. Then at 4 months and 2 days old, was placed into the operating room for an emergency surgery to have a shunt placed. 8 surgeries and 11 weeks later, we finally get to go home.  We have been home for two and a half months, and have been going to therapy a whole lot! Well lets fast forward to today:

She is 9 months and 2 days old, and we went to the pediatrician's office for her well child visit.  The stats are:
15.4 lbs, 26.25 inches, 45.5 cm head circumference. She is our tiniest little peanut yet, but that is okay because what she lacks in size she makes up for in spunk.  She is commando crawling like a pro, rolling all over the place, starting to get up on all fours (hands and knees), just beginning to pull herself up on small things, eating table food (she has had spaghetti o's and loves those!!) among other various items. Things she is not quite there in... crawling, pulling herself up on couch, speaking, imitating facial expressions, ummmm whatever else it is does not matter. And why?? Well, because she is 9 months old and thriving!  That is right, she is alive and well, and smiling and oh did I say she could sit up on her own?  Well she does! :)   She is doing so many things that we were told she may not be able to do, and when the pediatrician saw her today she could not help but smile, and just be thankful.

Thank you to one and all who sent healing thoughts, energy, prayers and oh so much help for us.  Now, there is still the chance that anything could happen, and that is always in our thoughts, but for now she is 9 months old and doing great!


Jodi said…
She is an amazing little girl, who God has big, big plans for!!!
Carielle said…
I agree with Jodi 100%. This was the best blog update I've read in a long time! Still sending prayers that your sweet girl continues to thrive and defy the odds of what the doctors thought she would be able to do!

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