Tuesday, December 23, 2008

What a difference a month makes....

It has been over a month now since Ember received her life saving gift. I always knew that she was very sick even though on the outside she didn't really show it. She was, generally, a happy, healthy baby who had a slight "tan". There is such a difference! She has more energy now than she ever had before. She is still out little laid back baby, but the difference is very noticeable. Typically she would take several naps throughout the day. Now we are lucky if she takes one for longer than 15 minutes. I am sure that she doesn't nap because she thinks she is going to miss something now. Just like her great grandma. Always has to know what is going on. :) She sleeps all night long no matter what time she falls asleep though - 8pm or 11pm and wakes up at 6:30 on her own. That is good news for us!

We already got all of her Christmas shopping done and despite telling everyone and myself that we were not going to go overboard, we did! Although, I do have to say that the items we got her (aside from the clothes) will last her awhile. Almost all of the toys we got her are 6-36 months. Hopefully she will enjoy them.

She started rolling over in full force again yesterday. Of course, she will not do it while I am watching her, but she does do it. I have her on a blanked behind me when I am working at my computer desk during the day. Yesterday I turned around to check on her and she was on her belly. I let her be because she needs to tummy time and if she is going to do it to herself, all the better. When I turned back around a few minutes later, she was on her back again at the edge of the blanket. I moved her back to the middle and started working again and when I checked on her she had rolled over again. Too exciting! So, after a month, we are back to where she was pre-transplant. I think that is actually pretty good. I know that I wanted it to be faster, but knew that it could take much longer. Now we just need to get her working on the whole sitting up on her own thing.

We are smack dab in the middle of planning a Trivia Night fundraiser for her as well. I am continually amazed at the generosity of people. Especially people who don't know us or our family. We have had so many things donated to us from complete strangers for the raffle and silent auction. So, thank you to everyone who has heard her story and felt the need to help out. It means so much to us.

We are very lucky and have been very blessed in our journey through this disease. My only hope for Christmas this year is that all liver babies out there receive their gift of life and are able to make a full recovery. Please consider becoming an organ donor today. Organ donors save lives, including Embers.


Meg said...

such a cutie too - it's nice to see some new pictures :) glad that she's doing so well, and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! :)

Tiff said...

So glad Ember's doing so well!! Hope you all have a Merry Christmas!!
Sending lots of Junebug hugs!

Shelly said...

Happy to hear she is doing good! Hope everything gets better in 2009

Colby Kids said...

What a great update.

Blair & Xander (LF)