Monday, May 18, 2009

6 months ago....Thank you

It has been 6 months today since Ember received her Liver Transplant. Though there have been a few bumps along the road, they have been mild and easy to cope with. I think about her donor family every day even though we do not know who they are. I can't imagine living life without her and I am so grateful for everything they did for us. I can't even imagine what they had to go through to save my baby. In the past 6 months Ember has made an amazing amount of progress. She is gaining weight steadily and is really starting to fill out. No more bird legs as Michelle says. :)

It is hard to believe that 6 months ago at this time I was sitting in her ICU room staring at a flat little belly for the first time. It was such a relief to be on the other side of Transplant. Sometime during the night, I cried for my baby and her donor angel. Sometimes, just looking at her, I tear up knowing that she went through more in the first 5 1/2 months of her life than most will go through in a lifetime.

She is now walking with assistance from hands or furniture. I am sure that in a few short days or weeks she will get brave enough to let go and take off on her own. She has never really gotten into the who crawling thing. She takes one or two "steps" of crawling before either rolling the rest of the way or just sitting up. It is amazing that this is where we are today. She is living proof that Organ Donation is the right choice. If you have ever, ever doubted, just look at the pictures on this page.

Thank you to our donor family where ever you are. They sound like such simple words for the sacrifice you made, but they are all we have. We love you from the bottom of our hearts. We keep you and our donor angel in our thoughts and hearts daily.


Tiff said...

wow! 6 months already!!!!

Anonymous said...

What an amazing gift we have all received from Ember's donor angel and from God! Miracles do happen....we have witnessed it!

Grammy J

Brooke said...

Just thought I would stop by and see how Ember was doing... Lil Kiwi has surgery in two weeks and it got me to thinking about her.. Glad to see she doing well and I'm guessing congrats on number 2...

Tina said...

I was just thinking of Ember the other day and I was wondering how much time had passed since she received her liver transplant. Man, time is flying - isn't it? I am glad she is thriving and doing well. It is awesome that you realized how blessed you are and that you think of Ember's guardian angel everyday. I know there are not words you can say to the parents of Ember's donor, but I do know that it must give the parents such comfort to know that their child made a huge impact on the lives of others and changed them forever. It is just such a miracle and something for them to hold onto throughout all of the pain and grief they have to endure.

Here is to many more months of good health for little Ember!