I always have to laugh (or cry) when I realize that we have gone through the "calm" before the storm....and we missed it! :) I think it is another one of those times. After Serenity's long hospital stay in Oct/Nov, it was time to launch into Thanksgiving and Christmas. In that time, we began our paperwork for the adoption of our newest blessings, waiting far away....Then it was "holiday-detox" time - with continuing social worker visits, a million or so doctors' appointments as each kiddo needs to been seen by a doctor for the home study, more paperwork, and just busy everyday life.
I had just taken a deep breath and smiled at the relatively empty calendar. Even as I did so, I thought, "This isn't going to last!"....Sure enough! I got several phone calls last week as the doctors at Children's had another "round table" discussion on what is next for Serenity and Hope.
The amazing hand surgeon has been chomping at the bit to "release" the fingers on Serenity's hands. She has an amazing ability to use them already with only the thumbs and one finger free. The other kids are a little afraid she will have super powers if they are all free!
Okay....got those on my calendar - along with all the pre-ops and post-ops visits. Oh, yes, they are also going to do the sedated hearing test that we couldn't do with the second hand surgery. Hooray for combo visits!
Umm, not done yet. She will have her front vault expansion surgery (her forehead) in June. Oooh, okay, will pray it will not effect the extended family camping trip.
Oh, yes, and the doctors also discussed Hope. Her facial surgery will be this year. (I get butterflies just thinking about it!) It turns out that there is a doctor who will be leaving (I believe this is an internship) in July and she is begging to be part of Hope's surgery as it is so very rare. So it is being scheduled for May. Gulp. I am very, very excited and nervous at the same time. It is hard to explain. I want this for her - for her vision, for eating, for the stigma that is on her because of it. But I fell in love with her precious little face exactly the way it is - how can I say goodbye to it? Just picture someone you love - and then picture their face being changed forever.....You will always love them...but there will also be some grieving as the changes come. I also worry for her little heart. Any change is hard on her. Even if I change the spoon or the bowl I feed her with - it throws her for a loop. I just don't know how her little heart will handle the hospital stay. I don't have a lot of details yet on the length of the stay, so I am just trying to lay it at my Savior's feet.
One of the good things of all of this is that the major surgeries will be done before it is time for Handsome to go get Brooke and Jillian from their home country. I am very, very thankful for that. But it does mean that the pace of life will be picking up very quickly around here. I have to take a deep breath, thank God for His goodness, and get us ready for the next journey.
Please pray for our pixie-girl this week. Pray for our paperwork to continue to move forward for the adoption. We should have our home study in hand this week. We will immediately send it on to USCIS for immigration approval. In approx 6-8 weeks, we will have that approval and can move on to get all the pieces of our dossier authenticated at the state, then the federal level, as well as from the Chinese embassy. Again, another couple of weeks, is my understanding. Then FINALLY, we can send the dossier to China and just wait and pray as it goes through their system. Some days it is so hard to wait...
Until He comes....