Sunday, December 1, 2013

Birthday Wish

Welp, I have one more year in my 20's. So weird!!
I cant wait for my 30th birthday though, if all goes as plan, I will be screaming my head off at the Price is Right!

This year, I had a nice chat with Lila about her hand, and how my old birthday wish was for her to use her hand.
I am more than thrilled to say my birthday wish came true!!!!!!!!

I have never in my life been so sad as seeing my perfect little baby not be able to use her hand.
Lots and lots and LOTS of tears were shed.
Then one day, Russ said "See!! Did you see it?!" and we both just put our faces right near her hand. Supposedly her pointer finger moved, but I didn't see it. I didn't know if I believed it, until a couple days later I saw it!
Her tiny little pointer finger moved just a bit! Each week her pointer finger was moving better, then her middle finger, then her ring finger! A tiny bit of movement in her thumb and I just couldn't believe it.
We took her in for her 3 month check up at Primary Children's.
The night before I was talking to her on the couch and prepping her for what we were going to do tomorrow. I just couldn't stopping laughing and smiling at her. She was too cute.
Our prep talk picture..

I got her all dressed up for the occasion. I was SO excited for the Dr to see her improvements.
We had to be up at Primary's at 8:00..Thats early, and also so far away from our new house but we made it!
Lila still as happy as can be even though we had to wake her up at 6!

We got called back into the room and an explosion happened. It was 8:00 am and she has already completely blown out of her cute outfit. I didn't have any warm back up clothes in the diaper bag, so she met with the Dr naked, and then back in her Pjs- just as it should be for a baby!
Waiting for the Dr To come in...

We were both very impressed with this Dr the first time. He was the only one that gave us answers. I was even more impressed with him when he walked in.
One of my BIGGEST pet peeves is when you've seen a Dr for 10 years and they walk in like they have no clue who you are or what your story is. I know there is no way for a Dr to remember each of his patients and their stories, but I know for a fact my chart with all my info is hanging outside the door. Take 2 seconds to look it over and familiarize yourself before coming in.
When he came in, I don't know if he remembered her or looked at her chart- either way it meant a lot to me that her went straight to her right hand.
He was happy with her improvement and told us to give it another 3 months. She still isn't moving her wrist much, but most of her fingers and completely functioning and moving and grabbing toys :)
Her right hang and wrist is quite a bit smaller than her left, and they don't know if it will ever be the same size, but we are still so thrilled she is moving it!
One happy Momma.
We truly are so thankful for all our friends and family that kept Lila in their prayers and for all your kind emails, texts, calls..checking in on her.
They meant so much to us, and I know all those prayers worked!!
After her photo shoot, we went down to Thanksgiving point to get Lilas pictures with Santa AKA Russ.
They had this cute little backdrop and a chance for you to dress up like Santa!
He is such a good sport and wonderful man to his girls.
I know he was missing so much work with all our yard stuff and Lilas Dr appointment and he still took the time to dress up like Ol St Nick.
I snapped a few pictures with my phone as they were going.
This picture..
Turned into this.

This one..
(can you see her fingers moving!! Woohoo!)
Turned into this!

And my favorite..
Turned into..

She about had it at this point. Modeling just isn't her thing.
But I did have to get a quick one of the two and the real Santa that was there :)

I kind of pictured our first Christmas card being a family picture.
But after seeing Lila reach for Santa with her right hand after not moving it for half of her life, how could you not use this picture?!
It means so much to me and I am thrilled with how it turned out.
(except that this picture is one I took of the card with my phone so its blurry).


  1. Yay!!! Chelsea this post makes me so happy so I can't imagine as her parents how thrilled you both must be. What a miracle!!! I am in love with those pictures of her with Santa and LOVE the card. So perfect and fitting! She is such a darling girl and I hope things continue to get better with her hand. Happy Birthday and I'm so glad your wish came true!

  2. That is simply the most perfect Christmas card!

  3. So dang cute!!! She is so darling!