Surgery week is finally upon us. The past month has been filled with much stress for our family from understanding Reiss’s situation to work events to house issues. Our patience and sanity have both been tested, to say the least. It is hard to trust that this is the way it is supposed to be – that this is the plan for our family. My faith has been tested more than ever this summer. I am so worried about how the surgery will affect Reiss. She is more aware of everything around her now than she ever has. Will she be scared? Will it hurt? I can completely overwhelm myself diving into these thoughts. I am usual the calm one – collected with a schedule and a list of facts – but this is a completely different and dynamic situation with which I have never dealt. It affects work productivity, relationships and personal/mental health….all the while, there is still a little one who is completely dependent upon you. So, I sit. I think. I talk things through and pray while rocking Reiss to sleep at 3:00am. It will all be okay – and if it doesn’t end up how we think, then we’ll deal with it.
Reiss is a strong-willed individual, which I am sure she gets equally from her mom and her dad. She loves to say Hi! and wave, especially to cows and boys. She knows the cow says Moo! and the Doggie says Woof! Peek-a-boo is a pretty fun game, as well as singing patty-cake and the itsy-bitsy spider. She says mama, mommom, mom, papa, bah-bah, da-da, bye-bye and hey! Raspberries and other funny mouth noises are seen often. She is the fastest crawler/bear-crawler in all the west, and knows exactly how to escape from most mom-made barriers. She can pull up on any object, likes to walk with assistance and give kisses. However, kisses are mostly for other babies and dogs (both stuffed and real). Mom and dad have to beg for them! She is picking up her own food to eat and has decided the pureed baby food mom makes is only for finger paints and organic hair gel. All hair bows and bands are immediately ripped from her head and thrown. She also loves to swim. She is now 10 months old and at her last appointment she weighed 18 1/2 pounds.
St. Louis Trip
I will update everyone on Tuesday with any and all test results, as well as information we receive from doctors – including new questions/answers and a scheduled time for surgery on Wednesday. Please pray for Reiss, her doctors and nurses, Roy, me and our extended family and friends.