This morning as my little sunshine was dancing with me in the living room the Christmas music playing, the fire warm and toasty, she in her bright yellow tutu, green glittery fairy wings, pink dress up gloves a size or two too big, messy hair and still in her jammies, I just felt blessed. Not because tomorrow is thanksgiving, but because it's another day with her.
Ella is doing well, she is a little more spunky then before ;) but 90% of the time she is being sweet and adorable so I guess it's fair for her to throw a few fits here and there. Honestly the few big fits she has thrown are probably small in comparison to most kids, but it seems so out of character for her that I usually have to use all my might to contain my laughter because it's so funny to see her act that way! I know I know, I shouldn't laugh, but even her fits are kind of cute hahaha. Her constant "Mom, I love you"s and "You're my best friend in the whole wide world"s and the "You're the greatest"s followed by random kisses and hugs all day, well you can see why she makes me love being her mom despite her spunky side ;)!
One of the main side effects from all of Ella's time in the hospital that we are still dealing with is her oral aversion to mixed texture foods. She can eat solids, but doesn't eat enough to make a meal and if it's a mixed texture she usually can't eat it. Up until being post Fontan we didn't push her because she needed to gain weight for her surgeries. Now that she is past the Fontan and weight gain isn't as important as before, we want to try to work more with her on eating solids and mixed textures. Last night we attempted our first try at pushing her a little bit, and it was so hard! Bless her heart, there were tears and LOTS of gagging, some small vomiting and we only got a very small amount down. This will be a slow process to avoid causing further trauma to her and we would greatly appreciate your prayers for her and us as we try to start working through this.
This last weekend we got to celebrate thanksgiving with my family for the first time since Ella was born! It was so fun to be there together,even if I was stressed out a
This thanksgiving as you gather around the table with your loved ones I pray you have a blessed day and a thankful heart throughout the rest of the year. I pray that as you go through the days of life, of mundane, of spunky toddlers, of bills, of trial, of sickness, of loss, that you still see the joy, the love, the hope for eternal Life through Christ Jesus. Happy Thanksgiving friends, lets continue to grow together, to choose thankful hearts all year long!