Friday, October 30, 2009

Someone's Been Googling Me*

Not a stalker, just a friend. She pointed out that I missed another post about us & the Axis here, earlier this summer. I still find it funny that our adoption story caused such a little mini-controversy.

Strange funny, not haha funny.

I mean, what's not to like about this situation?

*And yes, that is a Coke she's holding in the above pic. Special dispensation for Halloween parties, and because her doctor has instructed us to get as many calories into her as we can. She lost a few pounds that she didn't have to lose while in TCH.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Three Months

We've been home three months this past Monday.

How's she doing, you ask?

Pretty darn great, but far from perfect. There are mild behavioral issues, some attachment stuff, and just the usual kid management hurdles, but overall, she's fit in wonderfully. It's hard to believe all that she has accomplished, especially given that in the last three months we've moved house, settled three kids into three schools (two of them new), and completed her first major spinal surgery.

Um, welcome to America, Rosemary?

She must think we're totally insane, which, of course, we are. But we're hoping and planning for a much calmer way of life come the new year, after her second and we hope final surgery on November 13, her seventh birthday on November 17, and the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Then January. Breathe.

Then we get a new dog. Because we lost Louise in June, and for us, life without beagles is just a little bit bleaker.

Then the new-new-new-new-new-new normal, with just a dash of special sauce, can start.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Home and Happy

For now, at least.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Ma, Stop It!

She's back.

So far today I have been told to "stop it" for the infractions of: talking to my mom at a normal volume, texting with that click click noise the iPhone makes, and clicking my shutter as I took yet more pictures of the Med Center at sundown, among other things. This is apparently interfering with her beauty sleep, and we just can't have that. I even got a couple of "fun-ye"s this morning, so I guess the Little Firecracker is returning to form.

Which is the good news.

Now for the (sort of) bad news: RJ's second (and final) surgery won't be completed this week, due to a pesky fever and some elevated liver enzymes, whatever those are. So they will be discharging us in the next day or two, provided we can kick the fever, and wait until she is totally recovered (maybe early Nov.) for the next surgery.

Though we didn't want to put her through a whole separate second round of this, both RJ and I are ready to come home, so I'm not particularly sorry we're not about to embark on a second week or more of confinement here.

Tonight she was well enough to visit our floor's playroom, and picked out a See and Say to bring back to the room. Which is perfect for a girl rapidly learning English, and a delightful walk down memory lane for her mom.
Photo by Flickrer Jek-a-go-go.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Since I'm Sure You're Way Tired of My Med Center Photography

Audio from last week, pre-hospitalization.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Friday in the Hospital

Feeling better. Receiving numerous well-wishers.

Tolerating mom's ongoing obsession with the changing moods of the Texas Medical Center.

How's this for weird: I'm posting this Friday update on Saturday, having gone home for the night to see the boys while Mark stayed with RJ. And when I returned this morning? Crestfallen to discover I'd left my camera at the house.

Because nothing screams for documentation like an extended hospital stay, right?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thursday in the Hospital

Presents from friends and family, a sleepy and uncomfortable girl, and more progress on the construction of the new Texas Children's Hospital maternity center.

We were able to switch from a our room facing Fannin, the major medical center travel corridor, to one on the back side of the hospital, so I had to relinquish my fabulous view in hopes of having a better night's sleep tonight.

Crane noise notwithstanding, they are taking very good care of us over here. Texas Children's is so great, it's almost worth getting pregnant again so I can take advantage of having a baby here when it opens in 2011.

Please note that I said ALMOST. If by some remote chance we have any more children, they will come to us by plane, the way God intended.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

From the Department of Regrettable Situations

UPDATE: Just found out the cranes do clank all night. They, in fact, don't even start their very loud clanking in earnest until after sundown, which apparently has something to do with staying out of the way of rush hour traffic.

For crying out loud.

"The Battle is Not Won All at One Fight."

--our anesthesiologist.

Despite spending almost 8 hours in the operating room today, Rosemary's surgery could not be completed as we hoped it would be. The doctors were successful in getting done a lot of what they wanted to do, but a series of obstacles prevented them from finishing, and out of an abundance of caution they decided to call it a day and finish the remainder of the surgery when her body is ready for it, possibly as soon as next week.

So for the foreseeable future I'm here with my girl and my other essentials, camera and laptop*. I was really glad to have the former when I walked into our room this evening and saw this view. After getting settled and procuring her an all-important popsicle, RJ and I took a moment to watch the sun set over the Med Center neighborhood and glimpse the cranes at work on the exciting next phase of our children's hospital's development.

It's sort of a beautiful sight. Though I can still hear the cranes clanking about tonight as I write at almost 9 pm, and I'm not sure how beautiful I will think it all is if they don't stop soon.

*And a contraband Kindle technically belonging to my husband. But he gets to sleep in his own bed tonight, so I figure it evens out.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Oh, And There's Also This

This pair of boots was one of the first presents I ever received for RJ. And they fit! And she loves them! That's right, she's not from Texas, but Texas wants her anyway.

More From the Weirdly Hot Fall

I posted one photo from it before, but we had a weirdly hot last weekend of September and early October here in Htown and its environs. So our fall football weekend in Austin with friends turned into more of a end-of-summer hurrah, most of which I spent in my bathing suit, a sight with which I will not tax you. Instead, here's a shot of the poolside stash that kept me happy as a clam all weekend long.

So glad I got these snaps of RJ and friends enjoying Indian summer. Here she is requesting sunglasses.

Here she is, not having acquired any of her own, making use of mine, and paging through the J. Crew catalog. Oops, looks like I'm transmitting my vices to her already....

Friday, October 9, 2009

There Is Only One TV Show

That all of my very-different-from-each-other children will watch

And it is the Smurfs.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Diving In

RJ will have scoliosis surgery next week, if the second opinion we receive tomorrow doesn't throw us off track. We'll be in Texas Children's for 1-2 weeks. If all goes well she should be out in time to wear the Cinderella Halloween costume she swooned over at CVS this morning. And which, of course, I promptly purchased.

Thursday, October 1, 2009


Shrimp tacos, El Rey Taqueria, 11:29 am.