Feb 22, 2011

Happy 18 Month Birthday Athélie

Athélie is 18 months old today. I can't believe how big she has gotten. Especially in comparison to her sister! It is hard to believe she was that small when she was born. Athélie is full of energy and is into everything these days. She runs fast. Climbs on everything. She is loving her new wagon and taking walks around the neighborhood in it. She loves buckles and buttons and cell phones. She is talking a lot. It's kind of hard to understand some words, but maybe it's a mom thing, I can generally understand what she is trying to say. She is still using all her signs too, which helps us communicate better. She is very loving - always giving lots of kisses, hugs, and love pats. Marc and I have tried to spend extra amounts of time with her playing and having fun since Stasiya came home. I think it has helped with her transition. She seems to be handling things better the past few days. We'll just have to keep making her feel special and important during this transition from a family of 3 to 4.

Athélie's burn is now 2 months old. Her skin is healing. We can see significant improvement. Her pigmentation is coming back in her neck and the lower part of her chest. The upper part of her chest is white and there are only patches of pink remaining. Her shoulder where she received the skin graft will take the longest to heal. The skin there is very thick. We are applying lotion and she is wearing a compression shirt in hopes that no scarring will occur. You can continue to pray for that. Her face looks is probably 90% healed. It looks the best and has healed the fastest compared to the rest of her body. We are so thankful for the progress we see. It is such an encouragement.

Athélie was sick last week and lost her appetite. She had hardly eaten anything all week and last night she finally ate! We were so excited we had to get the camera out and take pictures. Marc made beans and rice and we had steamed broccoli (her favorites) and she ate everything. Afterwards we gave her some mango sorbet for the first time. She loved it. She asked for seconds and then she licked the bowl and had sorbet all over her face, from her forehead to her chin.
Here's the pics:

She started playing it up for the camera.






Eating sorbet with her hands

Athélie likes to play with my cell phone. She gets it and holds it up to her ear and then starts talking on it. So cute!

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