Mar 23, 2011

Happy 19 month birthday Athélie

Yesterday she turned 19 months old! She is such a big girl now, doing so many things on her own. She is FULL of energy - she is even starting to wake up earlier - 6:30 a.m. (we might need to push her bed time back a bit so she stays in bed longer). She is repeating lots of words, and jabbering more. It is so cute to hear her talk and yet make no sense whatsoever. She just makes lots of different sounds. She is starting to pretend more - she has a stuffed animal pig and a teddy bear that kiss each other - a lot. She is also playing with her baby doll more - pushing it in the stroller, patting its back, and holding it over her shoulder. Plus, she is starting to have an opinion about which shoes she wears. The other day she did not approve of the shoes I picked out for her, so she picked out a different pair. Love it! She is so much fun.
Red Sweater Day
Eating a whole pear all by herself

Look at all those curls!

pouffy pig tails

Marc and I are so thankful for Athélie, she is such a blessing to us and brings so much joy to our lives. We are especially thankful for the healing we see in her skin since her burns in December. It has been 3 months now. We are still doing lotion multiple times a day - Athélie does not enjoy this activity and sometimes I feel like I am wresting an alligator to get her to be still long enough to do lotion. Plus, we have to massage her skin graft areas on her shoulder as the scars have thickened. The more we massage - the better chance the thick scars have of loosening up and smoothing out. Plus, she wears a very tight compression shirt and has a gel pad that we place on her shoulder to put more pressure on the skin to further prevent scarring. As the days are getting warmer, we want to be outside and enjoy the sunshine. However, it is hard to relax in the sun even with SPF 70 on and a hat on and not worry that the sun could be damaging the senstivie new skin on Athélie's body. All in all it is a lot. Especially with a new baby. Our prayer request right now is that the scar where she had the skin graft on her shoulder would decrease in size. At our last follow up visit a couple of weeks ago, the PA said she had seen these scars either increase in size as the child got older or diminish in size. Obviously, it is our hope that it would decrease in size, especially since it is already a large area covering her shoulder. We have 9 more months to go - of lotion, the shirt, the hats, etc. It is already exhausting. I am already tired of it. But my hope is that with all of our efforts it will help Athélie's skin heal with the least amount of scarring and it will all be worth it.

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