It’s Been 6 Months!

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6 Months Home | Play 2 Learn with Sarah

Hard to believe, but it’s been 6 months since Maddi was handed to me in China. Sooooo MUCH has happened since then. Honestly, it’s been a rough 6 months, but happily I can report that most days she is doing pretty well. Looking Back 1. In China – I blogged every single day that we […]

Maddi’s 2nd Surgery Has Been Scheduled

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Maddi stickers

I know many of you joined me here when I left for China to adopt Maddi and may be wondering why my updates on her have been few and far between. My blog started out as a resource for parents and it kind of lost it’s way for a while, but these days I’m really […]

Maddi’s 2nd Birthday aka Operation Lego Retrieval

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Maddi is 2

We had our second birthday for the month this week. Maddi turned two this past Tuesday! Yay! We had kind of a busy day so we didn’t do a party (she doesn’t really have any friends yet) and I had been sick so I didn’t even do a birthday cake…but hopefully she won’t mind. She […]

5 Things I Wish I’d Known at 20

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This article was written as part of the Blog Forward 2014 Challenge Program by ZonePerfect. Do you ever think, “Man I wish I had time for…” or “I wish I’d studied that in college instead of this.”? I got to thinking the other day that now that I’m “in my forties” with young children and […]

Baby Pictures of Maddi

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17 months

Since Maddi’s special need was a very medically intensive, she was placed in a special orphanage called Maria’s Big House of Hope, the flagship orphanage for the Show Hope Foundation. This orphanage was special for many, many reasons…not only did they spoil her…badly…but they also took great care of her. She entered this orphanage at […]

Maddi is Starting to Talk

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This past weekend Maddi really starting trying to say words and getting pretty close to getting quite a few right. She’s been off her pain meds for a few days, so I thought it was time to start leaving the pacifier in bed again…and it’s paying off with more words! She REALLY likes apple juice […]

Maddi Update: Two Weeks Post Surgery

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Maddi Update: Two Weeks Post Surgery

It’s been a rough two weeks, but she seems to be over a big hump today…and has finally given me some time to give you an update. The last update was just after we got home. She was in bad shape, but perked up pretty quickly. We created this gated area (I had to zip […]

Update on Maddi: They Set Her Free

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Caged Maddi

Believe it or not…they let Maddi come home just 70 hours after the end of a MAJOR 11 hour surgery! I think my last update on here was on Thursday…just the day after surgery. On Friday morning she started raging! She was out of control…trying to scratch my eyes out (remember our fights with scratching). […]

Kids in the Kitchen: Valentine’s Day Jigglers

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Valentine's Day Jigglers

This week we were getting ready for Maddi’s surgery on Wednesday. The doctor’s office told me that on Tuesday she could only have clear liquids and Jello. So the boys and I thought it would be fun to make some Valentine’s Day Jigglers for her to snack on. We started by making strawberry Jello in […]

Maddi’s Surgery

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Dell Children's Medical Center

Yesterday Maddi had her repair surgery…the first of two surgeries. We headed out to Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin at 5:15am for her 8 hour surgery. I actually got to talk with both the pediatric surgeon and the urology surgeon, in the same room, at the same time. They explained the procedure again and […]