Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Three Months

I am overwhelmed by how many people have viewed our video of our journey. I was going to wait to post it today, but I could not wait.  Please share with any of your friends who may be interested in adopting.

Yesterday proved to be an interesting morning for us with a trip to the emergency room.  Rae has 2 major nose bleeds in less than six hours, and we just wanted to be safe.  We were able to see and ENT and get her blood count.  Now we can add ENT to our list of doctor appointments we will have.

Rae is doing great despite all the doctor visits.  She still likes to hang with mom or dad everywhere we go, but she will stay in her Sunday School class by herself now.  When we go some where she knows people, she is a little social butterfly.  She is starting to play with girls her age. She recognizes letters and numbers she knows whenever we are out. She loves to help around the house especially sweeping and folding(yea for mom). Her new favorite phrase right now - "just a little bit".  She also loves her new bike, and loves riding it around in circles in our garage.

We have more doctor appointments in our future.  They are still trying to nail down what it going on with her blood disorder.  We have seen the ophthalmologist to see what is happening with her strabismus, and she will have surgery at some point to realign her eyes.  As of yesterday we will now need to see an ENT to see if there is anything we can do to curtail her nosebleeds. 

She is truly a brave little girl dealing with all we have put her thru these past months. Please pray for one of the girls that was adopted at the same time - Lily.  She is having her first palette repair Thursday.  The other 2 girls in our group have had their surgeries and seem to be doing well.

our beautiful girl
she loves to dance around

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Video Finally Done

I am finally done with our Journey to Rae video.  Had previously done one and sent it to my mom for her church to view, but it was not quite finished.  So, now finally it is done.  I can't believe 3 months ago we were in China getting our girl.  She has come a long way in these few months.  She is speaking more English and more comfortable around our friends.  Looking forward to seeing her making friends with some little girls her age. (warning - the video is long, but the end is worth it)

Our Adoption Journey to Rae from Donna Dear on Vimeo.
This is our family's journey to our new daughter Rae. Please enjoy

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Cooking with Emily and Rae

Emily is my budding baker.  She plans to open a bakery one day.  So, we let her work on her cupcakes a couple of times a month.  We were trying out a new recipe and Rae decided she wanted to help.  They made peanut butter cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. They were delicious.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

First Hospital Stay

It has been a crazy couple of days in the Dear family.  My in-laws came in town to visit with us and see Rae for the first time.  They also were able to see Hannah's band concert and were also going to see Emily and Rae sing in the children's choir Sunday morning.  On Friday, I was throwing a party to celebrate my husband's book that has just come out (more on that coming in another post).  It is funny how things can change in a minute.

From Thursday midnight till Friday morning Rae had  6 nosebleeds (2 major, 4 minor).  The last one would not stop bleeding, so we rushed her to Children's.  Hannah was a big help by going to me to the emergency room because Noel was in the middle of fixing the sink, and after all we were to have people at our house.  After getting here, they were finally able to stop the nosebleed, and since she has lost so much blood, and her counts are still low, they wanted to give her platelets. Because of the severity of the bleed, they wanted us to stay overnight to make sure if her nose did bleed again, she was here.  We made all of our arrangements for us to stay the night, and in the mean time her hematologist is consulted.  He wanted Rae to have a 3-day steroid infusion that has to be monitored in the hospital.  So here we sit.  The 2nd infusion is late this afternoon.  She is doing well despite having to be hooked up to her IV all the time, and she has been a brave girl with all the stuff being done to her.  She is loving all the chocolate milk she wants though.  There is a possibility we will go home Sunday night, but if not it will be Monday. Thanks for all the Facebook messages and prayers.  Thanks to my hubby holding down the fort at home and bringing me Chick-fil-a this morning.