Maggie has been so sick with RSV. It started out as a little cold, then she got Strep, then she tested positive for RSV. She continued to get worse and worse and it was very scary. There is no medicine for RSV ( a virus) and breathing treatments don't really help. Maggie's breathing was very labored and her respirations got up to 57 breaths/min - that's fast ! She had a terrible, hacking cough and a high fever. Why is it every time I start to think about how healthy my children are and how they never get sick - they get sick ?
But, she is starting to feel much better !! Her fever is gone,her breathing is back to normal and the cough is getting a little better. I am just glad she is walking around and playing after spending three days sleeping in my arms. We even got out and went to the park ( forgot my camera) and Maggie loved it ! She went down the slide a million times and even walked fearlessly on the swing bridge at the playground. And the weather was perfect !
We all stayed up way to late last night watching a movie ( National Treasure). So, after breakfast this morning, the boys made pallets in the kitchen and went back to sleep. Why they didn't just go back to their bed instead of laying on the kitchen floor is what I want to know. Today was President's Day so they didn't have school.
The boys are really trying to get all the sleeping in they can get because next year......
...they are going to school. Yep. This is my last year home schooling them. We have had a lot of fun these last four years, but it is time to move on. We are all excited ( well, Walker and Will are not happy about getting up early).
Maggie will also be starting school - Two year old preschool three days a week ! I think it will be very good for her speech development and she LOVES playing at Mother's Day out so far. So lots of changes for next year and an empty, quiet house that I will have to get used to. There are definitely seasons in a mom's life and I feel like I'm about to drastically change climates !
I love this picture of Maggie and her big, bright smile. Beautiful!!! (Those luscious lips have no lip stick on they are el naturale!!)
Maggie is signing "dirty" in this picture.
She was looking at some mud under the tree in our front yard.
We use the video series Signing Timeto learn American Sign Language. Maggie learns so quickly by just watching the videos and we make sure we say what the sign is every time she signs.
It has become evident that Maggie is a visual learner and learns best by seeing something in a book or a video. People with sensory deficits in one area usually have a heightened sense in another. So, it is with Maggie. It is kind of funny... Maggie had a hearing problem and she really does hear quite well now. She actually hears without the BAHA if we speak just a little louder. Now that she knows what hearing is and that it is important, she listens better too. I know that sounds weird but its just how it is. So, if she got the deluxe vision package due to the hearing impairment and now is hearing great with her BAHA... well, she must be Wonder Woman! God has blessed her indeed!
Our little girl loves leaves and always finds some to play with.
Ok. Now for some updates:
Maggie has had her new BAHA hearing aid for six months now and so has a "hearing age" of a six month old baby.
( Her hearing age is determined by the amount of months she has been hearing and the first day she wore her BAHA was day one.)
With that said, Maggie is doing fantastic! We are still so amazed at her progress since she got her BAHA.
Here's a list of her spoken words so far:
Wu Wu ( Walker or Will)
Where Wu Wu ( Where's Walker or Will)
"H" for house, heart,or horse
"F" for fish, fall down
Bu ( for bus)
Maggie's Signing words:
Eat,milk,water,ball,more,bird,dog,shoes,flower,mom,dad,sleep,bear,please,share,thank you,book,socks,yes,no,dirty,potty,bath,hurt,stop and home.
Hi !This started as a blog to keep our friends and family updated on our adoption process. Now, I blog about our life with two boys and our adopted, hearing impaired daughter. You won't find professional,touched up photos or life changing quotes. Just real,fun life.