Tuesday, February 5, 2013

She's Officially Offical

We've had Zoe in our arms for two full months now, and today her Certificate of Citizenship came in the mail!


And on not as nearly as exciting of a note, she had her first ENT appointment today, and she's getting a tube in her ear on Thursday.  Oh yay.  (Said with oozing sarcasm if you didn't pick that up.)

The appointment actually went really well.  We were referred to Texas Children's for her ear and jaw, which we expected and have an appointment there at the end of the month.  Likely those won't even need to be addressed surgically until she's at least 5 or 6 years old.  But this doctor did confirm that her palette looks great.  Woohoo!  He also mentioned that a lot of times kids with these kinds of structural issues will have narrower passageways which can make it hard to process things like phlegm.

She does have fluid, and apparently did have a lot of wax before he took it out, in her good ear.  The audiologist said at best she hears from her one good ear like there's an ear plug in it.  So it floors me even more that she responds to us and mimics what we're saying so well.  The tube should help clear everything up and enable her to hear well and be able to develop normal speech.

It's awesome they could get us in so fast, but knowing my little one is going under, even if just for 15 minutes, in about 36 hours is hard on Mommy's heart.  I know it will help a ton.  I know it's a simple procedure.  I know all these things, but it's still hard to think about.  I guess this will just ready my heart for the road to come.

But I will say, fluid or not, she's one happy little camper these days, even with all 4 molars coming in at one time.  These pictures are a far cry from that quiet, shy little peanut up above.  She is definitely starting to show more of her spicy side.


  1. Congratulations Laura!! What fun you are having with your growing family. Many prayers and big hugs~~kelly

  2. YAY! Yay for all the progress that sweet girl is making and yay for her status being official. Praying for her procedure and your heart during it all.

  3. I can doubly-relate to this post, because 1.) I had 5 sets of tubes in my ears from 18 months to 8th grade. And 2.) because Ava had to go under anesthesia for surgery when she was 4, and I did not like it one bit.

    But everybody's healthy and okay, and you can do this! Praying for you, and so excited for Zoe to be able to hear better!! xoxoxo

  4. Texas Children's is an excellent facility. Only place that really can handle Patrick's needs with his severe autism at age 17. I think they'll take kids with special needs until age 21, which gives me a few years. :-) Will be praying for you all during this time. She is beautiful.

  5. Praying for a smooth procedure and peace for your heart leading up to it. And PRAISING for the unbelievable difference in the eyes of the scared baby in China and the happy toddler in the recent photos. No doubt about it, Zoe is HOME!

  6. She is so cute. I love her smile. So tubes are the best thing ever!!! It was like night and day when Liam got his. And I too was terrified for the procedure but it really is fast.

  7. She is the cutest spicy peanut I've ever seen! We are praying for you guys today!