Checkup Day

Today the baby spent most of the day at the hospital, for what started out as a very late six-now-seven month old checkup.

That’s when she realized she was old enough now to tear up all the paper on the table.

She is still only twelve pounds even, so has officially dropped off the growth chart after we worked so hard to get her in the one percentile at least.


Also, her oxygen was 78.

Also, she got nine shots.

Also, she had to get X-rays of her head and mandible and chest to be sure she is clear from aspiration and to check her airway in preparation for her very soon surgery, even though we still don’t know yet if that’s a trach or a distraction or both, but now she only has the sleep study left and they are ready to do something.

In the meantime, she is ready to drool, with her first tooth coming in under that tongue sewn to her lip.


Her appointments took so long, and had so many extra unexpected interventions, plus one code and two desats, that it too me and Nathan trading off several times just to get through the day.

In the end, they let us go home for now, so that means so far we are still on for the adoption sealing for Kirk and Barrett.

We are exhausted, but mostly alive.

And relieved to have the temple in sight. 

About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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