Wow. It’s been more than three years since I last posted. The last time I posted was the day before I met my daughter.
What a life it has been since that day.
There’s so much to say, but I guess I’ll summarize the past three years the best I can!
LIFE IS GOOD.
I love being a mom more than anything in the world!! From day one, it was as if I had known her forever. Our souls connected and it’s been that way ever since!
So here’s an intro video of us:
Our first year flew by! In our first year together, Adriana started school. She happened to be in MY class. It doesn’t sound like a good thing, but I believe it was the best thing that could have happened. She saw that I wasn’t going to leave her. She also got to experience consistency 24/7 which was necessary in getting everything established and helping her learn what is acceptable behaviors and what is not. Adriana is a very well behaved kid, but it definitely wasn’t easy in the beginning! She had some behaviors that terrified me. While still in Colombia, she literally was so upset that she broke a statue at a hotel. She threw plates to the ground and shattered them, etc. However, also while in Colombia, I got to experience love like I’ve never known. She learned several signs to help her communicate within days of meeting her. She was already proving to everyone how amazing she was!
Adriana also had surgery during this year. We had to go to San Antonio for the surgery due to my BCBS insurance not being accepted anywhere in Houston to do Pediatric Cardio Surgery. Since we had to take up residency in San Antonio for a while, we did lots of time at SeaWorld which led Adriana to fall in love with Sesame Street!! Anyway, the week before her heart surgery, she got ear tubes. The anesthesia made her so sick that she literally threw up nonstop for over 12 hours. I was terrified that the heart surgery would be the same way and couldn’t imagine her being so sick with an open chest wound. Anyway, fast forward a week. The open heart surgery was 12 hours long!! We arrived at 5 am that morning and took her back there and then didn’t get to see her until almost 14 hours later!! It was an insanely long day. She had two nurses assigned only to her that first night or two in ICU. It was intense, but everything worked out beautifully!
Adriana also got her first ambulance ride during our first year together with a second hospital stay that lasted a few days (I can’t remember if it was 3 or 5). We never got a diagnosis from it, but when I brought her to the ER, they gave her some blood tests which raised high concern due to some counts so they sent us to Galveston (also due to BCBS not being accepted in Houston and the hospital closest to us wouldn’t accept pediatric transfers).
Just shy of our one year anniversary home,our house flooded in Hurricane Harvey. We lived in a hotel for a month or two and then we moved in with my dad (who’s house also flooded). Adriana was a trooper through all of it! Ohh…her room also partially burned during the flood which damaged everything in our house that didn’t flood with smoke.
Here is our video to summarize year one:
Year 2- Adriana did lots of growing and learning. She played lots of sports. She stole lots of hearts! We tore down our house while living with my dad and bought a double wide. We moved into it and we love it!
Video to summarize year 2:
Year 3 was a great year as well. We did struggle with some health issues. Adriana threw up A LOT. She had lots of abdominal pain. She ran lots of unexplained fevers. We went to lots of doctor appointments and got no answers for those things. She also began grabbing her chest and saying “HOT”. No doctor acknowledged it, but I knew it was something more. I finally got an appointment and we made the drive to San Antonio for a cardio appointment. She got diagnosed with another heart issue that we have to also monitor and it was discovered that her valves were leaky again so they put her back on medicine. That isn’t the best summary of our year though because just like the other years, it was AMAZING! Adriana is the definition of PURE JOY!!!!!
Here is a video of our year 3:
We are currently on our 4th year. We haven’t quite reached the 4th year anniversary yet. Adriana is starting to talk better and better everyday!! We are still fighting for answers with Adriana’s health. We go for more blood work tomorrow in hopes that this time, we will be led to an answer. While I desperately want an answer, at the same time, I pray that we never see the symptoms again. Adriana is now in kindergarten. I got a job at a new school so Adriana goes to a new school now. It is going well now. Adriana is learning how to READ!! She is doing so well! Adriana is a determined little girl who will prove this world wrong. When people see her face, they assume that she CAN’T. She is here to prove to them that SHE WILL. Adriana is currently playing basketball and loving it! She also loves soccer and baseball!
There is so much more, but I guess that’s why you’re not supposed to quit writing for years at a time!
Just know that I am living my best life. I am blessed beyond measure and SO VERY THANKFUL!!!