Archive for November, 2012

Faith’s SECOND surgery

As many of you know Faith has strabismus or “lazy eye” (see older post for info on this…DXH1S9). And back in the summer of 2010 she had a surgery to correct her eyes, but unfortunately it didn’t correct them altogether so yesterday she had another surgery, this time only on her left eye.

Before I write anymore about her surgery and post some pictures I wanted to share with you a bit about the procedure to help you better understand what the surgery actually does. The surgeon told me at Faith’s last pre-op appointment and I thought it was fascinating. Hopefully you will too. He explained it like our eyes have a leash attached to them. Similar to a dog when you yank on the leash the dog turns toward you, same with our eyes, the muscle that keeps our eye looking straight is like a leash so when the surgeon pushes the muscle toward the back of Faith’s head it straightens her eye so it is looking straight on instead of looking down at her nose or out to the left. I thought that was a very practical explanation and helped me to understand what the surgeon was going to be doing to Faith. Hope it helped you too.

Back to Faith’s surgery: Yesterday we left very early in the morning to take Faith to Humber River Hospital on Finch Avenue. It was a long trip and the traffic wasn’t cooperating but we finally arrived and checked it. They put us in a room with four beds. Faith had the bed by the window. We brought her books to read, papers to colour on and our phones if she wanted to watch a movie. She was well entertained before she went in for surgery. The PJ’s they gave her were way too big so the nurse (Angela) went and got her a pair for a 2 year old. They still were too big but we cuffed the pants. You can see below her cute little “outfit.”

It was finally our turn to take Faith down to the surgery floor. By this time the nurse had come and pocked and prodded at Faith enough, she was ready for her surgery. And thankfully for me they didn’t put her IV in until she was in the operating room. Mommy got to go in with her. I had to wait patiently in the waiting room. I was told explicitly to not post a picture of De-Ann with her “get-up” on so unfortunately you are going to have to use your imagination. She had booties for her shoes, a smock gown and a cap for her hair. She looked like a surgeon. haha.

They surgery didn’t take long but she had a long road ahead of her in recovery.

After the surgery the surgeon told us it went very well and there were no complications. But we needed to give Faith eye drops four times a day for seven days. But thankfully it is only in one eye this time. After the surgeon left a few minutes later they called De-Ann into the recovery room and I again had to wait in the waiting room. Good thing I brought my iPad with me so I could catch up on some reading and playing games. Still working on Angry Birds Seasons. But I digress. haha.

About forty minutes later De-Ann texted me to let me know they were leaving the recovery room for Faith’s hospital room. I met them at the elevator and De-Ann was laying beside Faith on the gurney. Faith was fading in and out as I said “hi.” We got on the elevator and eventually into Faith’s bed. She slept most of the time while we quietly sat with her. I held her hand and rubbed her belly. A few times she came out of her sleep to tell us she was thirsty. But right back to sleep. Eventually we did get her some apple juice, and after she drank it she fell back to sleep. After about two hours the nurse came in to take Faith’s vitals and then remove the IV. Needless to say I had to cover my eyes or I would have fainted. Not much help in the medical department, eh?!

At 1pm we were told Faith is free to go so we packed up all our things and carried Faith to the van. She slept the whole way home. This time a shorter and quicker ride home. Before she actually fell asleep she said a few times “Daddy, I still sick.” Poor baby she wasn’t feeling that great and understood it. De-Ann thinks Faith is going to “milk this for all it’s worth.” I tend to agree. Faith is a very smart cookie!

Once we got home I took Faith downstairs to sleep on our couch as I sat beside her. She said to me “Daddy, you put your head on your pillow too.” She wanted me to sleep on the couch too. She slept on the couch most of the afternoon and quickly woke up when she heard her brother Shawn at the front door, home from daycare.

Both kids had a nice supper Mommy prepared then they came downstairs and watched Dora until bedtime. Shawn was so loving to his sister. I think he knew she was “sick.”

Today Faith is still recovering from her surgery, probably she is going to be back to her normal self by Thursday and will most likely be going to daycare. I am sure she will enjoy seeing all her friends, especially Owen H, her best friend. As I am typing she is sleeping beside me on the couch. Check out all the pictures I took yesterday and today. First three are just before her surgery and the last three at right after her surgery (tired little girl) and when we got home (eating a freeze) then this morning after she woke up (showing us her eye).

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November 21, 2012 at 12:42 PM 2 comments

Faith & Shawn’s dedication

This past Sunday we had the privilege of having our kids both dedicated by our church. Dedicated to God. Like Samuel was in 1 Samuel 1:20-26. It might seem weird having the kids dedication because they are a bit older than most kids usually dedicated. Most dedication are done after a few months of the child’s birth. But we wanted to wait for the final adoption of both kids. Faith, as you know, was adopted over 2 years ago but Shawn just joined our family last summer. However we had to wait until this May 2012 for him to officially become a DeGraaf.

Even though the kids were older than usual dedication candidates, we wanted to dedicated them to the Lord. Our pastor wanted to make the day very special so he to dedicated our whole family and celebrated the final adoption of both Faith and Shawn. He said very kind words and interacted with the kids as he shared with the congregation our story.

Usually our pastor has the parents stand on either side of him and one of the parents holds the baby, but because Faith and Shawn were much older he had them sit on either side of him and De-Ann and I sat beside the kids each. He even had a gift for each kid–mega blocks set. And a Bible with their names inscribed in them to commemorate this special day.

The kids were so good and Faith, of course, interacted with our pastor quite a bit. She even got the congregation laughing as she noticed the picture of her and Shawn on the big screen. She said “look, there’s me and Shawn!”

Afterwards many of the congregation members came up to say “congratulations” and give us hugs and love.┬áSo thankful for our church family. We felt so loved and accepted by them all.

Thankfully one of the young adults took a few pictures of us on the stage. He took them with his smartphone so the pictures are a bit blurry but you can see how much fun the kids were having.

November 21, 2012 at 11:31 AM 2 comments

Faith’s cardiology appointment

A couple of weeks ago Faith had a cardiology appointment to check her heart. She was born with a hole in her heart. The specialist told us that one of Faith’s valves sticks a bit but it is nothing to be concerned with. We are scheduled to see the specialist again in a year from now.

After we had Faith’s heart x-rayed we were put into a waiting room where the doctor would examine Faith. It happened that the room was the “yellow” room. And if you know Faith at all she loves the colour yellow! You can see below the picture of her standing in front of the door of the examination room. She’s so cute.

We are so thankful Faith’s heart is still functioning well and we have no concerns. God continues to take care of our little munchkin.

November 21, 2012 at 10:49 AM Leave a comment

Old video of the kids

Here is an old video of Faith and Shawn right after Shawn joined our family. Faith and Shawn are having fun “reading” a book. Look at how much fun they have. So cute. Enjoy.

November 17, 2012 at 8:50 PM 2 comments

Bye gentle man

Faith and I were at the specialist last weekend and as we were leaving the parking lot, we pulled up the parking attendants booth. I said good morning to the attendant and he said good morning back to me. Then from the back of the van Faith yelled “Hi Opa!” BTW this man didn’t look at all like my Dad (Opa to the kids) but anybody who is an older man is Opa to Faith.

I turned around and corrected Faith and said “that’s not Opa, this is a gentleman.” Faith without skipping a beat said with a very loud voice “hello gentle man!” I asked the attendant if he heard her, and he said yes, then we both laughed.

I think Faith made his day. As I was leaving the man was smiling and told us to have a good day. I love how my kids leave such a lasting impression on others, especially adults!

November 17, 2012 at 8:28 PM 2 comments

Shawn being shy

This is a very old video that I just recently found I had to share with my blog, Facebook and Twitter friends. I believe Shawn was 18 month old or so when I took this video. It’s so cute, he is on De-Ann’s (Mommy) lap as I am trying to film him. You’ll see. Enjoy.

November 10, 2012 at 6:47 PM 4 comments


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