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What All Our Hard Work Has Accomplished

By findingmagnolia |

My life lately feels like a string of interrupted naps at night and coffee-fueled activity by day. When I push too hard one day, I pay for it the next. Our house is messy, and when I catch up on tasks that contribute to larger household projects, the normal little things fall by the wayside. I’ve also taken to eating whatever sounds good, whenever it sounds good, and that coupled with that lack of physical activity (because I can’t jog and feed the baby at the same time) has led to tighter jeans. It’s not a good month for appearances, is what I’m saying. However, it is a good month for fattening up previously malnourished babies, and I will take that any day over a clean house or a svelte figure.

Today, Elvie went back to the hospital for outpatient exploratory surgery. It was nothing major, just a little check of her lower internal organs to see how her birth defect was affecting them. Everything went smoothly once they got started, and I had two hours to kill while the surgeons did their work. I got a coffee, then got magazines, but mostly I found myself scrolling through photos of Elvie on my phone, marveling at the progress we’ve made in so short a time. You have to see the photos together to get the full effect of her progress, and that is what I am sharing with you today. All that time shuttling back and forth from the hospital, all the nights of interrupted sleep, and all the days that I can’t manage to get dressed before 5pm — they’re all worth it. Take a look and see for yourself.


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Working Hard to Help Our Malnourished Baby Grow Has Paid Off

The Morning We Left For The Hospital

I snapped this photo as I was getting Elvie dressed to leave for the hospital. It's painful now to look at how skinny she was then.

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Mary McBride is a former career nanny who finally felt she'd practiced on enough children to successfully mother her own. Originally from the Midwest, Mary is happy with her husband and two Ethiopian daughters in San Francisco, where neither winter nor summer exist. Read bio and latest posts → Read findingmagnolia's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “What All Our Hard Work Has Accomplished

  1. Molly says:

    Wow! It’s so wonderful she found you and all the love you have to share with her! Beautiful baby and you can see how much she is loved and how wonderful and happy she is in her face. Keep up the great work and many blessings to you and yours!

  2. Renee says:

    This story is so Amazing. She is such a precious baby and the family that adopted her has adjusted well to her and to look at those photos, I can’t imagine what they went through but congratulations to them, she looks happy and healthy and congrats on everything. May God Bless you and your family and keep an eye on that beautiful little girl.

  3. Tammie says:

    Love conquors all things.Beautiful baby. Positive and loving caretaker. We give the Lord thanks and praise for a healed outcome.

  4. Julia says:

    She is so cute I am so happy to see that ther are people like you in this crazy world I will pray that Elvie will be healthy and live a wonderful live with you who I am so happy for .

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