Mina is a precious little girl recently rescued from an orphanage in Eastern Europe who is now finally home with her forever family! She had been without a mother or father to love her & care for her each day. No one to rock her, kiss her gently or tell her she's loved. She is blessed with an extra chromosome known as Down syndrome, which for her that meant a life of being viewed as worthless in the country she was born into & a life without hope. Because of this her parents gave her up at the age of 6 months when they found out the diagnosis & from there her life progressivly went down hill. We are the Gower family residing in OKC who recently adopted this little angel. She was extremely malnourished and unable to do just about anything when we first met her. She will be 2 in January & is the size of a 3-6 month old weighing 14lbs. She continues to amaze us at how quickly she is progressing with love and nutrition. She has learned to sit up, roll over, feed herself finger foods, hold her own bottle and loves to interact with toys and other children. Her life has changed so much in such a short period of time and will forever be changed! Thank you Lord for putting a burden on our hearts to rescue this little blessing and making her apart of our family!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Mina's Doctor Visit, Lab work, and TB Test!

Monday morning Mina had her second doctor's appointment.  The doctor said she looked great and is already looking better.  She weighed 15.5 lbs so has gained a little!  Yay!  She was just a little ham smiling and laughing and talking up a storm.  She started waving at the doctor when he walked in the room.  So precious! We are so glad and excited to see all these new changes as she seems to enjoy life and be a much happier girl with each passing day. 

She had a TB test done which we will take her back in Wednesday or Thursday to have it read and then she had lots of blood work done.  She had a vial from each arm drawn and we have to take her back next Monday for more blood to be drawn since she is so tiny. Can't wait to have all these tests out of the way.

Her stool came back normal and no parasites so that is wonderful! Her ultrasound of her heart is scheduled for Oct 5th and once our return appointment next Monday for more blood to be drawn we will just be waiting on the test results.

I felt so bad for my precious girl today because she cried and cried during the TB test and the blood being drawn.  She cried so hard little blood spots came up across the bridge of her nose and under her eyes.  Poor baby. I am thankful I wasn't the one in the room when she had the blood drawn cause I would've been balling right along with her.  Daddy went in with Mina while I waited in the waiting room with Myla.  Myla was worried about her sister and kept trying to yell "It's okay sister, It's okay." to comfort her.  Oh how thankful I am that is over with.... but said that we have to return for more next week. Hopefully this will be the end of it and everything will come back normal! That is our prayer!

A PRAISE!! Mina has really been trying to say some words.  She has said daddy and momma a couple times and she tries to say ball. Sounds like ba.  She is really trying and doing great.   We were playing peek-a-boo and she kept putting my hand up in her face and then moving it saying boo.  She said boo probably 100 times :)  LOL and I got her to start doing it with her own hands.  So we have been working on that and blowing kisses.  She has the waving thing down pretty well now also.  Tonight before bed we worked on helping Mina stand up to strengthen her legs which she absolutely hates.  She stood there for probably about 2 minutes straightening her legs putting some weight on them while we held her up under her arms.  Although she isn't a big fan I'm hoping if we continue it each night it will help strengthen her legs and hopefully she will start to not mind it as much! She is really making some great improvement and we are so proud of her!!!

Here's her battle wounds on her arms.  My poor baby.  She has two around her upper arm from where the blood was drawn and the pink bandaid is from the TB test.  Notice her pretty pink nails in the bottom pic :)  Her Oma did that the other day when she was playing over at Oma's house.   Don't know how she managed to keep her hands still long enough :)


Pretty princess and her celery stick.  She loves cold celery sticks.  I give them to her several times a day and I think it just really feels good on her gums and is helping some of her teeth come through.  She has 2 more teeth coming in (one front top and one bottom.)  Also the celery sticks are wonderful whenever she has had a lot to eat and she thinks she is still hungry when her belly is clearly full and bloated.  This helps minimize the tears.  We actually have learned that children with DS have a hard time knowing when they are full because their brain tummy doesn't send a message to their brain letting them know they are full so they want to just keep over eating.  The doctor said a lot of DS children end up overweight because of it.  Although this is not at all a concern for now we have been trying to give her enough food (which is usually more than Myla will even eat) but not feeding her till she stops eating cause quite frankly that time never comes she just keeps on eating till her tummy is hard as a rock and she is sick.  So anyways the celery sticks help with that cause once she is finished eating all her food I will give her one of those to chew on and she is happy :)

My crown!

Myla serenading all her baby dolls! :)

And now she needed to tuck them all in her bed to sing them lullabies.  Notice each baby has their own bottle of milk or juice.  LOL


Aspiring Earth Mama said...

Ugh, I so feel for you. I couldn't ever handle the heel pricks as newborns, I can't imagine vials. :( It will all be over soon, thank goodness. The girls are so adorable. I love seeing the pics of them together. Myla looks like she's in heaven having a little sister.

Jamie said...

Mina looks so healthy and happy! My 1 year old daughter just got her 1 year old shots, she loved the nurse until she stuck her :(
I'm so grateful that all the tests have come back negative. Praying for you and yours ^_^