The surgery went well and the cast is on!

There was a fantastic play room where we waited to be called for surgery. A sectioned-off play area for the littles, and a table with all kinds of arts and crafts for the big kids. There was even a Wii and a PlayStation! Β Not that Bronwyn cared, but the other toys distracted her from the fact that she hadn’t had anything to eat or drink since she got up at 6:00.

Getting weighed. (9.9 kg)

This nurse was Kenyan, she told us. She was really sweet.

We were told to be there by 8:00 and naively thought we’d be out of there by 11:00 at the latest. Ha. At 10:30 they finally called for Bronwyn to go into surgery, and at 12:30 we were told we could go to her in recovery. She came back on a stretcher, crying her heart out.

We shed a few tears, too. I didn’t know it would be so hard to see your child in pain and discomfort when there is so little you can do about it.

She was not a happy camper when she woke up, but after a bottle she drifted off to sleep again.

We were told we could go home as soon as the plaster nurse (the one who actually put on her cast) came around to check Bronwyn and see if she fit in her car seat. The nurse had told us earlier that, after looking at our car seat, she thought Bronwyn would probably fit. Well. We tried and tried to get her to fit into it. She pitched a royal fit the whole time. Finally the nurse told us that she doesn’t think it will fit, but she can’t discharge us until we have one that fits. So Gabriel took the bus into city centre to buy a car seat that the nurse recommended, while I stayed in recovery with our very unimpressed little girl. She finally drifted off to sleep again so I could go get some lunch. When Gabriel came back with the car seat, I was walking the halls with Bronwyn trying to get her distracted from her troubles. She just barely fit into the new seat, so we were finally discharged around 4:30.

Anyway. We went home, and Bronwyn perked up around bedtime, after we went on a long walk in the park.

I was so glad for Gabriel’s foresight in getting this rocking chair a few days ago. I didn’t think we really needed one before the baby comes, but we’ve been so glad for it the last few days. One positive thing of this whole ordeal is that Bronwyn has never been so cuddly with me in her life!

She slept fairly well that night and woke up feeling some better. She was pretty tickled to be sitting on her car! As you can see, the cast starts below her armpits and goes to her toes on the right leg and just above the knee on the left. I wasn’t expecting her to have her left leg free; I think that’ll be such a blessing! She’s already learning how to use it to push her car around.

We went shopping yesterday and bought a bunch of stuff for her: a car seat (one that fits better than the one Gabriel got yesterday; we returned that one), a booster seat that she can sit in at the table, a magna doodle, and some other little activities. Any ideas for table activities for a one-year-old? πŸ™‚

If every day shows as much improvement as the last two, we’ll be sailing smooth for the next few months! We sure are grateful for your prayers for us . . . the grace has definitely been there right when we needed it!

-Jennifer

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