"Miracle" had her umbilical hernia repaired on December 18th and had an anal scope and dilation done along with an MRI. Her umbilical hernia might have closed on its own, but her intestines were falling through the hernia and would likely not allow self-closure to happen. So, we opted to do the surgery earlier rather than later because it would be easier the smaller she was, and we felt she was having some discomfort from it, too. The scope was just to check for problems because Miracle had blood in her stool a few times, and I'm still not sure why he did the dilation. The surgeon mentioned anal fissures, but she only has breastmilk stool.... I guess to avoid future problems....?? Anyway, the surgery apparently went well, though they had issues during her MRI and had to hand-bag her the entire time since she was sedated. I'm glad the anesthesiologist was anal like I am and was with her every moment through surgery and the MRI to keep an eye on her. We will get her MRI results on January 21st. Here are some photos from the stay in the hospital:
Waiting for Surgery in the sling:
Christmas was pretty laid back this year. I didn't put up the tree until days before Christmas and didn't do any extra decorations. It was fun to have 7 stockings hanging this year! We did our Jesse Tree, but Mommy dropped the ball a few days....oops! We were given lots of gift money with Miracle's situation this year, so we had a good Christmas for the kids. Probably the last one for a while. They each got a big present, a few little presents and a stocking full of little tinker things. And for the first time in 6 years, Mr. Prince and I got to purchase gift for each other! They were fun, cheap gifts but it was nice to get a gift from each other. It's something we need to do more often. Here are some photos from Christmas:
Grandma and PopPop got the kids 63 piece puzzle and they loved them!
Sid is in his new GI-Joe costume, too.
The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is popular in our house...
mostly because we love to hear Boo Boo say, "Oh Tooooodles!"Princess Pea and Angelica Pickles have BEGGED for these PJs for MONTHS!Sid has gotten into GI-Joes recently
PaPaw and Boo BooThe same day my Dad headed out, I took the girls on a special trip to MI. Princess Pea's best friend, Kia, was having a Princess birthday party. Since we weren't making the trip to IL during Mr. Prince's vacation, I decided to visit Kia's family with just the three girls. They had a blast! Happy 5th Birthday Kia!
Princess Pea, Kia and Angelica Pickles
I have picked up a few little projects this month. Miracle was in need of a winter hat to fit her tiny head that didn't squeeze it, so I crocheted and knitted a few. I am also in the process of making some leg warmers for the girls' ballet class. Here are Miracle's hats: