We are STILL in the hospital! We are hoping to go home on Tuesday, but little M still has her chest tubes in, and we, of course can’t leave till those come out. Little M is doing well, and we are amazed at how she just keeps adapting. She has had some very painful and scary things happen to her, a lot of them in the middle of the night, and she is definitely a little more wary of strangers, but she still keeps smiling, and giving all the nurses fist bumps (yes, that’s right, our girl does fist bumps instead of high-fives). Everyone here is in love with her, and all the nurses ask to be assigned to her for their shifts.

This video was taken the day after she got out of the icu:
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  1. Proud Mama and Papa on October 11, 2010 at 12:57 am

    Can you blame the nurses? She is adorable!! Only a couple more days and hopefully, you guys will be home. xxxHeather

  2. Lisa A : Izabella on October 11, 2010 at 3:24 am

    Oh my goodness what a beautiful child–and such a survivor! Wow! You are so blessed. I love her little voice and all those fun words we don't understand. 🙂 Love and prayers you can come home from a Xi'An CWI sister Izabella and Mom. So fun to watch your journey–she's a gift–huge gift!

  3. Jo on October 11, 2010 at 3:28 am

    Oh my god! Could she be any cuter if she tried??? I hope you have her home with you soon.

  4. Anonymous on October 11, 2010 at 3:32 am

    OMG, I thought she was cute in photos but that video is off the charts! She is a total star! Unbearably adorable!Hope you get to take her home soon and that she heals quickly, what a trooper!

  5. Tonya on October 11, 2010 at 3:42 am

    Seriously!!! How adorable is this little girl! So brave and so special! What a blessing she is!!

  6. michelle on October 11, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Mackenzie is such an amazing child. Just totally adorable and so strong. Keeping my fingers crossed that she gets to go home soon!

  7. a Tonggu Momma on October 11, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I said a quick prayer just now that y'all will be heading home tomorrow. And the fist bumps? SO precious.

  8. lorabelle on October 11, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I'm sitting here just sobbing… Your amazing little M is simply the most precious baby girl! I can't believe she is in such good spirits after just having surgery. What an incredible little angel she is…Sending you hugs!

  9. Rachel on October 12, 2010 at 1:14 am

    She is delicious! I sure hope you are making it home tomorrow! I can't believe that I am complaining about a liquid diet with all that little M has been through!

  10. joanne owyang on October 12, 2010 at 4:05 am

    Oh my gosh, she is just too cute for words. I've been following your blog for some time now and have never commented but that video is just priceless. You guys are blessed withnsuch an incredible gift!

  11. Musings from Kim K. on October 15, 2010 at 1:23 am

    I just sent you an email too. I'm always happy to meet other ToF adoptive families. Extra hugs. You're close now. Please feel free to email me anytime. Nothing is off limits.

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