I remember how I felt that day. (I blogged about that day on the post 'Mallory's Surgery' if anyone is interested in going back in time!) I remember how scared I felt. You do everything you can to distract yourself from thinking about your child laying on an operating table, cut open, but there is no distraction large enough.
Seeing her afterwards gave me a sense of relief but also came with some fear of the unknown. Would the distractors be successful? Would she really be able to grow new bone? Would she make it through this whole process mostly unscathed? But she did. She grew new bone. She kept smiling and just rocked the whole distractor thing like it was nothing. That's my Mallory.
A year ago feels so far away. Mallory has done so much and experienced so much since that day. She's been on her first swing. She's seen her first Renaissance Faire. She's experienced the fun of the zoo with her big brothers. She's battled some illness and hospital stays due to fun little things like RSV and hMPV, but made it through like the rock star she is. She celebrated her first birthday, sat on her first beach and visited the Minocqua cabin. She has had the opportunity to become acquainted with her new hands. It took three surgeries but she's got ten fingers and they are all amazing! She's butt scooting around the house and wearing her hair in little pony tails. She's eating sandwiches and drinking out of sippy cups. She's curious and funny. She's happy and demanding. She's the best snuggler around! This is a day our community likes to call a 'Cranioversary'. It really is a fitting title. This one big event has laid the path for everything up to today and for her future.
I'm so proud of her and grateful to everyone who follows her story. I truly hope she can show people that we are all different and real beauty shines from the insides to the outsides of people. Beauty is strength. Beauty is determination. Beauty is kindness. Mallory is beautiful, she is strong, she is determined and she is kind.
So, although that day was so so hard, it is a wonderful memory of a day that has allowed her to blossom into the beautiful little girl that she is becoming. And man oh man is she beautiful!!!