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McKayla made it through her surgery Friday morning with flying colors and I'll get to that in a bit but first I wanted to tell you about our trip to Build A Bear Thursday night with Grandpa.

She had seen a commercial for Spongebob and Patrick at Build A Bear and of course wanted one, so Grandpa decided that with her surgery coming up, he'd take her out so she could have a new buddy to take with her to the hospital.

So off to Build A Bear we go, our favorite place. :-)

McKayla steps on the paddle to fill Spongebob up.


Then picks out a heart.


Then rubs it to make sure Spongebob stays warm.


And "brings it around town" (for those of you that don't watch Spongebob, that's one of his dances).



Then places the heart inside (which, oddly enough, goes in his rear-end LOL).


Then of course he needs a bath.



After she made Spongebob, she wanted to play a bit in the playground at the mall. So we hung around there for about an hour and then ended the evening at Chick fil a for dinner at the mall.



Friday morning came early! Partly b/c McKayla couldn't/wouldn't go to sleep. I'm sure part of it was due to excitement but regardless, it was 1:30 before she finally dozed and I'm not sure she slept the whole time. We were up at 5am when Daddy came home from work.

Our appointment was at 6:45 and the nurse had told me that McKayla could come in in her PJ's and just to bring a change of clothes. So McKayla loaded up Spongebob and Gary (Spongebob's pet Snail) in her new Build A Bear backpack along with her clothes, threw on some slippers and off we went.



We get McKayla settled in and kick back to watch cartoons until they call her back. The admittance lady had to come in several times to take her picture for her records and that's where the very top picture came from......kind of a nice pic to have of us.


Here's the "before" pic showing the "yucky" teeth that were disappearing.



She's taken her medicine to relax her at this point and she's starting to feel the effects of it. She started slurring her speech and staring off into space. It was funny but scary at the same time, I just had to keep telling myself that it was the medicine doing it's job.



The surgery took about an hour or so and she had to stay in a recover room for about 20 minutes before she could come back to her room. The Dr had said that children generally wake up from the anesthetic screaming and crying and to not worry about it, but this is how McKayla came back to us:


It was probably another 30 minutes or so before she finally woke up and that was by us waking her up.

I tried to get her to smile for an "after" pic but as you can see, her lips were still pretty numb and she wasn't quite awake. LOL


Here's the "after" pic I took the next day at Riverbend fireworks (which I'll blog about later).



We finally left about 12 and headed home. McKayla was understandably whiney but not too bad about it. We all came home and laid in bed for a few hours as none of us had slept much (or in the case of John; none) the night before. All in all, she had 4 teeth pulled and 5 crowns. All are baby teeth and the hope is that her permanent teeth will be stronger than her baby teeth (sadly, John's side of the family has horrible trouble with their teeth). She's pretty happy with the outcome and will proudly show her "toothless" grin for all to see. :-)

Thank you to everyone for the prayers and good thoughts, it really meant a lot knowing I had so many people pulling for my baby. <3

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