Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A little bit of everything

Here is an update from the past couple of weeks.

Mackenzie's first birthday party was so much fun! We had a bunch of friends and family over to my parents’ house to celebrate. There was lots of playing, eating, presents and fun! I think Mackenzie loved being the center of attention (surprise, surprise) and she especially loved her cupcake which was entirely devoured in less than a minute.

I made a cupcake shirt to go with the pink and brown cupcake theme for her party

These were the pink and brown hair clips I made as party favors

Yummy cupcakes


The remains of Mackenzie's cupcake

Opening presents

Mackenzie and her cousin Tera

The Bump
About a month ago Aaron and I noticed a tiny bump on Mackenzie’s temple. It was really hard and felt like bone or something so we called the doctor to see if we should bring her in. They said that what we explained didn't sound normal but since it wasn't hurting her and we had her 1 year appointment scheduled in a couple of weeks we could just wait for the doctor to look at it then. Then about 2 weeks later (a few days before her 1 year appointment) we noticed that the bump had grown A LOT (at least doubled in size). So when we went to her doctor's appointment we showed our doctor the bump and she said that it appeared to be bone or something on her skull and sent us directly to get x-rays. The next morning the doctor called and said that the x-ray showed she had a boney lesion on her skull and we had to go see a pediatric neurosurgeon to find out more info. So I called the neurosurgeon as soon as I got off the phone with the doctors and we had an appointment later that day with them. At the neurosurgeons we found out that Mackenzie has a dermoid cyst. What that means...basically when Mackenzie was in utero a skin cell was formed between two bone cells. The skin cell has begun to grow and will continue to grow unless it is removed. So they are going to remove it on January 6th. The good news is that once it is removed completely it should not come back. Also when they remove it they will test it to make sure that it isn't malignant (it almost never is) and then she should be perfectly fine. Although it is scary to think that our baby has to have surgery we are so thankful that it is only this and not something more.

If you look closely you can see it right above Mackenzie's left eyebrow on her temple (it is a little bigger than the size of a pea)
On Thursday we found out that Aaron's grandma (Mema) had passed away after having congestive heart disease for a while. On Friday we flew to Tallahassee, Florida for the funeral and stayed until Tuesday morning when we came home. While we were sad that the reason we went back to Florida was for the funeral we were glad that we got to see Aaron's family and Mackenzie's 5 new second cousin's that we had never met. We are also rejoicing that Mema is in heaven with her Lord and Savior in a new body free from all pain (she had just became a Christian about 2 months before she passed away).
*Pictures from Florida to come


Joyful Weddings and Events said...

We will be praying for her surgery for sure. So scary but know that she is in God's hands. Her party was super cute too!

Marry Christmas sellars!

Lauren said...

this is kind of random, but i was searching the internet, looking up info. about a dermoid cyst, and a link to your blog showed up. my 1-yr old son just went to see an oculoplastic surgeon & he's pretty sure that my son has a dermoid cyst, but wants to make sure that it's not something more serious. he's ordering an MRI & he'll have to be sedated. i see that you wrote that your daugther had one removed. i just wanted to know if she was sedated for an MRI & the surgery? how did that go? How was her recovery? i'm really concerned & was hoping you could help. thanks :)