Last week we saw her orthopedic Dr. and discussed what the best course for her hips might be. We will see the Dr. again in mid June and probably schedule a surgery at that point.
We also saw pulmonology for surgery clearance, and I liked the pulmonologist a lot. Ana is unlikely to be cleared for a long surgery, so that provides us with some direction orthopedically.
We also got a new official weight for Ana: 33.5 lbs! This is almost 10 lbs more than she weighed at pickup. We are proud of her for eating so well and thankful to God for his provision.
As far as sleep goes...
When I wrote Ana's 4 month update, she wasn't getting much sleep. She would cry and cry unless I was holding her. Then things got worse; she cried and screamed and hollered no matter what! This would go on all night; she would doze for maybe 20 minutes and then wake up and scream with renewed strength. I made her a weighted blanket, which she seemed to like, but it didn't really help much. I kept working on my propping technique, trying to get her as comfy as possible, but nothing was helping. I was exhausted, and so was she. It was getting to the point where she was having a hard time staying awake during the day; she would doze and cry, just like at night. Of course life continued on and I still needed to cook, and clean, and drive (scary!), and play with the boys etc. etc. . .
Can you tell I was getting desperate?
Somewhere I had read a review for an app that was supposed to override your brain and force it into sleepy mode; it was based on research done for astronauts on the ISS. I remembered this one night when I was playing with the kids in their room and keeping them out of the way of the Bible study that we host. I hadn't slept in more than a week and I was feeling depressed and exhausted. I idly looked up the app on my phone (you can ask me about it if you are curious) and saw that it had good reviews. It also cost $5, but my sleep deprived brain thought "that's less than a copay for sleeping meds would be..."
I bought the app.
I turned on the funny NASA sleepy music.
And it worked.
Ana conked out and slept a good healthy sleep until morning. I have used it every night since.
It isn't magic; Ana still has a hard time falling asleep sometimes, and occasionally she will still cry in the middle of the night, but it has made a HUGE difference. Ana now has energy during the day, and I am just normal-mom-exhausted, not going-insane-exhausted.
I told my (future) brother in law about it, and said I thought it was too good to be true. He responded, "Or it could just be an answer to prayer!"
Thanks to all who have prayed, and thanks to God for answering prayer in funny and unexpected ways!