From the moment we came home, our front door became a revolving one. It was always opening and closing, welcoming family and friends, showing off our little bundle of joy.
Being so busy with visitors the first few weeks was helpful also in the "waiting period". Although we had Keziah in our home, we still had to get through a month or so in which her birthparents still had an opportunity to change their minds. This time period ended September 4th, which was met with great relief and yet sadness and empathy for her birthparents.
And so our life really began as parents. After 11 years, it was quite the adjustment to say the least. And not only were we adjusting to finally having a baby of our own, we were also trying to adjust to having to take her out in public where she was stared at constantly. But despite those stares, we showed her off!! We were so proud of her and to have her! We felt quite strongly about presenting her as "normal" and so we took her everywhere with us, especially to church. It was very important to us that our church family could get as much exposure to her as possible to help them see past the birthmark and see Keziah for who she was. These people were Keziah's family of faith, and it was essential that she fit in, was accepted and loved by all who would be a part of her life. Let's just say it didn't take long at all.........people fell in love with her pretty quickly.
We also started the process of getting in to meet with a plastic surgeon, one in MacMaster and one in Sick Kids. At the time, the surgeon in Mac had never seen this before, and so that made the decision easy: we are going to Sick Kids, to the surgeon that has dealt with this for 30 years! The referrals were sent in with some pictures right away from our family doctor, and we saw the surgeons for the first time when she was 9 months old.
Below you can see pretty well the size of her birthmark. You can also see that by her eyebrow, it is the fleshiest, lightening a bit above and then dark again. When she was born, she had gorgeous black hair everywhere but on the birthmark. It didn't take long though for the hair to grow on it, and boy, once it started to grow, did it every grow fast! And thick!
When she was about 4-5 months old, she started to lose her hair everywhere, except for on her birthmark! Oh, she looked quite funny! By this time the hair on her birthmark was long and had a mind of its own! This is when she also had her first haircut (yes, I kept the hair :o)
We could finally tame the hair in pigtails, but as the hair grew, it became quite obvious that one pigtail was quite a bit thicker than the other, thanks to that birthmark hair. Oh well.....it added character :o)
Every morning, I always made sure I had the camera ready as I went to get her out of bed. I must say, I think she would win any "Best Bed Head" contest, hands down! :o)