Monday, September 24, 2007

I'd like to talk about other kids...

As tough as it may be, I will let Millie take the back burner, and move up my little cousins Sara and Nicole to the spotlight, or the front burner, or the bun warmer of my heart....whatever.

My friend from college Marc married my cousin Amy and they have two lovely little girls that are near and dear to my heart. This weekend pass'd, they all came down with Jeff and Maddie to the Renaissance Faire. This was a very different experience than the previous weekend, where we went bug nutty on booze and wenches, but no less enjoyable!

Sara, 8 and Nicole (Nickle Pickle) at 6 are most likely the perfect age for Faire. They had a wonderful time, and we all dressed like Pirates, with me being Captain Robby, Sara as Powder Monkey Karl, and Nicole as Chef Monkey Karl, but with an "N". All of this came up before we even left the house. The rest of the day found us engaging in the same tomfoolery, but with a larger audience!

Powder Monkey Karl, all up in her cups.

Chef Monkey Karl, with an N.

A HUGE tip of the hat to Marc and Amy. Your little girls are amazing, some of the sweetest people I have ever met, and a joy to be around. You are wonderful parents, and I look forward to seeing you all again soon. I know the Goodley Wyfe had a great time, and Millie is very lucky to have such wonderful cousins to play with!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Never take Your Baby Skiing!

You would like to think someone would have told us. Well, the Goodley and I took an early vacation out to Vail, and encouraged Millie into skiing for the first time. I guess "skiing" is a loose term, as basically Millie just got rolled down the black diamond trail to the above photographed disastrous results. Stock Car Racing will be next, if the slacker can get out of those casts in time for the qualifiers.

Okay, simply enough, Millie has some casts for a few weeks that are designed to straighten out her ankles a bit. We thought they were going to be splints, but the splints might cause friction sores on her legs, and darn it, Emmett, I hate those, even worse than bone bruises!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

"She'll Definitely Walk"

Yep, that is what we heard yesterday at Spina Bifida Clinic. Spina Bifida Clinic is a service organized through Children's Hospital in Washington DC. What they do is arrange for all the doctors associated with Spina Bifida patients to see you on the same day, so you do not have to schedule a bunch of appointments all over the place.

Neurosurgeons, dietitians, orthopedic specialists, urologist, butchers, bakers, candlestick makers all come in and see our little Millie and do evaluations and schedule tests. She totally holds court and smiles at everyone.

"She'll Definitely Walk"

Again, it just sank in this morning, and made me tear up a a bit and go get a hug from our HR director. Millie will walk. She will most likely wear little ankle braces or some other accessories, but she will be able to walk, which is a small miracle, again, considering the location and "openness" of her lesion.

They are going to be looking more closely at her bowel and bladder issues, but for now, lets focus on some positives.

"She'll Definitely Walk"