Sunday, June 28, 2009

The good thing and the bad thing...

Well, the good thing about my mom being in town is that we have so much fun with her. My mom is the kind of person who just makes you laugh all the time and who is never boring!! I remember when I was a kid, I LOVED hanging out with my mom, even as a teenager! When she comes to visit, we always have a great time and we love having her around. The girls love her too because she is the kind of grandma every kid wants to have. She sits with Sam and colors with her for HOURS!!
I guess the bad thing about having my mom in town is that I have a lot less time and discipline to blog!! LOL

She brought some toys from France for the girls, here is Anaïs playing with one of hers.


Today, we just had a laid back day. We had to go to Target this morning because I was running out of diapers and then we went to the pool.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I met Katie today!!!

Today we met Katie and her husband Brooks from Texas. They came to Vegas for a little getaway and I am so glad we got a chance to meet them!! Too bad Cole wasn't with them. :)

When I was pregnant with Anaïs, Katie was the very first person I talked to about raising a child with achondroplasia. She was so nice to me and kept on telling me that things would turn out ok and that I would make it through this, I will never forget that! So Katie, thank you for helping me get through the toughest time of my life!
We met them for lunch at Rainforest Cafe because we had to do a kid friendly place since we had both Sam and Anaïs with us.
We had such a great time!! I swear I could totally see us hanging out all the time if we lived closer!! It's always nice to meet other parents of kids with dwarfism because you instantly have a connection, but it wasn't just that...I feel like I would totally get along with Katie even if we didn't have that in common!
Can't wait to see them again!


After lunch, we had to stop and look at the lions since we were at the MGM hotel...

It was a great day!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

LPA bbq/pool party

Yesterday we went to a LPA event...we always have such a great time! Sam spent most of the day in the water, she loves to swim! The party was actually a birthday party and was filled with food and fun!
Here is Anaïs and her friend Destiny, they are only a couple weeks apart and both have achondroplasia. I am very excited for Anaïs to have a LP friend who is exactly her age.
The kids got to decorate visors with fun stickers. Rachel was so nice and made one for Anaïs.


Anaïs was kind of tired the whole day...probably a combination of her surgery, the heat and the fact that she didn't really nap yesterday. She only wanted to be in Jeff arms the entire afternoon!! Yep...looks like we have another daddy's girl! :)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Water, smiles and kicking legs!

A day filled with smiles and water can only be a happy one right?
Today I took Sam to a pool playdate at my friend Michelle's house. It was a blast for kids and moms! I decided to leave Anaïs with Jeff because it was so hot outside and going to a pool playdate by myself with the 2 girls can be pretty hectic since Sam wants me in the water with her. Michelle also has a huge blow up slide where the kids always have so much fun!


Sam enjoyed taking a little break for a nice lunch. The food was great...I ate so much!!!
The kids loved jumping in the water. It's so much fun because we are a group of girlfriends and our kids really all get along. It allows us to hang out with our kids and everybody has a great time.


Also, right before we went to the playdate, Anaïs was showing off her kicking skills for us. When she gets really happy and excited she likes to kick her little legs really hard, it's so cute!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bravo!

Here is Anaïs clapping her hands today. :) Every time she does it, she looks so proud of herself!

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

New blog!!!

Hey everyone, I just wanted to let you all know about a new family joining our blogging family.
A couple months ago I met Rosie, a mom who has 4 beautiful daughters. Her youngest, Destiny, just turned 1 and has achondroplasia. They live right here in Vegas. I know they are really eager to meet other families with LP kids.
Here is the link to their blog:

www.babydestinyhope.blogspot.com

Welcome to the blogging world Rosie, you'll love it!

Monday, June 8, 2009

SO busy...

The last couple days have been so hectic for us!! Anaïs finally got out of the hospital yesterday. She was having some issues with her oxygen levels, they would occasionally drop when she was asleep.
They sent us home with oxygen to use at night, which we are not too excited about. I just don't think it's realistic considering she wants to take off the cannula and pulls on it as soon as we put in on. We have an appointment with her doctor tomorrow to follow up and this and see if she really needs the oxygen or not.
With all that, she ended up spending her first birthday at the hospital. Here is the birthday girl.
Sam was very good during all this and was very worried about her little sister. She took great care of her on her birthday.

The hospital staff was wonderful! They made a birthday card and poster for Anaïs and sang happy birthday for her. It really made the day a little better.

I can't believe my little baby is one already!! Time goes by so fast!
Anaïs has taught me so much and has made me such a better person. She taught me to be more accepting of others and she made me look at life in such a different way, a better way. She has opened the doors to a whole new world with the most amazing people I have EVER met. I am learning something new everyday with her...I am so very lucky to have her in my life, she is my little hero. I know for people who have never had to deal with being "different" or having a "different" child it seems so scary and you are probably wondering "how do they do it?" but guess what...I can honestly say that not only are we "doing it" but we are loving every minute of it and we would NEVER change anything about our baby girl...NOTHING! She is who she is and she is perfect the way she is. She has so much strength and happiness in her, I never feel sorry for her. So please, don't feel bad for her or us because I know she will have a wonderful life and we are so very lucky to be a part of something bigger, an incredible community with wonderful people. I absolutely love every second I get to spent with our new friends in the LP community. Also, to our "blogging family"...you guys are the best and I could never make it without all of you!
So thank you Anaïs for introducing us to this whole new wonderful world and for making everyone around you better people. We love you so much little girl!!!

Also, a couple days ago, Sam got to do something very special, she got her ears pierced! She had been waiting to get it done...
She did really good and didn't even cry, although I could tell she wanted to. She is so brave!


On this picture you can tell that she is being so brave...poor baby.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Surgery accomplished!

The surgery is DONE!!! I am so glad it's over!!
Today was a long day...At first, we were told that the surgery was scheduled at 3:45 in the afternoon (which was already so late considering Anaïs had to fast). We arrived at the hospital a little early, around 3:15, and they told us that the surgery should be around 5:20...5:20???? Are you kidding me? At about 4:30, they told us that Dr Park (Anaïs' surgeon) had to do an emergency surgery so we are now scheduled for 6:00...WHAT????? Remember that my poor baby hadn't eaten anything since the night before!
Anyway, long story short she went in at about 6:00 and did wonderful!
Here are the girls hanging out on Nana's front porch today, you would never guess that Anaïs was fasting, she was STILL happy and a joy to be around, what a trooper!

Here she is in the waiting area playing with all the fun toys they have there...one of the many reason why I love the Children's Hospital!

The surgery took about 45 minutes. Right after, she went to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). She is spending the night there, Jeff stayed with her. She is doing well, she is pretty sleepy but does not seem in too much pain. The doctor said that her tonsils were somewhat big and that her adenoids were huge and were obstructing her nose. She also had a lot of fluid in her ears. She really needed this surgery.


We are relieved and hope she feels better very soon. She might get to come home tomorrow if she does well. Thank you again for all the support and love.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

School is over!

Sam graduated from preschool, she is now ready to start kindergarten in August! She is very excited and we are so very proud of her! We love you Sam!



Congratulations to the graduates! :)

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We are driving today to Salt Lake, Anaïs is getting her surgery tomorrow (ear tubes and removal of tonsils/adenoids). I will keep everyone updated on how she does and will try to post on the blog tomorrow night. Thank you all for you continuous support.