The last couple days have been really busy for us. We are trying to get ready for our trip to France and Spain but we have been doing too many fun things. Yesterday, Sam really wanted to go swimming with her cousins who are in town from Idaho. She even tried the diving board and had a blast jumping off of it.
Then after the pool, we had plans to go get drinks and dinner with my french girlfriends and their kids. We went to get drink at the St Regis in Deer Valley. It is just beautiful up there. Here is the view from their outdoor patio:
Sam and Anaïshad fun with their friends.
They got to run around in the grass and loved every minute of it.
The glass elevator was probably their favorite thing up there:
Taking a break while waiting for the valet to bring our car:
Then we went out to dinner to have pizza and ice cream...doesn't get much better than that :)
Sam had so much fun at the pool yesterday she insisted on going back today. This time Anaïs got to swim too. Sam decided to try to high diving board!!!
Today Anaïs had to get a second set of ear tubes since hers fell out a couple months ago. Anesthesia is always a concern with kids with achondroplasia so we are always a little nervous when she has surgery or MRI's. The worst part for her was the pre-op when they looked in her throat, she HATES that.
Then she got to put on her hospital pj's and had some time to play with some toys while waiting for her surgery time:
The surgery was quick, the doctor did say that she had some built up fluid in her ears that he was able to drain.
She was happy to get some apple juice in the recovery room.
Tonight we went to the first summer concert at the Canyons of the year. We always have a good time just being outside in the fresh air and enjoying nature. The girls love taking the ski lift. We just take a blanket, have a picnic and just hang out.
She has been waiting for this for about two years now! All her classmates except for one other girl and Sam had lost several teeth and Sam was waiting patiently (well most of the time lol) to lose her first. She lost her tooth right before bedtime and was beyond excited.
Looks like the tooth fairy will be stopping by tonight.
Here are pictures from the 2011 Little People of America convention in Anaheim, CA. We spend 6 days there and had such a good time with our LPA friends and family. The best part was just hanging out at the hotel with other LPA families and let the kids play. It is such a wonderful experience for Anaïs to be around other little people.
What was really nice too is that the average height siblings are also forming great friendships, like Sam and Ashleigh who has a little brother with achondroplasia, just like Anaïs.
Anaïs with Aiden (Ashleigh's brother):
OK...here is Anaïs and Peyton. They are the same age and both have achondroplasia. They are just ADORABLE together...look at them!
I am SO excited for Anaïs, we bought her a custom made tricycle. Kids with achondroplasia have really short legs and arms so it's pretty much impossible for them to ride regular tricycles. They had a vendor at the convention who makes tricycles...what an amazing thing for our kids. When you have a "different" child, the things that seem so simple to everyone else can be impossible, like riding a tricycle at school with their friends. I am very happy she will be able to experience these moments that every child deserves to experience. Here she is getting measured:
Ashleigh and Sam getting ready for the 4th of July party:
The 4th of July party was great! They had so many fun things for the kids: hair coloring, face painting, crafts, games, balloons, petting zoo and so much more.
Of course, we couldn't go to Anaheim without going to Disneyland! We spent a day there and we all had a great time...didn't take very many pictures there though...
Space Mountain was definitely Sam's favorite ride!
I am originally from France and have been living in the US since 1999. My husband Jeff is american and speaks fluent french so we are a bilingual family. We have 2 beautiful daughters Samantha born on 5/27/04 and Anaïs (pronounced Ana-eese) born on 6/6/08. Anaïs was born with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism.
If this is your first time reading our blog, read about how our journey with achondroplasia all started by reading Anaïs' story.
What is achondroplasia?
Achondroplasia is the most common form of short-limb dwarfism. It occurs in approximately 1 in 26,000 to 1 in 40,000 births. The characteristic features of achondroplasia are apparent at birth. These include typical facial features, disproportionate short stature, and rhizomelic (the proximal ends of the limbs) shortening. Diagnosis of achondroplasia is made by physical exam and skeletal x-rays. Most individuals have normal intelligence. Infants and children often have motor delays but cognitive delays are not present. A special infant developmental chart has been made for children with achondroplasia. Final adult height is in the range of 4 feet.