Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Road Trip Part 2

Ok... I think I left off taking pics on our road trip to Denver.

The rest of the day was basically pictureless, but fun nonetheless. We stopped and got Samuel new size 11 shoes at the Sketchers outlet at Castle Rock. Geez.... And of course while we were there we just had to visit the Gymboree outlet. Amazingly, I did not find anything for the girls there that I just had to have...(Very unusual!) Ha Ha! But I did find some cute stuff for the little boys.

When we finally got to Denver, we headed to Golden (my son Jordan attends Colorado School of Mines) and had a great visit with him all evening. Then in the morning we got up, did some more shopping at Park Meadows Mall, and headed over to Children's for Madalyn's swallow study.

Good thing we left early, and that I kind of know Denver a little, cause we kind of got lost on the way. I'm glad those big mountains are always in the west, so I can usually figure out which direction I need to go. After a slight detour we made it to the hospital...





Madalyn waiting for her turn.




Holding the little pager thingy that tells you when its your turn.


Unfortunately, I have no pictures of the swallow study. I wish I did! She had to sit in this big blue padded car seat type thing and look straight forward while I fed her the food items laced with Barium.

The study went well I guess... We have never done one of these before. The people were very nice (as usual for this hospital) and were very thorough. We found out that Madalyn has "silent aspiration" and that was actually a bit of a surprise. I had considered it at one time, but did not really see any signs or think she was aspirating anything. Apparently this is common and that why it is called silent aspiration, cause you don't see any signs. Ha! She doesn't cough either, and this is a sign that this has been going on awhile. Bummer!! Now we have to start thickening her milk, juice, etc..

I guess that isn't so bad. It definitely could've been worse. Although, I did not find out all the information I really wanted from this study. Madalyn was born with Duodenal Atresia and had surgery at birth for this. She had kind of a double whammy as she also had a TEF. She has a floppy airway and has always been a noisy eater. Now that she eats solid food, I am concerned about choking, as she seems to have trouble swallowing sometimes. It just seems certain foods don't always go down as smoothly as they should. I would've liked to have had more answers, but they weren't really able to see the parts of her esophagus and windpipe to give me much info about that. Maybe an esophagram or something like that at some point will be necessary. So we go back again in 6 months for another study. She is supposed to outgrow this, but I have no idea how long that will take.

After the study, I went and got Samuel, who had been hanging out in the waiting room playing his DS for the last couple hours. We decided to take a quick stroll out front of the hospital just because....


I love these two!!!







Madalyn loved riding in the wagon!!





So fun!!!
Stay tuned to hear about Madalyn's sleep study.

Road Trip Part 1

Madalyn was scheduled for a swallow study and a sleep study at The Children's Hospital in Denver. We had to make the sleep study appointment back in February, well actually the swallow study as well. If you know anything about sleep studies there, you know you have to schedule these pretty far in advance because apparently they do a ton of them. More about that later though.

Anyway, we live about 6 hours from Denver, so it is a bit of trip to plan. Especially when you have 7 kids at home... We decided just I would take Madalyn, and my 12 yr old son Samuel would accompany me to help out. Mark got to stay at home with the other 5 kids (9,7,3,2,and 2).

We love Colorado! It is so pretty where we live. It really is one of the most beautiful parts of the state. We think so anyway!

Samuel took some pictures as we drove.



Headed up to Wolf Creek Pass.


Passing by some cows... If you know me, you know I love cows!! Wish we still had ours.



The view from above. This picture does not do it justice. It is sooo pretty!



Cool waterfall


Here's Samuel and Madalyn




Madalyn checking out the flowers.


Very pretty. Wish I knew what these were called...



So sweet....the princess and her big brother.



Here's Madalyn at a rest stop on the other side of Wolf Creek. We stopped here because I have pictures of most of my kids taken at this place all the way back to when our son Jordan was little. So I just HAD to stop and get pics of Madalyn here, too!


More pretty flowers!!


And here's a picture of Jordan I found at almost the same exact spot with the same columbines behind him! So cute!!!





This one is me and Jordan taken almost exactly 19 years ago on June 12, 1992!! Wow! Back in my younger, skinnier days.... Ha Ha!!



Samuel and Madalyn on the same bench as above.





Aren't these Colorado Columbines gorgeous?!?
I think they must be the descendents of the flowers from Jordan's pics. :))

Well this post got a bit long from all the pictures, so it will have
to be continued....

Be sure and check back again for more on our trip to Denver and more cute pics!!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

A Day at the Park

This post is mostly pictures which are much more fun anyway, especially because I am not the greatest blog writer in the world... Ha!!

But I have to say... I do have really cute kids!!
Some of the cutest I've ever seen actually... :))
(Am I partial to kids with an extra chromosome? You bet I am!!!!)



Madalyn having a blast on the swing! Notice the long string of drool....
Too funny!



Anna having a great time, too!!








You just gotta love that tongue!


Swinging is so much fun!!


Victoria just enjoying the sunshine...





And Madalyn loving being outside. Just walking around...








Anna trying out her new skill.


Standing up on her own and...


Taking steps!!!



Great job Anna Boo!!!


Trying again...







Wow! Look how far I got!!



This girl is my little ray of sunshine!!
Only God could pack so much sweetness into one tiny little body!


Oh yea...
There were some seriously cute little boys at the park that day, too!! :))

Am I one lucky Mommy or what?!?!
And your ears will hear a word behind you, "This is the way, walk in it", whenever you turn to the right or to the left. Isaiah 30:21

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