Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Awwww....Jack Misses Miles

Jack has been flourishing since Miles want to his grandparents. He's working on puzzles, letters, numbers, etc. However, he really misses his big brother. He keeps asking where Miles is and last night he was singing "Where is Miles, where is Miles, Upstairs..." to the tune of Frere Jacque. So cute!

Random Pics I Like

In our back yard:

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At the Toledo Zoo:

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Miles and his friend Josh:

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Jack on a boat in Florida (last Feb.):

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My little swimmer:

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Our family (in Florida):

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Monday, August 28, 2006

Down to One Kid

Miles has gone to visit his Grandpa Chuck & Grandma Kay for one whole week! He left late yesterday and I already miss him. A few days ago I asked him if he'd like to have a special visit with them all by himself, and he responded, "But I don't know how to drive daddy's car." He is too funny.

We converted Jack's crib to a daybed last night and he did great. We'll see how nap goes today though. We're planning on getting Miles a twin bed soon and then Jack will get Miles' race car bed. Brian has big plans to make Miles' twin into a "rocket bed." Should be pretty cool!

This weekend was pretty low key. Saturday morning we went to a potluck breakfast at Miles' new preschool, then to the Farmer's Market to get some peaches--Colorado peaches are the best! I'm planning on eating one as soon as I'm done here. We also got to take a horse and buggy ride there, which was fun.

This weekend we plan to go to my parents' cabin in Wyoming and will get Miles then. Jack gets to be an only child until then. It was nice to have some one-on-one time with him last night; I rarely get that. He was really into puzzles--usually his brother is too distracting, I think. It was really fun.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Pics from the Waterpark

We went to the water park this afternoon. Miles finally remembered he loves the slides. Jack is still trying to decide...

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

My Budding Photographer

Okay, apparently I just can't stop blogging today. I've just been away so long! :-)

Miles loves taking pictures. Here are some he took today.

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More from Our Trip

Grandma kindly sent us some more pics from our trip, but I only have time to post a few. I'm still kicking myself for not getting more of the family. I tend to get focused on the kids, and apparently Brian does too!

At Grandma and Grandpa's house in Toledo:

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At the park:

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At the historical village on the train:

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At the Toledo Zoo:

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More from the Columbus park:

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The 2nd Half of our Trip

Oh NO! We just discovered that we left all the pictures from the first half of our trip on a CD in Toledo. We were trying to make room on our camera... We'll post the Toledo pics after Grandma sends them.

So...I'll post pics from the 2nd half of our trip, in a minute, but first I'll say that Toledo was a blast. We went to the park with Grandma & Grandpa, went to the park with our friends Karen and Joshua, Phoebe, and Hannah and KiKi and Edward. Everybody's kids are beautiful. We met new friends from my mommy board at the Toledo Zoo, which was so cool (6 moms and 11 kids!). Mommy and Daddy got to go out with lots of old friends and eat at 2 of our favorite restaurants: Kotobuki and The Beirut.

Here is Jack after an exhausting, but fun time in Toledo, on the way to Columbus:

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We stayed at Aunt Janice & Uncle Andy's house, and I'm kicking myself, because we have no pics of the kids with Andy and very few with Aunt Janice. What were we thinking? I'm hoping Grandma & Grandpa have some they can send us.

After the first day at J&A's, we went to our best friends in the whole world's house: Eric, Erika, Lucas & Tucker for a BBQ. Here are the boys playing on the playset in the alley (they live in a really cool old section of Columbus, so the backyard is pretty small and the alley gets utilized).

Aunt Janice & the boys:

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Miles & Tucker (fixing the playset, I guess!):

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Jack headin' out:

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The next day J&A had a BBQ and even Grandpa & Grandma came down for it. Here are the kiddos with Erika:

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Here are the kids at the awesome pool Aunt Janice set up for them:

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The following day we went to a really nice park and had a picnic (everyone went, including Grandpa & Grandma--all except poor Uncle Andy, who had to work). Here's Jack:

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Miles & Lucas:

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The fawns we saw in the surrounding woods (not afraid of us at all!):

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All 4 boys:

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Then we had to go home. :-( The trip home was horrible. Our plane broke and we ended up spending 8 hours in the Columbus airport. They upgraded us to first class from Chicago to home, but even that didn't really make up for it. Although, I must say that Miles took very well to the life of luxury.

Jack is currently screaming his head off next to me (a normal thing these days--he is 2 after all) over a tractor, so I need to wrap this up. We realized we need to transition him to a big boy bed on this trip. He really doesn't fit very well in the pack and play anymore. So we need to do it for travelling. So that will be our project for the week. First reading big boy bed books and talking it up, then converting the crib to a bed, then the big transition (whew, he stopped screaming). He's too funny: on the trip, he started saying the following in the morning when he wakes up, "Mommy, where are you?"

We have lots of orientation events at Miles' school next week. He has become quite the ladies man the last week. Two days in a row he told me that he "loves my dress." This morning he crawled into bed with me and was stroking my arm and whispered, "Mommy, you have such soft skin." Mommy's ego is feeling pretty good right now!

Gawrsh, I love my kids...

Thursday, August 17, 2006

My Friends

I promise I'll post about our trip to Ohio soon. Suffice it to say, it was a blast.

For now, I'll just post this:

"She discovered with great delight that one does not love one's children just because they are one's children but because of the friendship formed while raising them."
--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Thursday, August 03, 2006

A Comparison of the Two Ears

Someone recently emailed me a good suggestion: show both ears for comparison sake. Our good digital camera stopped working last night (Brian hopefully fixed it at least temporarily), so these were taken with our ancient dinosaur of a camera (it's so huge, LOL). So please excuse the quality. Also, these were taken on the fly outside and I can see sunscreen on the ears. I promise our boys aren't always so grungy, LOL! (Well, they are more often then I'd like...but they are 2 and 4 year old boys).

The scars on the medpor ear really show up in this pic. As I said in my last post, Dr. R. said they will fade with time and the color will even out. I'm not sure you can really see the size difference, since the pictures aren't from the same distance, but the medpor one is larger to account for growth of the other ear. The ears certainly don't look exactly alike, but I think the new one looks pretty darn good.

You can also see the scar on the back of the left ear, where the skin graft was taken. It's still a little scabby. And there are at least 2 stitches in the medpor ear that haven't dissolved yet.

Left ear (no microtia):

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Right ear (medpor reconstruction):

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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Post-op with Dr. Reinisch in Denver

Last week Dr. Reinisch came to our house! He had a meeting in Vail and stopped on his way from the airport. Five other families came: two for consultations, two for microtia post-ops, and one for a hemangioma removal post-op. It was so nice to meet everyone and especially nice to meet Dr. R's lovely wife.

Dr. R. said that Miles' ear looks great. He said the color variances and scars will fade more with time. He also reiterated that he doesn't think Miles will need jaw distraction surgery in the future, but we will send him pictures of Miles' bite annually to make sure.

Here is a picture of Miles 39 days post-op:

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How many doctors do you know that would do something like this? He and his wife must have come straight to our house from the airport and they were there at least an hour and a half, not getting off until about 9:00 pm. I don't think they had even had a chance to have dinner yet and they still had at least a two hour drive to Vail. Needless to say, I continue to be impressed with him.

He mentioned that he knew about my blog (Hi, Dr. Reinish, if you're reading this!), which is pretty neat. And he asked me to help him work on a "Parent's Primer to help parents understand the pros and cons of various microtia treatments and answer all the common questions that they have when the have a child with microtia." He asked at least one other parent on the microtia yahoo board to work on this too, so she and I are going to try to coordinate. I'm excited about the project. If you have any thing you would like to see included, please email me via the contact link on the side bar.

A Mini Vacation in Denver

The weekend before last I took a Friday and Monday off work and we had a mini whirlwind Denver vacation. It was fun, but exhausting!

First we went to Lakeside amusement park--what is often known as the "ghetto" amusement park in town. But it's very retro and cute and cheap. Here are some pictures. You can see how "old school" it is.

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The next day we went to Splash water park. It's great for little kids. The following day we took it easy, but saw "The Wild" at the cheapie movie theater. It only cost $12 for all 4 of us; plus a kids combo with drink, popcorn, and candy; and a large drink (!). I couldn't believe it.

Then Monday we went to Six Flags. Boy was it hot, but the boys had fun. Miles especially loves rides. Jack gets really serious, but I think he enjoys it. Here are some pictures of the boys riding some of the kiddie rides. Afterwards, we went to the waterpark portion of the park, which is my favorite part, but we were so tired, we didn't get to spend as much time as we wanted to.

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Here is a picture of the boys enjoying our pool even without their suits:

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And a picture of my little goofballs:

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