Wednesday, August 19, 2009

August so far

This month we went to the annual NICU graduate party and we got to see Dr Synder, (the doctor that resuscitated Ryleigh after the emergency c-section), and we saw Melissa who was one of the nurses that cared for Ryleigh while she was in the NICU. There are usually a couple hundred people that show up and some of the kids where in the NICU over a decade ago!
One of Ryleigh's favorite things to do is hang out on the back of the couch and yell out the window!
She has also been spending time trying to learn how to wink (usually she blinks but once in a while she is able to get just one eye to shut). About 4 or 5 months ago Mike started to help Ryleigh do somersaults on the bed, and lately she has been trying to do them on her own. She's almost there!
Two weeks ago Ryleigh started a 12 week swim program at the YMCA to help her maintain her core strength and stability as she continues with chemo the program is sponsored by the Lance Armstrong cancer foundation .
Mike will be starting back to school next week and I have recently started reading "A tale of two cities". This will be the third or forth time starting that book, I hope to actually finish reading it this time! The language that Charles Dickens uses and the way the he uses it doesn't flow for me and so I've had a difficult time getting into it. This time will be different, I can feel it!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

This past month has been pretty busy. Mike's parents and older brother Jason came to visit the second week in June and we went to the old state penitentiary in Boise which is supposed to be haunted! No need for the ghostbusters as far as I could tell. In one of the old buildings they had a museum which contains a bunch of old wagons/stagecoaches. I think I saw one of the first convertibles ever!
About a week later, as Mike was cooking a delicious dinner, I hit my foot on Ryleigh's chair and got a huge blood bubble under my skin. It scared me quite a bit because that is exactly what it looked like when I had my aneurysms but a lot bigger and on my neck. (gross, huh?) It's been two weeks and my foot is still a little tender.
The rest of the month we have been trying to keep up with Ryleigh. She is finally walking full-time. One afternoon she was so tuckered out that she fell asleep holding onto her best friend "Abby". This past Saturday I got some pictures of Ryleigh eating spagetti and making faces :)

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