Maggie continues to exceed all of our expectations. After a successful surgery yesterday we were expecting at least two or three days in the hospital. She did so well with her feeding and pain management that the doctors said there was no reason to make us stay any longer. We brought her home this afternoon.
Our home is complete (mostly), and we are thrilled! It makes my heart flutter every time we pull up. This home is the fulfillment of a dream, full of beauty and accommodation. Davey zooms up and down the ramps with freedom. We all have our "favorite parts" of the home, and I can't narrow mine down to one.
The Parade of Homes is happening now, and every day I get questions from friends, family and strangers asking about the parade process and where we purchased things. I'll answer some of them on the blog. Keep in mind, this is just our experience. I'm sure it is different for everyone.
Why did we build a
parade home? ·Some of the subcontractors offered a discount price because their products or work would be featured. It doesn’t
necessarily mean it is cheaper to build a parade home, but it is possible to get more for
your money. For example, appliances. We wouldn’t normally buy
Bosch appliances, but with parade discounts the fancier appliances were the …
Josie was reluctant to go to school today. Friday was her "worstest day ever" of kindergarten. According to her account, nobody would play with her at recess. "I would ask different girls but they said they wanted to play with somebody else." Then on the bus ride home, a girl kept pulling her pigtails, sang a mean song making fun of her and yanked her backpack. I asked Josie how she reacted. Her response, "I just sat in the corner." When Matt heard the story he said, "Nobody puts Josie in a corner." Just like Patrick Swayze. I think it's easier to say goodbye to a daughter being wheeled into an operating room than watch her venture into the great unknown of kindergarten.
Speaking of surgery, we are still in limbo for Maggie's surgery...ETV-CVF. We are scheduled for this Thursday, but I'll meet with the neurosurgeon on Wednesday and reevaluate whether or not we should proceed. We don't know what to do! This little Ma…
Thursday: Millie and Maggie went to the Primary Children's in Riverton for an ultrasound on the kidneys and brain for Maggie. Everything looked good.
Friday: Maggie's first follow up since her shunt surgery.
To us, she seems to be doing quite well except for her eyes crossing. But as soon as the neurosurgeons saw Maggie, they said she needed to get an MRI. He felt that it was urgent enough to do the scan that same day, but
Millie was too sick to stay at the hospital and was lucky to drive home
without crashing. If you’ve never heard
Millie crow up, you’re missing out (it’s a mix between coughing and throwing up). And we did an ultrasound on Davey's kidneys that day.
Saturday: The MRI. Millie was still too sick to go to the hospital, so just Maggie and I went. Maggie was charming as usual even on the required empty stomach and made
instant friends with all the nurses and technicians. I stayed wi…