Sunday, January 18, 2015

Weekend Roundup

We enjoyed a cast free weekend.  Tomorrow marks our tenth cast and getting back to our normal.  The weather here was "lovely" this weekend.  It was 40.  Growing up in Mississippi that would be considered frigid, and here on Saturday I wore capri pants to my Pilates training. 
On Friday night we went to eat dinner at Noodles.  I did not want pizza and I had cooked all week.  I just wanted a break from cleaning the kitchen.  
And someone looked so adorable at dinner.  

Saturdays are busy this January and February.  I do personal Pilates training on Saturday mornings and about an hour before my training, Nolan has ice skating lessons.  (Pilates side note:  this was my first time to do the chair.  AND MY ABS!).   Sweet Allyn was quite pleased when I got home.  
 After lunch we made cupcakes.  Nolan loves to make and eat cupcakes.  He loves colorful frosting.  But this may mark the end of the food dye frosting.  I think he had at least three cupcakes throughout the day on Saturday.  And on Saturday night he puked his guts up all of the kitchen floor and it was blue.  I'm fairly certain it was a reaction to the dye.  Lesson learned:  just make the icing from scratch and skip the dyes. 
 Saturday afternoon he had ski lessons.  He and a friend are in the same class for 5-8 year olds.  His friend is about a month younger than he is....and a totally average size child.  So yes, Nolan is THAT tall.  After lessons, they had dinner at the ski hill while Allyn and I hung at the house.  We then headed to LL Bean to exchange a coat I purchased for Ben.  Turns out I did get the right size and we really didn't need to spend a couple of hours on that task, but we did score Nolan another pair of ski pants for $24 and some new mittens for $16.  Nolan was anxious on the whole ride home and when he hurled 19 seconds after walking in the door we knew why. 
 We haven't been the best about getting out and finding a new church.  We have been to a few in our six months here but just not feeling the vibe of one yet.  This morning we made breakfast at home and measured our heights.  Maybe we'll get back into the swing of attending during this next cast period.  We try to avoid exposing Allyn to a lot of stuff during her week out because if she is sick we have to delay getting a new one and that could mean a loss of correction.  And that would just stress me WAY out. 
Tomorrow morning we'll get up bright and early and head to get our tenth cast.  Since the kids are out of school, Nolan is going with us.  He is pretty excited about the air hockey table and playing basketball.  I always hope the numbers in her thoracic curve are better, but they have been holding at about 40 degrees since April.  But every new cast is an opportunity for a miracle.  And tomorrow we will see what is in store for more our scoliosis journey.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

When Cast #9 is Off, We Play

We took cast Number Nine off this past Saturday.  Allyn spent almost eleven weeks in this past cast.  We asked that her surgeon let her go longer periods in each cast since we haven't seen any correction in the past year and would like to keep her at least in a holding pattern for as long as possible to delay any surgeries.  I thought the extra few weeks would be tough, but it was just more of the same.  And I'm hopeful that this cast provided some correction and he will let us continue casting as long as we are seeing results. 

But when casts come off, you MUST have fun  Get wet, get messy, get clean, etc.  We live in a weird hyper-aware state around the Scarbrough House.  But in cast off week, we let loose (a little bit).

Saturday we had a super busy day.  Our annual homeowner's meeting was that morning at the same time as Nolan's first ice skating lesson.  So Ben took both kids to the rink so I could attend the meeting.  Afterward, we took the cast off and Allyn did not nap.  Ben and Nolan headed to Nolan's first snow skiing lesson.  And when they got home we headed up to Timber Ridge at Lake Geneva. 
Someone really loved the baby pool area on day one.  We did the swing and did a lot of walking around in the water.  

 And a certain brother went down the slide no less than 30 times. 
 It's his favorite.
The boys wanted to stay late and play.  I was tired and Allyn was hungry so we came back to the room to rinse off and get a snack.  Love this little peanut so much.   
 We all got up early the next morning to hit the park again.  We stayed until we had to check out of our room and then headed back south.  It was nice to be able to do something special for Nolan.  And it was also nice that Allyn enjoyed it a little bit more this time.  I'm hopeful that a beach trip later this year won't be a total bust.  
 And then this past Tuesday little dolly got her second ever haircut.  I decided to get it just short enough so that it does not go all the way into the cast.  She just has the best softest sweetest hair and I couldn't go too short.  Even if she refuses to let me pull it up or back or put a bow in it. 
This adorableness lasted from about 11:15 until just after lunch.  But it sure was cute.
And GOOD NEWS.  Allyn is getting around a lot better now.  She is all over a tall kneel, she can easily go from sit to stand and pull up on stuff and is doing some cruising.  We finally got the part we needed for her gait trainer on order so I am hopeful that will get us using that more.  AND she is talking so much more now.  She still has trouble with making a lot of sounds and is deleting end consonants but she is saying a lot of sentences and we can understand her.
Thank you to every single person who has ever said a sweet prayer or thought over this precious girl or our family.  It really does mean a lot and when we make great strides in such a short period of time I just can't help but be thankful for everyone that thinks the world of this little doll.