Sunday, May 31, 2009
We celebrated this big milestone in Chattanooga with nearly 40 (!) family members and a few friends. We gathered at her great aunt Corinne's new house on Lookout Mountain and toasted our big girl, whom we all obviously love to pieces.
Here's lil S watching Emma blow bubbles, another favorite activity.
Our friend Christie took all these gorgeous photos! Thanks Christie for giving us something does not require suitcase space!
Greeting guests with help from Grandma Moonpie
In the arms of great grandmother Mimi.
These next shots will give you some indication of the breadth and depth of Susannah's family. Here she is with Ben's mom's side of the family, the McDonalds and the Hennens.
These are some of my mom's family, the Collins.
And we have the Aplins, all Ben's dad side.
A cute pic with my dad and Shay Shay. (She was remarkably good-natured during these arrangements! Better than I was during photos for our wedding.)
Getting a kiss from my brother, her uncle Dakin.
First bite of a birthday cake, aka a chocolate vegan cupcake that Grandma Jill made especially for this no egg, milk, peanut or sesame girl.
Susannah gave a little speech before everyone sang Happy Birthday. It went a little something like this: aaaa hahaha eeeee!!!! Then she clapped for herself, and we joined her.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Grampa Jim left for the airport today and Jill left yesterday. All three of us already miss having them around.
Anna and the gang met us at the BBG today. Here we see Saida running off with Susannah's Cheerios.
Jill and S hanging out in Susannah's favorite windowsill. Thanks to Jill for all the great babysitting she did.
Susannah's new favorite place in the apt: the cabinet where we keep the tupperware.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Regardless of these difficulties, she is improving. We are glad that Grandparents Jim and Jill will be here tomorrow to help bounce the baby and maybe change a diaper here and there. Oh and Jill is a nurse so she will be the one who gets to take the catheter out tomorrow morning.
I think this face pretty much says it all.
Taking her meds...not her idea of a good time
That damned catheter, and the double diaper method
The Botanic Gardens today
Can you find the baby in the Cherry Blossoms?
We just wanted to let everyone know that we are home and doing well, even if extremely sleep-deprived. Thanks so much for all your emails, texts and voice messages. And a special shout-out to Grandma Moonpie, who was at the hospital helping out everyday. Couldn't have done it without her.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Nonetheless we feel like she is slowly feeling better and she has given us smiles and even a few laughs here and there. We are hoping that she gets some rest tonight and gets over the hard part. There is a chance that we will be discharged tomorrow, but of course you never know...
Thanks for all your messages and as soon as we can all get more than a couple hours sleep we'll fill you in with more details.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Yay! Susannah's urine was clean and we are definitely scheduled for surgery on Monday. The procedure is scheduled in the afternoon. We have been waiting for this day for so long, and it is very exciting and a little anxiety-provoking for it to be so near. It will be hard to go through the process of anesthesia and surgery and recovery again, but for the first time in many months I have the distinct feeling that our lives are about to get easier.
The cherry blossoms at the Garden are in full bloom this week -- a good omen. This time last year I was walking under these blossoms and afraid I'd be pregnant forever.