Monday, February 17, 2014

Happy 2nd Birthday Mia!

Sorry we've been MIA.  But, I guess it's a good thing.  Things have been pretty normal, as normal as they can be and it has been nice.  Riley has continued to be able to join Mason and Grammy on walks to the park a few days a week and has been doing really well in therapy.
What Riley's CI looks like on.

Riley's personality is really coming through more and more each day and it's a blessing to be able to see it.  It's something we were told we'd never see again.
Hey Grammy.

We've been very busy with various activities and outings and we've been sick.  Thankfully the cold that I shared with the boys didn't get to Riley or Dave.  Keeping Riley healthy is always a challenge and I was nervous that my simple cold would end up landing Riley back in the hospital.  But, it didn't and she was able to stay healthy.
Therapy time

Working hard!

Logan had his 100th day of school.  And yes that is my kid with the goofy smile in the class picture!

We were able to get in some adult time at the Laker game last weekend with Uncle Scott and Aunt Becky.  It's always nice to get out of the house without the munchkins!

Of course we celebrated Valentine's Day and I'm not sure if the boys enjoyed their heart shape donuts or mounds of candy more.  A restaurant I used to work at was making heart shaped pizzas so we ended the day with that.

This weekend we were all able to attend Miss Mia's 2nd birthday party.  I can't say enough about the relationship my kiddos have with Miss Mia, her parents and extended family.  I suppose "framily" is a good made up term to describe our friendship.  As I've mentioned before Mia loves Miss Ry Ry.  Her true love for Riley is a reminder to us daily that children really do see no differences and love unconditionally.  Although Riley may not run around and play with Mia she is always checking in on her and making sure she's okay.  We could all learn a thing or two from these little people that drive us bonkers most of the time!
Love for Ry Ry

Mason barely stopped all day from playing in the bouncer to running in and out of the house over and over again.  Logan was thrilled that Mia's older cousin was there and he followed Roman around most of the day.
The crazies!


Riley also got to finally meet Miss Addy.  Addy is as brave and courageous as Riley and I have a feeling these two are going to be bff's as well.
Hey?  Who is this?  Meeting Miss Addy.

Today is Mia's actual birthday.  Happy 2nd Birthday Mia.  We love you for the little lady you are becoming!  Besitos!!!

Mia's birthday means that the twins are not too far behind.  Invitations are going out today for their 2nd birthday party and it's hard for me to believe they'll be 2.  As the twins continue to become their own little people we try and appreciate each day as it comes.  I still have waves of grief that come from time to time. While some people have reminders around them of the differences their children may have from others we have a daily reminder.  Remembering that Mason (and Logan) are Riley's best therapy helps us to get by but, it still stings.  Instead of focusing so much on the differences though we try to celebrate the fact that Riley is here and able to celebrate her birthday.  The hard days and sleepless nights really are worth it.
Sweet snuggles with Daddy

This week we'll be back at therapy and we'll meet with the ENT to discuss Riley's next surgery.  I am hoping we'll be able to put off the surgery until after the birthday party but, realistically I know this may not be possible.  We'll see.
Someones hair is getting LONG!

We hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day (or as Dave calls it the fake Hallmark holiday) and that you were able to spend time with the ones you love and those that love you.  Today Logan is off from school and our 3 amigos are hanging out together.
Silly boys and video games!  Riley's wondering where the dolls are.

Fight On!

Dave, Megan, Logan, Mason and Courageous Riley

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