This has been a Very Special Weekend. Yesterday, our sweet Bug had three special experiences. She wore her first Halloween costume, she had her first photoshoot, and she met her first doggies!!!
A while back, a friend of a friend generously offered to donate a photo session for MsLeahBug, for which we were very excited and grateful, because while you may be saying to yourself, “Wait – they want MORE pictures????” there really aren’t that many nice photos of the three of us all together. So after the requisite adorable-sleeping-tinytot photographs, we took some nice family portraits, and I’m very excited to see them.
BabyPie also wore her Halloween costume for the first time yesterday (’cause PICTURES!). Since we won’t have the professional pictures for a few weeks, you are just going to have to wait until Halloween to see how ridiculous this costume is.
Finally… Leah met her first doggies yesterday! There are volunteer therapy dogs who come through occasionally, and yesterday we caught them as they passed and invited them to meet BabyBug. I am a Cat Person and am on a very strict dog-by-dog basis (meaning I like any particular cat until it gives me a reason not to, and vice versa for dogs). These dogs were all sweethearts, especially the fluffy soft golden retriever who was dressed up as a nurse. Oh wait – did I forget to mention that the dogs were wearing Halloween costumes???
The dogs that visited yesterday were as follows: Collie in a Dodgers uniform, Nurse Golden Retriever, Yorkie in a costume I don’t remember, and Fluffy White Dog (I don’t think that one was dressed up). One of the volunteers brought the Yorkie, Ayla, over to where Mandy was holding Leah, and Ayla put her little paw on Leah’s shoulder. Leah responded by reaching out and grabbing a handful of dog, just as she holds her little lovies (those little square blankets with stuffed-animal heads) and security blankies. It was ridiculous. Everybody in the room was smiling.
Today, one of the PICU nurse leaders fulfilled our silly sentimental eccentric request and allowed us to put LeahBug in an isolette to show her growth progress. The three pictures are essentially birth, double birth weight, and a little over three times birth weight. The difference between the second and third photos is not sooooo radical, but when you look at where she started and where she is now, the difference is pretty breathtaking.
Oh – yeah, and you’re probably wondering how our meeting went with the surgical team! It was pretty straightforward. At this point the biggest questions we have won’t be answered until Friday, when BabyPie goes to the OR and they are able to see the gap “in-person” for the first time. I am hoping hoping hoping that we have good news for you at that point. Her procedure should start around noon – they have a small case and a moderate one before her. Please keep Leah in your thoughts on Friday!!!!
Snapped these while we were waiting for Valerie (yes, the photographer’s name is Valerie!!) to move her car. Look at that little tongue – what a sassy baby! “Nyeah, nyeah, mama! I don’t know what I’m nyeaing about, but it seems appropriate! Aye!”