NOW for the photos…

Behold, the month of July, in pictures! I’ve already told most of the story in previous posts, so I’ll just refresh your memory here and not get into details. But first…

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Mama Lisa was so pleased that Sarah McLachlan answered our very important question during her “Live Tweet” Q&A event.

Okay, now July, for real.

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Nobody likes getting up this early for a dilation…

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…but sometimes we just have to resolve ourselves to the fact that doctors like mornings.

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Leah was SO red after her procedure. They ultimately decided to keep her overnight for observation.

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Sweet face

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Independence Day in Baby Jail!

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“They say I’m going home soon!”

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“I’ll believe it when I see it.”

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“Maybe Emo Pony Face will help?”

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Home at last, and using our time wisely – resting up for a night at the beach!

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“This is so much better than Baby Jail!!!”

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We are super-redwhiteandblue today!

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All cool in our warm denim jacket.

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“LOOK MAMA! WHEN I STICK MY TONGUE OUT I CAN STAND!”

It helps her balance.

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’nuff said.

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Another day, another fashion statement.

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Our friend Ry Ry gave us his old jumper because he’s too big for it now! With a few layers of foam mats underneath our feet juuuuuuust rest flat on the ground. We LOVE this jumper. LOVE. IT.

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Just for the cute of it.

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It’s like that mirror scene with Lucy and Harpo Marx in “I Love Lucy,” right? These two are too cute together.

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Something off-camera is both fascinating and hilarious.

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Our first piggies.

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Our second piggies. Aunti Staci does them so much better…. too bad these came out and I had to redo them, leading to the third set of piggietails in two days.

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“Mama, look at these piggietails! I can’t be seen in public like this! I just can’t!”

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“Just kidding. I love your piggietails.”

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“They’re almost as tasty as this tubie.”

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Apparently the third time was the charm. This picture only got 1.4 MILLION likes on Facebook. I am not even kidding. LeahBug’s piggietails went viral!!!

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Are you kidding me with this?

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No kidding needed. They really are that cute.

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Sillie selfies at Mommy’s birthday party.

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A rock star in the making.

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Aaaaaand here we are again. Baby Jail. They planned to put a GJ in on July 17 but she was getting dehydrated and not keeping anything down, so they admitted her the night before the procedure to get some fluids into her.

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Smily baby.

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Smily baby.

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No, but seriously – smily baby.

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Smooshy baby.

Where’s the baby?

We left the hospital July 18th, and then on Saturday the 19th we went to a “new parent picnic” for families whose babies with Down Syndrome were born in the last couple of years. I already posted pictures from this event. They were too cute to wait.

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But by July 20th we were back in Baby Jail.

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Working on our muscles by doing baby push-ups!

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Treadmill Mommy

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We were all set to go home that Monday night when surgery ordered a CT scan just to check on the fuzzy area in her lung. And then we didn’t go home. The omentum (fatty outer covering of the intestine) had migrated into her chest cavity by forcing its way through a couple of sutures in the diaphragmatic hernia repair. They decided to repair it and do a Nissen fundoplication while she was already admitted.

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Mr. Puppy keeps us company at the hospital.

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Sometimes we try to grab his nose but usually we aim for his feet.

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Just because.

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Did somebody ask for Smily Baby?

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Some counterbalance for all the Smily Baby photos. A lot of people have said she is always smiling, and it’s true that Leah is a very happy baby… but let’s face it – she’s still a baby. And luckily for her, she’s still heartbreakingly adorable when she is mad, too. So I had to post this to her Facebook just to offer proof that she does in fact turn that smile upside-down on occasion.

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Baby sammich, a.k.a. gastric emptying study.

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Surgery day, post-recovery – you can tell by the OR tan.

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Always with the cables.

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After a few days she was feeling a little bit more lively.

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Ducky was by her side throughout the ordeal.

And NO, she is definitely not sleepy:

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Ducky and Pony

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Pleased to be on the road to HOME.

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This one is definitely getting saved in the “Babymoticons” folder.

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“MINE.”

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