Sunday, August 29, 2010

Summer Fun

I have been neglecting the blog for too long, but the good news is that we have been busy with fun things and Carly has been doing well this last month.  After  making it through another extended recovery period from her shunt surgery in July, Carly has been making great strides. She was able to travel to Douglas lake in Northern Michigan where we spent almost two weeks relaxing on the lake. Carly got to visit with all of her midwest family including her grandparents (Tutu and Papa), aunts, uncles, cousins of all ages, great aunts and uncles and close friends that have been like family to me since I was a kid.  It was a welcome trip for all of the family.

Carly is smiling and laughing more than ever, lighting up with the cutest smiles you have ever seen whenever we sing to her or give her kisses on her cheeks and chin. She is also eating a LOT more than she has in the last year.  She will now eat a jar of food in one sitting that would have taken her over a day just a month ago.  She is starting to learn how to drink from a cup, with thick liquids like a fruit smoothie coming first and thinner fluids like milk and juice as the next step. All of this new found hunger means the growth hormone is starting to kick in, and Carly has shot up over 1.5 inches in the last month. Her doctors and therapists have been encouraged by how she is looking lately, and we hope to keep this momentum up!

Love, Brad