We have SO enjoyed the beautiful weather we've had.
Sunshine is so good for all of our souls!
The girls and I got to meet Muttie at the Cheesecake Factory in Denver for lunch this week!
Sophie loves her new picnic table from Muttie and Pop Pop
Fun with friends at the park
On Friday, the girls had a blast running through their "sprinkler ball" while Gabe and I watched them and sun tanned. Such a perfect family Friday...sunshine, happy girlies, laughter and country music! Gabe also jumped in for some of the water fun.
We're so proud of her for going through another eye surgery!
Little helper carrying sisters backpack
Heading back to the OR
In recovery. She was in recovery a lot longer this time round. She was very inconsolable for about 2 hours. Just broke my heart and took everything in me not to completely fall apart myself.We were so thankful when we were finally discharged from the hospital. I knew she would do much better after getting home and being disconnected from all of the cords hooked up to her. They were really frustrating to her.
Gabe's parents were with us at the hospital during her surgery, but they had to get back to Kansas soon after. So Gabe kept Sophie entertained in the lobby and cafeteria. He was able to come back to recovery initially because they made an exception for both of us to be back there with her right when she came out of surgery. Sophie was having a hard time understanding everything, so whenever she saw me she just wanted me to hold her, which I couldn't. Poor girl, she didn't know what was going on. Both girls were such champions!
We are very thankful it went well, without complication. Only time will tell if this surgery was a success. So far, her eyes do look different so we're praying it was successful!
Now it will just take time for her eyes to heal and for the stitches to dissolve. It has been very painful for her, but we are happy that each day gets a little better.
We have been eating a lot of popsicles, have gone on multiple drives to Starbucks to hit up the frappucino happy hour, and have watched way too many hours of TV and movies. That's all ok when recovering though, right?
And just to help you remember how little she was for her first surgery...You can click here to see more photos!
Avery had her second eye surgery last Friday. In case you're wondering why, she has Exotropia. Basically both of her eyes drift outward. So for the first surgery (when she was 18 months old), they loosened her outer eye muscles. Unfortunately that first surgery wasn't a success. So after patching her eyes for a couple of years and little to no improvement, her eye doctor decided another surgery would be the best option. Hesitantly and after substantial prayer, we decided to go through with another surgery. This time, they tightened her inner eye muscles. Just typing that makes me even more amazed that it can actually be done. I'm very thankful for talented doctors who go through years of schooling to do these types of surgeries. It's amazing!
Prior to surgery, we had to go to a few pre-op appointments. The first was with her pediatrician to make sure she is in complete good health before surgery. The second was a pre-op with her eye doctor. She was completely healthy until going to these appointments. The few days prior to surgery she came down with a fever. So, we spent a few days secluded at home trying to get her back to good health so we could go through with the surgery.
At the appointment with her pediatrician
At her eye doctor pre-op appointment ( she loves that dress, this is on a different day!)
Both girls weren't feeling well for a few days leading up to Avery's surgery. They love using little brother as a pillow!
Finally they are feeling better the day before surgery. I took them out for donuts!
Avery graduated from her three year old preschool class this past Monday. It's the first of many graduations in her future! We are so proud of her! She has done so well and learned so much in her first year of preschool.