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Thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit! We hope to share with you our journey of raising a child with Achondroplasia, the most common type of dwarfism. If this is your first time here, please start by reading Caitlyn's Story. It will share the beginning of her life with you. Enjoy!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Swim Lessons

Caty has been taking swim lessons for the past two weeks.  We’ve signed her up for another session, which starts on Monday.  Before these lessons, she HATED water in her face, but has gotten better at it since.  She will now blow bubbles and isn’t freaked out about going underwater.  She won’t go willingly, but if the swim instructor dunks her, she’s somewhat okay with it.  I don’t mean dunking, really, just while holding her, both of them going under for a second.  I’m hoping that by the end of the next 2 week session, she’s feel better about getting her face wet and maybe even going under.

The first day didn’t go over so well – she screamed the whole 30 minutes – almost wish that I had caught some of that on video.







After that she was fine and really started enjoying herself. 










On the last day of swim class they spent a little time going over the stuff they had learned.  Then the kids got a special treat and were able to play on the play structure.

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

July has come and is almost gone…

Geez, where is the time going?  I definitely know that it’s going WAY TOO FAST!! 

Hanna is now almost 7 weeks (on Friday).  She’s smiling and cooing.  We’re just loving every minute with her!  Caty is still being quite the helper. 

Hanna’s out for the count!

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Kisses for sissy

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Smiling – okay so this one is while she’s sleeping, but it’s still cute


Bathtime at Nana’s


Cute nudie butt!






Trying out her crib – this was my crib as a baby, then Caty’s and now Hanna’s


Caty wanted to lay down and this is the face that I got when I told her that she couldn’t

Seems that Hanna thinks it’s quite funny


The shirt says it all! :)


Here’s a quick rundown of the July so far:

We BBQ’d with some neighbors on July 4th – kind of nice not having to leave home.  We bought some fireworks this year, a first around here.  Caty had a BLAST watching them.  She hasn’t gotten to stay up before to see the fireworks, so this was a special night for her!  She finally sacked out around 10:00 – way late, considering she’s usually in bed shortly after 8:00. 

Trying out the sparklers with Nana a few days beforehand


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On July 11th a good childhood friend got married.  Marin and I met 32 years ago – it’s wonderful to be able to say that we’ve known each other (literally) all of our lives.  I was 1 and she was 2 when we met.  Marin and Brian got married in the most unique of locations.  Marin has led river raft trips down the America River out of Coloma, CA.  The ceremony took place at the river camp, which was about an hours drive from our house.  We unfortunately missed the ceremony, as the map we printed led us to a different location – always check, when using Mapquest, that you’re going where you should be going.  We arrived as the ceremony was ending and Marin and Brian were getting into a raft.  When you’ve got the American River there, who needs a horse and carriage.



The wedding  guests were then invited to join Marin and Brian on a 9 mile raft trip.  Obviously we were not able to partake, although we would have loved to.  Caty has gone to my parents for the weekend, but we had Hanna with us.  So we drove the hour home, spent a couple hours there, then drove back for the reception.  It was totally laid back and very casual.  We spent the evening enjoying the cool, mountain air, along with a keg of beer, pasta for dinner, followed by homemade (by Marin and her mom, Miesje) apple pie for dessert.  It was the perfect wedding for Marin – who has spent time in the Philippines which serving in the Peace Corp and also biked from Panama to the California border (as her Masters project).  Lots of love to her and Brian as they start their new life together. 

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And finally… we headed down to my parents for a few days and had a little get together at my parents, inviting friends over to come and meet Hanna.  Three of my good friends from high school came by, along with some other family friends.

Hanna with Nonni and Nonno


With my friend Jacqui


Taking a snooze on Michelle


Hanging with Devon


Okay, so I think that this has been my longest post EVER, but I figured I’d try and get everything into one, as I clearly don’t have time to do multiple posts.  I want to leave you with one last picture

My family!