Kenny is crawling. He just started yesterday. Another little miracle in this journey of closed-lip schizencephaly.
“Mom, when will I have a baby?”
“When you get older and get married.”
“Who am I going to marry?”
“Well who do you want to marry?”
“Sorry, he is already married to me. How about your friend Jack?” (See picture)
(Jack is a little younger than Emma, but they are good friends since his mom and dad are friends of Emma’s mom and dad)
“Oh no, not Jack……….But what about Georg in China?”
“Do you mean Georg in Germany?”
“Yes, Georg in Germany” (See picture)
(As you can see there is a bit of an age difference. Georg stayed with Dana’s family back in the late 90s for one school year as an exchange student. We have visited him in Germany a couple of times and he was so good to Emma. He would make a good husband.)
“When you do have a baby, daddy and I will be a grandpa and a grandma and you will live with your husband.”
“I will miss you and daddy when you are a grandma and grandpa. I will miss you so much.”
At this time real tears came and the conversation was over. At 3.5 years she is already thinking ahead to the future.
We visited an apple orchard for Kenny’s 11 month birthday.
This first one is Kenny’s official 11 month picture.
Just another one of Kenny that we liked.
The apple orchard has a nice inflatable castle to jump in. Kenny has some pretty good ups. Dana was just there to spot him during his leaps.
Emma was also getting into the big leaps. Here she attempted to do a flip, but ended up landing on her head. She was ok.
After pictures and play time in the castle we actually picked some apples. We picked Honey Crisp. The trees were just full of apples, but unfortunately the vast majority had worm holes. It must have taken 20 minutes to pick 20 good apples.
Kenny enjoys apples, though we usually cut them up for him.
This was Emma’s 3rd trip to this orchard. We’ve included a picture from each of the previous years.
This one was from October 19th, 2008, just days before Kenny was born.
This was from September 30, 2007.
My brother-in-law finished the Wisconsin Ironman in 12:48:37. I’ve got to get to school, so here are some pictures.
My brother-in-law Tracy Ternberg has less than 10 miles left of his first 140.6 mile Ironman Triathlon. This shot was taken about 30 minutes ago and he’s still got a nice smile going. Check Tracy live at www.MapMyAthlete.com/vemap.aspx?name=028063.
In other triathlon news, I’m standing at the edge of the road waiting for Tracy and one of the runners yell’s out “Hey Dana!” Here it is Chad Olson–a friend and chiropractor in town.
Most of you know about Kenny’s diagnosis with a brain defect (closed-lip schizencephaly). If you need any of the history you can see our other blog posts related to Kenny’s health. Since the original diagnosis the only apparent symptom that Kenny continues to manifest is problems with his left hand. Everything else developmentally has occurred pretty much on schedule. He isn’t crawling yet, but Emma was a late crawler also and Kenny is very close. Well over the summer Kenny had physical therapy, occupational therapy, and usually two chiropractic appointments every week. We were able to see a lot of progress in just his awareness of his left hand and then more. Since it has been such a gradual process it is sometimes hard for us to really be in awe of what God has done with Kenny. His lack of function in his left hand was so obvious as a 5 month old that we took him to the hospital. He has spent most of his time with his left hand in a fist, but (and for any other 10 month old this wouldn’t be a big deal) he now can do this…
Link to video here
Yesterday was Emma’s first day of preschool.
She got her new backpack all ready.
Her brother gave her some final smiles of encouragement.
A quick photo before heading out the door.
She is attending the same preschool as her older cousin Landry, but in a different class.
Here’s her teacher.
It was the first day with students for Dana also. He was able to come home for lunch and hear about the first day.