God doesn't give children with special needs to strong people; He gives children with special needs to ordinary, weak people and then gives them strength. Raising a child with special needs doesn't take a special family, it makes a special family.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

It's late and the laptop is getting ready to die, so this will be short! From Philadelphia to Charlottesville, we have had a busy week. We had Brenden's first appointment at Shriner's Hospital in Philly. I am not 100% pleased with our current orthopedic surgeon, so I just wanted a second opinion to make sure we are doing all that we should be. He has never had any major ortho issues, but I'm a natural worrier so had to be sure! He does have mild scoliosis, which I knew, but never had the exact number. It's not bad enough to do any bracing yet, but we continue to watch it. With him walking more and more, it will hopefully slow a bit or reverse since he will be getting stronger through his core.
Today we went to UVA for urodynamics/VCUG and a renal ultrasound. The nurse practitioner said that Brenden is a perfect example of what good care looks like. As an infant, Brenden had kidney reflux and some other bladder issues, but because we are doing what we should be, that has reversed and basically everything looks perfect!
The banner picture is of my two babies snuggled in bed! We took the kids to Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg. It was Madelynn's first night in a hotel so I wasn't sure how she would do....needless to say this was the only way I could get her to go to bed! (She later got moved to the pack 'n play!)

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