Thursday, February 26, 2009


Why is it that when you have something in the same vicinity as a banana, that that food takes on the flavor of said banana?

Today's tasty treat: banana flavored pretzels (I'm not saying I won't eat them, I'm just sayin')

Okay, go on with your day now.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Lunch with Friends

Today, Ally and I had lunch with her old D/HH (deaf & hard of hearing) teacher, Melissa. The first time Melissa saw Ally was when she was about 4 months old, and 2 times a week up until she was 3. We love Melissa! She was nice enough to invite us over for lunch today and cook us some delicious shrimp pasta, salad, and banana bread. It was a great time and Ally didn't want to leave. Here are some pics.

Here is Ally and Melissa

Here is Ally with Melissa's 2 kids (Rylan, 20 months, and Cal, 4)

Cal took a liking to Ally :)

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Pictures Galore!

I'm not going to do seperate posts for these pics, so they're kind of a mish mash of the past couple weeks. Enjoy!

Another fake smile from Miss Ally while painting in her "Jamie Gets a Cochlear Implant" book
Hard at work, this is serious stuff
Ally and Adam before surgery (she looks so excited!)
Lookin' at the fishies in the playroom before surgery
Ally and Grandma Mary
My brave little girl
Fake smile much? Ally and Uncle Tony
After surgery, resting comfortably
Princess balloon - she got one from Uncle Tony & Auntie Shannon, and one from
Grandma & Grandpa Rolland
2 days post-op, holding the 2 kitties and Uncle John and Aunt JoAnn brought her in the hospital. She named them both "Inna", after her first audiologist :)
Helping mama vacuum (3 days post op). Even SHE likes to use the Dyson.
Rachelle came to visit and brought her a stuffed monkey and candy.

We're so proud of our little girl. Wouldn't you know that she's back to her little sassy self too. But I have to admit, I wouldn't have it any other way.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Cochlear Implant? Check.

Sorry it's taken me so long to update, but I'm one of the 2 people in the world without internet access at home. Since I'm not back to work yet, I had to update tonight at my mom's house. That's right, it's Valentine's Day and I'm sitting at my mom's house. Adam is pretty sick and I didn't want to expose Ally to it more than she already has been.

Anywho, the reason for the post...Ally's cochlear implant! We got to the U of M Children's Hospital at 5:30 AM and checked in. Then we met with Dr. Rimell and the rest of the wonderful people at the hospital. She got her little "cocktail" (recommended by another mom of an implant recipient, thanks Leisa!) and was happy as can be. She didn't even cry when they wheeled her away to surgery. She just waved and told us goodbye. Surprisingly, I didn't cry either. They told us surgery would last around 3 hours, and wouldn't you know that around 10:30 they were done! We got to go in and see her - the poor thing was bawling and the nurse was trying to console her. Then after a few minutes and a cup of apple juice, she threw up all over me, Adam and pretty much anyone and anything within 5 feet of her. Darn anesthesia. But, all in all, she did a fantastic job and they were able to implant her. They didn't know if they would actually be able to put it in, because the pictures from the CT scan a couple weeks prior showed that the facial nerve was really close to where they needed to implant the device. Well, they got in there and had more room then what the pictures showed. We were so relieved. Now (hopefully) she won't have to have another surgery until she's ready to have the right ear implanted (someday, maybe, if her hearing gets worse in that ear).

She was pretty out of it when we got into our hospital room. She kind of slept a lot and didn't want to eat or anything. She only threw up one more time at the hospital too. Sorry, am I talking about throwing up too much? Hopefully nobody is eating and reading my blog at the same time.

Sooo, fast forward to today and she is sleeping great. The incision looks great and looks to be healing nicely. She has an appt. with her audiologist on February 27th to get "hooked up". I'm excited for her!

Thanks to everyone for all your thoughts and prayers. We're blessed to have you, and of course we're blessed to have our little girl.

Oh, one more thing. We shared our hospital room with a little girl named Lexi. Her mom donated a kidney to her! She is a 4 year old little girl and we're hoping everyone will pray for her and her family.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Almost there...

This post is coming to you live from the U of M, where Miss Ally is currently in surgery for her cochlear implant. We arrived here at 5:30 this morning after an eventful ride in the car. She decided to throw up all over herself, me and her stuffed monkey. I still smell like vomit. Eeew. Anyway, I think the nerves were getting to her. The anesthesiologist didn't find any reason to not have the surgery. we wait. I had to find a computer so I could update everyone. Facebook is blocked here - why is everyone trying to keep me away from Facebook?

Her surgeon said the surgery would last about 3 hours and she's been in there since 7:30, so we have about an hour to go. I will update more later when she's done (probably around dinner time).

Thanks to everyone for your sweet comments and prayers. It means the world to us. Keep praying for a successful surgery and speedy recovery.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Monday's the big day!

Well, time sure has gone fast leading up to this day.

On Monday at 5:30 AM, we'll arrive at the U of M for Ally's cochlear implant surgery. She will get wheeled into the OR at 7:30 and hopefully her life will only get better from that point on. We have the utmost confidence in her doctor and audiologist, so we're hoping for smooth sailing.

She keeps talking about her implant, and last night we read a book together (from her audiologist, Barb) called "Jamie Gets a Cochlear Implant". She's never asked so many questions while reading (and that's saying a lot, she's an inquisitive girl) or been so engaged. She even hugged me a few times, because she knows that's going to be her in a few more days.

Our little angel will do fine, but of course, as her mom I'm nervous. But most of all, I'm excited for the opportunity for her to get an implant and can't wait to see her bloom to her full potential. Look our world, here she comes!