Monday, February 25, 2013

Vacation Day 1

We had to take Xander up to Portland to Doernbecher Children's Hospital (again) to get his hernias checked. We decided to make a mini-vacation out of it and stay for a couple days.

We got the kids up at 4 am on Thursday morning and hit the road.

They were surprisingly cheerful for how early they were getting buckled into the car. 

Sleepy girlie!

We stopped in Albany for breakfast and so Matt could have his conference call with his mentor from school. 
Organic blueberries and granola, yum!!!!

The kids had lots of fun crawling around in the back of the car while we ate.

Then it was back on the road. We decided to go to the Lloyd Center in Portland and let the kids play in the play area. 

Then it was time for an early lunch..

Gabriella begged to go ice skating so we decided to let her try it!

She did really good and even asked me to let go of her several times. 

Then it was off to Doernbecher Hospital....

They called us back to the exam room really fast but then we had to sit there and wait for awhile. We got pretty bored and were trying to keep the kids happy since it was naptime. 

The dr finally came in and took a look at Xander. 

She said that he has an epigastric hernia. It isn't terribly big, just big enough for fat to get trapped in but not intestines. They don't want to put him in surgery now since there are anesthesia complications on both sides of the family so we will be keeping an eye on it for now. She said that they never heal on their own (but we know that Jesus can heal them!) and that some people live their whole lives and are never bothered by them and others have to get them surgically fixed. She was very helpful and gave us a bunch of information on what to watch for and how to know when there is a problem. 
We were happy to hear no surgery for now but it is stressful knowing he has a problem that can't be fixed right now. We will just believe that Jesus will heal our little man!

After that we headed to my friend, Meredith's house. The kids and I took a little rest while Matt went and hung out with his buddy Matt and fiance Genevieve. 

Gabriella having fun making puppy paws at Meredith's house. 

It was so fun to see Meredith and meet her fiance. I didn't realize how much I missed her until I spent time with her again. Such a great friend!!

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