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Oliver Goes to the Dominican!

March 4, 2013

 

 

It has been pointed out to me that its been more than a month since I’ve blogged by someone very important to us who is also very bossy ๐Ÿ˜‰ So here I am! And I have many cute photos to share ๐Ÿ™‚

Oliver went on his first vacation! We flew to our friend Alex’s place in the Dominican (thanks Alex!) and screamed swear words at CDH in to the ocean. It felt amazing. Then we relaxed, drank piรฑa coladas and got tans (well, as tanned as babies and their moms can get). Poppy became very adept at asking Christian the bartender for virgin piรฑa coladas. And saying gracias!

 

Oliver loves the beach, naturally. His favorite part is eating sand, just like his sister. This horrifies everyone around us, but I think it’s adorable. He is also a big fan of swimming and all the attention he gets when he shows off his hot armpit rolls.

 

It felt so good to get on a plane, go on a holiday, and not think about anything. To borrow a phrase from Corinne, we showed CDH who’s boss! The only thing that would have made Oliver’s vacation better would have been if Tim could come, but he had to work. Luckily my parents came, and it was a group holiday so between the 20-ish adults and 7 kids there, he was never lonely. We all miss seeing our lovely friends faces everyday now that we’re home.

 

He was a huge fan of the delicious food and was constantly shoving his face full of French toast, bacon and fresh fruit. He has now been converted to team “Anacaona is Paradise”. The only downside being that the other 51 weeks of the year can’t compare!

 

Oliver’s new CDH buddy Evan was born Wednesday and is lucky to be being taken care of by Dr Cox. He’s already been extubated and is kicking serious CDH butt, but could of course still use prayers for an easy transition to eating and a short path home. Also, twoย of our friends moms are dealing with cancer right now and could really use any positive vibes you have to spare.

 

Love you all! Life is amazing, we are so grateful things have turned out this way and can’t believe how lucky we are. Oliver is the worlds easiest baby and every single second with him is a joy. I’m constantly thanking him for living.

 

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(all good photos by Linn Maria Reppe)

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9 Comments
  1. It was an absolutely amazing week! So happy to hang out with you guys, and even happier that you were able to show CDH who’s the boss! โค

  2. Alex permalink

    Oliver is a very considerate house guest and is welcome back anytime!

  3. Lee Wohl (alias Touched by Your Story) permalink

    Amazing. Amazing. So Amazing. Sounds like you had a wonderful and much needed vacation. Your 2 kids are precious diamonds with the nicest smiles. Keep on kikkin CDH butt!!

  4. Welcome back!! Were you referring to me as being “bossy”, or somebody else? Just wondering…. Because I tend to make everything about me…. Bad shortcoming!! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I have always loved the beach, too!! I drink everything in and allow Attention Deficit Disorder to overcome me while walking along ocean tides!! Bliss!! Screaming swear words at CDH into that ocean sounds like the best therapy anyone could prescribe!! ;-D
    Oliver eats French toast, bacon and fruit?! For so many CDH children, that is an amazing feat!! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I am sending a prayer Evan’s way!! For his poor family, as well…. Praying that little Evan kick CDH butt. ;-D
    There are a lot of shirtless pictures of such a chunky little man!! I love it!! Oliver has a scar on both sides of his abdomen!! Huh. Was his CDH left-sided, right-sided, or both? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    –Raelyn

    • Lol sorry! It wasn’t, don’t worry!
      His incision was all the way across because he basically had no diaphragm and to get the liver down they needed lots of room to work ๐Ÿ™‚
      He’s an eating machine. Apparently being Tim’s child trumps CDH ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Mom of two permalink

    Your pictures from Dominican are beautiful. It’s so nice to hear that you got to enjoy a well deserved vacation with your two babies. It’s also so nice to see how well Ollie is doing! Here’s to many many more happy vacations!! Xo

  6. DevonLeah….
    Did you miss me? {Okay, that was part of a Tony Stark/Iron Man line from “The Avengers”. Very cocky and self-centered, actually!!} Well, I have appeared missing in action so to speak around everybody’s Blogs lately. I’m baaaack!! Did you miss me? Hee, hee, hee…. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    There have not been any new Blog posts in over one month!! I miss Oliver, my Fellow Kindred Spirit CDH Friend!! I hope that you are enjoying Springtime!! ;-D
    –Raelyn

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