Nov 5, 2010

Halloween and 2nd Birthday!

This is a busy time of year for Chloe - Halloween and Birthday!
Chloe was a bumblebee for Halloween! We went to Aunt Marcy's for a yummy dinner of white chicken chili and then headed out for trick or treat with her cousins! Chloe loved riding in the wagon with cousin Leah and would not let Leah walk with her sister Holly! It was so cute listening to Chloe say "trick or treat" and hold out her treat bag at the houses we visited!
Chloe turned 2 this year! We invited the family and our neighbor friends over to celebrate. I cooked an Italian feast of homemade meatballs, baked mostaccioli, garlic bread and salad. We opened a ton of awesome gifts and ate delicious cupcakes! Chloe always has a blast when she is with her cousins, and has developed quite a "crazy party laugh"!!! I will have to get that on video one of these days!
Health update: Chloe's cardiology report has stayed pretty much the same. She still has a moderate leaky aortic valve, as well as some aortic root dilation - both are "side effects" of her open heart surgery. All we do now is monitor them both every six months. Eventually she will probably need her aortic valve replaced.
Chloe has not been gaining weight as fast as we hoped. Her tube feedings have increased to three times a day, plus a ten hour overnight drip. She eats great, except she doesn't eat enough.
Chloe had her 2 year well visit today. She is 3rd percentile for weight, 25% percentile for head circumference and 56% percentile for height! We have stopped her physical and speech therapies for now. We, including her pediatrician and therapists, all think she is caught up in those areas of development!
Bumblebee-cakes! When do we say "trick or treat"?
Chloe laughing with her Manz cousins!
Cupcake cake with whipped icing - YUM!
The "gourmet" chocolate covered pretzels I made and used as edible table decorations!
Im TWO!!!
2 cousins + 1 neighbor = FUN!
Stuffed giraffe from UNCLE Jason!
A lick of the icing was the extent of Chloe eating her birthday cake!
Chloe ended the night happily, in her new rocking chair from Grandma D, sitting next to her giraffe and holding her new pink stethoscope! She didn't even realize she was being tube fed!