HI everyone –

Harper is doing fantastic. She weighed 10 pounds and was 22.5 inches long at her pediatrician’s appointment last week. She’s really growing like a weed! Harper also got some vaccinations during the visit. She did not enjoy getting stuck four times with a needle. We tried to make her understand that she’s been through a lot worse, but she was in no way consoled. It was pretty rough for mom and dad to have to hear her scream so much. She did manage to poop all over the exam table and the nurse who was giving her the shots which made us giggle a little bit.

We head to Knoxville on Tuesday (9/23) for an appointment with her neurosurgeon. Her back has healed very nicely, so we anticipate she’ll be cleared to lay on her back as much as she wants, sit in a swing and do all the other normal baby stuff she’s missed out on til now. The doc will also check to make sure her shunt is working properly. We have no reason to think otherwise, but it will be nice for him to give her a clean bill of health.

Harper has made friends with a stuffed monkey we keep in her crib. She loves looking at it, talking to it, and hitting it with her hand to make it jingle. It’s really amazing to see how much she’s started interacting with not only mom and dad, but with an inanimate object.  She smiles at us quite a bit and is almost cooing. We can’t wait to hear her laugh for the first time. She can also hold her head up pretty well on her own, and she pushed off with her legs while mom was holding her upright last week. We’re taking that as a really good sign for her future mobility.

Chelsea started back to work this week on a part-time basis, which is tough but necessary. Also, we want to congratulate our friend Luke Anderson who started a new job yesterday! Now Luke only has one job and can hopefully spend more time watching football and playing Rock Band with us. Yay Luke!

We promise to post updates and pictures more regularly. We haven’t had Internet access at home, but will soon so posting will get much easier.

Harper is really chubby!

Harper is really chubby!

Our little girls is getting so big!

Our little girl is getting so big!

Harper loves her monkey.

Harper loves her monkey.

Our pretty girl!

Our pretty girl!

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