Oliver Update

Monday, January 18, 2016

After my last post about Oliver, most people thought I should seek a second opinion from Boston.  Before I had braces put on I had three opinions.  For my brother in law's knee surgery he had three opinions.  My cousin almost had his foot amputated, but another surgeon said they didn't need to and were able to save it.   I had so much time before and didn't think to do this, but now I was strapped for time.   I was extremely stressed out about it though because there was a lot to consider.  I didn't know if we would even have enough time to hear back from Boston before his surgery, and should I cancel the surgery just to get the second opinion, even though I may still end up going with Primary Children's?  I had to have the CT scan, pictures, and the doctor's notes, all to Boston for a second opinion.  It was a lot for us to pray and ponder about in a short amount of time, but I was able to get everything to Boston and they got back to me quickly.

Dr. Meara and Dr. Proctor from Boston had a different timetable for the surgeries.  They said they would do it around 9-11 months when the bones were a little stronger.  They also said they would close the nasal cavity now, but Dr. Siddiqi told us not until he was 2 or 3 years old because they would use his cartilage from his ear and it needed to grow more.  When I told the secretary from Boston that (she was relaying the second opinion) she said maybe they would just close it for now and reconstruct it later on.  She also said they wouldn't work on the placement of his eyes until he was 7-9 years old because that would be the optimal time with the bones.  When I asked how they would do the surgery to repair the encephalocele she said they didn't say in the notes.  I explained to her how they would be doing it at Primary Children's hospital.  Dr. Siddiqi and Kestle discussed two ways of doing it, and one of them was waiting until he was 1 because the skull would be thicker to take from the skull and slice it kind of like an oreo cookie and use the part to patch the front, so maybe that's why they would wait a little longer at Boston because that was the method they would be using.  

Another thing to consider for Boston was insurance.  My insurance agent was able to get back with me to discuss my options for going out of state.  I would only have until the 31st of this month to get a new policy in place for a March 1st effective date, and it's expensive.  Not to mention going back and forth for surgery and follow up in the future.  Brendan and I prayed about it and we have felt good proceeding with the surgery here at Primary Children's hospital, but I'm glad I was able to hear from Boston.  

Oliver's surgery is scheduled for this Wednesday the 20th, but we won't know the time until the day before when they call us.  He has had a cold for a while now, and I took him in for his 6 month check up on Friday and the doctor said it looked like he had some fluid in his ears, so he might have an infection.  I'm not sure if they will cancel the surgery or not.  They will check him the day of the surgery and the anesthesiologist will decide if he is well enough or not.  Before the surgery the ophthalmologist will take a probe and try to unblock his tear duct if that is the problem with his goopy eye, but it could be something related with the cleft nose, and in that case it wouldn't help it.  They will also be drawing blood for his genetic test.  The surgeons will be making a zig zag cut from ear to ear and pulling back his scalp and part of his face off.  They will scrape off the tissue and fluid in the front of his skull and cut a hole in the side of his skull to use in reconstructing the front.  That hole in the skull is supposed to regenerate within 6-8 months.  They will then do some plastic surgery on the front of his face where his skin and hairline are stretched out.  His skin tags on his ear will also be removed.  He will lose quite a bit of blood, so he will have a blood transfusion.  I just called the other day to ask if we could donate our blood to him directly if our blood matched, and they said we could but they don't recommend it because it is too close of a match.

The surgery is supposed to be 4-5 hours long.  I've heard recovery is going to be very hard.  He will be very nauseous from the medication and probably not want to eat for 2 days.  The doctors told us his head is going to be so swollen the next day that we will be thinking we shouldn't have done the surgery.  They said to plan on 4 or 5 days at the hospital for recovery if all goes well.  Brendan's parents are going to have the other 3 kids while we are up at the hospital.  Brendan will be coming down a day or two for work, but I will be up there the whole time.  My sister Whitney lives only 15 minutes from the hospital, so I can go shower and rest if needed over there.  When Oliver returns home he will recover for another 2 weeks I think.  My friend's baby had surgery for a cleft lip and palate recently and she said it took a whole month for her to have her baby back.  She said he was so fussy and miserable.

Many family and friends have expressed a desire to fast and pray for us during his surgery, and we are so grateful.  We are not sure of the exact time of the surgery yet, but they say they usually do younger ones in the morning, so we are going to start fasting on Tuesday at 1pm.  We appreciate everyones love and prayers for Oliver and our family during this time.     

Hattie's Surgery

Sunday, January 17, 2016
Hattie's hernia surgery and recovery went well.   She was extremely excited before her surgery, because Brendan told her he would take her to get ice cream at the creamery.  I dropped Brendan and Hattie off at the hospital because there was a lot of stuff you had to do before the surgery, and I went to Whitney's house to feed Oliver and hang out for a little bit before the surgery.  I've been trying to keep Oliver out of all public places, so he can be well for his surgery, so I wanted to be able to feed him and not have to come back until Hattie was done.  Brendan said she got to pick out her pajamas to put on and they gave her a little doll that she got to draw it's face on.  The surgeon and anesthesiologist came and talked to us before and then Hattie got to pick a wagon or little tikes car to be wheeled off in.  She picked the car and the anesthesiologist pushed her away in it just fine.  She picked root beer for her smell to put her to sleep, and had no problems going down.  

While Hattie was in surgery, we went downstairs to get something to eat, and while we were eating we heard on the intercom, "Would the parents of Hattie Rowland please call...."  It kind of freaked us out for a minute wondering if something had gone wrong.  Luckily everything was OK, but the doctor put in a scope and found that the other side needed to be repaired also and we needed to give approval to fix both sides.

Hattie's surgery was only an hour and then we went to recovery where she had just woken up and was very grumpy.  She was crying and still in some pain.  She kept complaining she needed to burp, so we sat her up.  Luckily she didn't throw up.  Her next request was for her ice cream.  The hospital had a little ice cream cup, and she ate the whole thing.  We told her she could have her creamery ice cream later.  They gave her more medication, and Brendan turned on a show for her and she was fine. I think she was only in recovery for an hour and then she was released. 

 Before surgery

 After surgery

Hattie being released from the hospital.  They were all out of wagons, so she got a wheel chair.  She has her new doll she made in one arm and her throw up bag on the other.

Oliver is 6 months!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

I can't believe it's been 6 months already.  I feel it has gone by pretty fast.  Oliver is such a good baby and is doing so well.  He has been hitting all his milestones and is right on track for development.  He has been rolling over front to back and back to front for a couple months, he scoots backwards and in circles.  He has started rocking on his hands and knees and then gets up on his toes and bounces back to his knees.  He coos and tries to talk.  He is so smily and happy.  We just love him!

We didn't have any new information until yesterday when we were finally able to meet with the geneticist, Dr. Dugan, up at Primary Children's.   The genetic counselor first came in and went over all of our family history and extended family and asked lots of questions.  She left and came back with the geneticist.  We had brought up the idea of Oliver maybe having Goldenhar syndrome, but she told us that they don't really know what Goldenhar is.  There is no test and no explanation of why it happens and people are usually diagnosed when they have a lot of the symptoms and no other diagnosis.  She said one of the main features of Goldenhar is hemifacial microsomia where one side of your face like your jawbone is smaller, and Oliver doesn't have that.  She said I wouldn't give up so quickly and call it that.  She said that Janice (the genetic counselor) suggested it might be Frontonasal dysplasia, because of his features.  They mentioned some of the features and pointed them out in Oliver.  When I got home I looked it up and here is a description of it below from this website http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/frontonasal-dysplasia:

Frontonasal dysplasia is a condition that results from abnormal development of the head and face before birth. People with frontonasal dysplasia have at least two of the following features: widely spaced eyes (ocular hypertelorism); a broad nose; a slit (cleft) in one or both sides of the nose; no nasal tip; a central cleft involving the nose, upper lip, or roof of the mouth (palate); incomplete formation of the front of the skull with skin covering the head where bone should be (anterior cranium bifidum occultum); or a widow's peak hairline.
Other features of frontonasal dysplasia can include additional facial malformations, absence or malformation of the tissue that connects the left and right halves of the brain (the corpus callosum), and intellectual disability.

When she mentioned these symptoms it did seem more likely than Goldenhar.  With Goldenhar it usually affects one side of your face, which we thought was the case with Oliver on his left side, but she pointed our that it wasn't just one side.  On his right ear there is a little raised part that looks like a skin tag was trying to form.  It isn't noticeable to others though if you weren't looking for it.  We thought that maybe the encephalocele was pushing down on his left eye socket causing it to spread, but both of his eyes droop down on the sides, which the craniofacial surgeon had pointed out before.  Also his nose does have the cleft on the left side, but the right side is kind of spread.  She also mentioned the corpus callosum and how the surgeons said his was smaller from looking at the MRI, so some of it was missing.  The MRI also showed that he had a lypoma (fatty tissue) in his brain, but I didn't realize that the lypoma was located in his corpus callosum, but she mentioned that's where it was and that lypoma in the corpus callosum was also linked with Frontonasal dysplasia.  She said it is possible that the lypoma is pushing aside the corpus callosum making it appear smaller, but it could all be there.  She said to take that with a grain of salt, because you really can't tell.  She said maybe delays or learning disabilities associated with that wouldn't be manifest until he was around 6 if any.

Frontonasal dysplasia happens when there is a gene mutation in at least one of 4 particular genes.  I probably won't explain this very well, but the website above that I linked to talks more about the gene mutation part.  There is a genetic test for it though.  We are going to have Oliver tested for it the same day he goes in for his big surgery on Jan. 20th.  We briefly talked about wether it ran in the family or not and the chance of us having another child with it.  She said we would start by having Oliver tested first and if he had it then we could discuss having us tested also.  It could run in the family, but it could be a new gene mutation only occurring in Oliver.  From what I read it sounds like it occurs more randomly and not as common running in families.  A couple websites also mentioned that it is rare with only 100 cases reported.  I think maybe that is for more extreme cases.  I'm not really sure.  As I was reading more about it online I came across these two articles where they did amazing surgeries for two babies at Boston's Children's hospital who had Frontonasal dysplasia, but theirs were a lot more severe.  They are two stories that will make you cry.  You can also see the zigzag scar across their heads that Oliver will have too.

Their surgeries were more severe, but there are similar risks.  In the first surgery they said it went well, but in the days following the baby Dominic had seizures, developed fungal meningitis, and suffered respiratory and feeding problems and was in intensive care for 3 weeks.  I've felt good about the surgeons we are using at Primary Children's but then when I read online about craniofacial surgeries they always talk about Boston, Dallas, and San Diego.  Then I start thinking should we be going there for these top surgeons?  Our neurosurgeon is Dr. Kestle and our cranifacial plastic surgeon is Dr. Siddiqi.  They will perform the surgery together and I've heard great things about them, and I've liked them when we've met together.  Just yesterday the geneticist counselor was saying that Dr. Siddiqi is a great craniofacial plastic surgeon and that's who she would want operating on her child.  I want Oliver to look and feel normal and sometimes I see these before and after pictures online and they don't look as good as I would want them to look, but people keep reassuring me that our technology is great and he will look normal.  Of course my main concern is not cosmetic, and more his health and brain, but I still worry.  I'm worried about the placement of his eyes and just not looking quite right.

Oliver's surgery is only 13 days away, and he has been sick with a bad cold.  I need him to be strong for such a procedure and so I think I'm going to have to be homebound for the next 2 weeks so he can get over his sickness and hopefully not catch anything else.  I know many people have expressed that they want to fast and pray with us, so I will post again right before his surgery when we will be fasting and other details.

First day of School for Hazel and Hattie 2015-16

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Hazel is in Mrs. Flores' first grade class this year.  She was so excited to start first grade because they go all day compared to last year when she had half day for Kindergarten.  When I was taking her picture she said, "Make sure to get my lunch box in the picture so they know I'm going to first grade.

Hattie's been excited to start preschool ever since Hazel started going to school two years ago.  My friend Hayley is her preschool teacher and Hattie's friends from church are in her class too. These pictures pretty much sum up Hattie's personality.  I always have the hardest time just getting her to do a simple smile.  She always does some crazy face and pose.  Brendan's personality for sure.

Hattie Turns 4!

I felt bad because Hattie hasn't had a birthday party with friends yet, and Hazel has had a couple.  This year we promised we would throw her one, and even though I knew I was due near her birthday I still planned on throwing one even if it was a couple weeks late or kind of simple, but when Oliver was born with complications, I was too stressed and just couldn't make it happen.  Oliver was only 8 days old on her birthday, so I just went to the store and threw a simple Hello Kitty party with just our family.  We ate pizza for dinner, and I made some boxed cupcakes.  My brother in law, Brad, dropped off a gift for Hattie, and Brendan's parents came over and gave her some gifts too.

Hattie lined up her gifts and really wanted me to take a picture of all of them.

Oliver William

Friday, September 25, 2015
I'm not sure even where to start but I know a lot of people have had questions, and I wanted to share my feelings on having Oliver and a lot of emotions I've gone through during this time.  Everything in my prenatal care and ultrasounds were normal, so this all came as a big shock for us.  

Oliver was born 1 week early and his labor was my easiest.  The day before was a little stressful though.  My water was slightly leaking throughout the day.  They had me come in to the birthing center and confirmed it was my water leaking.  They have protocol that you need to be in active labor within 24 hours of it leaking or you need to be transferred to the hospital, so they wanted me to come in that night to induce me.  I really didn't want to be induced.  Brendan even had me go and do acupuncture.  The lady said 75% of her patients start labor within a few hours.  Later in the evening we came in to the birthing center and I explained my concerns.  They said they were a little lenient with the time, so I could go home for the night and come in the morning if I hadn't started labor.  I think an hour later my labor started and it was active labor.  I labored for one hour at home.  I went into the birthing center and Oliver was born an hour later.  My contractions weren't that bad, and pushing was only for 15 minutes maybe.

When they placed Oliver on my chest, I was relieved he was out and I was done pushing.  I didn't really see his head at first and then he moved his head and I looked down and saw the bump sticking out of his head.  Very concerned I asked what was wrong with his head.  My first thought was maybe it just got squished coming out and it would be fine.  The midwives said they were not sure.  Then I saw his nose and the skin tags on his ear and kind of started freaking out realizing something was really wrong with my baby.  The midwives said we are not sure what's wrong so we will have to go to the hospital and have him checked out.  I was in shock and crying.  The midwives were trying to calm me and told me to talk to my baby, tell him you're glad he's here.  I guess he was a little blue, so they gave him some oxygen and started rubbing him and then he was fine.  I was sitting on a birthing stool with Brendan behind me, and my arms were on his knees and I could feel him shaking.  We had to wait for my placenta to come out, which was only a couple more minutes.  Oliver started rooting to eat, so we cut the cord, and I got up in the bed and fed him for maybe 10 minutes  He had opened his eyes up more, and I could see some kind of white lump on his eye too.  They checked him and all of his vitals were fine, and everything about him seemed normal except for the facial anomalies.  I got dressed, and we strapped the baby in the car seat and followed the midwives over to the hospital, which was only a couple minutes away.  They put Oliver in the NICU and were monitoring him, but everything was fine.  His heart rate and breathing were normal.  They said we would have to wait until the morning to have some tests done, including a CT scan on his head.  We ended up being in the NICU for 20 hours I think, which was much longer than needed.  They had to do tests, and we had to wait for them to be analyzed by the radiologist, and then they were trying to make appointments for us up at Primary Children's hospital with some specialists.  

Those hours at the hospital were agonizing.  I didn't know if there was a tumor on my baby's head and if he would even live.  I was a wreck just bawling all day.  Since I hadn't given birth at the hospital, and I was exhausted and hadn't slept all night, they gave me a room to lay down in.  I remember walking down the halls to the room and seeing all the cute newborn baby pictures on the wall and just wishing my baby was born whole and normal like the pictures.  I got into the room by myself and cried uncontrollably for a long time.  I got on my knees and poured my heart out to my Heavenly Father.  I remember telling him that life was already hard enough last week just taking care of my three kids, how could I possibly get through something like this?  The thought came to me that I would really have to rely on my Savior more than ever.  Later in the day Oliver and I were given blessings by Brendan and his dad.  What stood out to me in my blessing was that this baby would bring peace.

I guess I will fast forward to now, 11 weeks later, and all the updates and information we have.  Oliver's left side of his face didn't fully develop for unknown reasons.  Something went wrong with his midline.  It's interesting because if you cover up the left side of his face he looks normal.  He has a cleft nose, a dermoid cyst on his eye, skin tags on his ear, and part of his skull didn't form.  The front part where the skull didn't form is called an encephalocele, which is a rare birth defect.  His MRI showed us that what is sticking out of his skull is not his brain, but fluid with maybe some scar tissue on the front.  The neurosurgeon and craniofacial plastic surgeon will do a surgery together where they cut a part of his skull out of the side and use it to reconstruct the front of his skull.  At this time they will also remove his skin tags on his ear.  The part of the skull that they cut out will grow back within 6-8 months. This will be one surgery of how many we do not know.  They think that the encephalocele could be pushing down on his eye sockets and spreading them a little, so when they remove the encephalocele they want to see if the sockets will come together on their own.  Also in the MRI you can see that none of his actual brain is sticking out of the skull but that the left part of his brain has shifted forward more because there was no bone there, so when they do the surgery to repair the skull, his forehead will probably not be symmetrical, so they will do more plastic surgery for that later.  They will also probably fix his hairline later too.  They won't be able to fix his nose until he is 2 or 3 because they will take cartilage from his ear and his ear still needs to grow bigger.  The first surgery was going to be in October originally, but they now have it scheduled for January 20th.  They want Oliver to be as big and strong as possible before undergoing such a major surgery, but they want to do it before 7 months so the skull will still grow back.

The CT scan and MRI also showed that he has ACC (agenesis of the corpus callosum) which means a small piece is missing from his corpus callosum where the left and right brain communicate with each other.   There are people that have this and lead completely normal lives and are of normal intelligence, but there are also people with mild to severe problems related to this.  Some of them could be with his gross motor skills and speech.  We have to wait and see.  He also has something called polymicrogyria which means he has extra folds in his brain.  We were told because of this he is at risk for seizures throughout his life.  His is on the mild side though because it is on one side of his brain in a small area behind the encephalocele.  Lots of people also have this and have no seizures and problems.  So those are the two major concerns with him cognitively that we know of.  One doctor said he will write his own story.  We will have to wait and see if he hits his milestones as he grows and develops.  He could be totally fine, or have lots of delays and other problems. 

We also met with a pediatric ophthalmologist about Oliver's eye.  He has a dermoid cyst on his iris and white part.  It is putting pressure on his eye and causing a slight stigmatism right now.  There are also some adhesions on his eye where his pupil and the lens stuck.  Just another part of it not fully developing I guess.  We are patching his strong eye for an hour a day to train his brain to use the other eye.  We will continue to see the ophthalmologist every 6 weeks to watch it.  I guess there is also a risk he could develop a cataract.  He will start wearing glasses probably when he is 1 years old.  We actually saw two ophthalmologists and they both said dermoid cysts, skin tags, and clefts are usually a part of Goldenhar Syndrome.  I've googled that a lot and noticed that a lot of his other malformations of the brain were also symptoms of Goldenhar Syndrome, but when I mentioned it to the craniofacial plastic surgeon he didn't think so.  He operates on them and they usually have one side of their face like their jawbone smaller than the other side of the face and he doesn't have any of that.  We have an appointment with a geneticist, but not until January because they are short on geneticists.  We've already had genetic testing and that came back normal.  The geneticist just looks at symptoms and can tell us if he has Goldenhar or another syndrome. We will hopefully find out more then.

It has been really stressful finding out more information about each of Oliver's symptoms and going online and googling all of them.  There is usually a spectrum from mild to severe and reading about the severe problems stresses me out.  At times I think what will the life of little Oliver be like?  Will he be able function and get a job and live on his own?  Will we care for him his whole life?  Will he look normal or be made fun of?  I've had a lot of peace and comfort that it will be OK, but I know that doesn't mean he will be normal or how I want him to be.  

As time has gone on there is a new normal for our family, and that was really hard in the beginning.  Although I'm most concerned about Oliver cognitively, looking different and sticking out is really hard.  The doctors make it sound like he will look pretty normal after all of the surgeries, but it is still a major stress.  It was really hard in the beginning to take him out in public.  I stayed in a lot because I didn't want people staring at my baby.  When he was about 3 weeks old Brendan said I needed to get out and do something, so we went up to Mirror Lake and the Upper Provo Falls.  I had the baby in my carrier and a lady came up and asked how old my baby was and all I could think of was that she was staring at his deformities.  I thought do I say something about it or act normal?  I didn't say anything.  Another time I was at Sprouts grocery shopping with just Oliver, and I had him covered in his car seat and he started getting really fussy.  I needed to pick him up, but was really anxious about taking him out.  I was in the produce section which is in the middle of everything and there were lots of people around me.  When I pulled him out, I felt all eyes on me.  I struggled to fight back the tears.  It was almost like this awkwardness where people were trying to act normal and get past my cart, but they were a little in shock at what my baby looked like.  I wanted to get out of there as fast as possible.  I had to keep telling myself Dana it's OK this is your baby.  Brendan and I had similar experiences when we would go up to Salt Lake for doctor's appointments and then go out to eat after.  At back to school night there were a few people that said let me see your baby and went to pull off the blanket and then didn't know what to say when they saw him.  It was just difficult.  

We are in love with Oliver, and don't even notice his deformities now.  I'm sure a lot of you know who Stephanie Nielson is.  She was burned in a plane crash and has a blog and wrote a book.  I think of what she wrote on looking different and having people stare at you.  One experience she shared was when she was pregnant and at her son's school and his friend was staring at her and her son said, "What? You've never seen a pregnant lady before?"  Her burns and looks were normal to him.   I think because I am so comfortable with Oliver now, it doesn't bother me as much.  I'm fine taking him out in public now and know people are staring, but it's OK.  I go with the kids to soccer, dance, the school, etc and hold Oliver in the open and kids especially stare at him and sometimes ask what's wrong with his head, and I just explain that he was born like that, but he will have some surgeries, and we move on. 

These past two months have been challenging at times, but there have been so many blessings along the way.  We've had so much support and love from family and friends.  I have a lot more to write about blessings and tender mercies, but I'll save those for another post.  I'm going to try and keep up with my blog for a little longer to give updates on Oliver. 

These pictures are when the kids met Oliver for the first time.  They had stayed the night at Brendan's parent's house and the next morning Brendan picked them up and took them out to breakfast and explained to them about Oliver and that he was special and told them about how he looked.  Hazel was really upset about it, but when she came in and saw him she had a huge smile on her face and wanted to hold him.  Niels was very excited to hold him too.  Hattie was stand offish the first day.  She was really worried about touching his bump and accidentally hurting him, but the next day she was fine.  She asked more questions about why part of his nose was missing.  In fact I think she is the one who is always trying to hold and touch him the most.  She loves him!

These two pictures are when Oliver was one week old.

 I took these pictures when Oliver was 10 days old.  Hattie was always posing or making faces in her pictures.  I love how she is more into her pose than supporting the baby's head.  He looks exhausted.

These are from Oliver's baby blessing and he is 9 weeks old here.  He is starting to smile and coo and develop a personality, which is fun.  I will do a whole post on his blessing soon.

Katie's Bridal Shower

Sunday, September 20, 2015
I threw a bridal shower for my sister-in-law Katie, and I thought it turned out really cute.  She is due only 3 weeks after me.  It was a beautiful evening up the canyon with good company.

Rice Krispy cakes are so much easier than regular cakes.  I'm sold.

One of the three games we played was The Price is Right.  Each person had to write down how much they thought each baby item in the basket cost and then total it.  The winner is the closest without going over.  The answers were pretty funny.  A lot of people went way over on their estimations.

Prizes and party favors.

Sometimes when you throw a bridal shower 8 months pregnant with 3 little kids you don't have time to brush your hair or put make up on, but Katie looks great!

They came for the desserts......and Brendan had Young Mens that night.

Father's Day 2015

Motorhome Trip - Flagstaff, Arizona and Las Vegas

We had never been to Arizona, so I was expecting it to be a very hot desert with cactuses everywhere, but Flagstaff had beautiful mountains and trees.  We stayed at the KOA Campground and loved it.  We made a nice dinner and roasted s'mores, and the kids had fun playing on the playground and bounce house.  It was nice just to relax.  Sedona is only 45 minutes away, but we were already over on our mileage and short on time so we didn't get to stop there.

 Hazel found a caterpillar, and it was so cute how excited they were.  She said it was the first time she had seen one in real life!  They brought it back to our campsite and made it a little home.

Coloring and playing memory.  It's really nice having a table on a road trip.

Las Vegas
Vegas was our drop off point for the motor home.  We arrived Friday afternoon and picked up our mini van from the parking garage and then checked into our RV park for our last night in the Minnie Winnie.  It was so hot, so Brendan and the kids went swimming.  The next morning we got up and cleaned our the motor home and dropped it off.  We checked into a hotel to relax and swim some more until finally making our way back home on Sunday afternoon.

Hazel was making some friends at the pool.

"Mom take a picture"

Hazel finally started getting her face under water.

 This little one became a fishy after all the swimming we were doing.  He loved being able to swim away on his own with his floaties.  I think I took a hundred different pictures and videos of him because he was being so cute.

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