At 26 gestational weeks, after an amniocentesis and genetic testing, he was diagnosed with Diastrophic Dysplasia, a rare type of dwarfism.

Now 8 years old, our son Kai is happy, healthy, and enjoying life.

The purpose of this blog is to lend support and encouragement to others in similar situations and to share the tremendous experiences we've had and will continue to have as we raise our little, little boy.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Busy and Fun!

Two words that describe our summer.  Kai can now walk independently, which is a huge accomplishment for him.  I took a few videos with my phone but apparently I film sideways and for some reason there's no sound... (this video is when he was first learning.  He's much more steady now--a few weeks later)

Here are some pictures from our many adventures!

OK, this one's not a summer picture.  Ashleigh (my 7-year old) had a poetry recital at school In May.  Kai got tired of sitting through the Haikus and Acrostics.  He wanted gum and I told him no.....

BBQ at Quince Park--Even though my sunglasses are upside down, he wears them well! :)

Hillbilly teeth.  Thanks, Hon, for bringing those home.

This was taken at Centennial Park here in Redmond--THE place to be this summer.  It's a public fountain park.  Kai LOVES it.  You can't see it well in the picture, but there is a stream of water shooting out of the ground, hitting Kai in the bum.  

Scout Lake.  Non-motorized lake (it's really more of a pond) outside Sisters.  Kai sat there for hours playing in the sand-gravel with his truck.

Going to church, fully equipped with a back pack full of cars.

This boy melts my heart.

Sittin' on the porch, eating suckers.  This was in Orem, Utah.  

Shopping at Costco with bestie Shad.

Shopping at Target with bestie Shad.

Matchy-matchy with bestie Shad, who loves McQueen and Mater as much as Kai does!

"Where's your smile?"  We had so much fun in Utah.  I got to hang with my bestie, Katie, and our boys, Kai and Shad played so well together.  It was heartwarming to watch them interact with each other.  Katie and I have been friends since we were our boys' ages.

Nothing beats a DQ ice cream cone!

We've also gone to the zoo, gotten new boots at Shriners (Kai walked his old boots to death!), planted a garden, and gotten tan, tan, tan!

More adventures are in the works!  Stay tuned.


aubry. said...

oh BOY i love this post.

this dose of kai will get me through to the next visit.

... which will be _________....?

Marcie said...

I miss that kid! And his mom too...

Juarez Family said...

It's about time you put up something new Chelsita, but there are no shout outs / photos of the relations (people would mostly be interested in me of course). Fix it. And when is the next visit?

Sandita said...

Love the pics, Chels....good times!!

liseli said...

Funny pictures :)

I'm very pleased to see him walking independently. Now he is free to explore...

Nicole said...

How did I miss this??? LOVE the video!!! :) :)