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Kendall has been making huge strides with walking and here we caught her on her longest journey across the family room. We agreed that we know what she’ll be for Halloween! (All in good fun of course!) We’re so proud of her…

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Kendall started her first day of school the other day. She loves it and best of all she’s exhausted and goes down for her afternoon nap! Cathy caught her on video ending her first day.

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Last month on July 15th, we gathered with 40 other wine connoisseurs at Lynfred Winery in Roselle, IL to raise funds for families that struggle to give WHS children the absolute best care possible.

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The other day, Kendall took steps during her Physical Therapy session. She had never taken steps unassisted before and for whatever reason, decided to go forward… and she did it! I thought for sure it would be another year or so, but she has accomplished this task 1 month prior to her 3rd birthday!

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The First Day of School

June 18, 2010 by

This week, we reached a milestone for both Kendall and for our family. Some of you know what I mean and some of you will know one day what I mean. This week, Kendall started school. It’s amazing how far she has come when just a year ago, a first day of school was never […]

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The Sibling Effect

June 5, 2010 by

There are numerous studies that analyze siblings and the effects they have on each other, their family and the people around them. I am certain that the numbers don’t lie and there is validity to most of the arguments and research made about siblings. What prompted me to write about this topic was an email […]

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Most of my life, I have been a selfish¬†person that has always wondered what’s in it for me. If I couldn’t benefit, then my interest level was non-existent. I was the guy that never felt the need to drop extra change in the bucket or to give to a cause. It’s just not who I […]

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Kendall is a scooter!

April 24, 2010 by

Kendall has a crawler and a walker, but refuses to hold an interest in doing either. She has realized that she would rather scoot her way around the house. She’s getting very good at it and her PT is trying her hardest to get her to move around in other ways.

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April is Hospital Month

April 11, 2010 by

Well, we were hospital free for over 12 months, the longest stretch during Kendall’s young life. It seems that April is just not a good month for us. Last year, Kendall was in the hospital over Easter and now she was admitted again in April for early signs of Pneumonia. It’s the usual thing- fever, […]

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Kendall Loves Music

April 8, 2010 by

Today, while sitting in my office, I had some Dream Theater playing and as always, Kendall likes a little heavier sound. I caught her taking it in and grooving to the beat…

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Kendall meets the Easter Bunny!

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Kendall went in for a number of tests last week, mostly to figure out what’s going on with her digestive system.

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I am Kendall’s developmental therapist and have been seeing her weekly for about two years. Watching her personality unfold has been such a wonderful experience! she can be sweet and stubborn and funny all at the same time. Now that she scoots around the house on her bottom, she can go where ever she wants […]

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One day at work, just before lunch time, Kevin called me from the hospital to say a geneticist was coming to explain the diagnosis. I rushed to be there. What the doctor said that day is now a blur.

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With the aid of a push toy, Kendall takes steps on her own for the first time!

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Latest Update

February 17, 2010 by

Long time since last update. Kendall is doing great, has been healthy and we even got to take her on her first vacation!

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Kendall after 2!

August 11, 2009 by

Wow, what a crazy past couple of weeks. Things have been so up and down starting with Kendall’s 2nd birthday party. The crowd was small per our design, with the thought about focusing on her completely and not a monster crowd like we had with Carsen’s 2nd birthday party (80 people). Kendall’s 1st birthday was […]

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I have been thinking lately about a way to help others in similar situations as ours. There are so many diseases and conditions out there that challenge parents and their ability to provide love, care and opportunity for their children. We have lived this roller coaster first hand, and continue to feel the pain and […]

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Turning 2 Next Month

July 8, 2009 by

With milestones come certain feelings for us to sort out. Kendall turns two in just a few weeks and her approach to this date come with successes, yet clouded with turmoil and questions yet to be answered. On the positive side, she continues to make developmental gains. Not too long ago, we were concerned about […]

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1 Year Later

May 29, 2009 by

One year after Kendall was diagnosed, we look back on all that happened during these 12 months…

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Deja Vu

March 4, 2009 by

Well, that feeling that we’ve been here before has crept up on us this past week. Kendall picked up what seemed to be an every day cold on Saturday evening. Things quickly got worse through Sunday and Monday. By Monday night, she was coughing really bad and we feared that she had pneumonia. I took […]

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Winter 2009 Update

January 26, 2009 by

It’s been a while since I posted and I aways have the desire to do so, but not so much the time. Kendall has been doing so much in the past month or so. The year started out with a scare as she woke up on January 2nd with her feeding tube out of her […]

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Being Thankful

December 25, 2008 by

When Kendall was first diagnosed, Cathy and I had a hard time comprehending what was ahead of us. This year has been challenging for us and we have found that we appreciate all the little things much better than we used to. Over the past month, Kendall has made significant strides. We have realized that […]

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The Holidays

December 16, 2008 by

It’s been a while since our last post on Kendall, and she has been making GREAT strides. It seems that over the past couple of months, she ‘woke up’, interacting more and more with us each day. She seems very much aware of her environment, and especially whether or not mommy and daddy are near. […]

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Kendall hits 16 months

November 29, 2008 by

It’s amazing to think that Kendall is already almost 1 1/2 years old. We sometimes joke that we have had a 6 month old for almost a year. Not so much a joke, but a neat adventure for us since she is learning at a very slow pace and we get to enjoy every moment […]

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Happy Birthday

August 30, 2008 by

Reality is a part of life, which is sometimes very painful. Our reality has been a hard pill to swallow at times and today was one of those times. Kendall’s 1 year birthday was celebrated today. Her real date was back on 7/18, but we pushed her out so that Cathy’s friend Dawn could be […]

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Stuff…

August 6, 2008 by

Kendall had a cold this week and when she is sick, she has a tough time handling food, sleep or anything else for that matter. We have to keep her off solids almost completely as her coughing and gagging becomes too much for her with any texture in her mouth. The good news is that […]

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The little gains

July 30, 2008 by

We take for granted what it is that babies do as they develop through their first few years. Although Kendall is slow to arrive at those milestones that seemed so natural for Carsen to achieve, we find ourselves celebrating every little achievement. Growing from just a few cells to be able to do what we […]

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1 Year Old Today

July 19, 2008 by

Today, Kendall turned one, even though it seems as if she has been with us for so much longer than 365 days.

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Kendall at 11 months

June 15, 2008 by

The result over the past few months has been beyond our expectation. Our goal was to get her to at least 16 lbs by her 1 year birthday.

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