Things have not been the same around our house since we lost Chloe. Ironically enough, I was the one who missed her the most. To turn a very long story short, Kendall met a Therapy Dog named Chip with me the day after we put Chloe down. Of course, it made my wheels start spinning. What if we could replace our precious girl with another lab....one like Chip who doesn't shed, and has the temperment and training to assist Kendall in the future? So this past weekend we went out and adopted this cutie patootie.
Her name is Addie (Addison Paws Briggs). She is 10 weeks old. She's basically a mutt. Her mom was a poodle, and her daddy a lab, which makes her a first generation Labradoodle. In my humble opinion, she is the smartest puppy that ever lived. She already fetches (and returns it) and signals when she needs to go outside. I'll leave out the most recent puppy behavior...where she tried to take Kendall's glasses off her face and attacked her pony tail :) We plan to do extensive training with this baby girl to ensure she puts her smarts to good use.
We've had some very warm days here of late, so have been outside quite a bit. During a bunch of errands the other day, Kendall's sugar dropped pretty quick. I took her back to the car to give her some juice, and she started a new game. This game is now requested after every feed:
And this video shows how excited Kendall is for the summer and the water to get warm enough
to swim in:
We are very open about our journey with Kendall. We're happy to answer any questions, and welcome all your comments! The one thing we don't want is to be isolated from our friends and family. I've been that person who thinks it is easier to just ignore a child with special needs and their family. I've feared hearing their story. I've been guilty of looking through a child with special needs. I've also thought and said "how on earth do you deal everyday?" Although it certainly isn't easy, we are a normal family...celebrating all the milestones our daughter hits (and maybe cheering a little louder in the process!) Let me tell you...it's been a long road with many bumps but the love and support we receive daily is what keeps us truckin'! Click here for the full story on our precious baby girl Kendall Ann, or scroll down for the quick recap! Thanks for visiting!
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clearly before keto diet and diabetes
Kendall Ann has blessed our lives in so many ways. She is truly a gift from God and has proven herself to be a fighter from the beginning. She was born with many neurological and optical abnormalities, which we now know is due to a stroke in utero...probably due to her Factor V Leiden mutation and two copies of the MTHFR gene (1-14-09).Oh, and NOW she has Type 1 Diabetes (8-19-09) And NOW (12-16-10) she has problems with her Mitochondria ... and NOW (2-11-13) a neurogenic bladder resulting in a vesicostomy. Of course there is apossibility of a Mitochondrial Disorder, and a possibility CDLK5 caused all the problems and Mito secondary...but we will never know, because we've decided no more testing! When she was born she came right home...no NICU stay...and we had no idea anything was wrong! She has undergone numerous hospital stays and a number of surgeries, but through it all, she has maintained a smile that wins the hearts of everyone who meets her. Please join us in our journey of life with a special little girl full of spunk and personality who happens to have multiple disabilities.
I like to say I'm a party- girl-turned-career-girl-turned-stay-at-home-mom to a son who's gifted and talented, and a daughter with special needs. My hubby levels me out, and I'm a lucky girl to have found him.(I kissed a lot of frogs!)
I love my life and all it's chaos. My family and close knit group of friends help me get through every day! I'm getting better accepting that God's plan isn't always my plan...and alcohol sometimes helps :)