Thursday, July 1, 2010

Graham's First Trip to the Zoo

As Graham is getting older and stronger, we are feeling more and more comfortable taking him out and about. So, since the weather couldn't be more perfect this week and my friend Michelle was visiting with her two little ones from out of town, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to see Fort Wayne's famous children's zoo. The day was a blast. Graham was nothing but happy the entire day.
We went on an African Safari...

He slept through the giraffes,

Daddy showed him the monkeys,

and he had fun watching his friends on the carousel.

I'm sure there are many trips to the zoo in store for us as Graham gets older, but this was a special day because getting to take my son to the zoo was something I've dreamed about doing long before we even met him.

On a side note, Graham also had what will be his last swallow test Thursday morning. He passed with flying colors. As much as this is wonderful news, it doesn't change a whole lot with the feeding tube. Yes, the feeding tube is in because he was having difficulties swallowing, but Graham is also having some gaining weight issues. We are using the tube to supplement him with the extra calories he needs. He still won't take a bottle.
We have a much anticiptated appointment down in Indy with Dr. West on July 8th. Hopefully, we'll have a better idea of future plans for Graham's surgery when we see her.


  1. What a delightful-looking boy! Wish I could hold him. I'd tell him about the first day I was able to go out after my surgery, with the Groshong catheter in my chest for the chemo. Helen drove us over to the Covered Bridge Festival in Rockville. I got out of the car and ate cornbread and beans under a tent. Then I slept through the giraffes, too, or whatever came next. But it was a special day because of what we'd been through. I'd tell him there are lots more special days to come, like when he's a daddy and gets to take little Bill and little Katie to the zoo, not because they're sick, but just because it's fun. Then I'd sing "Great green gobs" to him, because we used to sing that as an anthem in church at Hoopeston. Or maybe that was some place else...

  2. What a cutie!! Thanks for keeping us abreast of Graham's progress via the blogspot! We check it regularly. Graham will have many more trips to the zoo with his Mom & Dad and won't sleep through it!! He'll REALLY enjoy it! Still keeping you all in our prayers.
    Edie & John

  3. Great pics! Glad you all had such a fun day.