Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Homecoming Day Anniversary

Today is the two year anniversary of Oliver's discharge from the NICU in Sydney, the day we brought him home for the first time.

Unfortunately we marked the day with an early morning Ophthalmology appointment at the Children's Hospital in Rochester. After a long, mostly sleepless night with Oliver, we were pretty exhausted even before the 2+ hour drive there. But luckily the appointment went smoothly enough. The good news is that Ollie's eyes are improving slowly but steadily, and there is a small chance that he might not need surgery to align them after all. We'll have to keep patching his right eye for 6 hours a day, and go back for another exam in 3 months.

Autumn is a beautiful time of the year in central New York, and we enjoyed the vibrant fall colors while driving to Rochester and back. On the way back home we drove by Cayuga Lake and made a quick detour to see the breathtaking Taughannock Falls as a treat. We even managed to get a smile from Oliver!
At Taughannock falls

It was all going well, and we were on track to get home well before Ollie's afternoon feed, when... we got a flat tire. We were only a few miles from home! Shami was a star and we were able to put the spare tire on, which was enough to get Shami to work, and Ollie home in time for his lunch. Thankfully, after the morning's excitement, the rest of the day was fairly quiet and laid back.
Changing a flat tire

Friday, October 16, 2009


Ithaca got an early start to the winter yesterday, and the light snow that began in the afternoon continued into the night. By 3 AM there was over an inch on the ground. (I know because I was up!) But despite two nights of little sleep with a sick boy and Shami away, seeing the beautiful peaceful snow outside in the morning lifted my spirits. Ollie and I looked out the window as we read "Snow", by P.D Eastman and Roy McKie. I also got a bowl full of snow for Ollie to put his hands in. Conclusion: it is cold and wet!

By noon it had melted away, though there is more snow in the forecast through Sunday. After a wet cool summer, it looks like we may be in for a long, cold, snowy winter. But it sure is pretty.

Oliver, Meghan, snow!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A brand new cousin

Speaking of cousins, we'd like to extend a long overdue 'welcome' to Oliver's new cousin, Dhimaan (also known as Marco Polo).

Oliver's Uncle Tuku and Aunt Uttara (or Tuku Kaku and Uttara Kaki in Bengali) had a little boy on August 28th. Thankfully everything went smoothly, and he and his mom are healthy and happy. Unfortunately for us, they live half way around the world in New Delhi, so I fear it will be a very long time before we get to meet the little guy.

But isn't he gorgeous!?!

Oliver's cousin Dhimaan

Monday, October 12, 2009

Canadian cousins

Ollie with aunt Wei We had a weekend visit from Oliver's uncle Ian, aunt Wei, and his cousins Eamonn and Molly. They live in Canada and we don't get to see them very often, so it was a lot of fun to have them stay with us.

It was especially nice for Wei to visit, as she hadn't seen Oliver since our visit to Ithaca from Sydney in June of 2008. Oliver took to her pretty quickly, and enjoyed dancing with her!

We had a belated 9th birthday party for Eamonn. Shami cooked a meal (with some help!) for 16 people... 18 including Eliza and Oliver. Everyone enjoyed the food and the chaos.
Sprawling family dinner

Pizza was on the menu the next night. Here is Oliver with his littlest girl cousins: Mariah, Eliza and Molly.
Mariah, Eliza, Molly, and Oliver

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Where is the letter S?

Here's Oliver playing with Mum and showing off his letters.