Henry had his 2-week checkup at Shriner's and his incisions were found to be healing quite nicely. The bandages were removed so cleaning him and washing his hair has been way easier. We have an appointment on July 30, only nine days away, to have his c-spine fusion x-ray. If healing well, the halo could be coming off that following week or two. If not, well, we won't think that way! Henry's 5th birthday is coming up on August 20th, so how wonderful it would be to have it off by then. I am still thinking about what we are going to do for his first birthday with us.
Following that appointment, we had a fun afternoon at the OMSI in Portland. He really loved the planetarium experience and space has become one of his new interests. On Friday night, we went to see his brother at kids' camp not too far away where he got to roast a marshmallow and eat a s'more for the first time from his own personal campfire (rain cancelled the regular bonfire), and since then, Henry has been singing some of the funny songs he heard, like "What's That You Say?" and "Button Factory." He is quite entertaining!
We had a fun trip out to the Quinault Rain Forest and got to see the world's largest Spruce tree. We also visited another local fire station where Henry got to see a REAL fireman's pole. He was full of questions and had the best time with the tour, then he got his own first fireworks! The Fourth of July was a lot of fun as we spent most of the day near the beach with friends for a picnic and play. He was nervous watching the small fireworks we did at home but soon enjoyed them, especially the large firework show we saw at the river at night.
We appreciate your prayers and for you keeping up with our journey. I will say that our weather here is between the 50s and 70s right now, so it is pretty bearable for Henry in his vest. Surely some more hot days are coming so we are definitely thankful for this cooler weather. I will post an update after Henry's x-ray appt. on the 30th to let you know what we find out concerning removal of the halo. We have some fun times ahead this summer, and I know one little boy is extremely excited about turning five! Enjoy a few of our trip photos...