Our three other children went to Grandma's house, and I took our youngest son to a follow-up appointment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Thankfully he's a healthy, happy little boy. I blogged about his surgery at Mayo two years ago here. When we received the letter from Mayo telling us it was time for his two year appointment, I could hardly believe it!
|This picture was taken two years ago|
on the day of surgery.
|Here was his thumb before surgery.|
Our son was born with a "double thumb," or bifid thumb, which means he had two fingers growing out of the middle joint on his thumb. He had surgery to remove one of those bones, and besides a scar, it's almost impossible to see that anything was done to his thumb.
The two of us left our house at five in the morning to make it in time for his appointment. It was a long drive, but he slept some of the way and when he wasn't sleeping, he asked about a hundred questions. The questions were about life in general, which I answered as best as I could. His favorite question lately is: "How do you know?" To which I answer: "Because I'm much older than you."
|He was fascinated by the whole process.|
|Part of his appointment required taking pictures|
of the thumb to watch its progress as he grows.
|He loved looking down on the "little" people|
from the 16th Floor of the Mayo building.
After my son's appointment, we met with a fellow Minnesota author, and friend, Erica Vetsch! Talk about a treat. :) Erica's stories will be included in the two novellas with mine next year, so we had a lot to talk about. My son did an amazing job being patient while we chatted--probably because he was allowed to play with my phone. :)
|Here we are at Newt's in Rochester.|
|Fort Snelling in St. Paul. The round tower is the oldest |
building still standing in Minnesota, built in 1820.
|Showing my son how they would have made his favorite|
food in the 1820's: waffles.
|And where they would have cooked them.|
|Playing checkers in the Sutler's Store.|
|The Soldier's Barracks. The men would have slept two men|
on top, head to foot, and two men on the bottom, head to foot!
|Married Soldier's Barracks. Two families would have shared|
|Married Officer's Barracks|
|His biggest smile of the day came when he was allowed |
to beat the drum.
|Preparing for the cannon drill.|
|He was determined to wear the yoke. :)|
|Beautiful day at one of Minnesota's favorite|
|Showing off his Minnesota Historical Society|
Membership Sticker! It says: "I'm a Member!"
It was a fun, looooooong day, but I was so happy to get this one on one time with him.