Alan’s Finger is in a Torture Device

Alan’s fingers were bent backwards and the ligaments are contracting/scaring… this is supposed to fix it (uncomfortably).

Spring-Coil Finger Extension Splint (“Capener” or Wynn Perry)

Coil springs are placed laterally to the PIP joint and move in line with the joint to increase extension.

Penelope Lou – 5 months old

Our daughter is 5 months old today. The milestones of time help me take account of the monumental changes which have happened. We have a fully fledged baby – nobody would call her an infant… she will never be an infant again.

This is both wonderful and tragic – but luckily more on the wonderful side.

She’s starting to teeth occasionally, but it seems to bother her for a couple of days here and there. She can sit up or stand up while hanging on to something. Everyone loves her and she’s still like kryptonite – making even non-baby-lovers weak in the knees.

She’s eating sweet potatoes and green beans so far – enjoying both of them and wanting more.

Unfortunately she’s been talking a bit less this month. We got a few consonants in there, but she’s vocalized a bit less over all. Oh well – at least she’s still laughing a lot.

Sadness, no home for the blounts

We had gotten VERY excited about a house we were going to buy.

We made an offer, they countered, we accepted… all today (Sunday). We were waiting on the counter-offer-paperwork to sign and send back… well, instead of getting that, we actually got notified that the offer was retracted. Someone else made a better offer and we weren’t given an option to bid back.

Of course, this was after we’d told everyone and after we’d gotten really, really excited about this house. It really was perfect for us – expandable, large, great neighborhood, great character and charm… it really felt like us… the 30 other houses we’ve looked at all paled in comparison.

Now we’re depressed, we feel like we’ve looked at all the available houses in the areas we want to live in, which are large enough.

In the grand scheme of things, this is a minor annoyance. We’ve got our jobs, our health, our family and friends – and the most beautiful and perfect little girl… we’re doing great. But I’m still feeling very sorry for myself.


poppy, age 4 months – 4 days in colorado

Poppy at Month four:

This month has been quite productive. She has been growing by leaps and bounds, like
normal. She’s now reaching for everything and
putting it all in her mouth and dropping it on the floor. Nothing is safe within a foot and a half of her. She is sitting up well, if you help her
out. She’s standing well, if you help her out. I think she is just
starting to change from blue to hazel eyes, though that’s only in certain lighting. Of course she’s
still chubby. We think she is about 17 pounds and 25 and a half
inches. She’s still gloriously, generously, thankfully, happy and easy going. We are so lucky.

In Colorado:

The flight to Colorado was fantastic. Penelope slept through the
accent and decent and a little bit in between. She was so good. We
actually had to sit in between other people, the middle seats, on in
front of each other. We passed her back and forth a little bit over the
top which was kind of entertaining. We got a shuttle from the airport to
Keystone, again she slept through a lot of pressure changes and did
remarkably well. We got into our hotel room and had the gorgeous view
over a little lake. And every thing’s amazingly picturesque.

The meetings are going fine and it’s great to meet the families of other employees. Poppy is like kryptonite, melting the hearts of all around her.

I wasn’t there, but Poppy wet swimming today and had an inflatable boat… apparently she loved it – and was squeeling at the water, while anita swam around – using the boat as a kickboard. too cute.