Welcome Sophia Hope Bell!!!

Welcome Sophia Hope Bell!!!
Maddy has officially become a big sister!!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Madelyn is 10 months old & Round 7 is complete!

I know we are only posting when we are finished w/each round of chemo. There really isn't too much to update on this next course, b/c we aren't running any diagnostic tests. This round of Chemo we were at the clinic 3 days, Tues., Wed., and Thurs. Tuesday we were there all day. It was a tough day. Madelyn was sick all day. She got sick any time we gave her anything to eat. It could have been because the AC was broken, and it seemed like it was 300 degrees in there. I think the heat, the drugs and just being in the clinic made her sick. Wednesday and Thursday they were full in the Oncology clinic, so they moved us over to the Hematology part. Basically, it is just some rooms around the corner. She did great there. She slept the entire time the drugs were running. 3 hours each day and we got to go home. I truly believe with Madelyn getting older, she is associating the clinic, the smell of it and being there w/feeling sick. She was absolutely fine on Thursday in the Hematology room. We came around the corner to the Oncology section, near the rooms we normally get chemo in and she started vomiting. We are scheduled for labwork next Wed., then Mon. & Thursday the next week and on Mon. 8/6. If counts are up and fine, we will do HOPEFULLY THE LAST AND FINAL ROUND OF CHEMO ON 8/7!!!! It will be one day, a very long day, but only one day.

Other than that, Madelyn is growing like a weed, 29 1/2 inches long, and 23lbs. She turned 10 months old today. She is so much fun. Her vocabulary is growing and growing. She is crawling and pulling up on everything. We had to drop her crib down to the lowest setting so she won't topple over the top, and we no longer have our metal coffee table in the living room.(small incident today where my mom put her down so she could use the bathroom and came back and Madelyn was trying to pull herself up and banged her head). My brother and his girlfriend were down from NY 2 weeks ago. Had a great time. We took the boat out on the lake and went swimming and just had fun. My best friend Erin and her family came down from VA last weekend and again we had a blast. We went to the zoo, the mall, took the boat out on the lake and just hung out. Her 20 month old son Tate is Madelyn's boyfriend. Got cute pics. of them in the bathtub together!!!

Keep praying that these last 2 rounds of chemo will shrink the tumors enough so we won't have to do surgery and that the cancer is gone! Also, please pray for all of our friends listed under "Sites you should visit"!!!

We love you all,
The Bell Family