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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tanner Update

Nicole sent this update to me a few days ago. On the eve of my godson's sister's double lung transplant, I am thinking of Tanner and how much he has been through these last five months.

Those who have met Tanner ask about him often. I wanted to give a little update since this situation has affected him as well. We feel Tanner is a happy, normal child. He loves the sibling daycare room at the hospital and enjoys playing with other children. He's a 'joiner' and especially likes older kids. With everybody's cards and emails, Tanner has helped decorate Wrenn's room, filling it with artwork, stickers and finger painting projects. The daycare room often has visitors for the children like a petting dog, clown doctors and various people who come in like a gardener who helped him make a necklace out of flowers. He is learning so much and gaining more independence every day.

On the nice days Tanner and Buzz spend some outdoor time at the Ronald McDonald playground.

You might remember the BUZZ doll we bought him just before leaving Florida. The two have bonded and I know now that Tanner is going to be a GREAT big brother. He has done a fantastic job teaching Buzz on how to be an earthling.

Buzz even gets fed. Some times Tanner will ONLY try something new if Buzz tries it first.

Buzz gets just as much love as mommy and daddy

In the hospital, Buzz pushes all the elevator buttons. At night he turns all the pages when we read books. All that play makes Buzz dirty and so sometimes Tanner tosses Buzz into the shower, which scares mommy half to death when a super hero enters the scene unannounced.

All in all we are adjusting to St. Louis as we patiently wait.

Editor's note: The wait is over! Now Buzz will have more hero moments as he helps his family through the difficult journey ahead. Please keep the donor family in your thoughts and prayers. Their sacrifice comes at a very high price for them. Gratitude is too small a word for this deed. We wish them peace.


Anonymous said...

Sweet Tanner!! We think of him so often. Hard to believe he is getting so big!! I laughed right out loud at the thought of buzz being tossed in the shower. that must give you quite a fright!!

Hang in there, Parris Family!! Prayers coming your way as well as toward the donor family.

Love you!!

Jenah on September 21, 2010 at 11:33 PM said...

God Bless everyone involved. Praying for everyone, and anxiously waiting to hear about the results.

Just_Jennie on September 21, 2010 at 11:46 PM said...

Fantastic news on there being a donor! I will keep all of you in my prayers! Love you guys!

And SO cute about Tanner...


Just me on September 22, 2010 at 5:35 AM said...

So great to hear you have a donor!

Praying for everyone involved, and for the donor family. Hope it all goes well x

Anonymous said...

I came up at about 2pm today to see Princess Wrenn in her new room and she look absolutely stunning! ;) Everyone says she's doing wonderful. I will check in frequently!
So thankful,
Nurse Beth (SLCH NICU)

Anonymous said...

Hi, It sounds like Wrenn got her lungs! That is wonderful news! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and with the donnor family as well. I have passed your blog site on to a lot of people I know and they are powerful prayer warriors, so know that you are in God's hands and He is always with you.
My name is Barb and my husband, Jim, and I met you at Vito's on 9/14 (restaurant near the Fox). You and your entire family have been on our minds ever since. Please let me know if there is ANYTHING I can do to help with anything. My email address is and my cell number is 314-680-3500. God Bless Wrenn and the donor baby, Barb


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