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Friday, May 30, 2008
Happy 1st Birthday, Maddox!
It was one year ago today that Maddox Milo Morton entered the world.

It has been quite an eventful year for Maddox. He had to wear a helmet to correct plagiocephaly, he had weight gain issues, he had to have surgery to diagnose trachealmalacia and laryngomalacia and he had to have surgery to correct a inguinal hernia. That's a lot for anyone in a 12-month span; however, it's especially tough when it's your first 12-month span.

Through all of it, he has been a happy and fun-loving little guy.

Here are some of my favorite photos from his first year:

Maddox Milo Morton
Moments after birth (May 2007)

Maddox in his new helmet
Rocking his helmet (December 2007)

Maddox loves camping!
Excited about camping (May 2008)

Today, we're celebrating by having a small group of friends and family over for a cookout. I'll post photos and video later today.

[UPDATE 6/2/2008] Photos are here. Videos are here.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Mira had her tonsils removed today
After many months of snoring and a diagnosis of mild sleep apnea, the day finally came to have Mira's tonsils removed.

The day started very early since we had to be checked into the hospital by 7:15am for the 8:45am procedure. Amy and I were a nervous wreck because this was Mira's first surgery and all of our kids have had varying reactions to anesthesia including lots (and lots) of vomiting.

The surgery itself took about 30 minutes; however, the recovery took a couple of hours. Mira became very agitated when she woke up, so the doctor gave her something to allow her to sleep a bit longer. Even with the extra rest, she was still very angry and confused when she woke up. It took about an hour for the additional medicine to wear off.

Once she completely woke up, all she wanted to do was eat slushees. She had 4 or 5 before we left the hospital.

We got home around 2:30pm and she has been resting ever since. We're hoping we can keep her pain under control overnight. She usually will not cooperate when you try to give her medicine in the middle of the night. It will be a very long and painful night for everyone if that happens.

I posted photos to Flickr and Brightkite throughout the day. See those here and here.

Thanks to everyone who wished us well on Twitter. We really appreciate it.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Back from a weekend getaway
Amy and I took the kids to Scottsville, Kentucky this weekend for a little family getaway. We hadn't been camping since before Maddox was born, so we were eager to get away for the weekend.

The campsite was perfect (although it looked a little too much like where the Others live on LOST). We had our own cabin with a kitchen and bathroom; however, we spent the majority of our time outside.

The camp had lots of activities for us and the kids including a tennis court (which Miles fell in love with), full basketball court, Frisbee golf, cornhole, flag football, soccer field, ping pong, foosball, board games, playground, etc.

I think everyone's favorite part of the weekend was taking a pontoon boat out on Barren River for a little fishing. Mira was able to catch her first fish. A close second was making s'mores around the campfire.

It was great to get away for the weekend and to let Maddox experience his first camping trip.

About Shawn Morton

Married father of 6; VP of Social Media at JPMorgan Chase; gluten-free; gadget enthusiast; hair metal aficionado; #Movember man View more on LinkedIn.