With all of your help, my bucket list has received 69,958 page views since my first post less than 67 hours ago. That's a little over 1,000 page views an hour. My mommy & daddy have also already been contacted by local Houston news networks (FOX 26, NBC, and CBS), as well as multiple radio shows. They all want to share my story and help me spread awareness so parents know about SMA, the medical & insurance industries include SMA carrier testing of parents prior to conception, or at the very least make it mandatory during newborn pre-screening tests. And then hopefully by my next lifetime find a cure for SMA so babies like me can live to write on walls, throw tantrums in the mall, spill juice on the carpet, walk to school, tell mommy and daddy I love them, tell mommy and daddy under our breath "stop it, you're embarrassing me", and overall just do what all children were born to do...not worry about anything, because mommy & daddy have it all figured out so we can all just be kids.
This was my yesterday:
|Yes, hi G-Pa...now watch your head!|
Once we arrived in San Marcos, the first thing we had to do was go to Colloquium because mommy & daddy forgot my Bobcat gear back in Houston. So like any good parents, they took 2 seconds to debate which one forgot the outfit and then daddy bought me a new one...Mommy-2, Daddy-0.
|Old school! Daddy insisted we take this picture.|
|I joined the cheer team. Beat ba ba ba beat go Bobcats!|
Where My Mommy & Daddy Met & Fell In Love:
Then my daddy did what any man in love would have done. He stalked mommy for the entire summer until she agreed to go out with him.
Mommy's version of the story: "Your daddy stalked me."
For those of you counting with me, that's Mommy-3; Daddy-0. Daddy's got a lot of catching up to do, but I've been told by mommy it will never happen.
I had to end my trip in San Marcos because I started to develop a small fever and had a few breathing difficulties, but before I did my Aunt Ashley came to see me (pictured above). Hopefully I can go back and meet Frisbee Dan, hang out at the river, eat at Grins, go to this Italian Garden place my G-Pa keeps going on and on about, and be an honorary sorority sister for a day (thank you to the individuals who offered that...I didn't see it until I got home last night).
On our way home, my daddy wanted to stop by his district office and say hi to my Grandma Lori, Grandpa Ricky, Aunt Sherri, and Aunt Amber. Just a quick pit stop to capture a few more smiles on my way to 1,000+. Little did I know, when I got home there was a package at my door with a note that read "HAPPY 5 MONTH BIRTHDAY AVERY!!!! WE LOVE YOU!!! GRANDPA RICK & GRANDMA LORI."
2. Go on a road trip.
3. Take a college campus tour (Texas State University in San Marcos)
4. Be a cheerleader
5. See where mommy & daddy met and learn how they fell in love.
6. Get a present in the mail.
Whatever I bring to life, because I don't have time to sit back and wait for life to bring anything to me.