Friedman Fam Update!

Gannon had his very first day of physical therapy! We’ve got a long to do list including fitting him for orthotic inserts, braces, massaging/stretching his neck to correct some torticollis, encouraging him to walk up and down the stairs, and walk on uneven surfaces! We are so excited to have Lisa on our team – she came highly recommended by several of our friends and specializes in pediatrics. We will be seeing her on Wednesdays!

We got to see Jasper and Kayla today! Jasper is getting so big and growing so fast! The boys just adore him! Maybe a little too much…. we are working on being gentle to Jasper!

Carver is obsessed with puzzles so we got Gannon to join in on the fun! This good behavior lasted longer enough to get one whole picture.

Carver is OBSESSED with tools and fixing! Here he is helping Craig fix the lawn mower, he steals daddy’s wrenches and tools all the time. He wants SNAP ON tools, not “yucky” tools. Here he brought his tools to one of Gannon’s appointments and is fixing on the chairs in the lobby ?

I had to stay late from work to keep up on my BLS (basic life support) CPR certification. Did you know when I renew my BLS course it is all online? The mannequins are hooked up to the computer and it can tell if we are going too fast, too slow, giving good breaths etc. There is a lab I go to in the hospital that is open any time to test out! Of course we have more in depth courses as well in person but the Basic Life Support is all virtual! Juju

We sure do love uncle Karl! Here he is teaching Carver about writing with with a quill and ink! Karl and Carver are “garden partners” and Carver helps him weed and tend the garden. Karl sends Carver pictures of how the garden is growing, Carver is so proud and just loves being besties with uncle Karl!

We absolutely love our pool! It’s been a great purchase and I think Craig and I enjoy it even more than the boys do! We both got a nasty sunburn on Sunday!

COVID is really hitting close to home – so close in fact I had to cancel on one of the most important events of the year – Regan’s bachelorette party ? I’m so so bummed but I just can’t accept the risks of exposing my mom and Gannon. Gannon had RSV in January and we were in and out of the doctor the entire month. If mom or any of us get COVID we have to postpone ALL appointments in the next month – including the so so important genetics appointment at the end of the month. There is such an uptake of the virus in northeast Iowa too. I’m so so sad, of course Regan understands but I feel like I’ve let everyone down and I’m #worldsworstbridesmaid

So no big plans for the 4th, we will be staying home and staying safe. Now is the most important time to play it safe, I thought the summer heat would help slow the spread but no luck 🙁

Anyway, I’m off to bed! Thanks for reading friends!



  1. sewhappy
    July 2, 2020 / 4:25 am

    Good hear about PT for Gannon. I heard about the increase of cases in Iowa because you are on the “do not come to NYS” list. The infection rate has been above 1%. Stay safe and healthy.

  2. Ellie
    July 2, 2020 / 12:07 pm

    It s great that you have gotten Gannon started in PT! That can make such a difference to him and the rest of the family. I’m glad you had some fun relaxation time with the family and staying safe is the most important thing.

  3. Elle
    July 2, 2020 / 1:42 pm

    So happy for you both that Gannon has started PT. Thank goodness the office has Carver to fix their chairs-safety first 😉 Your pool looks delightful. Don’t forget the sunscreen girlfriend. I’m a 70s baby oil suntan girl and now doing annual skin checks with scraping biopsies to be sure it’s not actual cancer. (so far all pre-C phew!).

    Kudos to Uncle Karl- a great buddy for your boys 🙂

    Health and safety first. I’m skipping events as I too am not OK with potential exposure. Some of my family are gathering in 10 days (some I haven’t seen in 5 years) and we’re quarantining to mitigate risk!

    Cheers to health and happy sunny days of summer 🙂

  4. Carolyn Sullivan
    July 2, 2020 / 9:05 pm

    We’ve come a long way with the BLS haven’t we. I’m sorry you couldn’t be with your bestie with her wedding plans but it’s for the best.

  5. mpv61
    July 2, 2020 / 9:14 pm

    I’m glad you’ve started with PT — I’m sure you’ll see good results, and isn’t nice just to have some concrete things you can DO that will help!

    I’m in Massachusetts. Our first canceled thing was March 8th — we were going to treat the larger family to brunch at a nice restaurant for our twins’ 22 birthday, but on March 7th my sister called me to say, “Do you REALLY want to expose everyone including our parents (in their 80s) to this virus that’s started going about?” So we canceled it — better safe than extremely sorry — and I’m so glad that we did. We are in decent shape in MA at the moment, but we know that can change easily. Thankfully, people are distancing and/or masking and our governor is following the data! But it’s all pretty scary and you are doing the right thing to keep your family safe! Nothing is more important than that. 🙂

    I love the picture of Carver and Karl — what a nice thing for Carver to have so much loving family around! And the picture of the two boys in the crib is so sweet! Thank you for sharing it. 🙂

  6. Diane S
    July 2, 2020 / 10:04 pm

    Your boys are really fortunate to have great males surrounding them at this age in life. Of course that can be said for the females as well, but that we already knew………….
    Super news on starting PT.

  7. Kim LeMere
    July 3, 2020 / 6:08 pm

    I’m so glad that PT has started for Gannon and its wonderful that you have someone who others know. Your pool is a great addition with the hot summer and the pandemic, glad that you and Craig can have some pool time together.

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