ZooCephaly Introduces More Globe Trotting Plush Animals

This blog houses all the information about our GLOBE TROTTING PLUSH ANIMALS Molly and Milly the Microcephaly Monkeys, Leo the Lissencephaly Lion, Bennett Buzz-Bee the Hydranenchaphly Bee, and Sunny the Schizencephaly Bear. These animals are spending 1 - 2 weeks at homes of children who have Microcephaly, Lissencephaly, Hydranencephaly, and Schizencephaly and in doing so are offering comfort and spreading awareness about these neurological disorders. The stories of these animals' visits with these families are included. This blog also discusses our other outreach programs: SOCKIES FOR SICKIES, which sends sock monkeys to children who are chronically ill due to their neuro. disorder. These monkeys are for these children to keep. ANGEL MONKEYS, are also sent to families that have angels in Heaven, along with a framed poem.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Molly and Karly Rose in North Carolina with Updates (5/31)

After surviving a tornado in Texas, Molly traveled to North Carolina to visit the Vaughns. Karly Rose, a cute 2 and 1/2 year old with Microcephaly and Lissencephaly was sleeping when Molly arrived. Yet the rest of the Vaughn clan greeted Molly and Maxx: Mr. Chad (Karly's Dad), Ms. Miranda (mom), Jai'mie (big sister) and Keegan (big brother) all welcomed the monkeys with open arms.

When Karly did wake up she was sooo excited to meet Molly (and Maxx). They played all morning and then got ready for Easter picture time with Mamaw and Papaw, who came all the way from Kentucky to visit. Everyone went to the park for pictures and Molly helped Karly look at the camera by dancing an Easter jig. They all went home and to bed early: The Easter Bunny was hoping down the bunny trail!

The next day was indeed EASTER! The Vaughn family and Molly awoke to see that the Easter Bunny had already been there and had left surprises for the kids. Everyone played with their new toys, danced, had scrambled eggs for breakfast, and died Easter eggs. After getting ready, Molly and her new friends went to a family dinner. Molly was able to meet more of Karly Rose's BIG family! They also had an Easter egg hunt and Karly and Molly LOVED looking for the eggs. When everyone got home from a busy day, we all went to sleep except for Karly and Ms. Miranda. Karly has irregular sleep patterns and can stay up anywhere from 24 -48 without being tired.

The next day Molly played with Keegan and Jai'mie, since Karly slept the day away. Yet, Molly had a blast with Karly's siblings.

The following day was an early morning. Karly and Molly had breakfast, played My Little Ponies and danced. Later that day, Karly's mom and dad worked in the garden, while Karly and Molly played on the slide and had a snack at the picnic table. Tired out from the fresh air, everyone went to bed early.

On the last day at the Vaughn's home, Molly and Karly had breakfast and then went shopping. Molly and Karly picked out something nice for the next Molly recipient, Erin Kahn. They picked a puppy dog bubble blower for Erin. The next errand was a sad one, as it was time for hugs and goodbyes, as Karly covered up Molly and Maxx and sent them on their way to Massachusetts to spend time with the Kahn family.
Karly Rose and Molly during Easter weekend, playing outside.

Updated ~ Milly's Visit with Amber in Arizona and Amber's Sock Monkey

OH NO!!! Poor Milly arrived in Arizona with a damaged box. Yet, Sarah Patton checked out the box and we determined that there was nothing missing. Who would mess up the box though??? Luckily, Milly and her items were okay. Amber, Sarah's sister was delighted to receive Milly. They enjoyed cuddles, hugs and such. Yet, since Amber is a beautiful young lady, and they enjoyed some primping at a nail salon. Amber took Milly to Red Robin for lunch and to the movie, Mirror, Mirror. It sounds like they had a great time together.
Amber and Milly waiting for their lunch at Red Robin
Movie Day ~ The ladies waiting for Mirror, Mirror to start
at the movie theater! 

Of course, Amber had a blast with Milly and her sister Sarah, but much of Milly's visit was spent with Amber's nephew, A.J. (sister Sarah's little boy). The entire family and Milly all tried to help A.J. crawl. Milly, Amber, Sarah, etc... were all excited to watch A.J. crawl on Milly's last weekend in Arizona. The Three Musketeers enjoyed stories, watching and singing along to Blues Clues and the Wiggles. Amber knows most of the songs and dances of these two shows. Milly tried hard to keep up.

Awwww....Milly with Amber and her nephew, A.J.! 

Milly and Amber spent some one on one time listening to music and singing. They also played Angry Birds on Amber's iPad. Since, Milly loves music, the two had so much FUN together!

During Milly's trip to Arizona, she took a mini-trip to Amber's brother's house in another city in Arizona. It was for Easter, so Milly and Amber enjoyed an Easter egg hunt with Meara (Amber's niece) and Nevin (her nephew). They also decorated eggs to look like monsters. After a yummy Easter barbecue, everyone went to the backyard for a game of basketball.
Milly with family!

Milly with Easter Bunny and Amber

Overall, Milly enjoyed her time with Amber and her family, but was sad to see Amber going to many doctor's and saw Amber have many seizures. When Milly's adopted Mama, Heather found out about this, she sent a sock monkey to Amber (and a little elephant to A.J.) named Maxxie. According to Sarah, Amber's sister, Amber thinks that all monkeys should be named Sarah, so Maxxie was re-named as soon as Amber saw her.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Molly's visit with Parker Reynolds with Updates (5/31)

Parker checking out Molly soon
after Molly arrived
Parker Reynolds enjoyed her visit with Molly. When Molly arrived it was HOT, even for Texas. In the 80s in mid March, the new friends spent A LOT of time outside. They spent some time getting to know each other on the first day.

On the second day, two parties were in the plans. First was a Crawfish Boil and engagement party for Mama Megan's friends. Then on to Parker's Scotty's birthday party. Scotty has Microcephaly like both Molly and Parker. Their parents met Molly's new friend, Parker's parents on-line. Parker and Scotty have Lissencephaly, too. After the two parties they all went to Spaghetti Warehouse. What a busy day they had!!!!

Day three was a little more relaxing. Everyone slept in a little longer than normal and they got up to start the business of getting ready to go somewhere. The somewhere was to Mammy's House (Mama Megan's boyfriend, Phillip's mother). While they were in transit to Mammy's house, poor Parker had some NEW seizures :( She was worn out when they arrived at their destination, so Molly and Parker took a nap together.

On the fourth day of Molly's stay with Parker, they hung out home and had a visit with the Occupational Therapy. Molly was able to see Parker have some successful moments with rolling over. After OT, Parker began to get very cranky and tired. Also, her urine had a bad order, so Ms. Megan took her to the doctor, who discovered that Parker had a bad UTI. They went home with Antibiotics. Since Parker wasn't feeling well Parker and Molly went to bed early.

Day five was an extra early day. Parker had an appointment for her hand splint measurement all the way across town at 7:30 am. Hopefully, the splints will help Parker grasp and hold things better. They had breakfast between the first and second appointments. the second appointment was a fitting for leg braces. At home, Molly helped Ms. Megan pack for the big move from Megan's parents home to Mr. Phillip's house, while Parker took a nap. After her nap, Parker's had a successful Vision Therapy session.

They all got up at early for the arrival of Parker's Physical therapist at 7:30 am on the sixth day. Bath-time and nap happened next and then they OT came again. After the busy, morning, Molly and Parker and Ms. Megan were off again. This time they went to the hospital to visit Parker's Great-Grandma (aka Parker's BFF). Great Grandma is in hospice care, but managed to smile when she saw her Great - granddaughter and Molly. They stayed in the hospital as long as they could and on home they went. The SEIZURE MONSTER struck again that night and the entire family and Molly helped poor Parker.

On the first attempt at getting Molly to the post office, Molly and the Cain family had a big scare, when they had to sit on the floor of the post office when a tornado went through their area. Thankfully, no one was hurt. Yet, Ms. Megan had to wait until the next day to send Molly on her way to the next home on Molly's journey, since they evacuated the post office due to more tornadoes descending on the area. Yet, everyone was unharmed . And Molly moved on to her next destination!

Parker and Molly getting some sleep 

Molly in Parker's brand new room

Play time! 

PARTY TIME!!! Parker brought Molly along to her buddy's
house. Happy Birthday, Scotty!