To see or to NOT see the sights…

Natalie had a really weird night Thursday night – I let her stay up until 11:30pm – I never dreamt she would actually be able to stay awake that long since she heads off to bed on her own by 8 pm most nights.  But, now that she is 15, I guess the night-owl syndrome has kicked in!  Then I awakened her at 4 a.m. – VERY weird – but she was expecting it, so she was very cooperative and helpful. She even beat me out to the car when I was getting ready to leave!

We drove down in the dark and got there really early – so we were hanging out in the nearby cafeteria. Dad and Mom ate breakfast, and Natalie played with her stuff.

Getting up at 4 am makes a girl sleepy-eyed!

Getting up at 4 am makes a girl sleepy-eyed!

Not too much later the eeg process (the reason we went down to Lurie Children’s at 5 a.m.) started – first the gel on the scalp so the connections are good:

Her two best friends were right by her side!

Her two best friends were right by her side!

Her good friends, Bamboo and Rainbow, got their “microphones” first, so that made it all easier:

"Microphones" in place for listening to their brains. *crickets*

“Microphones” in place for listening to their brains.  *crickets*

Getting wired up and ready to go:

Watching with her mirror...

Watching with her mirror…

And we try to always cap the hospital trips, even these easy ones, with something fun. The new hospital is in the heart of the city of Chicago, so we took in a couple sights.

When I told her the ape wasn't real, she sincerely asked, "Really?"

When I told her the ape wasn’t real, she sincerely asked, “Really?”

And of course, Navy Pier is always fun!

She LOVES Chicago!

She LOVES Chicago!

What a beautiful day and we got to use the telescopes to look around:

So much to look at! Boats, birds, buildings, water, people...

So much to look at! Boats, birds, buildings, water, people…

And as we asked her what she could see, she wouldn’t be specific – just happily declared, “Lots of stuff!”

Then we noticed this and nearly fell down laughing:

The eye on the telescope stayed closed the whole time!

The eye on the telescope stayed closed the whole time!

Once she got her closed eye up to the lens, she opened the OTHER eye and she saw all the same stuff we did! But she loved it! and we love her!

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