Just perused my phone and I have about 3 pictures from the last month.
Words will have to suffice.
I had lots of ideas of what to write about as we approached the 7 month mark, but they all escape me because
It’s not the sleepiness that comes from a restless night, it’s the kind of exhaustion that comes from 2.5 years of 24/7 demands.
I’m singing the song of motherhood, right?
I bet you all know the tune.
Even though I don’t have many pictures to show for it, its been an eventful month.
There were snow days and snow plays,
football with friends,
LOTS of swimming at the YMCA,
and a very important eye exam for Reese.
Reese has had a clogged tear duct since birth and its yet to clear on its own,
so the pediatrician referred us to the nearest children’s hospital to meet with a pediatric ophthalmologist.
My mom brain thought we were scheduling a surgery but it ended up being a consult (duh, what surgeon just goes poking around a baby’s eye without assessing the situation first?? Like I said, mom brain).
Part of me was glad that we would get to see the hospital in a non-emergency situation so that we could have an idea of where it was and what it was like.
Where it was: A short drive north.
What it was: The most amazing place on Earth.
Talk about attention to detail and making an exceptional experience for kids and families!
There were places to play at every turn, a huge digital aquarium, multiple cafes for coffee, baked goods, and healthy snacks, a huge playground, and opportunities for educational play in every waiting room (one game had this mom stumped!), and lots of color and visual stimulation.
We could have happily spent an afternoon there playing and exploring.
I’m so grateful that we have a top notch facility so close by.
After a quick consult with the doctor, she informed us that the blockage is “severe” but not something they perform surgery on until after a year.
There’s a chance it could clear on its own by then, so we don’t have to go back for another four months.
She gave us some ointment to use in the meantime and told us that the rest of Reese’s eye health is great!
Reese has also been doing lots of growing.
She can now sit up unassisted and never lets a toy or object escape her grasp.
Like Sadie, she is SO curious, but where Sadie was cautious, Reese dives after the things she wants.
She also spends an extraordinary amount of time examining the dogs and her own hands.
When she goes to sleep she soothes herself by flopping like a fish and it is adorable.
It’s less adorable at 2:00 AM when she does it for an hour and half, but what can you do?
She wakes up with big smiles and I forget to be mad.
Speaking of fish, Sadie has taken to the pool like one!
After spending a summer pleading with her to put on her lifejacket so she could go in the pool, it only took one time of seeing another little girl hop in the water with puddle jumper for Sadie to decide she was ready for one too.
The first day she wanted us to hold on to her the whole time while she kicked and swam, but now she’s swimming half the length of the pool (with a puddle jumper) on her own.
She also taught herself to slide into the water from the side of the pool.
She really loves to go to the Y to swim and I’m almost dreading the day I have to put her in childcare so I can actually get some exercise on my own.
But I desperately need some “me” time.
I’ll probably spend it in the sauna by myself enjoying the sound of silence.