rolling along

So, you been movin' long?

It's a beautiful July night. The humidity is not so bad, and you can even sit out without getting bit by the bugs! Ralph is back from Bowmanville; we survived his absence - but one poor mouse did not (six traps vs. one mouse). As an extra treat, we celebrated a wedding this past weekend with two wonderful people (and all the great guests!); it was so fun to step away from our home and share their joy.

Rachel and Janneke have had a vacation of sorts from appointments. That is appreciated! We are still concerned with the reflux problems for both of them. Their inability to swallow consistently makes things complicated, and both girls often deal with formula coming up the throat and onto the bibs. This distresses Janneke more than Rachel. She is often upset at night, so we are exploring ideas on how to help her. The most obvious is to adjust her meds, but that will take time before we see much change. I wish we could do more.

As Rachel transitions into her preschool program this fall, we will be saying good-bye to our physiotherapist, Nancy. She has been wonderful with Rachel, and she will continue to work with Janneke. She and I have swapped running stories, and she has patiently listened umpteen times to me babble while Rachel stretches. Nancy always talked directly to Rachel, and, as time passed, it was as if Rachel began to understand the conversation. Thanks so much, Nancy.

What is summer all about? Losing your teeth, ice cream cones, sleepovers, and chillaxin' in your pajamas all morning. At least, that's what the kids say.

Another cardboard box gem: A submarine! Thanks, Alanna.

What is so nice to receive? A hand scrunching hug from your sister who used to shake and pull away from touching things.

As parents, we too can share our kids' joy for the summer fun. Even though there are still the adult responsibilities - the kids need to eat and Ralph works on school stuff - we can appreciate the extra spark of energy we all seem to have. We can tube-feed outside because it's not too cold, and we love watching our four girls interact (without school and appointments crowding them out). So we give thanks for a couple of good weeks, and we look forward to more.