I also have an extra dose of delight and gratitude for the "normal" that is represented by this trip. We have not had a family vacation the last two summers. Two years ago I was too sick with the early pregnancy to be any fun. Last year Sam was newly home from hospital, on oxygen and tube feeds and with a schedule full of appointments that kept us close to home. My boys have never complained about this, even once. They have been through a lot too and it was time for us to be able to get away, to recover a little from all that the last two years has brought us.
So here we are. We are hours and hours away from Samuel's hospital people. We did not bring oxygen or NG tubes or any medical equipment, just a couple of flats of his high-test formula. I did consult several of Samuel's folks before we left, making sure that he was okay to travel, that I remembered the protocols for managing his femoral blood clot, that I could look after his dietary and physiotherapy needs while we were away. I have a list of phone numbers and explanatory documents. The pediatrician printed off his growth charts for me in case we have to take him to hospital and they weigh him and freak out. I've counted his respiration rate much more often than I did at home. But otherwise, we are just doing this vacation thing.
|Boys with Buoys at low tide|
|Playing in the sand|
Samuel is an awesome traveler. He complained very little during the long van ride and has slept well in his new digs. He has become extremely mobile during the past couple of days, to the point where we are saying, "has anyone seen Sam?!" and fanning out around our little house to see where he's hidden himself.
Just to be clear, it's not like we're ignoring Sam but he is quick with his new skills and he delights in tucking himself behind doors. He is creeping but not well and he is cruising but there is not enough furniture to get him everywhere he wants to be. So he uses a planful combination of rolling and bum scootching to get around. This is quite effective except for the fact that our skinny boy can't keep his pants up at the best of times so the backwards scootching motion does eventually relieve him of his trousers.
|I'm heading for the exit (but will be pants-free by then).|
Off to the beach now...