Today was the first day in a really long time that we have had the opportunity to take a walk in the evenings.
When it has been a while since we have made the trek around our neighborhood, I love taking Addie and watching her to see if I can tell what she remembers from our previous trips.
I love seeing how she remembers which houses have dogs and cats and I love to see how she remembers the flags or statues at random houses.
Tonight she was talking like crazy.
She asked me more than once, "What's that?".
She got really excited when she saw the elephant on a flag (That's right - Roll Tide!!!!) and got really excited when she spotted the big crimson "A" on another!
We were talking and I was pointing out anything I could see when I told Addie that I saw a car and a truck and a van and then I asked her what else we saw and she immediately responded by saying, "Flowers!".
How right she was!
I am seeing a spike in her vocabulary this week, nothing overly dramatic, but a definite step forward.
So, can you please just say a prayer for my mom tomorrow without me having to explain why?
Honestly, I just can't do it.
She is having surgery.
Please pray for the surgeon - that he is compassionate, knowledgeable, skilled and dedicated to conservative measures.
Please pray for the nurses who will be caring for her - that they will have compassion and the dedication to assist my mother with her needs.
Please pray that we encounter a clean, comfortable healing environment.
Please pray that my mother heals completely from this surgery and that the surgery is 100% successful without the need for any further surgery.
To say that Addie was tired was a huge understatement.
She was exhausted, but yet we still had to go see the construction equipment.
Addie felt like she didn't really need to sit in her stroller and decided that pushing E.R. Baby around was a much more beneficial way to spend her time.
Daylight was fading quickly, so we were trying to hurry things along and when we tried to put Addie into her stroller, she hit meltdown.
She was PEEVED!
I knew her meltdown was coming from being overtired, so I was remaining rational and calm and allowed her to push her stroller a little further.
When she realized that she wasn't going to get her way, she started crying and did something that we have never seen before...
she turned and started walking back to the car!
She stopped when she was almost there, turned to me and said, "Come on" as she was waving her hand for me to start walking her way.
Since I was being slow about it, she tried to open the door herself.
Chris and I were stunned.
It took me a second to figure out what she was doing.
That rotten little Monkey tried to put herself back into the car!
We have a rule that if Addie is crying when we leave the car (because it happens for various invisible reasons from time to time), I will turn right back around and put her back into the car - which means that we wait on her meltdown to subside or we leave altogether.
I honestly never thought that Addie was making the connection.
The act of putting her back in the car was more for my sanity and well-being than for hers.
So, in the end, it is either one of two things.
Either, the little Monkey is way smarter than people give her credit for
She was mimicking me and thought she would save me the trouble and just put herself back into the car.
Honestly, Addie never ceases to amaze me.
I have to remind myself that although Addie may not be able to talk to me and tell me her wants and needs, that doesn't necessarily mean that she isn't soaking up everything that I say and do (which is incredibly frightening).
In that moment, I couldn't decide if I was irritated, amused or in awe.
I'll begin this story by saying that when the pediatrician offered Addie the sticker basket last Saturday as a peace offering to get her out of his office, she politely reached past his outstretched hand holding some Disney Princess and picked out a sticker with a yellow dump truck instead.
I may have a Baby Girl who is all about babies, but she loves trains, trucks and all things construction as well!
Whew...she's my kind of girl!
We have been taking advantage of having an area of our little town covered in construction machinery as they work feverishly to build our new high school.
We take walks so that Addie can see the trucks and excavating equipment a little closer instead of just from the car in passing.
After Addie's party, we decided to take a few minutes and check the progress.
It's incredible to know that the area that used to contain wildlife and massive amounts of historical value, is now well into the phase of blasting solid layers of rock into smithereens.
For a five-year-old (and her Mommy) that's some pretty awesome stuff to behold.
Last Saturday, after our trip to see the local pediatrician, we did what any good, community health-conscience parents would do - we took our snot harboring infectious Monkey to one of the busiest Chick-fil-A's around.
Try not to think of it as us spreading communicable disease, but rather, us doing our part to boost the local economy.
We not only bought local and contributed to the City Tax for Hoover, but we also potentially increased business for other local pediatricians, family practitioners and pharmacies.
It's the very least we could do.
Honestly, what it all came down to was the fact that we had a hungry, miserable little Monkey who had missed out on lots of Mommy snuggle time and tossing her a breakfast burrito while strapped into her car seat was not what I had in mind.
After ordering, I strategically found a booth right smack in the middle of booths at the window overlooking the drive thru line.
Anyone who is familiar with the Hoover Chick-fil-A well knows they are busy and the potential for having to sit in the line for more than 3 seconds is highly likely.
That presented us with an hour long opportunity of a bargain of a deal!
For under $10.00, we spent the better part of an hour watching each car, truck and van as they pulled into line.
Addie couldn't believe her eyes when she saw a puppy sitting on the lap of one driver and that's all it took.
We sat and - much to the delight of many drivers who had yet to receive their coffee - watched the cars and the people inside, all in an effort to find the cars that had the puppies inside!
Sure we made a few drivers feel uncomfortable, but it was all to benefit my child.
It was quite the educational moment as we counted people, talked about the color of the cars and learned the difference between small and large - puppy dogs.
So, thank you to the citizens of Hoover and the patrons of Chick-fil-A for making what started as a miserable morning into a very special bonding and educational moment for our little family.
I had to go out of town for six days last week.
My sister and mom came to stay to watch Julien and Addie.
I can't tell you how happy I am to be back home!!!!
I was back home for all of just over 12 hours when I found myself sitting at Greenvale.
While I was away, Addie's cough continued to get worse.
Throw in some lovely sinus issues and voilà, we got a trip to Greenvale, followed by a trip to Walgreens, followed by a weekend with one very mean little Monkey.
Chris was with me this time when we went to Greenvale.
This was his first time to see how Addie reacts while we are waiting to be called back.
Once again, she sat on my lap, quiet as could be, but shaking out of fear.
It was pitiful.
Addie can return to school tomorrow and I sure hope she is better quickly - this round of fungus is causing some definite Addie-tude!
and...the doctor told me yesterday that Addie's left ear does not look perfectly healed...at six weeks post op.
This was the precious moment when I first saw my baby girl. A private moment captured by my husband and blessed by our God. For those of you new to our blog, click the picture above to read the entrance into our "Wait and See World"...
...and our lives one year later. Full of miracles and a testament to God's grace.