Why have I not blogged in ages? Well, to be honest, I don't like to post without pictures, and I still don't have a solution for that, but here goes.
You may be wondering why we haven't started the casting process for Hannah yet. I intended to start almost a month ago. However, realizing the logistics of driving 2 hours each way in the worst travelling weather we have, I decided it wasn't so smart. Am I glad I followed that smart leading! 2 days we were scheduled for appointments would have been impossible to drive in, which would mean H would be stuck in the same casts for 2 weeks, delaying our progress and prolonging her time in casts that much, too. We will be starting in a few weeks, and I must admit I'm feeling both good and bad about it. Good because I know it's moving toward her having more mobility and freedom. Bad because I realize what a big change that will be for her in terms of mobility and independence for a good 3 months. She used to be afraid to many thingsthat are no longer an issue. With castings, she'll be totally dependent again. Bathing will be a huge issues because our counter has 2 sinks, leaving very little space for her to lie on. She isn't fond of being on new surfaces. Her tendancy is still to sit and not join in on play or initiate it, although she's come a long way, and I don't want her to regress back to being content to sit and watch the world go by. It's also the travel with 4 kids and waiting room time. However, it's short term, and the end results will be good. And, just like everything else, we'll get through and be even better on the other side.
She did get some pretty purple hand splints today! They took a while to come in because there are actually 2 H.W.'s who are both 5 and needed splints. A little confusion in the order ended causing about quite a delay. But they're here now. She's very excited about them. The purpose is to keep her wrists from rotating out and under, which will be much better for her joints. I take them off 2 or 3 times a day to do some range of motion, which she's not fond of. Not sure how long she'll have those, but they do make lovely accessories!
S & the C's have enjoyed the snow, although some days have been so cold, it's not been fun to even leave the house. One day, Caleb was out the longest, and spent the majority of his time "skaping" in the snow. He also had a nice time eating the snow. No problem sticking his face right in it. Of course, I made sure it wasn't the spots Sammy had visited. We've baked cinamon swirl bread, rosemary, garlic, and onion bread, ginger snaps, apple date bars, rice krispie treats with chocolate and raisins mixed in, and other goodies. We've put together puzzles, plugged away at school work, and gotten our little school room painted! Now it's down to getting the carpet in our room so we can move our stuff in! Looking forward to that. We've had things that only work if they're on the wall for all our homeschooling time, and can now put them up!
We've only ventured out of the house a few times in the last week because of the beautiful snow, and one of them was today. We headed for the Urban's house. Fun was had by all as we spent most of the day together. There was at least one snowman built and a lot of talking happened between adults! What heaven that was. Thanks so much, guys.
However, we had a little of the I've-been-nice-to-other-people-all-day-and-I-don't-have-anymore-to-give-to-the-ones-I-should-show-the-most-love-to attitude. Early to bed after a nice discussion of why that wasn't ok. I used to see that all the time when they were in school, but haven't so much since we've been home.
There's a lot more silliness that's gone on, but pictures would show it best. Alas...
Have a great week! We're looking forward to even more snow this week. The first snow last week made drifts close to 4 feet high, and the snow was at least 20 inches. For once, the no school thing really made sense, except for homeschoolers. I'm thankful for 4 wheel drive, but I still stayed close. We'll see what this time brings...