Friday, November 16, 2012
In June William had a mickey button g-tube placed into his stomach for liquids and occasionally meals when he is ill. It was a difficult decision for Wayne and I to make but we have absolutely no regrets now. He recovered from the placement surgery quickly and has really benefited from the tube. While we use the tube daily for his hydration needs we are also grateful that he maintains the ability (and enjoys) eating by mouth!
July and August were fun filled summer months for our family. We took our annual trip to Lake placid in the Adirondack mountains. Grandma also treated the kids and I to a great wolf lodge Canada trip on my birthday. Ella still talks about the lodge and the howling wolves :-) In September both my big kids became kindergartners! William attends a great school for children with more complex medical needs. He started taking the bus in his wheelchair and attends full day. It was a big adjustment for both William and I but has been wonderful. Ella goes to our local half day k program. I try to get in and volunteer often since Ella has had a slightly difficult time adjusting. Her teacher is wonderful though- very sensitive to the needs of more reserved/quiet children! Ella loves riding the bus and going to the specials- especially gym. She still receives speech therapy after school; so I pick her up on those days. We get some quality mother/daughter time for lunch and early afternoon activities while Will is still in school. We recently joined a girl scout troop; Ella joined and I am co-leading. I love the girl-power values that the girl scout program promotes and hope it will boost Ella's self-confidence. So far she has been super excited that mommy is a leader ;)
On a final note our family is excited for the upcoming Holidays and special traditions. One of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions is making gingerbread people with Grandma....yum! We also look forward to our annual Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra outing with my father and siblings. This year the RPO pops concert will be on Wayne and my 9th wedding anniversary- December 20th! We love to enjoy good food and family this time of year... there really is so much to be thankful for!! Happy Holidays fellow bloggers :-) Take care and stay warm, xo Erin
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