January 4th

Gabrielle is napping right now. So I’m drinking tea and having some lunch. We had cornish hen last night because it was on sale and organic and it was delightful. I don’t think I believe in reincarnation but it felt like some past self of mine was saying, “This is how bird should taste!”

My past self must not have eaten much moose though because I never really like that stuff.

I glance up at the date and do you know what day it is? Well, January 4th actually. Rather insignificant.

But not.

2 years ago today we made our way into Victoria for a routine check-up for our 4 week old baby and we were told we couldn’t come home. Gabrielle had heart surgery only a few days later. If you’ve been reading the blog for a while you already know the story. But there are days when things come rushing back to me and I have to stop, pause, give them some space in my brain for a while. And then be grateful and move on. It is the grateful part that is so important.

Today I’m grateful that the cardiologist called me and asked if we’d like to have an appointment before or after we go to Mexico in February. They would love to do an echo (an ultrasound of her heart) and they would like to use TV and movies to calm her instead of sedation. My little girl is doing much better when it comes to doctors than she was a few months ago. This improvement is mostly attributed to the fact that we have not had any medical intrusions that concern her in quite a long time. Again, I am grateful. So I opted to wait until after Mexico for an appointment because I believe if she had the appointment today, she would need to be sedated. If we wait another couple months, she may be able to tolerate the temptation of TV and no sedation.

Sedating a child is awful.

I am thankful that her cardiologist is easy-going and trusts that I know my child well. He trusts that if I see any symptoms or changes, that I will let him know. Yes, I know my child well. I spend all day with her, every day. But I hope I am worthy of this trust as I didn’t see her turning blue two years ago which prompted emergency surgery. Two years is a long time. And she can bounce for more than an hour without stop. I think she’s showing that she is managing fine with her heart repair.

And since we’re on the topic of Gabrielle, she is hilarious. I had no idea Two would be so much fun. A couple days ago, she and I were upstairs and Marc was downstairs trying to find something. He yelled a word that should not be said in church. Gabrielle looked up at me solemnly and said “Mona Kitty talks like that!”

I had no idea our cat had a bit of a potty mouth.

I have a suspicion that Ramona didn’t know that either.

I have one more baby to come before we head off to Mexico in February. I’m starting to mentally pack my bags, noting where the sunscreen is, the skirts and light cotton shirts. To put it mildly, I’m looking forward to this. Our renewed passports should be arriving in the mail in the next few days and then, watch out Puerto Vallarta! Here we come!

Lately around our house, it’s looked like this:

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7 Thoughts on “January 4th

  1. Grateful indeed! She is a gem and a warrior all at once!

  2. Thank you for sharing your posts with such intimate thoughts like this. I can’t wait to meet Gabrielle!!! And that pic of you two walking all bundled up in the street is so cute.

    Also, I KNEW cats had potty mouths!

  3. I am grateful that Gabrielle is here and pink and funny and curious and fierce. I cannot wait to see what she will give to the world. <3

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  4. Lovely post, Amanda. Thank you for sharing the joy and pain of your journey as a mom of a wee one with TOF. I am so very grateful for you both in my life.

    Do you remember when Brie said Grandpa sounds like a garbage truck? You wonder where she picks these things up!

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