I officially have about one month left before I go back to work and I'm kind of freaking out. I feel like most of August is appointments and then I once again have to adjust to being able to juggle all of this and work full time. I feel like there's so many things I didn't get to do this summer, including projects, relaxing, and fun stuff. Part of it I can blame on the weather because there have been so many days when it was just downright miserable to be outside. But mostly it's just due to life (very dramatic sounding isn't it?) Despite the fact that I always feel guilty for being home when Tom has to work, he always admits that the fact that I can get all of our "chores" and errands done during the week, makes our weekends that much more enjoyable. Being off also makes it so much easier to schedule Tera's therapies and appointments with specialists that would otherwise take months to get into. But enough complaining, I'm going to try and enjoy these last few weeks.
Tomorrow Tera gets her second set of tubes in her ears. I hate the idea of her having to be put under again, even if it's only for a few minutes and is a minor procedure. I'll be much happier when I'm holding her again afterwards and I know everything is okay. We're really, really hoping that his helps with her speech development. We didn't notice any difference the last time, but it was also seven months ago and she's developed a lot since then. It would be pretty fantastic if after all this that she was finally able to say "mama".
And finally, one of the things that has made me the happiest in the past few days. This past Saturday my sister-in-law threw a birthday party for my brother-in-law's 35th birthday. This is an especially meaningful birthday for him, and all of us, because last year at this time he was getting ready for the surgery that would remove the tumor in his jaw, and replace a portion of his jaw with bone from his leg in what would end up being an almost 20 hour surgery. He then spent five days completely sedated so he could heal and then had several months of radiation therapy to eradicate any possible remaining cancer. We are very happy to announce that he is doing very, very well and has taken spoiling Tera to a whole new level. Not only am I happy about us being able to celebrate this, but also about all the people that were able to come to his party. In a lot of families there is probably not a whole lot of mingling with family and friends, but our family and friends are different. Our friends are our family and this past Saturday was no exception. It warmed my heart to know that so many of our closest friends were able to be there to help my brother-in-law celebrate. Tom and I have always hung out with our siblings and our friends together and we love that, one, they all get along, and two, that they have all become friends also. It's completely natural for all of us to have each other's siblings at gatherings and not only does it make it easier to socialize with everyone, but we always have a great time. So proof once again that we have the best friends (and family) in the whole world!
|An action shot from Tera's new bouncy house at her aunt and uncle's house|