But sometimes that doesn't happen. Since Tera was born, our Thanksgivings have taken a turn for the dramatic (not in any way associated with her birth, just life in general). One year she had pneumonia and was on steroids. Damn Prednisolone made for a challenging weekend. But that was the least of the issues that would plague us. Four years ago I had, at the time, arguably the worst Thanksgiving weekend when I had a miscarriage. That Monday I went in for an ultrasound that turned out to be some of the worst news we had ever received. Tuesday I went in for a procedure, and then I had to deal with the reality of that situation the rest of the weekend.
|Her Wrath of Khan transport|
|Oxygen to get her through|
And here we are. Zoey is running a fever of near 103. She's started coughing a little more. And if you weren't aware, she just had pneumonia on Halloween. There hasn't been nearly enough time to for her to get over that completely. As I write this, I hear her coughing upstairs. I know my baby didn't eat any dinner, had rosy cheeks, a hot little body, and just wanted to snuggle with me. I'm hoping more than anything that this is an ear infection and that antibiotics and some rest will get her ready to participate in the festivities this weekend. I also know that if this is an ear infection, she's more than likely facing her second set of tubes.
|Looking sad, but in the best of hands|
|Finally feeling better|
I think one of the reasons I love this holiday so much is it is a reason to focus on what we have to be thankful for. I have two incredibly strong, resilient, beautiful, smart daughters that show the world what it means to be fighters. I have an incredible husband that goes out of his way regularly to show me how much he loves me and our girls. I have the most amazing support system of family and friends that are always there for us. I have a job I love, a house I love, and a life, that while challenging, I love.
And so a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. The Theodore Family wishes you a happy, healthy, enjoyable, restful weekend with your loved ones.
|Momma and baby reunited after 5 LONG days|