We have had the wonderful privilege of having Jay's parents and my parent's with us for a good portion of June/first week of July. Since they all live a full day's drive and 3 states away, it has been difficult for us to make that trip north to see them all as often as we would like. So, it has been a wonderful treat to have them so much this summer. With these years in the kids' lives being such impressionable years in development, I am so thankful that they have been able to spend as much time with their grandparents as they have this summer.
Now that everyone is gone and our big summer plans are over, it has been a bit of an adjustment to get back into the swing of things around here. This week and next are some of our only true lazy weeks...meaning that barring the normal doctor appts and therapies, we don't have too terribly much planned. I can not explain how nice it has been to wake up and lounge around the house for a couple of hours with no specific place to be. Abby has played copious amounts of Wii, Emma and Nate have had their fair share of tea parties and playing "house" (with Emma always being the mama and Nate always the baby), and I have enjoyed a new book. Each day, we have met with friends or swam or gone to the summer $1 movie. It has been the epitome of summer vacation.
Nathan is doing really, really well this week! Its honestly the first time since his surgery that I can say that. I was pretty worried about him last week. He's still on a slow rate, but is tolerating it so much better this week. However, he has almost completely stopped eating. Yesterday, he ate a 1/2 cup of dry cereal, a handful of popcorn/pretzels and a cracker. That is about the max he eats now. He did tell me yesterday that eating makes him sick, so I am sure that he is realizing how much better he feels when he doesn't eat as opposed to being on his pump. He still has his favorites though...after only eating the marshmallows out of Lucky Charms and a few goldfish today, he ate a slice and a half of pizza tonight. I'm glad he can still eat his faves!
Anyway, he has lost a little weight lately...which I am sure is due to the lack of eating and us giving him some slack on the volume of formula due to the pain he was experiencing as his body was adjusting to everything. So last night, we added that second box of formula to his night feeding and he did great with it (he also receives one box during the day as well). When we did this previously, he would wake frequently, toss and turn and even had a couple of choking/retching episodes while sleeping. I am so glad that he is finally responding favorably to all of this. And the even better news is that he looks really, really good right now. He has enjoyed swimming and playing with the girls, and his little personality is back in full force. It is so good to have my sweet boy back.
So, that's about it for us. We are enjoying this summer and making the most out of it since it will be over before we know it. We're reading good books, watching cool movies, enjoying each other's company, and catching up on all the sleep we have lost the past few months.