It’s been over a week now since we got back from the hospital. Besides a small scare with my daughter’s nose on Monday (all checked out well at the ENT, phew!), life seems to be getting back to “normal.” When we first got home, it felt a little like when you return home from the hospital after having a baby. Only the “baby” in this case is 3 1/2 and emotionally unloading from the traumatic experience (as she should). And the true “baby” is 1 1/2 and scared to death Mommy is going to leave him for days at a time again. It took several days of adjusting for all of us.
All of this leaves a mom who is emotionally spent. I’ve barely had much time to process what happened myself. Thanks to some close girlfriends, I’ve been able to unload here and there, but, as you can imagine, the majority of my time is focused on the kids. I had to keep my daughter home last minute from preschool Monday with our small scare, so I think once she’s back in the swing of things, it will be good for us all.
Several moments of the weekend took my breath away. I took my daughter to see Dolphin Tale 2 (only the second movie she’s ever been to) and didn’t tell her some of her closest friends would be there. The look on her face when she saw them was priceless. So many run of the mill things have felt so emotional for me. Watching her dance and laugh with friends. Playing with her baby brother. Seeing her without a care in the world, just how it should be. We take so much for granted until something shakes our world up!
That’s why the family photo shoot we did a week before the kiddos got sick is extremely precious. Thanks to our dear friend for capturing these images for us! This is just a small sampling, if you can believe it.