I feel like our little girl has grown up so much in the last week or so. She now sits up great on her own, and she loves the freedom and perspective the new position brings. She can now sit level with Dimitri and me and play with her toys, without getting frustrated by her limited mobility. Plus, she is majorly on the move — grabbing everything, pulling up on me (but not on furniture yet — apparently she trusts her mama more than stationary objects), and walking around the room with very little support. It’s hilarious watching her make a beeline for Dimitri; she shuffles her feet with unbelievable speed! We are beyond excited to see these accomplishments, and she seems happier than ever now that she is more mobile.
It is now April 13th, which means her first palate surgery is scheduled in just over two weeks! My mom arrives before then to help with the transition. We have been hoping and praying for this surgery since she was born, and it can’t get here soon enough. My only concern until then is keeping her healthy. We both started antibiotics this week (me for a bad double ear infection, and Vivi for a possible ear infection in her right ear). Hopefully we will kill all the bugs and get Vivi in tiptop shape in time for surgery. Yesterday our pediatrician advised limiting playdates for Vivi and Dimitri and keeping Dimitri home from school until after Vivi’s surgery, to keep everyone as healthy as possible. It will be hard to do, but it is probably a good idea. We had D’s third birthday scheduled for the Sunday before Vivi’s surgery, but we will try to move it now. Better to be safe! Looks like we will be homebodies until after Vivi’s surgery.
I am praying the weather will cooperate so we can take lots of walks and spend time outdoors. We have a little two-seater Radio Flyer wagon that we can take the kids out for rides on. Last night we bundled them up and took them for their first ride together. The whole family loved it! D kept breaking out in a jubilant grin and patting Vivi’s head in pride. Watching them play together is my favorite thing.
Anyway, that is where we are right now. Seriously proud of Vivi and seriously excited for her surgery in two weeks. :)