The countdown is on - less than a week now until Brady's surgery next Monday. Funny, time doesn't stop for you to catch up and get everything done when there is something big on the horizon. Luckily, I have had numerous friends and family offer their help in terms of watching Michael, the dog and feeding Tom, and I appreciate them ALL ... I'm taking people up on them as well! Heck, I'm even asking people who didn't offer just because it made sense depending on timing and the fact that Michael wants to play with their child. :) Shy? Nope, not me!
Brady got a runny nose this past week, so I kept him out of school earlier than I planned, but I was able to bring him in so he could pass out his Valentines on Tuesday. He had gone to his FIRST non-relative/non-Mom's friend birthday party from a girl in his class a few weeks ago. He had gone barreling in to the play area with his walker and the kids were all, "Brady! Brady! Brady!" Once they entered the bouncy-filled room, they quickly sped off, but for the first 15 minutes he was the center of attention. :) It was fabulous!
I was lucky enough to see Teresa, pre-Violet's entrance into the world, and meet another WS mom, Tammy. Her son is the same age as Brady and their issues are very similar, so it was great to compare notes and get some advice. I am so glad I got to spend time with them, especially since I missed the January meeting of the WS moms at Laura's (due to trying to get everything done and poor timing) and sickness has kept away Coleman's and Lucien's families.
I am getting a lot of helpful advice from other WS moms whose children have gone through heart operations, and it has been such a blessing. I've been asked if I am nervous, but I honestly haven't had time to think about being nervous. I plan on staying with Brady at the hospital, which means an 8-10 day stay, so trying to get everything organized and done before I take off is all I have been doing. I am borrowing a laptop so I can keep the updates going and continue my ever-growing obsession on Facebook. :)
Amidst all this, we have also had some hard times. My Aunt Sadie passed away on February 1, and it's so hard to think she is no longer with us. She is in our prayers, and I know she is looking out for Brady as well.
I am confident this surgery will do wonders for my little man... I think he will really take off once he has the energy. He already has the drive, it is obvious just keeping him home these past few days. With no fever, no aches, just a runny nose, he was definitely going full speed. How is he going to top this?? I can't wait to see!