One of Naomi's favorite summer activities is swimming. There has not been much good swimming weather this summer. Very rainy and very overcast and not all that warm. Not so wonderful. Hannah and I (mostly Hannah) have had the girls in the pool on many days when swimming was not particularly appealing to either of us. The children still enjoy it. Summer school started for Naomi in July for the entire month so that has been fun for her. She goes three days a week for a short day. Apparently in big cities they have magical school programs for children like Naomi that run year round. I can't tell you how much Naomi and we would like this. We did briefly consider relocating to Pittsburgh to take advantage of these magical programs but quickly decided to stay here, as Rob is very invested in his practice. It was tempting, though. There just isn't enough demand for those types of services here. The population is much smaller and so it is not really economically feasible. Not so wonderful. Naomi is still riding Dakota, still watching her shows and reading her books. She has been interested in more new books recently, which is very thrilling, and has been doing things she hasn't done in a while, like rolling on to her belly and trying to push her knees under her (she doesn't get very far as she is not very strong and now her legs are long and heavy) and playing with toys with her hands. All wonderful. Today during her stretch out time on the floor she rolled to her side and picked up the linking letters and played with them for a long time. If Naomi could learn to play by herself like that in any kind of significant way it would make things a lot easier for us and a lot nicer for her. As it is, she needs to be entertained/assisted all day long. Its hard for all of us.
I am sure a lot more interesting, or maybe marginally interesting, things have happened since I posted last but my brain is like mush most of the time so I probably can't remember them. Rob asks me what my plans are every day as he leaves for work and every day I answer "Surviving." It's true.
Now for the best part of any post, the pictures. There are a lot of pictures, especially of Charlie. I hope you enjoy many versions of the same picture wherein the pictured children are demonstrating slightly different facial expressions or slightly different positioning of their limbs. I'm not sure these are all in the right order, chronologically, as some are from the camera and some from my phone.
|Needed oxygen right away.|
|First time I got to hold him. He was allowed out of his toaster oven for just a few minutes.|
|Wearing his CPAP.|
|Finally visiting my room!|
|Ugh oh. The jaundice was starting.|
His first home bath.
These were taken the afternoon before he was readmitted. Notice how yellow the whites of his eyes are. Don't know why we didn't see that.
Back home. So cute. So sweet.
Now this was when he was back home again.
Lydia wearing her "bushka."
|He looks like E.T. here.|
These next three are so Lydia.
|This is her laughing hysterically when I tell her I know she's being contrary.|
|"Stand on Daddy's head."|
|Entertaining Lydia and Naomi and Charlie's joint appointments with the pediatrician.|
|Charlie and Lydia came with me to get new glasses and contacts.|
|Lydia loves seeing herself on camera.|
|Charlie's boy bonnet. He already outgrew it! He needs a new one. ASAP.|
We took Lydia and Charlie to a playground while Naomi was off visiting her grandparents in Pittsburgh for one of her vacations.
|Many stop hands. Lydia is eating a stolen pop tart.|
|We're done here.|
|Lydia told me not to take her picture. Okay.|
|Trying to get Charlie to nap in his own bed.|
|Naomi splashing in the pool.|
|Lydia imitating Naomi's pool style.|
|The ducks needed a bath.|
|Naomi still loves her swing.|
|At the playground at the park. Hannah and I took all three. It went well. We followed this with a swim.|
|Naomi and her new look-a-like American girl doll Daddy brought her back from his trip to Chicago. Lydia requested a |
"Barlie Man" doll, so that is what she got.
Well, That's it for now.