One of the hardest things about this surgery for Elvie has been that she lost so much of her mobility. She had just gotten really good at walking the week before she had to go in for the procedure, and she could amble through the house at her leisure, not having to stop as much to get her balance or get back up if she fell. Now she is in a brace that prevents any kind of movement, and much of the time she is stuck on her back, propped up on pillows. When the day gets a little long and she gets a little uncomfortable, it helps to remember both the things she’ll get back and the new things she’ll do when she is finally free of her brace. This surgery repaired her body in a way that will allow her to do so much more than she could do before, and it will be amazing to watch her progress and conquer new skills. Here are five things that I daydream about Elvie doing, that turn my frustrated frown into a smile.
Elvie’s twenty-first month started on vacation in London, took her through surgery and the toughest part of recovery, and ended with her at home and sassy as ever, rocking a body brace and good spirits. She turned twenty-one months old on Monday, and I feel incredibly blessed and lucky when I think of this past month with Elvie. Taking her on vacation was a delight, and she was an amazing traveler, especially considering that she is a very opinionated toddler. We had such a short time between our trip and her surgery that those days at home just flew by, and then she got through the surgery and the hospital portion of recovery better than anyone expected, leaving the hospital just four days after her big procedure. I am in awe of my little girl. As has become my monthly tradition, I’ve gathered some photos together here to share with you, so here are twenty-one photos to mark the twenty-one months she’s lived so far.
Because of Elvie’s recent surgery, we will be spending Thanksgiving at home in San Francisco, celebrating as a family of four. This is the second year in a row that we have stayed at home to accommodate Elvie’s needs, and I couldn’t be happier or more thankful to do it. Last year, we were simply grateful that she was at home instead of in the hospital, healthy and maintaining the baby chub we worked so hard to help her put on. This year, we have a whole new reason to be thankful for the little girl that keeps us in our own cozy kitchen for Thanksgiving dinner.
When I was single and then newly married, I loved DIY projects. During the holidays, the decor and gifts would be things crafted by me, beautifully. Then Zinashi joined our family, and I got a little less crafty. One cross country move and a second baby later, and I have very little time for DIY, though Zinashi loves it and Elvie is beginning to get excited about it. I want to do little projects with my girls, so I’ve lowered my standards and upped the fun. While Elvie isn’t quite ready for cutting and gluing, she sits near me while I make the crafts that are hers, often adding her own special crumples to her project. My new projects aren’t as magazine-worthy as my old ones were, but they’re more full of memories and magic because the little hands that made them make my life more magical.
For Thanksgiving, we made hand turkey placemats for the second time. I love making these simple crafts that show how my children have grown from year to year. If your busy life leaves you little time for crafting, but you still want to make creative memories with your kids, this may be the perfect project for you, too. Using supplies you likely already have on hand or can grab from the store where you normally buy your diapers and wipes, you can make memories to keep in just moments.
When I am shopping for a baby shower gift, I love to get something fun and something functional for the expectant parents. I know that when showers were thrown for me, I appreciated both the adorable and the practical gifts — each had its place. With the Huggies Little Snugglers Limited Edition Tote, featuring Winnie the Pooh, you can give the gift of cute and the gift of necessities. It’s sure to be a hit.