Thursday, October 30, 2008


Antalya's surgery is two and a half weeks away. This is the third surgery date we have had since August, but with our luck, they keep getting canceled because Antalya gets sick right before surgery. This time I am taking matters into my own hands and have decided we are not going anywhere these next few weeks unless I can take Antalya in her stroller and keep her in her stroller the whole time.

Today is our first official day, and let me tell you, it's going to be a long few weeks. It is only 10am and we have already done everything fun we could think off. This includes (in no particular order):

Signing Time
Playing with ALL of our toys
Finding a bag of brown sugar within Antalya's reach and getting it open - she loved this one! (I sat down to the computer for a minute to check my email and had no idea)
Unloading the storage drawers in our closet and discovered some cool beads
Playing with the beads for 20 minutes
Unloading the dresser
Using the empty dresser drawers to climb up and clear off the top of the dresser
Take a shower
Unloading most of the drawers in the kitchen
Playing on the computer
Unloading most of the drawers in the bathroom
Flushing the toilet several times (this is always a hit)
Trying to eat crayons, deciding they didn't taste good, but that they are lots of fun to bite into little pieces
Played with the sand table

Have I mentioned my little 2 year old NEVER stops moving? Not even for a second (except when she finally collapses to sleep, but even then she tosses and turns all night)! Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. I love it! When we found out our daughter had Ds we felt many of the expected fears, uncertainties, and even disappointments that other parents in the same situation experience. One of my smaller concerns was having a child with low muscle tone, and what that would mean. Jason and I are both very active and enjoy getting outside and doing things. I was afraid our daughter would never enjoy hiking, rock climbing, riding a bike, playing sports, etc.

Needless to say, I'm not concerned with that anymore. I have no doubt our little Antalya will do amazing things in her life, and that in most aspects she will be just like her peers - she will run, she will ride a bike, she will have fun playing, she will succeed in sports if she desires.

When I start to get overwhelmed with my busy little two year old, I remember to take a moment to pause and give thanks for the blessing it is - a blessing many of us too often take for granted.

Wish me luck these next few weeks as I try to find ways of entertaining that don't involve playgroups, playgrounds, church, trips to Costco, and get togethers with family.

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Christine said...

Here's a suggestion. Maybe you could have a little fun with your camera playing around with the manual settings. You said she never stops moving. Well, that could make for some fun exposures. I'm impressed at your determination Sunny. I'd rather eat mushrooms every night for dinner than stay home for two weeks.

Sheridan said...

Good luck, Sun! I'll be thinking of you!

Linnea said...

We will be so glad to see you when you come out of quarantine. The family reunion is sounding better all the time.

Sonja said...

Oh man! You are the most wonderful mother! I hope the quarantine is going ok. You are so creative, I'm sure you guys are coming up with lots of ideas to stay entertained. I do like Christine's idea, though. I would one up it by saying you should make home movies! You just shoot some footage of adorable Antalya and then go crazy editing it in iMovie. We NEED to have you over after the surgery, ok?

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Sheridan said...

fyi: i tagged you on my blog. :)

Michelle said...

I hope you're able to keep her healthy for the surgery!
Great post too!