Zaylee had a great day. She only woke up twice during the night and I was amazed, listening to her sleep. Before surgery, every two minutes, literally, she'd wake up gasping for air. Last night, she lay still through the night. She woke up at about the four hour intervals in time to get another dose of medication, but other than that, she slept peacefully for the first night in her short little life.
Today, she woke up and said, "Grammie, I feel better today!" And she did. She was quite active all day long. Only at naptime, did she need pain meds. As she got tired, she said it hurt. She ate well, played well and did fine until bedtime, when she went straight to sleep. Sweet. We've set up a cot next to my bed because I need a night in my own bed!
Here was the big surprise of the day. Quayd woke up feeling "like there were four bodies inside him and all four were throwing up." And he did. Then, when Doug called from work, he informed me that he, too, was doing the same. He came home from work and went straight to sleep. Fortunately, he has tomorrow off. So. Quayd spent his day downstairs with his dad, Zaylee was upstairs with me and the girls were my helpers tonight until bedtime. ZJ's still getting over her bug. Gracie's back in business but afraid she'll get it again.
After everyone was tucked in, I took a deep sigh and thought about how crazy life has been this past few weeks. So much going on. I'm need to stay healthy so that I can finish up the wedding, take care of the kids, the grands, the husband and myself. Funny how that last one usually takes last place when you're the mom! I've decided that I've earned some sort of reward, when we're all better and things calm down. If Doug were up to it, he'd be laughing at that! "Well, that's gonna be a while, isn't it?", he'd say. And he's right. But, I'm determined. I've decided to claim one December day as "my day" ...even if it's just an afternoon with a good book and some wassail!
In thinking about all of this, I have made another decision. It's a big one. I've decided that this Christmas, I'm going to strive for the most simple of simple holidays this year. I've worked on the wedding and taken care of Zaylee and hosted and canned and planned and organized for the last three months. So. Therefore and in behalf, as we say around here... I'm going to go for simple. Liza and Buddy won't be here. My brother and nephew will be with Mom. So, we're going to keep the holidays as simple as can be. I'm thinking that I'll even be keeping my December blog simple. We'll see... after the wedding, I may be all gung ho to do something insane again. Who knows!
I talked with a friend tonight. (We just hung up, as a matter of fact.) It's always amazing how things happen in our lives. Sometimes, big things happen that affect us in huge ways when we have no control of them at all! We discussed how those things are there for our growth and learning. So. Tonight, as I crawl into bed (in just a few minutes), instead of decorating a room or party planning (my version of counting sheep), I'm going to think about the lessons I'm learning right now in my life. And there are many! I just hope that I'm capturing them as the moments go by. Enough said!
Once you fix it in your mind that life itself is a gift,
you begin to find happiness in just about everything.