School excursions

Day 193

I joined Abbey on a school excursion to the Queensland museum. There was not a lot of interactive displays for her, apart from this ‘crab pool’. It’s a motion-sensored light display. If Abbey tapped her hand, it caused ‘ripples in the water’. We stayed there for nearly 40 minutes chasing crabs and making waves!

It was magic.

Book of Mormon

We are nearly at the end of our ‘second honeymoon’. First time kid free, first time we have handed over care of our Abbey without us within shouting distance.

It’s a risk we take letting Abbey our of our care. Our phones have been glued to our sides with one of us checking in at least every 15 minutes, in case we missed a call.

The concern isn’t if someone can take as great a care of Abbey as me, that will NEVER occur! The concern is if we will see her again.

Today we took a huge risk, after the past few days getting comfortable with this new situation. We flew to Sydney to see The Book of Mormon – Australia. O.M.G.

We have been on knife edge. That thought, those concerns, you know the ones when you leave your child for the first time with someone so you can have some fun, with as little guilt as possible!

It’s been amazing, but sheesh it’s a relief to be home, closer to our girl.

PS the play was hilarious!

Walking in the sun

A day in fresh air and the sun. A 7.2km walk along Ugly Gully Trail enjoying the birds, the huge drops off the side of mountains wondering (morbidly) how long it would take to find a human body if we were to fall (nothing too gruesome, of course).

Post-trek late lunch at The Reserve at Anstead which we can now whole-heartedly recommend as a dog-friendly cafe/restaurant. Amazing (and generously portioned) salt & pepper calamari, and a club sandwich to die for.

And we are still astonished at the contents of our Box.

Going out to parties

Last night we were invited to a friends birthday party. How exciting it was that we were available and everyone was well to attend. We had a fabulous night meeting new families, while taking a moment to stop.

Abbey partied for a short while but then fell into a very deep sleep with lots of seizure activity. Our hosts provided pillows and a warm doona for her. We stayed longer than we thought, so didn’t come too prepared.

Given her situation, James and I played the parenting game, Changing of the Guard. Abbey was showing all of the signs for a big seizure, so we could not leave her side. While one of us chased boys, refreshed drinks or food, the other stood/sat by her side. Then we changed, to give the other a break from watching and socialising.

All up it was 4 hours of socialising and parenting. Today we are exhausted. We are noticing our need to have more recovery time to be able to keep going. At times it’s shocking to the brain, where this is taking us. It’s unchartered for us, but we are learning to go with the flow.