Stan went back to work this week. I am awed by his strength because I know every fiber of his being wants to be by Declan’s side. We made the decision that I would stay with Declan and in doing so, Stan has become our sole bread winner. A task I know is not light but one I know my amazing husband is up for…and then some. I believe in you.
Previously, we have been trading off staying at the hospital to spend time with Declan but also to have the opportunity to be home with Will, Brady and Cole; to give them some semblance of a family life with each of us. This week, however, I spent most days at the hospital in part to help Stan be ready for work. After a few days, Brady said he was missing me…the feeling was mutual…since I was going to be at the hospital for another day or so, Brady came for a visit.
Declan was on a wagon ride when Brady got there and, of course, he wanted to push him. Oh boy!
Ooooooooooooookay…maybe not such a good idea. Maybe we should make our planned trip to the playroom with Child Life (a wonderful program, and group of young women, who work with the kids hospitalized and their families). We arrived to find Turley the Magician packing up from his show. He was kind enough to show Brady a few tricks…it was a first for Brady. At first I’m not sure he got it…check out his face…
In the end, Turley wowed Brady with the paper that just kept coming out of his mouth. He chewed up some torn paper and then began to pull out this long string of colored paper…Brady thought it was hilarious but when asked if he would eat the paper, he got very serious and said, “No fank you.” So proud when he’s polite!
After some time in the play room…we painted, played dinosaurs and basketball…we were ready to head back to the room. It was then that Brady spotted the tricycles and bikes. Huh? You can ride inside? Whoa! This place just keeps getting better!…Isn’t perspective great? He was thrilled to learn you were allowed to ride them inside. (Pediatric floors are great at keeping the kids happy when they’re sick…Declan’s new favorite is the wagon, more on that later.)
And he liked to go FAST! (Thank goodness for the bridge)
Once Mommy finally got Brady off the bike it was time to head back to the room and check on Declan. He was sleeping so we decided to watch a movie…or moobee, as Brady says. I must say I was chuckling watching him, in awe of the horrible hospital remote…if you’ve spent any time in a hospital, you are familiar with the clunky, often way too loud, remote which hangs into your bed. Annoying to the HDTV/TiVO connoisseurs but AMAZING to a 3 year old.
Too funny. We had a blast watching…Cinderella. I swear he picked it. I was happy, don’t get me wrong!
And so ended our visit with Brady. It was a delightful afternoon, one which is sure to be repeated.