1. I’m Healing! I spared you the more gruesome pictures, but here’s a bit of what the healing has been like. You can see how swollen my face and lips were (and the redness of the burns under my eyes) in that first picture. It’s been just over two weeks since my big first and second degree burns. I’m doing so much better. I got to start wearing makeup over them this week, which really helped me feel more like myself. They’re still fairly pink underneath, but they don’t take over my face. I feel so blessed and so in awe of our amazing bodies. The plastic surgeon who consulted with me said that the face is actually a “good” place to get burns because it has such good vascularization (blood flow) and the skin replenishes so quickly. I’d never have guessed!
- Milo walked into his aunt’s office and walked out with a big book. He looked around the room and asked without missing a beat “Have you found Jesus?” (note: we don’t proselyte so this was just out of left field!)
- Sophie – upon getting out of the bath: “I’m fresh as a spring morning!”
- Milo – When he’s ready to go on an errand, Milo doesn’t hesitate to shout “Shoe me up!”
3. Dress up. Sophie’s been telling anyone who will listen to her that it’s almost October. For her, that means a trip (or two) to the pumpkin patch, trick or treating, decorating Halloween cookies, and lots and lots of time wearing her costume. She switches between wanting to be Cinderella or Elsa. Considering last year we could barely get her in a costume and she was sooooo not into the day, we’re SO EXCITED about Halloween this year. For sensory reasons, we’ll probably still stick with a church trunk or treat instead of a big neighborhood trek through the dark (so many decorations, strange sounds, scary costumes, and candy she can’t eat gets overwhelming). But I can hardly wait. And I don’t even love Halloween.
(Side note: Milo loves playing dress up with Sophie but has been adamant that he DOES NOT want to dress up for Halloween. Any ideas for a costume-less costume?)
4. Slide inside. One of the best gifts we’ve ever been given is this slide from Michael’s parents about two years ago. We have a postage stamp of a backyard and it’s all rocks. We’re renters, so we can’t do anything about it, but this slide is great for inside or outside use. It’s taller than most fold-up slides, which helps the fun last as the kids grow. We just give it a quick wipe down and bring it in anytime the weather is too hot to play outside and we need to get wiggles out, or I’m feeling under the weather and need the kids to stay busy.
It was perfect when Milo had hives last week (poor baby had a MAJOR reaction to some mosquito bites) and needed to stay inside to avoid heat (which would made them worse). Besides sliding down it again and again and again, we also roll balls and toy cars down it, practice climbing up, or set up an “obstacle course” with our mini trampoline, some pillows to hop across and the slide at the end.
5. If you could go to school or receive training for anything (let’s pretend you have a scholarship and childcare and whatever else you’d need to make this happen), what would you go to school for? I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately. I don’t know when or if I’ll get another degree or certification, but I’ve always been interested in, well, everything. Choosing a major in college was brutal.
A few things on my bucket list to study would be–neuroscience (yep), developmental pediatrics, dietetics, graphic design, coding, literature or information (library) science, physical or occupational therapy, creative writing, photography, holistic nutrition, psychology, childhood development, and about 10,000 other things, including yoga instructing. Thank goodness for books to scratch the learning itch, I suppose.