Tomorrow morning our Lucie will be four years old. Oh my word, she’s such a big girl and beyond thrilled that she will be a big sister.
We have celebrated this girl full and well this year and I’m so thankful, because in the midst of all the festivities, we got a rough reminder of the fragility of life through not one, but two hospital stays for me and baby Fafa. Talk about deja vu and crazy timing. It is the eve of Lucie’s birthday and I am literally in the same hospital where Lucie was born four years ago, being closely monitored due to some complications that have come up.
Since I have nothing to do but take it easy and rest, I thought it would be nice to share a little Lucie update, a little Baby Fafa update and also to share pictures of all of the celebrations we enjoyed with our sweet girl.
Lucie update: She recently had a Parent Teacher conference where we got to hear from her three teachers and three therapists. All of them shared that Lucie is thriving, learning, “hyper”curious, meaning she notices everything and asks question after question, and making friends, although not without several interventions when she gets too “territorial” as her teacher wrote. EEK! We’re all working with her on that. They also all noted that she gets visually distracted very easily, and also gets disinterested in things just because they may seem too difficult. So they are working with her and with us on ideas to help, especially as we enter the application process for KINDERGARTEN next year. I know, I know, she is turning four tomorrow morning, and will be starting kindergarten next Fall, because NYC kids start the year they turn five, and next December she does indeed turn five. So even though it feels so early, we have started the process. I have been encouraged because of the “turning five” evalutiaon process she will get to be a part of in light of the fact that she receives pre-school therapy services. We are about to enter a month or two of school tours, online school applications where we list our school preferences in order, plus Team Lucie meetings with her current school to help us advocate for the best fit for her. Other than that we’re just soaking in this season as a family of three before Baby Fafa arrives... speaking of...
Baby Fafa update: I have been in the hospital twice in the last four days due to intense pain and contractions that started from complications with an infection and dehydration. Things got pretty worrisome last night but the baby and I seem to have turned a corner today. Due to my history with Lucie, the doctors are being very very cautious. So even though I am feeling much better, I am not sure what they will say the next steps will be for my plan of care going forward after tomorrow. Also, throughout this pregnancy we have been told that 36 weeks would be my “full term”, and that continues to be the number I will hope and pray to reach, but some of the results of my tests today indicated that although delivery does not appear to be imminent in the coming days (thank GOD!) I may not be able to support 36 weeks. Overall I am encouraged that I am feeling better, and hopeful that I can remain pregnant with no more infections or complication for the next several weeks. Would you pray that with us too?
Love to you all,
That night I couldn’t shake the sharp pains I was feeling (which turned out to be the infection and contractions), so Robby wisely convinced me to go to the hospital in Orlando. They kept me one night, stabilized me and discharged me in time to get to the airport to come back to NYC. Although Saturday was much calmer, Sunday I was not feeling myself, so I went to the Hospital again in NYC that morning.