Reed’s appointment is tomorrow. He wants an orange cast, if they have orange. I am ready to know the verdict…. really hoping he can have some mobility. He has yet to complain about what he can’t do. He has a tendency to whine about it only when he doesn’t want to do something. He can be very helpful at times, and then other times, he flops like I am carrying dead weight or refuses to put weight on his good leg so I can pull up his pants.

Lena is also struggling to adjust to our new circumstances. I decided to bring in our umbrella stroller to put Reed Sunday evening. Thought I could use it to push him around the house. We got this umbrella stroller for free when we were buying Lena’s toddler bed on Craigslist. We barely ever use it and it typically just sits in a corner in our garage. So, I went out there at 9pm– just before the kids went to bed, but I wanted to have it ready in the morning. Aaron had a job at 4am, so he was in bed. I grabbed the stroller, saw a couple of spiders and dropped it quickly. I needed it, so I was going to get some paper towels from the car to take care of the spiders. As much as I try to convince myself that I should not be scared of most spiders… I jump every time I see one. So, I stood there for a minute, reminding myself those spiders are harmless. And then I look down… there’s one on my foot! I freaked out, flung it off and gave up on the umbrella stroller. So, I decided to get our nicer, much bigger green stroller. I took off Lena’s seat in the back, the front bar and the sun cover to bring it inside. I hauled it inside and loaded Reed up. He was pretty amused about it. Then, Lena says to me “Lena? Stroller?” This girl throws a tantrum at the sight of the stroller, even if I just told her we are bringing it to carry our water bottles– not to ride in. So, I said to her “Oh, no, you don’t need to ride in it. Just Reed does, since he broke his leg.” Cue her gigantic tantrum. I was not my best self in that moment– pretty frustrated with her and the fact that I can never guess how she is going to react.

We did get some good news today… Lena will be getting weekly speech therapy. She is in the first percentile for articulation and her difficulties are not typical of an English language learner who spoke Russian first. I am so glad that she is getting help. I really like the speech pathologist who will be working with her– a big plus. My biggest pet peeve with any type of professional is when they assume they are more knowledgable than me, especially related to myself or my kids… she listens to my concerns and makes sure I am on board with what she is saying… big points for her.

I’ll try to update tomorrow with some cast photos.

3 thoughts on “Life”

  1. Well I hope Reed got his orange cast! Funny how particular kids can be. And I think it's great that Lena will be getting speech therapy. She will love the individual attention that she'll get during that time.

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