Hey guys. Tripp actually had an okay day yesterday and and a pretty decent day today. Today he actually sat on the floor for awhile and let us play with him, without fussing for us to pick him up. That's a pretty big deal for him becuase he hasn't been doing that at all. He still had his moments where he would feel bad and just want to rock... but you can at least tell that he WANTS to play, but just sometimes can't because his eyes hurt him too bad.
Tripp is SO much fun when he actually "feels" like playing. He has the best personality ever. He's so funny and definitely keeps us on our toes. He's to the point where he can tell us "no" and really know what it means. And I have to say it's pretty darn cute when he's so rotten. Like if he has your phone and you want it back- he says "no," or if he takes my mom's glasses and she needs them back- he says "no," And my favorite, when you ask him for a kiss- he says "no."
Look how rotten...
I love this walker because it's older (we got it from a family member) and it's got 6 wheels instead of 4, so it helps him to turn easier without dragging his feet. Some of you had asked questions about the walkers/bouncers awhile back... wondering how we used them without getting blisters. I usually just leave a blanket in it so the blanket keeps the edges of the seat from touching him... and usually as long as he's bandaged up and no skin sneaks out, he's okay. But that could change soon with all of this bouncing around he's doing now- like in this next video.
He learned a new sign yesterday- Quiet or Shhhh. It's so cute. We taught it to him after we realized that he gets a little attitude when we ask him to sign something and he doesn't want to. So we taught him how to tell us "shhh.. or quiet" Yes, I know... we're creating a monster. He doesn't really know how to use it, though. But he DOES know how to "slow" dance and "fast" dance (and the little fuss he gives the first time I ask him to do it, is what we get A LOT :) See?
This child LOVES music. My favorite is when he's rocking in the rocking chair with his eyes closed, you start singing to him... and you can feel his back start to "bounce" to the rhythm that you're singing. He's got the cutest little dance that he does to ANY music with that quick, jerking, head-nod. It's just plain adorable. Right now he loves The Itsy Bitsy Spider and I love when he does the "sun" part:)
And he also "wanted" to get in his swing yesterday... it probably messed up his eyes more, but hey- he gets what he wants. Even if it's Grammy's glasses. Watch how happy he gets when he knows he got what he wanted:)
Yes, today was the last day of his 10-day antibiotic cycle. Could it be possible that they did their job and that his eyes are just bothering him now- yes. Is it possible that in 1-2 or 3 days he will start feeling terrible again- yes. But all I can do is be thankful for the good days that he does have and make sure I witness every second of his happiness and every second of his misery. Because in all reality- I don't want to miss out on ANY SECOND of his life, no matter what.
I'm on cloud nine when he's feeling just a little bit better- enough to actually make me believe that he has SOME quality of life. Though when we bathed him yesterday... it was SO bad that I told my mom that my heart just sinks to my feet and I honestly would rather ANY alternative than for him to be in the pain that he's in (and the itching that he has). But then about 30 minutes to an hour later- half way through bath- he's like a new boy. It's like he feels 110% better. And it's two totally different types of emotion for me. Talk about an emotional roller coaster... The good times are good and the bad times are BAD.
But I'm learning. I am learning SO much. From Tripp...from others....and from God. I'm realizing more and more each day why God chose me for this journey. I was starving for Faith and missing SO much in my life. For those of you who don't know by now... I am Catholic. And up until last week, I was the Catholic who went to church every Sunday, and instead of flipping through the scriptures to see what mass was going to be about... I would flip through them to see how long they were going to be. Or instead of giving my undivided attention during the Liturgy of the Eucharist... I would be looking around to see who all made it to church that day. But for the past 2 weeks, a very close family friend, who is an amazing man of faith and who knows the Catholic religion inside and out, has been coming to study the Bible with me... and teaching me. And I am BLOWN away. I don't know if it's because us as Catholics receive the Holy Spirit in Confirmation too early, or if it's just that we aren't taught IN DEPTH about our religion and faith at an early age. But let me tell you... I am learning things that I never knew, getting questions answered that I've had for years, and growing in my faith each new day. And I'm loving every minute.
I know maybe that it's sad that it took something horrible like my son having EB for me to actually be READY to learn (because you have to be ready)... but maybe this is all part of the big plan. Maybe He has big plans for me. I already know that He has big plans for Tripp.
We rejoice in the hope of God's glory. Not only this, but we also rejoice in sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance, character, and character, hope. -Romans 5:2-4