Date Night, Daddy Shopping, Mommy Makeup, and an OuchieJuly 15, 2011 by Victoria Strong Well, it has been a really great week filled with lots of fun, but poor Gwendolyn now has a few ouchies that are no fun at all.
---Date Night --> We did it. We had an actual real adult date night -- just the two of us, at night, at a non-child venue. Just Bill, me, Eddie Vedder and the thousands of other people at the Santa Barbara Bowl. And it felt awesome.
This was our first "just us" date in ages. And while we have been happy with our system of taking Gwendolyn on dates with us to restaurants, on walks, wine tasting, picnics, etc., it was nice to get to do something we can't do with our little butterfly. We had hoped to do more dates this year, but, well, it makes us nervous and frankly we chickened out. But this week on a whim and with Gwendolyn stable and in a good place, we did it. It was nice to feel like a couple doing something we haven't gotten to do in a very, very long time. And FYI Eddie was awesome. His version of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" was incredible! (Really, Eddie, you need to record that.) But, the best part of the night was holding hands with Bill
Daddy Shopping Spree --> Bill woke up on Sunday morning and wanted to do something special with Gwendolyn -- how about a shopping spree!!! He told Gwendolyn when she woke while he was getting her up and read for the day and she went for it immediately -- no explanation necessary. She was so into the shopping idea that when Bill passed a few of the clothing stores on their walk to grab a coffee first, Gwendolyn started her "I'm about to get really mad" face. After grabbing a coffee and checking in on the turtles in the fountain and her bronze dolphin statue -- two of her walk favorites -- they hit Old Navy and she got to do all the picking. Bill rolled her through the aisles and racks and whenever she found something she liked she told him -- GAH! GAH! -- and they'd stop to find her size and make sure she really wanted it. Gwendolyn picked out a few adorable sundresses (one with butterflies, of course), some shorts, a Hello Kitty "hula" t-shirt, a rainbow striped tank top, and -- my favorite -- some summer PJs with "I love my mom" on the front of them (I melted). Most importantly they had a blast and Gwendolyn couldn't wait to get home and show me her goods. She was so proud and something tells me that won't be the last impromptu Daddy shopping spree she gets to go on...
Makeover at Sephora --> Every girl loves Sephora. And what is not to love? -- bright lights and colors and sparkles. It is pretty much a candy store only with wearable candy I had to restock a few supplies and decided to take Gwendolyn with me. Her eyes were bouncing in every direction to catch a glimpse of all there was to offer. And when I asked her, "Do you want to try some makeup?" I thought her eyes couldn't get any bigger. The Hello Kitty line was calling her name, but when I put the nice natural pink on her eyes and showed her in the mirror she was clearly unimpressed. "Okay, Miss G, what color would you like?" Oh she looked and looked and then selected, of course, purple... bright purple eye shadow. She quickly closed her eyes ready for application and when I held up the mirror, she studied and then let me know "I need a little more, Mommy." At the check out the employees were so nice and asked her if she'd like to take her very own lip gloss sample home. So, so, so beyond excited. I snapped these pictures as we were leaving -- so proud to see her eye shadow/lip gloss ensemble and she's clutching the Sephora bag with her lip gloss sample in it like it is filled with diamonds. Just love her!
So after so many days of goodness, poor little monkey is not feeling so hot. :( Yesterday she came down with a bladder infection/UTI. She's had these in the past and they definitely make her feel lousy. We saw the doc and started antibiotics last night so we know she will kick this soon. But more concerning is that she has a cut in her throat and it HURTS. We think she was nicked during suctioning by, we think, a faulty catheter. A mouth sore is painful for anyone, but the problem is we keep re-injuring her every time we suction her throat. And sweet G requires suctioning frequently. She is now resisting and crying when she even sees the suction and is turning grey during every breathing treatment, which we have to do twice a day to keep her lungs clear and healthy. This is no fun for any of us and there is not much we can do. We are trying a homeopathic remedy that Hayden's awesome mommy recommended, we've ordered some new suction options recommended by other SMA families, and we are talking to Gwendolyn a lot about everything so she knows we understand that she is hurting.Getting out briefly and distracting her a bit with something new seems to be helping her spirits. And since tomorrow is the Montecito Half Marathon and Daddy's first big race day, we are planning to do just that. We are so moved and excited that several friends have joined in and we can't wait to cheer them on. Making signs for the race is bringing some smiles, too