Wednesday, July 4, 2012

[July 4, 2012] Wednesday

This is what I saw first thing this morning. . .
My beautiful bald boy snoring gently, sleeping soundly.
So grateful for Nurse Carla who was, by far, the quietest nurse we've had since our arrival.
I only woke up briefly ONE time when she was in during the night, and Kenton didn't remember waking up at all!

Counts dropped a bit over the night.
That's expected, but still puts a slight overcast on the day.
Kenton's counts had previously made a three day growth - very small growth each day, but growth was showing on the slides.
As soon as his counts recover enough, we get to go home for a few days, so prayers for positive recount recovery are super welcome!
He woke up a little after 8, just as Luke and McKayslin arrived.
We had breakfast together and then the kids had a great time just being kids (as normal as we could have life be considering we're stuck in the hospital room!).
They watched Disney Channel, played hospital bingo and won super cute prizes, made fireworks pens and 4th of July spinner decoration thingies,  and had lunch together.

So nice for them to spend that time together.
What a relief that McKayslin is finally feeling comfortable with this new reality!
She doesn't like it one bit, that's for sure, but at least today she was willing to climb up in the bed by Kenton, rub his stubbly head, and play games/do activities with him.
As a mom, it hurts my heart that I can't have both kids in the same place at the same time all the time!  :(

Luke and I had gone down to the playroom to get the kits for the kids to make the pens.  We stopped on the 3rd floor where they have a piano and I sat and played hymns for a little while.  Luke sat and listened and then came back upstairs to be with the kids.  I stayed there at the piano, playing hymns for another 15 minutes or so.  

Something so simple, such a short amount of time, that totally refreshed my spirit.
I just randomly flipped through the hymn book, playing whatever hymn was on the page.  The words to each hymn were exactly what I needed to hear yesterday.
Funny how that works, right?  ;)
My most favorite?  Hymn 144, vs. 3. . .

When sailing on life's stormy sea,
'Mid billows of despair,
'Tis solace to my soul to know God hears my secret prayer.

I returned to the room to find this:

LOL.  Love my family!

We had some lunch.  Luke and McKayslin left for home.  Kenton and I watched a movie.
His friend Jace came with his family to visit.  That was fun!

Luke and McKayslin stopped at City Square so McKayslin could have some traditional fun on the 4th.  
McKayslin rode on the Team Kenton wagon ride (a couple of times!), played with Paigey (yay for awesome friend time!), climbed the wall, ate a few sno-cones, and then rode on the horse.  Nick said, "Your job is to hold on.  And if the horse bucks, you yell 'Yee-Haw!' really loud!"  Luke said her eyes got really big and then she giggled.  I'm sure she knows that Nick would never put her on a horse that would buck.

Luke said the Team Kenton signs were everywhere!  We are so blessed with such an incredible support system.  I can't even imagine trying to do this without all of the help we're receiving!  The prayers, the donations, the signs, the way the community is pulling together is incredible!

Kenton and I just hung out here and waited for dark.
He started out wrapped in his "Katie" blanket sitting on the window ledge watching fireworks and eating ice cream, but then moved to the rocking chair.

We had a great view - seeing about 5 different fireworks displays!

Luke and McKayslin played up at the soccer fields with Christiansens and then walked over to Favorite's to watch fireworks.  It was pretty crappy spending our favorite holiday in different places and missing out on all of our traditional stuff, but we know this is just a blip on the radar and life will continue as normal once we get past this!

We appreciate your prayers, donations, messages, pictures, visits, and love!

And that, my friends, is day 20.


Trina Christensen said...

We are so Glad to see and hear that Kenton is doing better :) Thanks for the time you take to keep us updated.

Claudia Mousques said...

I love Carla as well, she is really the quiter nurse ever. Live her so much.

Claudia Mousques said...

sorry I mean love her so much