Another school year has come to a close. I can hardly believe it. It feels like just yesterday that I was 15 weeks pregnant, sending my son off to Junior Kindergarten, and my eldest daughter off to grade 1.
Now here we are 10 months later. I have a 4 month old baby boy, busy toddler and two school age children anxiously waiting the weeks of the the Summer to pass so they can head back to class. It seems so surreal.
When it comes down to the Summer I am not going to deny that I have a bit of a countdown going on. It might actually be the first year that I haven’t looked forward to the Summer holidays. Well… actually I was looking forward to it up until the beginning of June when stuff hit the fan.
At the beginning of June, my daughter was at her friends birthday party when she fell trying to exit a bouncy castle, dislocating her shoulder and severely breaking her arm.
She had to be rushed to hospital for emergency surgery.
Last week, just days before, school’s end my daughter and I made the trek back into Toronto to have her pins removed. A day I will not shake for quite some time. The screams she produced as the pins were being removed were unlike anything else.
This Summer brings with it a ton of restrictions. My daughter is on modified bed rest. No park / splash pad, running, skipping /jumping, biking, summer camps or sports of any kind until her next appointment at the end of September. The only activity that she can participate in is swimming. Her risk of refracture is incredibly high right now. In addition we have been dealing with a lot of nerve pain and loss of sensation.
Needless to say, these past few weeks have been hard and these next few weeks will continue to be hard as well. It is hard to help a 6 year old come to terms with such a traumatic experience. She has been invited to other birthday parties this Summer, which she has decided she will sit out of. I can’t say I blame her… Look at what happened at the last birthday party she attended.
Thankfully, we had booked a week at the cottage for the end of July – well before the accident took place. Our hope with the cottage is that it will provide her with a bit of normalcy and a much needed distraction. She will be able to enjoy some downtime with the family, wade in the lake, roast marshmallows on the fire and take in the scenery. It may not seems like a heck of a lot, but when the cottage is booked for her birthday week I am sure it will mean the world to her to be getting out and away from the four walls we call home, just enjoying a change of pace. I know I am looking forward to it. Truth be told, I am exhausted, emotionally and physically.
This Summer may not be shaping up to be the Summer that we had in mind, but it is what it is. We will rise above it, and make it the best Summer yet.
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