This is going somewhere, I promise.
Within two weeks of that move, I was hit on the interstate, thankfully in the commuter car, with no children, which is an exceptional rarity. The car was totaled and I had some whiplash, but otherwise, was okay.
The day after that accident on the interstate, he was seen by the pediatric GI, diagnosed with FPIES, and placed on elemental formula. He was at the -3% for weight, and 10% for length. A month later, he had an NG tube. A month after that, he had surgery for G-Tube placement. Two months later, at 11 months, his development was at roughly a 4 month level, and it was determined that we had far more than a GI issue, and thus our referrals to multiple specialists and multiple therapy appointments began.
|Pip sitting (slumping?) with support right before getting his NG tube. His head looks huge because his body was now so small.|
Within six months we had moved, had a car accident, had a child placed on a G-Tube, and then learned that he likely had a neurological disease. Moving all the way in, let alone anything else, was put on the back burner. Oh, we had also been told that our other two boys had developmental delays. So much for all of the developmentally appropriate activities and lack of screen time over the past several years.
|Our initial gardening area. Small, but yielded a surprising amount of produce, since all of our beans and peas went verticle over the arches between the beds.|
|Mercy wanted a garden for her 7th birthday, so this particular bed has always been hers.|
|The current garden arrangement. Next year the plan is to add another 4x8 to each end of the smaller bed lines by the fence.|
I also wanted to expand the garden this year. This is the first year I've managed to get cool weather plants in on time. I grew up on the Oregon Coast, which is a vastly different climate from the desert of Southeastern Idaho. In case you wondered, I prefer the coast. However, this is where I live, and I'm making the most of it. You can't plant my favorite things, like broccoli and cauliflower, in May here. They positively wilt. It gets far too hot. Therefore, you have start them inside when there's basically still snow on the ground.
|Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Onions, Lettuce, and Asparagus seedlings.|
So, we're happily discovering what life is like with weekends. I have three years worth of backlogged projects. I'm sure it will take at least that long to get through them, but at least we can start working our way through them, and I'm really thankful for that. It feels good to make some progress, and to get my hands in the dirt. I also love that my children love to garden, and they'll try things they never would otherwise if they had a hand in growing it. This year we're going to try Brussels Sprouts!
So, here's to a fresh, new season. One with weekends, and cool weather veggies, and time as a family. Hopefully a reprieve from the tyranny of the urgent. We haven't been able to eliminate the appointments, but gaining weekends as a family is a huge start.