While there is no place like home, leaving Pender Island yesterday morning was a little sad, especially because it feels like fall arrived while we were on our little family holiday. Addison seemed to enjoy having both Mommy and Daddy around to provide entertainment, though the napping thing kind of went haywire while on ‘island time’ so we did experience a few more princess pouty temper tantrums than the norm. And I really enjoyed having Aaron around full-time. Lao-lao and Gong-gong also came to Pender for a couple of nights, so Addison didn’t have to go a whole week without some grandparent love.
I did have a few moments of inner angst just knowing we were not a 15-minute drive away from Children’s Hospital. Yes, there is a little medical clinic on Pender with two doctors, but I am pretty sure babies with heart transplants are not part of their regular practice. When Addison was having her cranky moments, I admit I had several paranoid thoughts – could it be a reaction to medication? could it be something going on with her heart? is she having digestion problems because of the meds? No blood tests for an entire two weeks so I don’t even know what her Tacrolimus levels are up to right now. And no baby scale around to see if she was actually eating enough. It is tough to truly relax and let all my anxieties go…but oh so much easier sitting on a lounge chair with a hot cup of tea and a lovely oceanfront view of the sun setting over the Gulf Islands.
Elaine, Aaron and Addison