The doctors are happy, the tests looks great, there is no more diarrhea and the princess is gaining weight like crazy – it’s official Italy here we come! Woohoo!! I am finally letting myself get excited about our first big trip as a family. We leave one week from today so there is a lot that needs to be done in the next 7 days. Aaron has been busy MacGyver-ing a bomb-proof solution for carrying on 3 weeks worth of medication. He has been at MEC several times in the past week, including right now.
Addison is up to 8.5kg now, which is about 300g short of her pre-illness weight. She has packed on 1kg in the past 2 weeks! Judging by the amount of sweet potatoes, bananas and avocados she has been shovelling in at every meal, no big surprise there. Plus she is just downright cheery. We kind of forgot how happy she normally is because she was miserable for so long.
It has also been an emotional time as we approach Addison’s 1 year birthday on April 12. Every once in a while, I look at her and marvel at how much life she has and just how she seems to enjoy every moment of being alive. It’s so hard to believe how far she has come. Aaron and I have been working on our letter to the donor family for the past several months with the goal of having it finished by Addison’s first birthday. We didn’t intend to take this long to finish it, but even as journalists, we are at a loss for words. How do you thank someone for the ultimate gift of life? Everything sounds so completely lame.
Compared to that monumental task, the business of packing for a 3 week trip with a 1 year old is downright simple.
Elaine, Aaron and Addison