This is technically Addison’s second summer but last year hardly counts. She pretty much spent all of June, July and August recovering from her heart transplant surgery and month-long stay in the PICU at BC Children’s Hospital. Plus she was not even six months old and frankly did not do a lot except eat, sleep and poop. This summer we have been given the OK from her medical team to join baby group activities for the first time. Still no swimming allowed (public pools are akin to communal toilets for children, according to our cardiologist) but we have been finding plenty of other way to occupy our busy girl’s time.
Since Addison has spent so much time with just her boring parents or grandparents and other assorted family members, she is definitely a bit shy in any new surroundings, especially with people she doesn’t know. It takes her some time to warm up, but once she does, there is no stopping her. She has also developed a fixation for certain objects – usually it’s something like the puppet the instructor uses at community centre art time or the book the librarian has at story time. And the princess find it hard to accept “No” for an answer!
A few of her favourite new things include: Van Dusen Gardens (Gong-gong knows where to pick mulberries and it’s really fun to touch all the plants); climbing the stairs at Auntie Mel’s house (we only have outside concrete steps at our house); the crazy birds at the Bloedel Conservatory; eating sand at the beach: and sticking the felt animals on the board at story time and art time.
Oh yeah, Addison is clearly feeling much much better now. She still isn’t eating much, at least not in her silly high chair. It’s so much for fun to attempt drunken walking with Mommy’s help while trying to shovel a few spoonfuls of food in the princess’s mouth!
Elaine, Aaron and Addison