I hope everyone had a very lovely Easter this past Sunday. We had a very nice, albeit quiet Easter this year despite planning for a fun and rambunctious Easter. You might have seen the pictures of our Easter morning I posted to Stephen's facebook, but I'll share the full story here.
The plan leading up to Easter was for my whole family (parent's, sister, brother-in-law, and two nieces) to spend the Easter weekend at our house. It was going to be our first holiday all spent together at my house, and I was super excited! I was also super excited that my nieces were going to be coming to play with Stephen! Bill was leaving town on a business trip on Saturday and would be gone for Easter, so I was really happy to have the company. But a few days before Easter, panic set in about exposing Stephen to germs and just as I was about to call my Mom to decide what we were going to do, my sister called to say my youngest niece had an ear infection. Thankfully, that made the decision for us; my sister's family would stay home since her girls weren't feeling well and we didn't want to expose Stephen to their germs. Definitely a big disappointment, but it was surely was the right decision with transplant literally right around the corner.
Well, wouldn't you know, Stephen got sick anyway! By Friday evening, the little guy had a full blown cold and by Saturday morning he was a mess with a running nose, cough, congestion, and throwing up. We attempted to go to the zoo Saturday morning to get some fresh air, but he ended up puking all over himself on the way and that ended the trip. Thankfully, my parents came to visit anyway (the stayed Friday through Sunday), so we weren't home alone for Easter and I had an extra two set of hands to help (and comfort Stephen during the night because there was no sleeping Saturday night), but it was definitely not the big party we had hoped for.
But we had a nice weekend anyway and were able to get outside Saturday afternoon and enjoy the sunshine. And of course, the Easter bunny visited our house and Stephen got some of his favorite things; Elmo, bubbles, cars, and trains. Thankfully, he's feeling much better and the two nights that I was "single mom," he slept the entire night. THANK GOD! But the little snot monster passed all his germs to me and now I'm the snot monster. Yuck! Look out Mimi and Poppi...I'm sure it's coming your way next! As long as we all can get healthy by the end of the week, we'll be A-OK for next week. We've got one more vaccination this week, another Hepatitis B booster, and then we're ready to rock! The crib and mattress arrived at the apartment today and his dialysis supplies will arrive on Thursday. It's so real now, it's scary!! I'll post more this week about our plans for Philadelphia, transplant, and how you can reach us and/or come see us while we're at CHOP and in Philly. We'd love to have visitors! :)
In the meantime, enjoy some of our Easter pictures! But please excuse the picture of me with my glasses and sans makeup.