We spent the entire weekend out in the garden, again, trying to rid it of 3 1/2 years of neglect. We've had other priorities. But my Mother's Day gift was to get the garden into shape. I want my children to experience the fun of growing your own vegetables before they are grown up. So we're doing it! This year! The beds were full of grass, morning glory and weeds so it took almost 4 full weekend days to get the job done. Subtracting a little time for a trip to the nursery on Mother's Day to buy the plants. At 9:00 tonight I finished getting all the plants in. I replaced some of my herbs that had died in our recent cold spell. Others I just seem to kill every year, like Tarragon. (Reminder to self: this is the last try!) But what I really wanted was vegetables: tomatoes, zucchini, lettuce, swiss chard, peppers, peas and green beans.
Being forced to spend all this time outside was good for Ainsley. Because she's been stuck in this pesky cast for 6 weeks she's developed a tolerance for sitting in the chair for hours at a time. That meant she was much more independent during this massive garden clean-up. We gave her toys to play with and left her at the table on the patio and to our surprise when we came and sat down for a break we noticed she was actually doing pretend play on her own.
We had out the vintage Fisher-Price farm set (Does that bring back childhood memories or what?!). She filled the trough with water from her sippy cup and had the horse and cow drinking from it. It's SO cool that she has made this leap in her play even if it was forced upon her due to being left on her own for long periods of time. Normally she would just put the toys in her mouth.
Drink horsey, drink!
So cute and so proud!
I also love this picture of her pouring water from her sippy cup into a teacup to "drink" it (Ainsley only drinks about 1 tablespoon of liquid at time and is 100% g-tube fed.) because everything tastes better in a teacup, right?
I am a very happy ten year old. I have learned to explore and navigate this world in my own special way. I've been through more in my short time than most people ever will in their entire life but that doesn't get me down. If I like you I just might flash you a smile that will melt your heart.
I am Ainsley's mom and the author of this blog. I am also mom to Ainsley's big sister Evie and brother Adrian. Normal life seemed busy and challenging enough before Ainsley came around in 2006. Managing the care of a medically complex special needs child is something I never imaged yet together as a family somehow we do and life is good.
Now days it seems everyone has a blog so perhaps sharing personal details of your life over the Internet no longer needs explanation, yet I will. Ainsley's blog was created in March 2008 in preparation for a medical trip to Cincinnati, OH. At that time many families like ours used services like CaringBridge to help friends and families stay up to date on the status child's health. Instead we chose the blog format and are so glad we did. In addition to being a way to share information with our friends and family it has served as a sort of diary of our experiences. There are many times that I refer back to it for information about a surgery or procedure, or forgotten details about something that happened or to just to simply find a date. Over the years I've had parents contact me to say that the blog has been helpful to them in one way or another and that means a lot to me. Like me, many parents of medically complex kids are looking for information on how best to help their child, especially in the early years. Sharing our stories helps.