Adventures of Motherhood

I am a harried mother of three kids who move at light speed and a husband who lives in a world of words. If that isn't enough, I teach in an elementary school as I slowly watch my hair turn gray.

Monday, September 24, 2007

It's Still Green!

Yes, we were back at the hospital today and the cast is still green, but thankfully it is now about half the size! Yeah! Can you hear the cheering? Can you see me doing the cartwheels?

They didn't want to remove the cast....because they feel the break is still to soft, but they cut the cast down, just below his knee. He feels so much lighter.

We waited about an hour and then they sent us to x-ray. The lovely technician told me as we were leaving x-ray that the doctors would look over the x-rays see if the leg needs to be reset or have a pin put in. It was the longest 25 minutes till we saw the doctor. How kind of her to put such fear in me.

The doctor showed us the's definitely still broken, and a tiny bit misaligned. He told us not to worry because as it heals the new bone will fill it in.

We get to go back again next Monday for another x-ray and a new cast. They will give him a new cast that will position his foot more suitable for walking.

Thank you for all your warm wishes and great advice. I don't know how we would have made so far without our "blogging family"! and real family, too (I know you are reading this!!!) :-)

Have a wonderful Monday, everyone!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Almost 2 weeks down and counting!

I can hardly believe that almost 2 weeks have passed since that fateful phone call. Almost 2 weeks of extreme patience ( not always very patient!) and tender loving care. Zach wavers between extreme pain and discomfort and just being a pain in the butt.

A trying two weeks it has been. Just this passed week Zach and Dahlia had a stomach bug...poor Zach adding insult to injury!

Dahlia and Noah have been great....they may grumble a bit, but they are doing their share and more. They have done Zach's chores (without complaint) and will do things for him (get a snack, a drink, get me) because he can't do them for himself.

Tomorrow we go back to the hospital for a check-up. I am so hopeful (Carmi tells me not to get my hopes up) that he will get a smaller cast. Time will tell. He really has been a trooper and very brave young man...and he is definitely milking it for all it's worth. But that is as it should be.

Last night we had a bunch of friends over (to break fast after Yom Kippur) and Zach was on the couch like a king, revelling in the attention. It's good to be the center of attention, sometimes!

Now I have a question for you...Zach knows that he might get a smaller cast tomorrow...they told us this when they were putting the green monstrosity on. I hate when people say things like that in front of children. It's like when were at the first hospital and the doctor told us immediately (in front of Zach) that he would have to have surgery. He was terrified and we all worried about it. We only found 6 1/2 hours later that they weren't going to operate! If he doesn't get a smaller cast tomorrow what can we tell him? How can we console him? As always I appreciate all your help!

Have a happy Sunday!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Thank you!

Thank you for all your encouraging words. I know he's milking it for all it's worth, but I can't always tell when he really needs me and when he's milking it.

It helps that he tells me over and over how much he appreciates my help. He's really a good kid.

Like Kenju, I really need a nap but here I am on my computer! :-)

I am also a worrier (Can you tell?!) and now that we are getting closer to Monday and school, I worry about how he will manage.

I know he'll be are so resilient, it's the mommies and daddies who aren't!

Thanks for visiting me and I'll keep you all posted!

Green-legged man is wearing me out!

The green-legged man is wearing me out. Only mommy can do anything for him. Even if daddy is sitting right next to him he'll call for mommy to help him.

I would do anything for him, but I admit my patience are wearing a little thin today. I'm tired. I ran out to get something yesterday afternoon and I met someone I know. She wanted to know how everything was going. "Coming along" I said, "but I'm tired" "I can tell" she said. I had some make up on but obviously not enough! :-)

Last night I wanted to give Carmi a break (since I slept at the hospital with Zach he has insisted that he sleeps downstairs with Zach) and I slept on the love seat in the living room. I think tonight we will try and leave Zach on his own. He has slept through the night every night, and I have mommy sleeping radar anyway ...I will hear anything and wake up almost instantly, so I know I'll hear him if he calls for us.

I solved the hair washing problem...we are off to our wonderful hairdresser who will wash and cut his hair for him.

Now we need to just get his first few days of back to school under his belt or cast (just a little humour!) and maybe we can get into some routine.

I'm going to try and have a quick nap (if he lets me!!). Have a wonderful Saturday everyone!

Friday, September 14, 2007


It's funny how some people don't like sharing their ages. How they don't want to admit to celebrating another year. It doesn't really bother me. So are you ready? Well here goes: yesterday when I was talking about Dahlia's birthday, I neglected to mention that it was my birthday yesterday.

Are you ready for it? I turned "40"!! I can hear the gasps. 40 but she doesn't look a day over 39! :-)

Age is just what you make of it. So although I am quite stressed right now with green legged-man, when the dust settles we will celebrate the momentous occasion.

Thank you for all the good birthday wishes I received via Mr. Carmi.

Now it's your turn: Does it bother you to acknowledge another year?

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Monkey Girl Turns 10!

I can hardly believe it but my little baby girl a.k.a. monkeygirl turned 10 yesterday. (I'm sorry I am writing this a day late, Dahlia!)

As many of you know, it has been trying few days in our household. You can read Carmi's take on the situation here.

Every year when the kids wake up on their birthday, their room and the whole main floor is decorated (this started when I was a little girl, my mom always put something up in our room when we woke up on our birthday morning). Everyone told me not to do it this year because of Zach's situation .

If you haven't gone to Carmi's site yet, here it is. We received a phone call at 1:49 pm on Monday from his school that he was hurt in gym class. Speed up today, he is lying on the couch with a neon green cast up to his thigh. I will tell you all about it tomorrow because today is Dahlia's turn.

Everyone said, she'll understand ( I was and am completely exhausted as I stayed overnight at the hospital with him on mon./tues. and just general stress!) But she would not have understood. This was her birthday...a big milestone as she turned 10. I look at every birthday as a milestone. At least once a year you have one day that's your special day.

So my monkey girl turned ten. I am watching her grow into a beautiful, smart and funny young woman. Every once in a while I catch a glimpse of myself or Carmi and I just marvel at it.

I hope this coming year brings her good health, happiness and all that she is wishing for (except her own dog! :-) One is enough, Dahlia)

May the next 10 years be just as exciting. I look forward to seeing and sharing in all your accomplishments, big and small.

I love you!