Gavin’s first day of school was great. He wore his new skater shirt that he picked out (because of the red – his favorite color) and he was so handsome. When I was talking with his teachers before leaving, he made himself right at home among the toys. He actually called across the room “good-bye!” I was shocked and sad. He is growing up so fast, and I feel like I lost so much of that precious baby time with him. In fact, whenever I snuggle him and call him my baby he corrects me. Like the other night… he had a stuffy nose and I was holding him saying “my poor baby” and he said “No! Your poor big boy!”
When I was walking back to my car the tears startled me. I didn’t expect that at all, but it was uncontrollable. I got in my car and sat there sobbing, loudly, before I was able to start the car and drive away. I cried a good, heavy cry. I felt so ridiculous because I was crying almost as hard as I’ve cried over Ty’s cancer! I’m actually embarrassed to admit this, but it’s true. I drove off having no idea what to do with my free time. Ty was at home with the babysitter and I didn’t have to pick up Gavin for over an hour. I tried to go to the store for a present because we had a birthday party this weekend (happy first birthday Baby Jake) but I got lost! I swear, I was just swimming in sad/happy thoughts over my boys growing up too fast that I went the wrong way for miles! Again, so embarrassing. I ended up spending the majority of my free time driving through windy roads, wasting gas and getting lost in my crazy head. In the end, I got a quick manicure – blue with sparkles for Ty. Next time I will have to get red for Gavin, but that felt too normal, and I was feeling anything but normal.
We had a nice weekend. Ty enjoyed himself at baby Jake's first birthday party, where he had fun making arts and crafts and reviewing the assortment of candy that was given in his goodie bag. Here he is eating his famous square pretzels.
Gavin had fun, too, in his own crazy way.
One night, after a visit with our pediatrician, I videotaped him trying to sleep so that I could better explain his behavior. He was crying so much in the video. He told me he just wanted to sleep. He wanted me to hug him. I had NO IDEA that he was in so much pain. I couldn't figure out what was wrong with him, but I thought maybe he was tired, cranky and extremely restless. I never imagined that he had a f-ing brain tumor pressing against his brainstem. That when he laid down to go to sleep, the pressure became unbearable which was why he only had issues at night. I took those videos to show to the therapists at a sleep clinic. I'm so glad we decided to just take him into the emergency room. Funny enough, Ty slept perfectly fine at the hospital. Everyone must have thought Lou and I were nuts. When I think back to those first few days in the hospital it seems like it was a lifetime ago. A whole different world that we lived in before we learned about Ty's cancer.
We were scheduled to go to the hospital to start up his Avastin infusion this Wednesday, but we bumped it up to tomorrow since Lou has off. His doctor also wants to do a quick MRI of the brain to make sure everything looks good in the brainstem area and Lou, of course, wants to be there for the results. This is just a follow-up MRI to see how the bleed is healing, but each and every MRI is scary nonetheless. Please keep him in your prayers and we will be sure to post an update after our day at the clinic tomorrow.
XOXO. with all of our love.