Everything changes when Ty is feeling good. When he has pain, when he whines through the day... I share those same terrible feelings all day. I carry the same aches and pains, depression and overall crankiness with me. The whole family does. But days like today can make us all feel so refreshed, so happy and so grateful. Today was a good day.
Ty's speech therapist gave him some cherry and grape flavored popsicle sticks to take home with him today. She also worked with him on writing a list of things to pack for our upcoming vacation at the beach. Both the list and the popsicle sticks became Ty's obsession of the day (and probably for several days from now on). All day long he held them tucked under his arms unless he absolutely had to let go (i.e. for physical therapy) in which case he asked me several times if I had his list and sticks - just to be sure. They are now in the bag with his other favorite things. The bag that goes everywhere with us. So cute.
Here he is with one of the popsicle sticks tonight. He was showing off to Gavin. It's so funny, the things that kids get a kick out of. He is also getting a g-tube feed of pedialite, in case you are curious about the huge syringe on the pillow. He hasn't been drinking enough fluids during the day, but his eating has improved tremendously. Finally, he has regained some of his appetite.
One of the things Ty looks forward to the most when he gets to the carnival is winning a goldfish prize at one of the games. He got the idea from an episode of Max and Ruby and he won't let it go. It became such a big topic of conversation over the past few weeks that my parents recently surprised him with a pet fish of his own. Meet Max and Morris (yes, I know, it's only one goldfish... tell that to Ty). This is the very first pet the Campbell family has ever had and we love him :)
While Ty was at therapy today, Gavin sweetly fixed all of his pillows on the couch. Our babysitter told him that he is the best brother and to that he replied "and, Ty is the best bro-ver, too!" So sweet. I love how they love each other. I wish I captured Gavin trying to feed Ty on video today. He was shoving pretzels in his mouth waay to rough, but he really meant well and was genuinely trying to help. Ty was such a sport about it, too. I thought he would be in hysterics, but he just laughed and laughed at his crazy brother. I love how these two love each other. I can't bear the thought of them ever being apart. God willing, they never will be.
Here they are resting together. I feel like I should probably be doing the same thing. Good night everyone. As always, thank you for your love and support.