Mom's getting a half-day pass to come home this weekend, and best of all, she's going to come home for good on TUESDAY! By then it'll have been nearly 4 weeks since she's been home. What a good day that will be :)
Today mom had her weekly "doctor's roundtable." I couldn't be there in person so I was conferenced in. The connection wasn't great, but I could tell the tone of the meeting was very positive and there was lots of laughter. The recap is that mom's made lots of progress in the last week- she's walking some, she is requiring way less help on her transfers, and she's getting a little more independent (dressing, showering, etc).
So now what? Mom will direct us this weekend on how she wants the house rerranged. Dad & Jack are going to start building an ADA shower in the garage, and we'll work on getting mom's new bedroom-in-the-dining-room set up. I'm sure we'll go through several iterations to get it right. And we'll re-do it again as mom's strength returns & we can toss wheelchairs, braces, walkers, and ramps back in the garage.
What a crazy year. Having a baby has given me extra reasons to be thankful for my parents. Luke always says that a highlight of his day is dropping jo off at my mom's or his mom's & watching our parents love on our baby. That is so true. When I want to talk about the most inane Jo-things (her last poo, what tooth she is cutting, one of the 8,000 cute things she did today) I call my mom because I know she'll be EQUALLY as excited or interested. Having a baby makes you appreciate your mom more, and it gives me a unique perspective on how much SHE loves ME. It was a rare opportunity I had during maternity leave to spend lots & lots of time with her. Thanks to a VERY understanding boss, I get the chance to spend more time with her over the next few months. I'll be with mom 2 1/2 days during the week, Dad will be with her the rest of the time. I'm really looking forward to it. Life is good.