Connor went down just fine last night and slept until about two in the morning. Then he woke up and simply refused to go back to sleep. Jeremy and I were both thrilled, as you might imagine. Oh well. It's a step in the right direction-- he was so tired tonight that he actually fell asleep in Jeremy's lap on his evening golf cart ride. So maybe he'll sleep through the night. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
I brought my skating gear with me on the trip because I knew I wanted to get some good practice time in. Jeremy's aunt's house has a large basement with a concrete floor, and by shifting some rugs and opening up the doors to the game room, bedroom, pool/exercise room and storage room down there I was able to make myself a full-sized indoor skating track! This was pretty great because it was over 100 degrees outside today and the neighborhood is full of really steep hills. While there were a few narrow doorways to navigate, otherwise the track worked out really well, and I was even able to open up a large set of doors in the middle and make myself a figure-eight. So I skated for a couple of hours. Then I went and jumped in the lake to cool off.
I took my skates off first, of course.
Jer came out and joined me, and we put on life jackets and spent an hour or two bobbing around in the water, just enjoying each other's company. It's been really nice just to get the chance to spend so much time with Jeremy; our schedules have been so busy in the past few months that it seems like we haven't seen too much of each other. So getting the chance to relax together has been just what we needed!
Connor has been thoroughly enjoying his time with his relatives; today he spent some quality time in the indoor pool with his grandmother and his aunt and apparently really liked the water. We don't take him down to the lake to swim because he doesn't know not to swallow the water, and also because of his g-tube site, which doesn't really need to be in contact with stagnant, unsanitized water. But he really enjoys the pool, which has the added bonus of being indoors so we don't have to worry about him overheating.
I think he's really liking all the attention! Also we've been letting him watch quite a bit more TV than he's normally allowed to, which he is enjoying as well. He watched The Little Mermaid tonight, which is a movie that is a really good example of terrible parenting if I've ever seen one. But it has great music, so he enjoyed it.
I'm glad he's having such a good vacation!
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