For the past three days Connor hasn't thrown up once or had a single seizure! I'm pretty excited about that, as I've been running through a lot of oxygen and laundry detergent around here. We don't think the little guy was sick; it was probably his body adjusting to his new medication that's been giving him some trouble. I'm hoping that this lovely trend continues!
He and Ellen had an impromptu musical session today involving a drum (Connor) and an ice cream container that was extremely cute and left them both grinning ear-to-ear. It was really sweet to see their little heads pressed together-- one jet black and the other so blond it almost looks white. Ellen has an incredible amount of patience for her brother and he absolutely adores her. I'm so glad they're getting along so well!
I'm sorry to say that Ellen is having a difficult time right now. She's doing a lot of grieving (which is completely understandable) and is spending a lot of time expressing her considerable anger and frustration. I'm not going to go into any details on here as I want to respect her privacy, but she's definitely hit a bit of a rough spot right now. It's really hard to see her struggling, knowing that while we can empathize with her, there's nothing we can do to truly understand what she's going through or to make those feelings go away for her right now. Being a teenager is rough enough without throwing all the stuff she's dealing with on top of the pile. We'll keep giving her reassurance that things will eventually get better and continue to help her work through her feelings during this time of emotional upheaval.
I restocked my chocolate supply and then took a long bubble bath with a book while the kids were in school today, which was not a bad way to spend an hour or so. I figure that the less stressed out I am, the better equipped I am to help my kids out when they're having issues. Luckily the kids seem to be alternating who's having a rough time of it, so I'm not dealing with both of them imploding at once yet. I have no doubt we'll eventually add that no-doubt fun experience to our list at some point, but I'm glad they're easing Jer and I into this whole parenting two children thing!
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