A few days ago was Carter's monthly check-up and chemo visit. I hadn't been to the hospital in 5 MONTHS! Last time I could say that was nearly 3 years ago. But now that my awesome husband is back to full-time school, my break is over. I was nervous to go back there but Carter showed me where to go and what to do :) I can safely say that I did not miss that place one single bit. BUT I did miss being there with Carter while he goes through all that. He's just an amazing kid. He's had to grow up quickly and he has embraced his maturity. I've missed our day of one-on-one time that we get each month. It was great to spend the day with him and feel my heart swell with pride when the nurses comment on how great he is. "Tres bien!" they say. Ah, I just love him.
And we reached a sort of milestone this time around! This *should* be (if all goes according to plan...) his last lumbar puncture with chemo in his spinal fluid at this hospital! He still has two more chemo appointments here but just through his IV. And he'll still have 2 more lumbar punctures before he's done with treatment in April but we like to celebrate any milestone that we can come up with. He really likes the way they do it here though because he likes the laughing gas they give him. He literally did a double fist pump and yelled "Yay!" when they wheeled in the canister for it. Haha, silly boy.
We've been doing homeschool.. He would rather be at "real school" but he's doing well with me as his teacher.
He's lost 5 teeth now! He looks so much older with his new big teeth. There will always be a part of me that misses my kids being little as they grow bigger and bigger but mostly I am just so thrilled that they are doing just that. Facing the reality of possibly losing a child has changed me in a lot of ways. Life is so precious, truly a gift from God.
Here's an old video of Carter riding his IV pole like a scooter in the hospital. It gets a little boring in there.