Mima’s Visit

We’ve just wrapped up quite the fantastic little weekend over at Casa de Danielson. Shane’s mom, Beth (that’s Mima to the boys), arrived on Wednesday for some QT with the little dudes. As always, it was a fantastic visit. We really love it when Mima comes to town. The boys absolutely love her and she provides a much needed extra pair of hands. We’re temporarily able to transition to zone defense rather than man-to-man (note: we are somehow ALWAYS playing defense).

Chillin’ at the park

Beth also provides lots of insight and wisdom as it relates to Caleb and his CP diagnosis. You see, Beth is the Executive Director of Connections for Independent Living located in Greeley, CO. The purpose of this non-profit is to “…promote the full inclusion and integration of people with all types of disabilities into all levels of society. ” Her professional background has already proved immensely helpful when directing us towards various organizations and state programs related to cerebral palsy support. Even more beneficial is the fact that she loves our little boys so much. She’s been able to notice lots of improvement in Caleb’s development since the last time she saw him in March. It’s nice to have these small skills pointed out since sometimes it’s hard to see a difference from day to day.

Just during her visit we’ve gotten Caleb to “wave” a few times, play catch with Wyatt and he’s starting to deliberately throw food on the floor. Not that throwing food is something I’m necessarily enjoying, but it’s a phase Wyatt went through just a few short months ago. I feel encouraged, now more than ever, that Caleb is responding really well to physical therapy and that Shane and I are doing things right.

The weather was picture perfect this weekend so Beth’s visit was full of stroller rides, swinging at the park and long lazy afternoons at the pool. A few months back, Shane’s parents gifted us with this cute baby pool. The boys used it for the first time this weekend and LOVED it. Wyatt is obsessed with splashing and Caleb sits there with his mouth open hoping to get a drink of water. It’s super cute and we’ll be sure to get tons of use out of it this summer.

On Friday, the boys took their first trip to the National Zoo. We thought we were smart to avoid the weekend crowds, but the place was swarming with Girl Scouts, who were in town for Rock the Mall commemorating 100 years of the organization. Nonetheless, we made our way to the various exhibits and got great views of the zebras, orangutans, elephants, gorillas and lions. The line to see the pandas was just way too long, maybe next time. I would say that the boys loved seeing the animals but I think they were more interested in people watching.

Feeding the animals

Oh and a super small world moment…. while at the restroom changing the boys’ diapers, I hear someone call my name. It happens to be a high-school classmate of mine that I haven’t seen in a decade! She was in DC with her step daughters and planning to attend the Girl Scout event the following day. Crazy, right?!?!

The weekend was super sunny and hot so we spent our afternoons poolside. It was the first time bringing the boys to our local pool since they were way too teeny-tiny last summer. They loved going in the big pool for periods of time and then camping out in the very shallow baby pool. It mustn’t have been more than a foot deep so it felt like bath water. We had a few small toys for them to play with, but the highlight was an inflatable tube shaped like a bumblebee. The boys took turns lounging in the tube while we gently moved them around. Too funny! I love that we have such a great facility within walking distance of our house. We hope to get better about physically getting out of the door without going back in 738 times for suncreen, hats, towels, water, swim diapers and on and on. It’s really is amazing how much crap you have to haul around for two little kids.

Last night, after the kiddos were in bed, the three of us enjoyed a bottle of wine on the deck complete with music, freshly cut flowers that I managed not to kill from our yard, and fireflies. Dinner was a collaborative effort with Shane earning top marks for his juicy burgers. We talked and ate until we could barely see our plates and then called it a night.

Beth’s visits are always lots of fun and we really do look forward to them. Frankly, Beth is welcome to come whenever she wants! Now, how many people can say that about their mother in law?

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I'm a working mom of three fantastic boys: Caleb, Wyatt and Parker. My husband, Shane, and I live in the Washington DC suburbs where we enjoy playgrounds, pools and never getting to sleep in. This blog is a journal of our day-to-day lives as well as a chronicle of Caleb's progress after a recent spinal surgery to alleviate the effects of his cerebral palsy.

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