Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Goodbye! Good Riddance!

Tomorrow afternoon, when she should be napping, Grace will be at the doctor's office.  Tomorrow afternoon the nap will happily be skipped.  Tomorrow afternoon has long been anticipated.  Tomorrow afternoon Grace will be getting her cast off.  Not a moment too soon.

While Grace has been a very good sport about having a cast on, in extreme heat, since the very beginning of summer, it has recently begun taking it's toll on her.  Most of the time she does well hobbling after the boys, watching them run through the sprinkler, admiring how fast they can run and chase.  But I think she has gotten to a point where enough is enough.  She wants to be running.  She wants to be climbing.  She wants to go swimming in the lake.  She wants to walk on the sandy beach.  

Grace's usual easy going, sunny attitude has given way to bouts of grumpiness and whining.  And who can blame her?  There is only so much a kid can take.

Luckily for Grace, there have been a few small benefits of having a pretty pink cast.  She has definitely had a lot of attention on her the past month.  I'm sure that was appreciated.  And she has even gotten a few special treats and surprises too.  As a matter of fact, just this week, Karen from Fresh Fixins sent an AMAZING care package to Grace to make her last week of confinement a bit more bearable.  She was thrilled to get a package in the mail, and even more thrilled to wade through the massive piles of goodies inside.


There were coloring books, paints, crayons, puzzles, cookies, a doll baby, stickers, necklaces, and fun and colorful books.  Just the perfect things to keep her busy while we waited out these last few days.  It really did lift her mood.

Thank you so much, Karen, for your sweet thoughtfulness.  I can't tell you how much she (and I) appreciated your kindness.  I have no doubt that she will be clutching that sweet little blue baby in her sweaty, nervous hand as the doctor removes her cast tomorrow.  And I know that all of the lovely gifts will be played with long after the cast has come off.  

I am leaving you all with one of my favorite pics of Grace with her cast on.  It pretty much sums up her experience.  Trying to make the best of it, but ultimately frustrated.  Hopefully this will be the last picture you ever see of Grace (or any of my kids) with a cast on.


12 comments:

Mom24 said...

Woohoo! Let the party begin. :)

Hilary said...

She's a little love bug. I'm happy for her.. and you. :)

Riahli said...

That last picture makes me giggle... :p So exciting, she gets the cast off! Brave little girl.

Jeni said...

Having endured the shackles of a cast on three separate occasions in my life (left arm at age 12; right foot -cast to knee -at 45 and right wrist at 55 -I can definitely state the day of cast removal is one great event! I'm sure she will appreciate not having to deal with that contraption in time to still enjoy at least the last half of the summer!

historygirlie said...

I think grace and my girls would get along wonderfully. They all love princesses, baby dolls, and anything frilly. So happy she can be free tomorrow!!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Hooray for Grace!! I hope she has a blast running free like the wind....lol

lime said...

free at last, free at last! glad she's been such a good sport even gladder her confinement will be over. and such a sweet surprise for her. aren't blog buddies the best?

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

It's off..it's off...praise God!

(I remember when we got Natalie's off..such a relief for her and us..she used that thing as a weapon!)

Karen Deborah said...

Her leg will be weak and sore. It hurts after the cast comes off because of being so immobilized.
I am glad it's over!
It was my pleasure to send her something. I know how it feels to be frustrated like that. I've had too many casts, walking boots, and all of that. Tell Grace I had to wear two boots when both my feet broke.
I'm glad there is some summer weather left.Swimming will probably strengthen her leg better than anything!
I hope it's the last cast too. Who would have thought it would be the girl?

April said...

Awww, so glad to hear the dreaded cast is coming OFF!!!

Elaine A. said...

Oh YAY! Hope she's been enjoying having her cute little leg free again! Such a trooper. And such sweet gifts. Her smile tells the tale! :)

Allison said...

Awwww, how sweet!

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