June 22, 2015

June 22, 2015

Today is Gavin’s grandfather’s birthday. Happy birthday, Poppy! Today is also the anniversary of Gavin’s surgery. 5 years ago, on Sunday the 20th, Father’s Day, we took Gavin to the hospital. On June 22nd, he emerged from the OR triumphant. 5 years that have been long and gone so fast. 5 years since my wee […]

The Turning of the Tide

The Turning of the Tide

“Fortune changes when the time comes.” Last Saturday, Gav and I were hanging around the kids’ discovery area of the ROM, our local museum, when I noticed this inscription written in Chinese on a large piece of serpentine. The placard advised us to run our fingers over the engraving, as it may bring us good […]

Hip, hip, hooray!

Skye and I spent the majority of the day today at Sick Kids. We went to have her orthopaedic hip harness installed. I’d managed to shove the fact that she had to get this thing far into a dark corner of my mind for a couple of weeks, but finally had to face facts today […]

In Sickness and in Health

In Sickness and in Health

At the beginning of 2015 I resolved to try to unhitch our lives from the constant round of medical appointments and hospital visits that has been our fate for the last five years. We visit Sick Kids on an almost weekly basis, and have other various appointments to attend. Between the two kids, I try […]

Ultrasound

Ultrasound

Today Skye had an ultrasound of her head. Over the past several months, Craig and I have debated about doing this. We didn’t want to rely on imaging to be sure of her health, the way that we have for the past five years with Gavin. But then something would happen, so we decided to […]

Big Brother

Big Brother

My brother was 2 years old when I was born. So he existed in a time without me, but I never existed in a time without him. As a result, my very earliest memories are of my brother’s rascally face peering over the edge of my crib. Of being liberated from said crib in the […]

Skye

Skye

Here’s an overdue announcement: On October 29th, 2014, this wondrous little person entered the world. Her name is Skye Florence. She is beautiful, calm and sweet. She is a patient darling, but doesn’t hesitate to let us know she’s unhappy if she needs to. I am glad that already she knows how to speak her […]

Six

Six

6 years ago today, my wonderful son entered the world and changed my life forever. Today we celebrate all that he is and all that he has overcome in his few short years on Earth. Despite the seemingly endless challenges he’s had to face, he remains an (almost) normal 6 year old. He’s active, unbearably […]

Summertime

Summertime

I have very foggy recollections of the summers of my childhood. They stretched out forever, endless days of lazy, unscheduled lovely boredom. There was usually an un-airconditioned road-trip from our home in New York to Toronto, which meant a stay at my grandmother’s house, play with my cousins, and a camping holiday in the wilds […]

The Great Leap – Part II

An early-morning conversation with Gavin: G: Why do you wear this golden ring? (pointing to a plain gold band on the ring finger of my right hand.) Me: It was Bubby’s wedding ring. She gave it to me for good luck when you were sick. G: Did you have good luck? Me: Yes, because you […]