A few days later, she had shunt placement surgery. The shunt was not draining properly and had to be revised. Anna spent three weeks in the NICU recovering from her surgeries. She was mainly housed in an open air crib. During one of our visits, the nurse told us how she would walk Anna around at night to visit with the other nurses and babies. That little story has always stuck with me.
A week and a half ago, Anna was scheduled for a renal ultrasound (ultrasound of her bladder and kidneys) and a follow-up appointment with her urologist immediately after. Because of the timing (aka we wouldn't arrive to work until almost 1:00), Rich took the entire day off from work. Grammy suggested that she take Emily and Allie to her house the night before so that she could take them to the beach that next day (the day of Anna's appointments.)
So for the first time since the girls were born more than four years ago, I had only one child for a night. One! When I arrived home from work, Grammy left with Allie and Em. Now, I know it is all relative but I have to say that going from three to one is such a HUGE difference. HUGE! The house was so quiet. There was no running around or screaming or crying or fighting over toys.
I loaded up Anna into our single Baby Jogger and we took off for a two mile run. Keep in mind that I just started running again so I was taking it a bit slow. It took me 12 minutes to run the first mile and 11:30 for the second mile. Meh.
We arrived home and began a very calming bedtime routine. The girls tend to act crazy at bedtime and feed off of each until complete chaos breaks out.
That was simply the calmest, fastest, easiest bedtime ever. And Anna and I had some very special alone time as Rich was at his class that night and didn't arrive home until Anna was sound asleep. Don't be fooled into thinking that I had an uninterrupted night of sleep though. Anna can be really good and sleep through the night in her own bed for a week but then start waking up every night for four nights in a row and then go back to good sleeping. On that particular night, she ran into my room at 1:00 yelling, "I had a bad dream!"
After Anna's appointments, Rich brought her to my office for lunch. Although it doesn't sound too much like a special treat to me, the girls like visiting our places of work. As I've mentioned before, it is so easy for us to forget that Anna has spina bifida as it is all part of our daily life. Unfortunately, her medication doesn't seem to be doing what it is supposed to be doing so her urologist wants additional testing to be done on her bladder. She's had this procedure before (apparently the last one was two years ago) and I know that she'll remain calm for it but at this moment it is slightly nerve-racking knowing that there are concerns over her bladder.