Some slightly random and unrelated thoughts....
Poor little Anna. Her shunt tubing drains excess fluid from her brain into her abdominal cavity. We've been told that this can cause some discomfort. Every other month or so, Anna has a day where she complains that the area below her bully button hurts. She says that it's inside but she can't point out a specific area. We've been through this enough now that we know it isn't anything serious. Sometimes she just needs to go to the bathroom but it's not that easy when you have SB. Anyway, Anna had one of those nights last night and I was up with her for awhile. She was doing better today but then started complaining again at bedtime.
When I read to the girls at night, they rotate who sits in my lap. Tonight was Allie's night. When Anna climbed onto the bed and realized that it was Allie's night for lap, she started bawling. I asked Allie if she would switch with Anna and she quickly agreed. Allie and Em were both gently rubbing Anna's arm and giving her kisses. At one point in the middle of a story, Anna put her arm out next to Emily and Emily reached up and took Anna's hand. They held hands for part of the story! I almost started to cry! I'm using too many exclamation points!! (It was really super sweet.)
Poor Anna had a rough start to the new year. I think it was their second day back to school and she fell inside right before they had reached the classrooms. We suspect that the floors were wet. The fall was bad enough that the school called Grammy to come back and retrieve Anna from the nurse's office. Not only did she have a huge lumpy bruise right in the middle of her forehead but she had landed on her hand and her thumb was swollen and bruised. The teachers were very apologetic and now have a different procedure when walking her to class so that this hopefully doesn't happen again. Anna's a tough cookie but it sucks watching your child go through this.