But enough about me… naked-neck Cooper is a different child. About 4 days after the trach came out, he decided he was d-o-n-e with crawling. He chases Zach and Charlie now, laughs all the time, and many fewer melt-downs. He seems to feel better and have tons more energy. He looks great, too. The blow hole is slowly shrinking. We hope it will be closed up in a few months. For now, though, we still have to be careful in the bathtub and keep it covered all day, but that’s cake comparatively.
A couple of lessons learned lately (some the hard way) and a warning if you come to visit:
- 3 toddlers in 1 grocery cart (even if it looks like a fun space ship) will last in the Harris Teeter about as long as it takes them to devour their free cookies. Just pretend you don’t notice the “1 cookie per customer please” sign.
- Before you get to your minivan with all of the groceries you’ve purchased (which will be very few if you forego the free cookies), make sure none of your children are hiding packages of cheese between their legs. I had to make Charlie apologize to the store manager for smuggling Kraft singles.
- It just isn’t possible to train 3 18-month-olds for their first Easter Egg hunt, even if you simulate the real thing in your backyard. Charlie actually got the whole pick-up-the-egg-and-put-it-in-your-basket thing. Zach seemed terribly offended at the thought of any eggs in his nice clean basket (and proceeded to throw out every egg we put in there). Cooper thought his basket was a hat.
- Just because your kids are at the neighborhood Easter Egg hunt extravaganza, it doesn‘t mean it is OK for them to eat 2 (or was it 3???) cupcakes for dinner (each). And if they do, don’t be surprised by the volume or color of poop to follow.
- And lastly, if you come to visit the Kahn household and your bare feet step on something squishy and cold, don’t worry. It’s just fruit cocktail. We still haven’t found all of it.