Mattie's grandparents came over this morning while I was in the shower. When I got finished getting dressed, I found breakfast already made for us. That was a major treat, NOT to worry about food. Barbara, Peter's mom, was feeding and playing with Mattie, and literally all I had to do was take care of myself. What a concept. So Peter and I took our breakfast outside on the patio, and I actually ate in peace, without constant interruptions and crises unfolding around me. Just that alone was a gift beyond proportion.
We then got Mattie dressed and headed over to Tanja's house. Tanja is a friend and fellow SSSAS parent. She invited Mattie over today to play with Katharina (her daughter) and Ann's children. In addition, Tanja's neighborhood was having a picnic and she invited us to this event as well. It was very nice to be included and to be able to participate in activities that were doable for Mattie. Before I continue though, I want to thank many of you who wrote to me this week and invited us to do things with you today. It was VERY special to receive such special invitations, and I know you wanted to make Mattie's last weekend out of the hospital special. This means a great deal to us, and it is my hope that in the future we can take you all up on your thoughtful offers.
When we arrived at Tanja's house, Mattie was introduced to Ginny, Katharina's paraquet. Ginny is a very social and family oriented bird. He instantly gravitated to Peter and spent a good amount of time on his shoulder and hands. However, Mattie was fascinated by Ginny, and really wanted him to sit on his shoulder. When it finally happened we just kept snapping pictures.
Mattie also had a fun time in Tanja's backyard. She set up a bubble machine for him, and he used one of the fly swatters from his birthday party last weekend to hit the bubbles. Mattie was then interested on going on a swing. He attempted to on his own, but then quickly got upset and preferred to do this on my lap. It is funny, Mattie always found swings intimidating, but after many wonderful sessions with Kathie, his occupational therapist, he grew to LOVE them. We are back to being fearful of swings again, which in a way is totally understandable, but in my mind is another indication of the set backs we are dealing with. Though in the grand scheme of this year, who really cares if he likes swings or not!?