As this summer flies by and I'm busy with work and doing revisions to go back on submission with LISTEN, it's easy to forget little milestones and, being a bad daddy, I nearly forgot an important one today. Seven months ago today my daughter Elena was born. Happy 7th Month Birthday!!!
One of the main reasons I almost forgot it is because this has been a laid back week compared to last week. On Saturday, August 4th we celebrated our son Alex's 7th birthday with a big party at our house. A lot of family and friends, a lot of games for the kids, a lot of food for everyone, and a lot of booze for the adults. It took me a day to recouperate after that one. But, unfortunately, little Elena got sick the day after the party. We thought it was just a fever and related crankiness, but a day later her fever spiked and wouldn't drop so we rushed her to the hospital.
My poor daughter was suffering from coxsackie A virus. It was scary at the hospital and until the doctors figured out what was ailing her, but once they did it was relief. When you start thinking about blood diseases and leukemia it is absolutely frightening, and she had showed some signs of that early. But all turned out well. She stood in the hospital for three days with my trooper wife spending the nights there and me with them during the day. By late in the week she was fever free and back home with her appetite back and her relentless spirit to crawl everywhere no matter the obstacle.
Back to normal and it feels great. So normal that I almost forgot the importance of today. I love you, Elena. Happy 7th Month Birthday!!!