Julianna is doing well. No more throwing up, and we’re working on increasing her feeds. She’s been busy playing.
And now the post…
Sometimes I toil over blog posts for days. Sometimes, I sit back and just quote Julianna.
She has the gift of gab, our Julianna. Every day, she says something startling — startling/funny, startling/profound, startling/imaginative. It’s a window into a delightful mind.
Here are some examples.
It’s bedtime. Julianna yawns.
J: What’s a yawn?
M I’m thinking…why DO we yawn? Where is the yawn center in the brain? Did I learn this in med school?
J: Is it a silent burp?
Dressing Julianna is challenging. She can’t tolerate a lot of time off BiPAP, so everything has to be laid out and ready. The voluminous princesses dresses take some extra effort, but J is willing to make that sacrifice — on some days.
One day, J picked out a princess dress. We struggled a bit to get it on
J: These are my work clothes.
These days, Julianna likes to alternate princess days with pajama days. This is J’s idea of princess-casual.
I ask Julianna to smile for a picture.
J: What size eyes do you want? Small? Medium? Big?
J: Medium is perfect.
And lastly, her fantastic imagination. Her stories are spontaneous and vivid. They often send me flying to my laptop so that I can record the details.
Tonight, our five-year-old came up with a plan to eradicate polio.
J: Look at that poor little bear. He’s hungry. We need to feed him.
M: OK, what do we feed him?
M: OK….here’s some acorns I find a fake pearl — it’s round and can pass for an acorn. I put it next to the bear.J: That’s a silver acorn. It’s marshmallow flavored.
M: What other flavors are there?
J: Brown – it’s chocolate. And pink.
M: Pink is strawberry, right? I’ve done this before, I know the drill.
J: And orange for orange. And – she pauses. Did you know there are some bad flavors? She looks serious.
M: Like what?
M: What?? How do you even know what polio is?
J: Grandma told me.
M: OK, what’s polio?
J: It makes your muscles weak and makes it hard to breathe.
M: And there are polio acorns?
J: Yes. They’re red.
J: You can’t eat them. You’ll get polio
J: The polio acorns are red because they are trying to trick people. They want you to think they are raspberry.
M: Oh, that’s no good.
J: Raspberry acorns are red and bumpy. Polio acorns are red and smooth. We have to get rid of them.
J: We have to go to the wizard and ask for a spell. That’s the only way
M: Ok, lets do that. What would you tell the wizard?
J: I would tell him “Get rid of the polio acorn.” OK , hold my hand so you don’t touch the polio acorns. I take her hand and swing it, pretending we are walking.
J: So we walk towards the wizard. We go through the door. Shhh….we have to be real quiet here. We’re here!
M: Now what?
J: So — can you tell him?
M: Wizard, will you please destroy all the polio acorns so no one gets polio?
J: He says “Here’s a potion”
M: Oh great, now what do we do?
J: We sprinkle it on the polio tree. Here’s a flying spell so you can sprinkle it. You’ll be above it so you won’t touch it
M: Oh, thank you.
J: Put gloves on. The potion is hot
M: OK, I have gloves on
J: Ok so – let’s go.
I take J’s hand again and pretend to walk
J: You’re flying above it. Now sprinkle it
M: I’m sprinkling…
J: Ok, so then the polio disappears
M: No more polio – we got rid of polio.
M: That’s awesome.
J: There’s no polio. Now there’s raspberry acorns on that tree.
M: I love it. Everyone loves raspberries. Congratulations!
J: Yeah – WE DID IT!!