Kate had a great clinic appointment last week and we got some awesome news! She no longer has to wear her mask when we are outside (as long as we aren't in a crowded place)!! We took full advantage of the one non-rainy day we had last week and headed to the park, sans mask, to enjoy the swings and play ground!
I may have carried a HUGE container of Clorox wipes with me...and I may have spent nearly 15 minutes scrubbing the swing before putting Kate in. Anything to keep germs away since her mask wasn't there to stop her from putting dirty hands in her mouth.
Kate had a blast. I think she was shocked to not have her mask on but she loved the park - and I loved witnessing her sweet, unmasked smile while she enjoyed a normal toddler activity. I'm not going to lie, I had tears streaming down my face as I pushed her in the swing. It was so surreal to feel normal. To be doing normal things with Kate. To not draw any extra attention due to a bald chemo head or a huge mask on her face.
We looked like a normal momma and baby girl enjoying the beautiful weather. I can most definitely get used to normal in our lives!
I am so incredibly thankful that we have made it this far. Six months ago today, Kate was readmitted to start chemo in preparation for her transplant. It has been a long, hard six months but seeing her sweet smile has made every struggle, tear, and set back worth it.
And, as always, I am so thankful for everyone who has supported us, prayed for Kate, and encouraged our family as we've walked this difficult journey.