After making breakfast – which was more like a brunch, since it was around 10:00 – we all got dressed and went over to Jessica’s mom’s house. Pretty much everybody who could come over was there: Jessica’s mom, aunt and uncle, two sisters, brother-in-law, and niece. Namine always loves crowds. It’s not something she’s used to, but at the same time, it is. Usually it’s just the three of us at home, but when we’re at the hospital (which is still more often than we’d like, especially with Namine’s heart cath coming up) we’re always surrounded by people. Sometimes that’s a good thing, sometimes not. Namine is well-known, I might even say somewhat of a celebrity, at Children’s Hospital. Nurses and doctors who know her, who’ve taken care of her, have told their friends and coworkers about her; nurses and doctors we’ve never met before have said, “So this is Namine. I’ve heard so much about you!” It is an astounding thought, to think that our little girl, only now three and a half years old, has touched the hearts and lives of so many people.
But I digress. We had a wonderful time at Jessica’s mom’s, but time sped by (as time is wont to do) and soon it was time to leave. But not home; we had a birthday party to get to, at the house of one of Jessica’s friends from the childcare she used to work at.
If I thought the crowd was crazy at Jessica’s mom’s (having found an accomplice in her younger niece, Namine and Olivia certainly can get up to dickens together, but they are also very sweet and play nicely), it was absolutely nuts at Julie’s. But Namine rolls with it; no matter what happens, she goes with the flow and adjusts. She was the calm, well-behaved center in the midst of running, screaming children. She quickly found new friends in two girls; the only other girls there, themselves friends, were too used to being the only girls. They welcomed Namine into the fold, so to speak, and spent nearly the entire evening playing with Namine.
Dinner was not so much a real dinner as much as it was just snacks; but delicious snacks, indeed! Namine discovered ham roll-ups (ham rolled up with cream cheese), something I think we’ll have to have more often. She stuffed herself full of food, but still found room for cake. Being the helpful child that she is, she “helped” me eat my cake, too.
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