Saturday, April 5, 2008

Weekend Plans

This week has been pretty uneventful, Safa and Hamza are finished with half of their standardized testing at school, and have Monday through Wednesday next week left. This morning we have a second appointment with the contractor to talk in more detail about our sunroom addition. We have narrowed it down and are excited to start as soon as we can. First the plans have to be submitted to the city so we can get our permits. Trussville is historically very strict about codes, but with the amount of remodeling going on in our neighborhood right now, it can't be that bad. The only issue is that we have been told by two different contractors that it will take about 2 months. That's a long time to have workers in our home, especially since it involves knocking down an exterior wall. I thought people could build an entire home in 2-3 months, we just want to expand our sunroom!

Our friend Ashcer is doing great post-Fontan. He finally got all his chest tubes out and may be heading home in the next day or two. Our little heart buddy Emma is scheduled for her second open heart surgery on April 11th. Let's all pray that she doesn't get sick, the poor family has already dealt with re-scheduling twice before! They really need to be able to get through this. I remember Bilal's surgery date was just moved (for good reason) by 3 days, and that was enough to throw us all off.

Bilal's speech really taking off! He tends to get really frustrated when we don't know exactly what he's talking about, because he sure does, but his words are definitely getting easier to understand, as a general rule. He remains fascinated by planes and helicopters (he knows that a 'hopter' is different that an 'ai yai'), and can differentiate various types of trucks, pretty impressive. He loves bath time, and could stay in the water forever if I would let him. Also, going 'i-tide' (outside) is his favorite pastime. Yesterday it was 'waining' (raining) a lot. I speak to him in Urdu, but he seems determined to use English words, probably because everone else does. Well, at least he understands Urdu. I'll keep trying!


Tina:0) said...

Glad to hear you have a little chatter box on your hands. We're still in the babbling stage, but absolutely cute & you can understand her if you "speak Nevaeh" lol! We, too, are keeping an eye on Ashcer & Emma. Here's hoping Ashcer gets to come home, & Emma finally gets repaired! Thanks for checking in on us. Again, send some of the warm weather up our way!

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