So, little confession: the other night we were supposed to have a "date night". And we really did try. We even got a current doctor's form filled out for our fail-safe last-minute daycare in case we were not able to find a babysitter (we were not).
But anyone with a four-year-old can tell you that it often takes far longer than anticipated to make it out of the house with a little in tow. On this night it was also raining, so the Little needed to collect her rain boots, raincoats and umbrellas, which also takes extra time.
Suffice to say that we did not make it out of the house in time to take the Little to daycare and still make it to our date night.
But here's another confession:
I am rarely disappointed when we are not able to make it out for an evening without the Q. In fact, I love an evening out as a family, with Q in tow.
And that's exactly what we ended up doing.
We went out for a sushi dinner (thank you Groupon) and spent the rest of the evening escaping the rainy weather while perusing the bookstore with Q.
During the course of dinner, Q managed to charm a neighboring table out of the tiny paper umbrella from their special sushi platter.
Hence, hours of free entertainment.
As you can see, her "new nose" is healing beautifully, even if not entirely healed yet. Certain parts are still swollen, and others have yet to fuse. She is no longer in any great pain, but still sensitive and sore when touched. I should also say that cleft-affected children are born with extremely problematic teeth. Teeth are uneven, with many gaps where the bone never developed, and some of the front teeth are "fused", meaning they grow at irregular rates and in irregular patterns. All teeth grow in without an even coating of enamel, resulting in many cavities and many years of extreme dental work.
But fortunately for our girl, she is confident, resilient, and (don't tell her I said it) gorgeous. Every time she asks me why people keep staring at her, I have to tell her, "Because you're pretty."
"NO, I'm NOT!' she shouts. "Tell them I'm NOT pretty."
It's a heavy burden she has to bear, this beauty of hers. She would far rather be funny, or fast, or brave. And she is all of those things too.