He seems to be recovering well from the surgery, but we'll know more on Monday when we go back to Children's for TongJie's first post-op appointment and Dr. Hopper can look in his mouth and tell us what's really going on. I did get a few pictures of TongJie's new palate. First, here are the "before" pictures, taken in August. You can see the large cleft in the roof of his mouth.
And here are pictures of his mouth one week after the surgery:
We had fun raking leaves in our backyard on Sunday. TongJie was using a stick to "rake" along with Daddy. Then he used the real rake for awhile.
He's still been getting lots of good use out of his wagon. He likes to put things in it and pull it around.
TongJie loves the cats and Albert, but sometimes I think the feeling is not mutual.
TongJie has still been riding his trike inside. Here he's signing "help" because he wants me to help him down so he can come look at the camera.
A train with three cars that connect:
Two semis with removable trailers, one of which actually has a little door that opens and you can put stuff inside:
A dump truck that actually dumps:
And a tractor with a removable trailer:
On another note, I made a freezer paper stencil for part of TongJie's Halloween costume (more on that later, when we have pictures of it to post), and used the leftover cutout pieces to make a reverse version of the stencil on a shirt. The one on the shirt turned out pretty good. I used white fabric paint and a large brush to dab the paint on so it would have more of a worn look, instead of uniform white.
TongJie and I (and Albert) went for a long walk this morning in the rain. It was a great opportunity for TongJie to get some use out of his new boots from Erika.
There were so many fun things to look at. When we walked by the nearby school, they were blowing out the irrigation lines. TongJie thought that was pretty exciting at first, but shortly after I took the picture, he got scared and wanted me to carry him until we were past the loud air-spewing sprinklers.
He liked to touch the moss growing on a rock wall, but then he would get a really funny look on his face. He must have thought the texture was strange or something.
Albert had fun, but I think he would have preferred to move along at a little faster pace. When TongJie is on foot, our walks go much, much slower!
When we got home, there was a gift on our door from our friends the Parkhills. Inside was a yummy loaf of bread (TongJie and I already sampled some of it) and some fun stickers for TongJie. He still doesn't quite know what to do with stickers, but he had fun with these puffy ones.
And that's what we've been up to lately!