Friday, October 1, 2010

A Blog I like

First, an exciting moment this afternoon.  Gili successfully transfered her new rattle from her right to left hand!  She looked like she either wanted to do it again, or was trying to bat it out of her hand, when she eventually dropped it.  She actually rolled toward it (a half roll) before loosing interest, but I cheered her on and helped push her feet and keep her on her stomach until she eventually scooted close enough to touch it (we're talking about a 9-10 inch distance.)

My mom left on Tuesday night after staying with us for two weeks.  I love having her, but it's also stressful trying to make the most of our time together and still hold the house together.  We kept the traveling very simple, one trip to Jerusalem, once to Tel Aviv, and one physical therapy appointment.  She also brought me some things from The States, like a new water bottle (the two I brought cracked, but I'm totally infatuated with this model, nothing else can compare) and baby magazines that arrived since I moved out.  Of course, they are mostly ads but I found some tidbits of good info, like:  New research shows that giving Tylenol after a immunization reduces the antibodies produced!  The best feature I read was a sampling of "must read mom-blogs" in Parenting (Early Years).

I am looking forward to reading more of Following Elias.  Elias's mom, Christy Everett, is a compelling writer and it seems we have much in common with our situations.  I hope that one day I won't be so busy journaling Gili's new diagnoses and keeping track of physical therapy homework, and I can turn this blog into a witty, touching, and amusing blog like Christy's.  But, as long as she keeps writing, you can just go there for some flavor.  From what I've read so far, this is what I have gathered:  Both her and I live far from our families, she in Alaska and I in Israel.  Until blogging we were both regular irregular journal writers.  I used to write in my journal once ever few years to record my goals from what I wanted for my birthday, what CDs I wanted to buy, to what I wanted to be when I grew up (a teacher, complete with classroom rules and ideas.)  In addition, Elias's list of symptoms are remarkably similar to what I see in Gili's future, but wouldn't dare say out loud.  Another interesting aspect is that her healthy daughter is just a tad younger than Gili, so as I see pictures of the progress her "special needs" son is making, Elias's little sister reflects the lack of progress of my daughter.  I love the pictures of Elias hiking in the forest with his canes.  He seems to have a drive that I have yet to see in my content little Gili.  And maybe one day I'll have some readers, too.  But for now I think it's just me. Echo... echo...


  1. I followed you here from your comment on my blog post about eye contact because I understand completely what you wrote.

    Thank you for your kind words about my writing and for seeing the similarities in our stories. I wish your family well from one far away place to another.

  2. Hi Christy,
    I meant to e-mail and ask you if it was okay, but I couldn't find your e-mail address. Plus, I didn't think anyone would find it except you. I hope it's alright if I link to a couple of you posts that I'd like to share my feelings on. Alaska looks incredible. I'm from Florida and I hate the heat and boring flat terrain. The city we live in doesn't capture the physical beauty of Israel, but socially and medically, it turned out to be a good choice. Did you post about why you moved to Alaska?