Visit Rebekah's Page to get updates, read messages and send messages to Rebekah and her family through comments. This is a public "diary" of a family whose little girl started a battle with inoperable cancer in April 2005. In December 2007 our house burned down. And in September 2009 Mommy was diagnosed with a terminal disease (a genetic form of ALS) that took her to Heaven in July, 2011, leaving Daddy and two young girls to make it on their own. Over several years of ups and downs, you will get into our hearts, minds and souls as we share joys and sorrows. It can sometimes be very difficult to read. We hope it is also uplifting. Please find joy in what you read here.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Sarah Wants to be Just Like Her Sister

There are so many ways that Sarah tries to be like her big sister - some of the ways are good and some of the ways not so good. The good ones we will encourage, the bad ones we will try to stop.

While we are eating, Rebekah will put the wrong end of the silverware into her mouth and clench her teeth to hold it there. Sarah does the same thing. Rebekah gets a diaper out for Sarah's diaper changes and now Sarah wants to get a diaper for Rebekah's diaper change. Rebekah lays down on the couch and wants a blanket on her, so does Sarah.

Rebekah stands at the sink to brush her teeth and tonight Sarah moved the stool over to the sink and climbed up on it. Rebekah joined her on the stool, but it just wasn't big enough for both of them - Sarah ended up pushing her off. I brought Sarah's potty, which doubles as a stool, over to the sink so Sarah could stand on the potty and Rebekah could have the stool. Mom brushed Sarah's teeth and gave her some flouride drops. Then Sarah wanted to stand at the sink and brush her own teeth. She watched her sister, rinse her brush and then brush some more, so she kept wanting to rinse her toothbrush, too. Only she couldn't quite reach to get it under the water. She must have stood there brushing for 10 minutes while we got Rebekah her nighttime medications and Mommy brushed Rebekah's teeth and then got Rebekah her flouride. This was one of those times that it was really nice to see Sarah wanting to be just like her sister.

I hope that Rebekah will cooperate with potty training and Sarah will cooperate because she wants to be like her big sister. I plan (at least at this point) to try to start that Thursday after we come home from Rebekah's Dental appointment. We don't have much planned for Friday, Saturday or Sunday, so it gives me a few days to focus on potty training. Wish us luck and pray for girl's cooperation and Mom's and Dad's sanity. Mind you, I don't expect that they will be potty trained by Monday, but I can always hope, right?

Speaking of potty training... Sarah and Rebekah were playing in the playroom and Rebekah got Mommy's attention. Sarah had taken her pants off, unsnapped her onesie, taken her diaper off and peed on the carpet. Ugh! At least both girls say that Sarah did it all herself. How much can you trust a 4 year old and a 1 year old. I took Sarah in and sat her on the potty. She did not want anything to do with it. A little later, Daddy asked Rebekah where her potty was. She pointed to the little potty and Sarah went right over and sat on it then got up and Rebekah sat on it and they went back and forth for a few minutes - both fully clothed. Was Sarah trying to be like her big sister then, too?

They had another bath together. The girls splashed and had lots of fun. We have a little plastic plant waterer that they love to pour. Mommy was pouring from it and Sarah had both hands up trying to "catch" the water and Rebekah was trying to "catch" water too. Then Rebekah lifted her foot up to get the water poured on it and Sarah imitated her. It is really nice to see them enjoying baths.

Rebekah's diaper rash is still pretty bad. I'm trying to keep her as dry as possible and covered with cream. It doesn't seem to be hurting her too much, but it looks bad.

It has been nice to have some seemingly "normal" type days. Rebekah seems to be enjoying school and Speech Therapy. Hopefully she will do well at her Dental appointment on Thursday for a cleaning. Meanwhile, we still have her tube feeds.

Please pray for Oliver and his family. They are in the hospital preparing for his transplant.

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At Tuesday, March 07, 2006 11:41:00 PM, Blogger Lora Left a thought...

It is so nice to read about the family having such "normal" type days especially the girls of course. It's pretty neat that Sarah wants to be like big sister and imitates her. Griffin is not imitating his peers yet but will occassionally imitate me when he does it is a time for celebration because it is such a milestone for him. Good luck with the potty training I hope for you that it is true that girls are easier to potty train than boys. Both the girls seem to be interested in the potty so , who knows, maybe it will go smoothly and they'll catch on quickly. Griffin sat on the toilet by himself the other day and it was quite a big ordeal, we have a ways to go though but it was still a thrill to have him do it on his own. I am so glad that Rebekah is enjoying school and speech therapy that is so wonderful. We send big HUGS to all of you with smiles and laughter too. Lora & Griffin Blaise
p.s. come by and visit (the blog) sometime if you get the chance :)

At Wednesday, March 08, 2006 9:30:00 AM, Blogger steve Left a thought...

Prayers for Oliver. Glad you guys are doing wella nd the girls are showing that special bond that they have!

At Wednesday, March 08, 2006 5:43:00 PM, Blogger Eva Left a thought...

So nice to be able to read about some truly good days and good events. I love watching my 22 year old niece try to be like here 4 1/2 year old sister. It's very precious. :)

At Wednesday, March 08, 2006 8:29:00 PM, Blogger My Kid's Mom Left a thought...

Just stopping in to see how things are going for all of you! I hope the cleaning will go well tomorrow!

At Thursday, March 09, 2006 6:51:00 AM, Blogger Jayleigh Left a thought...

It has been nice to have some seemingly "normal" type days.

I was just thinking how NORMAL you all are after this ordeal. God is good indeed.


At Thursday, March 09, 2006 5:45:00 PM, Blogger Darlene Left a thought...

They sound adorable, I'm glad you're enjoying the norm.


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