The girls know that many different parts of Samuel's internal workings don't work properly. Today Candace was looking at his chubby cheeks and many chins, and not spotting an obvious neck said, 'Did Samuel's neck not grow either?'.
When we told the girls that we'd pop back in to see Sam this afternoon Jasmine hesitated and said, 'Um... Mum... it's not ACTUALLY that interesting staring at a sleeping baby'. Francis & I hang out with Samuel most of the day and we get to see him when he is awake, being washed, crying and asleep. But mostly when the girls pop in he's just asleep... and Jasmine's right - not that exciting for them!
I was asking the girls what they thought when they see other sick kids on the wards, many in wheelchairs, with various drips/tubes/bandages etc. Jasmine said she felt scared. I asked her what she was scared of and she said she was scared she'd catch what they had. We have been so strict on them handwashing etc, and the hospital is plastered with signs about Swine Flu and the risk of passing on germs. They made a natural link from what they've been hearing to what they saw, but we were completely unaware of it!. We had a good chat about it and now when we see someone I ask the girls questions like, 'what do you think her favourite t.v. programme could be?', 'Do you think that kid would like vanilla or choc ice-cream best?', 'I bet he's good on the monkey bars - do you think he'd be better than you?'. It has been good to help the girls see the kids are just like them and not to be afraid.
Sleep well. X Shirley