My Casey continues to grow before my eyes. We switched her from the crib to a big girl bed last weekend, and it went very smoothly. Casey has always been such a good girl, from the hours that she would lay in her bassinet in the ICU – content as can be, to the 12 hour nights she’s slept since she was a newborn – we know how lucky we are to have such a laid back child. And this switch to a full size bed proved how easy-going she is, once again. She loves her new bed, goes to sleep without any problems, stays in bed all night and sleeps great. And when I see her in her full size bed, it really makes me realize that she is no longer a baby; she is definitely a little girl.
It’s now springtime, which means summer is coming, but you certainly can’t tell here in Alberta…the sun has been shining, but unfortunately it has still been windy and chilly, and we continue to get snow. I just can’t wait for it to be gone and for the grass to turn green already! Despite the cold weather, I have started running again and I am really enjoying it. I stopped running last October when winter hit (I wasn’t going to risk slipping on ice with how weak my ankles were) so it’s been 5 months since I’ve hit the pavement….but wow what a difference those 5 months have made. As soon as I started running, I could instantly feel just how much stronger my ankles are. It’s so much easier than last year. I’ve been running 4km but keeping my pace fairly slow, being that it has been so long, but I have been quite surprised with just how easy it is. I definitely didn’t expect it to be, but really, after Insanity, every other workout has been a breeze so I shouldn’t be that surprised.
I recently got confirmation that I will finally graduate from the University of Alberta! I finished the 2 year Human Resource Management program at the U of A back in 2010 when I was pregnant with Casey, and I was supposed to graduate in June of 2011. But I was still in the hospital with GBS in June 2011, so I was unable to attend my grad. After I was home and better again, I hoped to graduate in 2012, but I just missed the deadline for registering for the ceremony that year. So now, even though I have been working in HR for 5 years now, I will finally graduate and receive my Human Resources Management Certificate this upcoming June.
Next month is GBS Awareness Month, and in honor of this, my support group and I are putting on a GBS Awareness Picnic. I am very excited to be doing something like this in our city, to create even more awareness on GBS. The picnic is on May 5th at Jackie Parker Park Pavilion in Edmonton, from 1-4pm. We are going to have different activities going on, and we will also be selling balloons to release into the air together. All the proceeds from the day will go to the GBS Foundation of Canada. I am also going to bring some books and will again donate $1 from each book sold at the picnic to the Foundation. For more information, check out the event on Facebook HERE. If you unable to attend but would still like to help, we encourage you to donate to the foundation directly at www.canadahelps.org