While this update might be a little late coming, it will also be poorly written and self-serving. Yes, I know what I did there.
Okay, our most recent trip to Boston Children’s Hospital so Kate could participate in her third and final round of their autism study.
It was the week before Christmas so Boston was all decked out and though we’ve been many times before, Quincey Market at Christmas is something to behold.
The girls adore Boston and all of our friends at the hospital but this trip held a big bad blood draw for Miss Kate.
In the interest of being honest with our littlest one, we told her she would be having blood drawn.
Now, before you ask, I don’t know what the hell we were thinking because she fretted about that for the months prior to the trip and her anxiety only increased when we arrived.
So, we decided, too little too late, to lie to Kate and pretend we were walking over to the clinic because the doctors wanted to see her cute outfit. (Yep, that’s the level of deception I could manage after driving to Boston for eight hours with the remnants of the stomach flu).
Well, cut to the blood draw and the unnatural strength of a seven year old who realizes she’s been lied to and you’ll quickly find a team of professionals to hold down the Herculean child like they do it every single day (and, of course, they do).
Next, they had to take blood from Alex and I for the study. Something about the parents of children with autism being ridiculously good-looking...
All in all, we’ll take the win for this trip. And you’ll be happy to know that the results of the study, though not available yet, are sure to change the face of autism for little girls everywhere.
And some photos below. The girls in the hospital waiting room (so many toys).
Kate comforting Alex after his blood draw went a little wrong. (Hers is all done at this point, you can tell by her tired eyes)
Kate at ‘Dick’s’ restaurant with a pretend pout because we always have fun there.
And finally, Grace and Kate in front of the Christmas tree at our hotel.
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Grace and Kate's mom. (Shanell)