I think you have some fantastic ideas! Maybe even a new movie a day, make your own pizza night, pasta necklace crafts? I'm at a loss myself now that I think about it! New book a day is fun too, this age they love books! I know things are going to be just fine but I'm the same way I assure you. Thinking of you and your family, have you set the date?
April 29. And because it's the same day as the royal wedding, every time I turn the TV on I get a count-down to remind me. The Today Show reminded me as soon as I turned it on that there's only 8 more days.
Ok, well I'm going to keep you in my prayers every night with the countdown. Maybe you should do a chain in colors. Put the one color counting the days until your surgery for the kids and then maybe a color for the day you go in. Then, maybe add about 10 ( i know it's a lot) but 10 of another color that they can count down until you come home. I know cross fingers you'll get home earlier but it would put things in perspective as each day comes? just a thought :)
I think that as long as their days are in the same order as any other day and their routine is the same then they will probably be ok. You do have great ideas and it's great that you videotaped the prayers and stories. I think they'll love it. They may ask where you are and people can say "Mommy is coming home in 4 more sleeps." and that will help them understand and get a hold of how long it will be.
The only thing that would be different would be that you'd be hooked up to things at the hospital right? So maybe if it does get hard for them that they could see you..more near the end than the beginning!
Good luck with your surgery! Everything will be fine! :)
unfortunately, there is a chance of significant facial and eye swelling and bruising in the beginning. And the incision will stretch from my ear to my widow's peak. I know they'll have to see that at home, but I am afraid if they see that in the hospital and then leave me there, it would be too scary.
Have you thought of something that they can hold or snuggle with that has a recordable message? Something like a teddy bear from Build a Bear or one of those story books from Hallmark?
I know you must be feeling so stressed right now, but I really think your girls will take their cues from the grownups in their lives. Try to be calm and matter of fact when explaining your absence to them. Then come here and vent to us if you need to. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.