After replacing the photographs with new ones I sat on my mom's bed and watched her sleep. She was in a deep sleep and I didn't have the heart to wake her, yet I was so excited to let her know we were there. After a few minutes I touched her arm and said, "Wake up sleepy head." She woke up suddenly and smiled at me. She said, "Oh, Lizzie!" She then looked over at Abbie standing by the bed, and she said, "she's beautiful!" Mom asked what her name was, and asked again and again throughout the day. It has been over a year since they've seen each other in person. Abbie was a little shy and seemed scared at first. It's understandable that a four year old would be apprehensive when seeing someone with behavior that is different from what they are used to.
Abbie was reluctant to give her great grandma, or big nana, as she calls her, a hug. But when she did it seemed like neither one of them wanted to let go. I have another picture of them hugging and my mom had tears in her eyes. I couldn't tell if they were tears of happiness or sadness, maybe it was a little of both. Mom's face looked so sad. Clearly my mom needed these hugs and I believe Abbie understood that. Mom is not as likely to give out hugs to anyone else so Abbie was very fortunate to get them!
Mom wanted to braid Abbie's hair. She did a great job of it, too.
My mom was just wonderful that first day. She was so happy and relaxed. We took her out for lunch and went for a drive, and then we went down to the river and fed the geese. My daughter snapped a picture of me holding Mom's hand as we walked to the car. My mom isn't as steady on her feet and needs help getting up and down curbs and getting situated in the car.