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Since it is the last day of April, and I have only posted a few times this month, I thought I would do an end of month post and just sum up the last week or so that has been going on.

Let’s see… we bought the kids a family size blow up pool. It is about 10 ft. long, so they both can fit in it and splash around. They have gotten to play in it about 5 times. The weather changed and it got really windy, so we dumped the water in it. Next week it is going to be back up to the 90’s so I am sure they will be able to play in it then.

Oldest talked me into letting her recolor her hair. She did a permanent color this time, not the Splat! that she has used in the past. I must say it was nice not having it come off on everything she gets around. She went with an auburn color, so now she is a red head for awhile. It looks good on her too.

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We made a trip to the library and got some more books for Little L. She was excited about getting new books and actually has asked us to read to her now. It is not an every day thing, yet, but we are getting there. Oldest and she had story time yesterday morning and they were so cute sitting together reading, that I had to snap a pic.

 

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Story time

Later on we went to the park for a little bit to get out of the house. But before that we played a rigorous game of hide and seek. You would never guess where Little L was hiding.

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Hope that your April treated you well and May brings you happiness!

Thanks for reading. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

The Past

Posted: September 23, 2015 in blog, kids, tween girls, tweens, Uncategorized
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Home from the pediatrician. T is doing good. They think the lump on her back is like a strained muscle. They gave her ibuprofen for the swelling to take for the next 7 days if not better in 2 weeks then we go back. Baby Leah got her shots and weighed in at 14 pounds and is almost 25 inches long.

-Posted on Facebook, September 6, 2013

A year and half later, they finally figured out it was Scoliosis.

It’s is really funny to watch a 2 year old play Hide and Seek. Especially with my 2 year old. We went outside this morning just before the sun finally made its way from behind the clouds. Oldest asked L if she wanted to play. Hide and Seek is probably one of her favorite games, but at 2, I think they are all favorites. Oldest told L to go hide and she would count. L immediately ran behind the trash cans. Oldest walked across the driveway and found her. Then it was L’s turn to count. L doesn’t play fair in this part of the game. She only counts from 7 to 10 then yells “I coming” really loud. Doesn’t give Oldest much time to find a place to hide, since there are only a few spots out front anyways. It was L’s turn again and she went right back to the same spot, behind the trashcans. I told Oldest to take her time this time so that L would think she did good. Oldest is walking around saying, “Where is she?” over and over. L couldn’t stand it. She sticks out her arm and says, “I hear, I hear!” We both laughed and tried to ignore her but it was too funny and didn’t work. They took turns for awhile then Oldest wanted me to play. We knew we didn’t have much time so we hurried to hide beside hubby’s truck. L was on us pretty quick, but we didn’t let that stop us. As L walked, we did too. We must have went around the truck a few times, then she started to get tired and I could tell worried. It was starting to get too sunny and I asked if she was ready to go in. She didn’t want to, so we told her one more time then we had to go in. We told her to hide and we would count and find her. She said ok, and ran behind the trash cans one more time. We got to 10 and started to turn around, when we hear L say, “9, 10, I coming.” We both looked at each other and I started laughing and Oldest took off trying to hide. I followed and luckily L got distracted by her shoe and was looking down. That gave us enough time to get around the truck. Oldest then took off for the trashcans and I was following, but L is very quick and she got me before I could get half way. We had to get daddy to come out and help us get her in. She did not want to come inside, but with the sun out at full force it was just way too hot at 11:30.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Having a conversation with Oldest about driving a couple days ago.

Oldest: “I can’t wait to drive. I can take myself where ever I want to go.”

Me: “You can take me places instead of me taking you.”

Oldest: “No, I will take me places.”

Me: *Ignoring her comment* “Cool, I won’t have to go out as much. If we run out of something, you can go to the store to get it.”

Oldest: “No”…

Me: *Cutting her off and still ignoring her*ย  “Hey, we need some butter and milk, run up to the store. Oh and take your sister with you.”

Me: “Yes! This will be great!”

Oldest: “Wait, what just happened?”

I love happy endings!ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

Oldest wants to learn how to cook and I am all for it. My mom never really taught me how to cook anything other then boil water. Oh I figured out how to make stuff like grilled cheese on my own when I was young, but she never showed me how to really cook. So with Oldest I try to show her whenever she is in the mood to learn something new. She found a quick and easy way to make grilled cheese today. They are called Grilled Cheese Roll-ups. She showed me the video and I told her go for it, seemed simple enough. She made three and gave one to Little L, she actually ate almost a whole one. (Her appetite isn’t fully back yet, so that was great that she ate it.)

First you cut the crust off a piece of bread, then you flatten the bread with a rolling pin or by hand. Add your cheese and roll it up. Put some butter in your skillet and fry those puppies up. Yum yum. The video showed that you could dip it in ketchup. Now I don’t like ketchup that well anymore, but she tried it like that and said it was good. Anywho, there you go. Something quick and easy for the kids when they get out of school for the day and are on the search for a tasty snack and don’t want to wait. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I would have added a picture but Oldest ate the darn things too fast for me to grab my camera. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oldest is driving me crazy. When we went to her doctors appointment last Tuesday, they said her vitamin D level was still low. I told the doctor that she can’t swallow the pills that were prescribed and could she change it to a liquid if it was available. Sure, she called in the prescription before we left. She also said that she didn’t want to put Oldest on medication for pre diabetes at this time, since she couldn’t swallow pills. Apparently the medication is a horse pill that I would have to hold her down and shove down her throat. The doctor told her diet and exercise and try to lose weight. She was actually down 1/2 a pound from the last appointment. Which she should have been more, because the scales at home show more. Since she showed she could lose weight, the doc said to keep trying. We have another appointment in September which should have been October. She told the girl 3 months, and I didn’t realize it till we got home that she did 2 months instead.

But back to why she is driving me crazy. It took the pharmacy 3 days to get the liquid Vitamin D in. Oldest was at the sleepover when I went to pick it up. Since she was sick and doing the throw up thing, she wasn’t able to take any until tonight.ย  She has to take 5 ml of it once a day. At first she said it tasted pretty good, then it like started burning her tongue and she gagged the rest down. OMG this girl. She yelled and said it was nasty and she wasn’t taking anymore of it and I couldn’t make her. I told her that she needed to learn to swallow a damn pill then. She yelled some more and I yelled louder and she left the room. It says on the box that I can mix it with formula, food or juice. Mind you it is for babies and toddlers. So it can’t taste that hideous. Tomorrow I am going to put it in a some milk and make her drink it. OR I am gonna make her go out into the sun and stand for an hour a day. I know she will want to take it then, because standing in 110 degree heat is not fun at all. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Oldest went last Thursday for a 2 day sleep over. She came home Saturday with a sore throat and upset stomach. After asking her 20 questions like what did you eat and where all did you go, was anyone sick?, I let her get in the shower and go to her room to lie down. I made her some soup, but she couldn’t eat any of it. She ended up throwing up a little bit, mainly the blueberry bagel that she had ate that morning. She dozed off and about 30 minutes later, she came out and said she threw up on the floor. It was covered in blueberries. As I cleaned that mess up, she got cleaned up in the bathroom and seemed to feel better. She stayed in her room for the majority of the day. She said she kept feeling as if she was going to throw up. I, of course, start typing in symptoms at WebMD and any other site that may have popped up, and it gave a list from food poisoning to appendicitis. She did have a fever. The highest was 101.8. She kept getting chills then she would get really hot. She stayed bundled up in the blanket with no fan on her. I made her take the blanket off at one point and set up, after several minutes, I rechecked her temp. It had dropped down to 99. That made me feel better, but not her. She said her stomach didn’t hurt, but she just felt like she needed to throw up. Throughout the day, we got some crackers in her and some dry toast. She ate a couple of french fries from dinner and sipped on water. About 7, I ran out and got her some ginger ale. After she took a drink, she said she felt worse, then finally she threw up. Mainly liquid and still some dang blueberry from that morning. She felt alot better and got more talkative, even though her throat still hurt.

About 10, she came out of her room saying she still felt bad but was hungry. That’s a good sign. I made her a waffle, she ate most of it. Then she went back to her room and asked me to go with her. She kept moaning and groaning. Kept saying her stomach did not hurt, so we ruled out appendicitis, still leaning towards food poisoning. Maybe a 24 hour bug? She got up and walked around her room, took a drink of ginger ale and sat back down. I had given her the puke bucket the nurse gave Little L when she was sick. She was holding it on her lap and started gagging. Within minutes up came alot of liquid, a little solid. Poor kid. She finally got through and said she felt really good. Maybe this was the breaking point I thought. Hoping, with fingers crossed. She got cleaned up and went to bed. I took her temp again, it was normal. Said she was really sleepy and with no fan on she wrapped herself up in the blanket and was asleep in no time.

Hubby woke her up a little after 1 and checked her temp, it was back up, but she had been wrapped up for an hour. He asked her if she needed to eat, or drink. She just wanted to sleep. He left her alone and she slept really good all night. I woke her up around 8 a.m. She said her tummy was good, and she wanted to go back to sleep. I left her but at 8:30 she was up asking for food. YEAH! I made her some scrambled eggs and she ate almost all of them. She sat on the couch trying to play with Little L but still not feeling all that well. Her head hurt and her throat was still scratchy. She said one time she felt like she needed to throw up again, but it went away. Around 11 she ate some pizza bagels. She left 2, and kept the rest down.

She stayed in her room most of the day, since she didn’t want to get Little L sick. At times her tummy would feel nasty, but it would pass. Today, she has a stuffy nose and a little bit of a cough. But no more throwing up. It is too soon to be getting sick again. Hubby thinks she picked up something from going in swimming at her friends house. We both told her no sleep overs after school starts. Sorry, not going to go through that again this year. The bad part is, I feel like my throat is getting scratchy now. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Oldest finally got her pretzel from Target. We went yesterday, but this is the first chance to write it down, since I wanted to talk about Friday first.

We left out of here about 1:30, when Little L went down for her nap.
I felt bad for not taking her,ย  but it is even harder to walk out of the house when she is awake. We get into Target and get 2 pretzels, some nacho cheese dipping sauce and 1 large soda to share. Oldest was very happy and she joyfully munched and talked the whole time. We usually have a good time, when it is the two of us. We can joke and be silly. Afterwards, we decided to walk through Target for a bit. When we left there, since it is a strip mall, we went to the next store, then the next, then the next. Just window shopping and enjoying the day. She said it was officially mommy/daughter day. I told her to soak it up, because these chances are far and few. After we went into Michael’s, I told her I would do one more store. The next one in line was Pet Smart.

We went in and headed for the cages to see what all they had. We saw some snakes and lizards,ย  and a turtle, that I think was trying to escape. It was very sad. They had a few guinea pigs that were cute and some hamsters. We made our way through the whole store then back up to the fish tanks. I pointed out some really pretty colored ones and Oldest asked why she couldn’t have a fish. I told her I didn’t care, her dad always said no. Then she proceeded to tell me that she could set a tank on her dresser,ย  and she would feed it and take care of it. Again, I told her that dad always says no when I have brought it up in the past. We looked for a few minutes more, then she asks how much tanks are. We started loooking at them and she found the small fish bowls, which were not expensive at all. She told me she wanted to get one. I said talk to your father. Then the tables turned, she went from being nice to a spoiled brat in a matter of seconds. “Why can’t we buy it now? I want it and a fish.” I tried to talk to her, but she was making it really difficult.ย  I told her we had to go and headed for the door. I hate when she does this. She is usually pretty patient and says maybe for my birthday or Christmas, when she sees things that are either expensive or something I need to discuss with her dad.ย  But lately, it is give me this, get me that. She can turn a shopping trip into a I just want to finish and get the hell home trip in a matter of seconds.

On the way to the car, I tried to get talk to her. Not argue, just talk. I told her that I thought we were having a good day, but she made life difficult when she pulled stuff like this on me. I told her how I understood not getting what you want right then and there. But to act like a spoiled little kid in the middle of a store isn’t going to keep happening. I told her to grow up. She said “I’m only 11.” I said, “Then act like it.”  We made it to the car and drove home in silence. When we got here, she plopped down on the couch while I went to find L and daddy. They were in the bedroom, L had just woke up a bit earlier. I told him what had happened just to get it off my chest. He didn’t say much to her about it, just kinda let her think about her actions. She set across from us for awhile, then finally came over and apologized.ย  Hopefully what I had said to her is what made her do it, and our next outing is stress free. If it keeps going like this, I may never want to leave the house again.

Friday started out ok. Oldest had an eye appointment at 10 a.m. We were up and made it out of the house on time and even got in early at the office. Her prescription has changed dramatically. She had been saying that it was getting harder to see things far away again and she wears her glasses all the time. The doctor did say that it looked like she had done alot of growing over the year and that is the reason for the big change. Which made me feel better. Poor kid, she inherited my bad eyesight genes.

We went out to look at the new glass frames and she began trying some on. A few she liked, a few she didn’t. Then she found the big nerdy pair that was on top of the glasses display. She put them on and was immediately in love. I, on the other hand, was not. They were too big for her face. The lady that was helping us came over and she looked at them and then told her to hold on while she went to grab another pair that was similar that may fit better. They were the same style, but smaller. Oldest did not approve. She was set on the bigger frames. The lady told her that those didn’t fit her face and wasn’t sitting on the bridge of her nose correctly. She would be constantly pushing them up since they would slide, and she added, with her prescription the lenses were going to be on the thick side, which would make the frames heavy. She walked off for this to soak in, but Oldest has a very hard head. I kept repeating what we were told, but she wanted what she wanted. She finally gave in and said that she would get the other pair. But she wasn’t a happy camper about the whole thing. The lady put in the order for them and then told us that we were allowed one replacement pair and maybe in a couple of months we could come back and get those. That sounded great to me, although Oldest wasn’t listening. She is sooooo stubborn. We left and I knew that the rest of the morning was not going to be much fun.

I had to pick up some milk, so we walked over to the Walmart. (I love having everything in one place.) Oldest wouldn’t speak to me for some time. I was looking around and picking up a few extra things for the house and all she kept saying was “can we go?” Towards the end, her mood started to change, she finally started to talk and joke around with me.ย  Then she asked if we go could to Target and get a pretzel. Here we go again. Target is close to the house, but in the opposite direction that we were at. She thought it was no big deal to drop off the groceries and head back out just to buy her a pretzel. I said no, maybe this weekend. Once again her smile turned into a frown. I swear this kid sets us up for failure all the time.

Once we were home, she ran in and told daddy that I wouldn’t let her get the glasses that she wanted. I knew that was going to happen.ย  I told him what the lady said, and he agreed. If she was telling her not to get them, then don’t get them. Made perfect sense to us, and I know one day it will make sense to Oldest. I just hope that day comes soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

I took Oldest to get her blood work done on the 26th of June. I was expecting a call from the endocrinologist around the following Monday or Tuesday. Nothing. With all the family stuff at the end of the week,ย  I didn’t get to call them until this past Monday. At first I had to leave a message for them to call me back. About 2 hours later the receptionist called and said the doctor didn’t want to give me the results over the phone and wanted me to bring Oldest in. “Ok when”?ย  I asked, thinking the next day. “Well, she said to “squeeze” you in on the 21st.” “The 21st, that is 2 weeks away. And you can’t tell me whether the tests were good or bad?” I asked. She said no the doctor didn’t give her the information.ย  So I accepted the appointment and hung up. Another hour went by and the nurse called. She had the results and told me that her levels were still elevated, and her Vitamin D level was still low. I actually couldn’t believe it. She has been cutting out the extra sugar and has been drinking more milk. Even started taking vitamins again. The nurse, who was very nice, said to eat healthy and exercise. That is one thing Oldest does not do is exercise. Also, they sent a prescription of more vitamin d pills to my pharmacy which is silly cause my insurance doesn’t cover the cost. Plus, last ones she took hurt her stomach every day she took them. I told the nurse this and she seemed surprised that they bothered her. I asked if I could just buy some over the counter and she said yes, but get atleast 2000 iu. Then she said after she is on them for atleast 6 weeks she will have to get her blood work done again but the doctor will tell me about that when we come in for the appointment.ย  So today I receive in the mail the lab request sheet for them to check her viatamin d. She hasn’t been on the pills a week yet and already sending me this. They are really confusing and I wish that we could change doctors. All they talked about in the first appointment was for her to lose weight.

On a brighter note, she went in for her Scoliosis check up and it was good. No signs of change and her curvature is at 20%. The doctor said come back in in October and if it hasn’t changed he will move her appointments to every 6 months. ๐Ÿ™‚