Last week/weekend seemed crazy-busy and my to-do list continues to grow.
Before we get to all that though, I'm going to start with today and then bounce back to last week just because today was so beautiful and warm enough that just a light jacket was all that was needed to feel comfortable which was a welcome change from the rain and cold of last week.
The girls and I hit up one of the local playgrounds after school to burn off some energy.
She had a hearing test which she mostly passed (she had trouble with the highest sound but it was still within the lowest limits of normal)
Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd!) that are unrelated to her cleft but that should be taken care of while she's younger and easier to change in speech habits.
Now on to Kate who had been complaining of a tummy ache and various other issues for nearly 10 days so I took her to Dr. E for a checkup. She checked out fine as did the urine test so she's been on a bland diet since then which LETMETELLYOU, is not fun with a child who loves to eat. Oatmeal and rice and plain chicken does not for a happy, adventurous eater make. But, some of her symptoms have subsided so there we are.
Two days later, I took Kate to see the ENT since she had been having rather severe and prolonged nose bleeds. So severe and prolonged that we almost ended up in the ER with one of them after an hour of non-stop bleeding. Of course, it finally stopped right as I was pulling up to the ER at 5am (she had awakened at 4am to a blood bath on her pillow--I'm amazed my blood pressure is as low as it is sometimes....). Anyway, the ENT is the same one we used when Lucy had her eartubes installed, Dr. Rastatter, who is just as nice as can be. He examined Kate and said that her left nostril did have some blood vessels that were quite close to the surface and that he could cauterize them but that he normally didn't do that on children under 10-12 unless they were under anesthesia. After chatting with Kate for a bit, though, he decided to see if she could tolerate him opening up her nose with his nose-opening tool and doing a dry-run with a q-tip type thingy (I'm feeling quite verklempt on the proper terminology of medical instruments at the moment).
Haircuts were up next after school and then Patty decided to have a little fun with their hair color, much to the girls' delight. Now they can match Mama's hair (theirs is temporary, mine is a bit more permanent and was done last week).
Feeling decidedly uncharitable towards my fellow man I turned the car heater on in the hopes of drying out and turned the car wheels in the direction of our new home. I'm not really sure what I was going to do once I got there since I can't just walk up to the house and invite myself in. But our new neighborhood was just what I needed to slough off the past 3 hours of jostling people and crying preschoolers. All the trees were blooming, there were no cars and no people about since it was nasty weather and when I turned the corner on our street I came upon a family of deer grazing in the yard next door.
Mike, Mack, Len and Kevin--ready to set sail for the day.