Saturday, March 30, 2013

March 30, 2013

Penny food allergy update. I trialed tomatoes and peppers last week. Fail. She had hives on her neck and chest within minutes. I still don't have the nerve to try potatoes. She seems OK if I have a tomato or pepper dish once in a while.

Yesterday we dyed eggs with friends. Penny was all about dying the eggs, and smooshing them. Eggs don't bother me unless I eat a lot of them, and it's especially bad if I eat them straight up, but I can cook and touch them. So I didn't think about Penny having an issue touching eggs. Last night, she had a fever. A very low one. I didn't take her temp. This morning, her eyes were puffed up, her nose was congested, and when I changed her shirt, she had hives all over her torso. Scott says hay fever, and I say eggs. It's almost the same reaction she had to the dtap, just not severe. Eggs are out. I gave her benadryl, and the reaction stopped, which I think further supports the egg reaction. Or it's hay fever, and I'm crazy.

Sometimes I think I am crazy when it comes to my kids' issues with food. So many people don't take me serious.

Next years school books arrived! I love getting new school books. Same stuff as usual. Saxon Math 5/6, First Language Lessons 4, Writing With Ease 4, Spelling Workout, Story of The World 3. I also finally ordered our own copy of Usborne's What's Chemistry All About and What's Physics All About. No more rotating library cards to check the book out. Those books are great, and Abby enjoys them. I ordered a physics workshop box to compliment the Physics book for next year.

Abby and I have been working through a pretty cool chemistry lab kit. (Thanks again Amy and Dad!) Abby is very much into chemistry, and the kit looks professional, and makes Abby feel like a chemist. She's made a litmus solution, blue ink that she turned into red ink, and carbonic acid. Next up we make limewater for some sort of experiment. I made her a lab coat out of an old shirt of Scott's. Abby wants a patch with Dr Takemoto on it, but sadly, I think that is beyond my crafting and sewing skills.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

March 20, 2013

The android I was using to take pictures, has disappeared. I've been using the big DSLR, but that means those photos are for me. It's too much of a hassle to post a photo to instagram after uploading it. I do post a few goodies to Facebook every once in a while. I also loathe bringing that huge camera places. It screams momtographer, and it takes up valuable bag space. Plus, I worry constantly that it's going to get stolen. I nearly cried when my small canon point and shoot hit the sidewalk, and died a month ago. It was a trooper, as was my epic. Rest in peace, cameras.

Abby learned about percentages today. Saxon introduces them during an investigation, so the format is different than a regular lesson. She understood parts, but some of it was confusing her. Abby did test 9 on Tuesday, and rocked it. We're nearly halfway through 5/4, and more than halfway through third grade language arts. It's almost time to start looking at fourth grade books!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

March 16, 2013

Last weekend, Vera had an ear infection that caused a rupture in her ear drum. She had the worst headache all weekend, and couldn't hear out of her ear. The headache, plus a high fever caused her to have tons of nightmares, and Monday she had a hallucination, which in the moment was kinda scary, but now we chuckle about it. Vera was positive there was a cat in the room. She was terrified, shaking, and crying. I told Abby to get dressed, we're going to the doctors right now. I took Vera to leave the girls room, and behind the door was her cat print bath robe. Girl screamed bloody murder. I had to pick her up, and run downstairs. I plopped her on the couch, and ran back up to get Penny, and when I came back down, she had snapped out of it. The doctor gave us antibiotic ear drops, and the next day the fever had broke, and her head wasn't hurting. I'm seriously over this season of illness. This year has been especially horrible. Everyone and their mother is sick. Get better, people!!

So, I haven't blogged about EC in a long time. We went through a phase where we were having miss after miss. Then last week, Penny got it. She's telling me she has to pee/poop. She says in her sweet little voice, "GO PEEPEE!" We've gone several days completely dry. Today, I remembered I went through a similar phase of misses before a major break through with Vera at about the same age Penny is now. I'm almost done with diapers! Eight years of cloth diapering, and my diapers show it. I do want to give a plug for Ecapants. Awesome trainers. Easy to use, and change. My only issue is the rise on them is too small. Penny fits in a medium waist wise, but she's grown up out of them. I feel like they need to be just a bit longer. But otherwise, if I had the budget, I would have a dozen Ecapants and a stash of awesome woolies and call it a day.

Friday, March 8, 2013

March 8, 2013

Abby starts fencing again next week. She's so happy to be taking fencing classes again.

Abby and Vera, for the most part, have always gotten along. They have the usual sibling arguments, but the disagreements don't hang around or mess up whole days. They pass like quick clouds. I thought we were, and still are, lucky. Penny and Vera's relationship is a whole different bag of nuts. Vera likes to play with Abby or by herself. Most days, Vera sees Penny as a little package of mayhem that needs to be sequestered or nursed. Penny just wants everything Vera has. Everything. If Vera doesn't give up her toys, Penny grabs and starts to throw everything she can reach, and thus begins Vera's screeching.

I realize the biggest contributor to their constant head butting, is their lack of time alone together. Abby is always there. The dynamic always goes Abby and Vera, and Penny and mom. When we split up, Abby and Vera go as a pair, whether to a class, or to play with friends.

My goal is to get Vera and Penny to spend more one on one time. I've been trying during Abby's lessons to get Vera and Penny involved in a play game. They do alright until Penny accidentally messes up the toys or knocks something over. Patience.