Friday, September 21, 2012

The shots no one heard

 I wanted to get some pictures of Brady today, he is really growing. I got in the floor to get him playing with this funny looking cow, but he was excited to have me in the floor and sit on me.
It's been another full week trying to sandwich cleaning out the house in with preparing for a yard sale. I can't wait to be done with the yard sale and just have daily life to manage and maintain again. With Brady around it's 2 steps forward 5 steps back, he's into my piles and stinging things off and into four different rooms, continuously. It will be worth it to cut down on unnecessary clutter and hopefully get rid of extra messes.
I baited the kids to stay out of my way, while I worked, with a movie. I restrained Brady in his highchair and filled his tray with chocolate chips, guess what? He still wanted down and into everything and could care less about a movie. Oh for that kind of energy!
Bethany and Jenna had 8 and 4 year well visits yesterday. The 4 year old well visit is the WORST. 3 shots. Bethany's was so bad, you can read about it here. I was so upset by Bethany's 4 year well visit I MADE Joe take Joseph to his 4 year well visit. It was my turn again, so I have been DREADING this appointment since the beginning of the year and even put it off for months because I didn't think I could handle it in May, being postpartum.  I had to be prayed up and emotionally strong for this.
I didn't tell Jenna about the shots and possibly the hardest thing about the waiting for this appointment has been her excitement to go to her well visit. She has been begging me to go and asking when it was going to be her turn. We all love our pediatrician and Jenna loves getting to rummage through her sticker drawer.
At the appointment Bethany was in the 25% for height at 48 inches and 50-75% for weight at 62 lbs. She has been asking to get out of her booster seat and I had told her it was up to her doctor. Our doctor told her not yet, she didn't feel safe letting her out of it, I didn't think that she would but wanted Bethany to hear it from her. We also discussed possibly getting Bethany's ear repaired. Her left eardrum ruptured several times from infections and has a hole in it that they say will not close up on it's own. It causes her alot of pain if she gets water in it, she also can't hear well out of it, although she passes the hearing test great. Last year, the ENT encouraged us to wait to have the surgery but it's really a nuisance waiting. It's a hard decision to make.
Jenna was also in the 25% for height at 39 and half inches. She is in the 25% for weight at 34 lbs. She is such a tiny thing, Brady weighs only 2 lbs less than her.
After the doctor left the room, we were waiting and I had to tell Jenna she was getting a shot. She and Bethany both had gotten their blood checked by getting their finger pricked and as always Jenna bravely didn't make a peep and volunteered to go first. She smiled when I said she was getting a shot and thought I was teasing. When she realized I wasn't teasing she said, "Mommy, I don't want a shot." I told her I didn't blame her but she had to get it and it would be really fast. Then she asked me, "Is it only 1?" I hesitated and told her it was 3. She said she was going to hold her breath while she got them.
 She was putting up a brave front but I figured it would end when the nurse came in. Nope, I had to sign for the vaccinations and then as I laid her on the table and the nurse alcohol wiped her legs she giggled and told her she was going to hold her breath. I told her to squeeze my hands as hard as she wanted, she laid there not even struggling or flinching. Again, I figured she would go crazy once the first shot went in, nope she didn't move or make a sound. I told her there was another one and still the same response, I started thinking maybe she hadn't gotten them yet. The third one, the nurse said burned. As she gave it to her Jenna's eyes got real big and she shook her head a little, but didn't make a peep. AMAZING! As soon as it was over she said, "That didn't even hurt!!" I am so proud of her, I know it hurt but she wanted to be brave and she was beyond brave. I told her she wasn't scared of anything and she said, "I'm scared of lions and snakes, they are creepy!!"
 I brought this Baby Alive I had picked up at a yard sale as a special reward for her after her appointment. She has absolutely loved this doll and played and played with her. Today I made her a Moby wrap out of jersey. Jenna's legs are very sore, I remember Bethany and Joseph being sore too.
Brady is a tough little squirt too. Last week he was outside on our deck and started screaming, we realized he had gotten stung by a wasp on his leg. I immediately gave him Benadryll and then we saw his hand swelling. I guess he grabbed it with his hand when it stung his leg. :( His hand swelled really badly. We later realized we had a huge wasp nest in a deck box. Joe got stung while we were looking for it. Joe's dad was over and destroyed the nest but they returned again, so tonight we got rid of the deck box. Hopefully, no more wasp, especially since the weather is turning cool. LOVE this weather!
 We are staying diligent with school. Bethany is learning her multiplication tables, she and Joseph both have made great gains since the beginning of school. I never thought I would enjoy homeschooling them this much but God has been so good to give me joy and help me be patient with them.
I took the three oldest to an awesome fieldtrip to a local radio station this week and we went to library for the first time since summer. It was super strange to only have the three and all of them able to get in and out of the van on their own. They all stood where they were supposed to, no one had to be carried or fed or changed or shushed or chased or dragged or strapped in or distracted or.... They listened and asked questions when asked, they were awesome. I could so get used to that, it's not in my near future, but it was nice to know it will happen some day!  This afternoon Brady and Anne were napping and the house was unusually quiet. The three older kids were all reading and looking at library books. I was thinking, "Why haven't we been to the library since summer?!"
Life is a blur, so much going on every. single. day. There is stress and worry, there is never enough time or energy or money.
But there is so much beauty to be found, 10,000 reasons and 10,000 more to give thanks for this life we are living.
Psalm 103  
Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;
18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
19 The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
20 Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
21 Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
22 Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.


mummyof6monsters said...

I have missed your blog! your kids are adorable, your photos are amazing and you are so right. Life is hard but oh-so good x

Miranda said...

Mummy to 6! Where have you been!!! I have missed you, hope you and all your crew are doing well down under! Great to hear from you, I'll be stopping by your place soon!