– The past two months has been insane, starting with Anthony developing a bronchial infection that lasted two weeks. Then I got it. Then Anthony got gastroenteritis. Then Isobel caught it. Then I developed a bladder infection. Then I took medicine for the bladder infection that resulted in a severe allergic reaction. I’ve been in non-stop crisis mode and just scraping by on a day-t0-day basis. It’s overwhelming but now that my reaction is starting to calm down we’re trying to catch up with our goals so we can make progress. But we’ve really been through the ringer on the health front and I know we’ve been doing the best we can. Still, trying to let go of that guilt can be hard.
– Isobel started Kindergarten Monday. I keep thinking how grateful I am that I got to stay home with her for four of her five years. One of my best decisions, hands down. I am not one of those women who believe it’s automatically best to stay at home with the kids. Studies have shown that that’s just not the case. The thing that makes a difference is quality of care, and that can be given in the home or at a daycare. There are pros and cons to both. I’m just so grateful I got to stay with her because that’s what I truly wanted, and that’s where I thought my fragile health and skill set could be put to best use. It all seems to have gone by so fast, now that we are here, at the brink of her elementary school years. I would feel so cheated if I hadn’t spent the last four years devoted to her. Now it’s Elias’ turn.
– She adjusted to her new environment right away. I sat in her Kindergarten room with her and the other kids an parents and listened to her teacher give a short presentation on the reading program used in the classroom. Without missing a beat Isobel raised her hand and said, “Excuse me, but I can only read picture books at this age.”
– One of the books I’ve been reading to Isobel lately is a book about twin raccoon brothers called Double Trouble. The first time I read it to her she stopped me somewhere in the middle and said, “I am not Double Trouble. I am just one Trouble.” I was like “Damn skippy, little girl!”
– I was on so many different medications for my allergic reaction, and three of them were steroids. The thing about steroids is that they are also used to treat Crohn’s disease, so I had a surge of well being from the chemical boost. It was amazing. My energy felt back to where it was ten years ago, before I developed this disease. Anthony noticed right away. Steroids have a dark side with some dangerous side effects and it isn’t normally prescribed for prolonged use. It was damn nice while that lasted.
– One of the things I learned about while reading child development books is that young children need everything spelled out for them, particularly the dicier issues, such as the subject of race. It’s not enough to just model good behavior, you have to explicitly spell out your beliefs or sadly, someone else will for you. I have brought it up from time to time, but since school is starting and Furgeson is on my mind so much, I broached the subject again. I grabbed photos of different family members and pointed out physical differences: hair color, eye color, skin color. I explained that we look different but are all the same on the inside. “Yes,” Isobel immediately agreed, “Because on the inside all of us are red.”
– Isobel is obsessed with playing Christmas. She found a roll of errant Christmas wrapping paper under my bed and has been wrapping up her toys and making cards to go with them. We went to an estate sale last week and she picked out a bunch of stockings and some fake holly as her special present, so now we have Christmas decorations in our living room. We’re starting earlier than the department stores this year.
Follow Friday: May Flowers. This one is extra special this time.
Snapshot 08.13.14. The craziness of the past week.
Breaking News: Hives Realness. A little too real.
Follow Friday: Vintage Glassware. Fantastic week for this.
Scrapbook: Silly Side Curl. Oh my glob.
Scrapbook: This Isn’t A Birth Story. I mean, it kind of is.
Little Big Collections: Paper Art. A few of my favorite things.
Do you really need a new book? A handy guide.
Puddles Pity Party covers Royals. I find clowns abhorrent, and I loved this so much I bought it.
Just a bunch of rock stars playing slugs. I was having a bad night when Ellen sent this my way, and it helped immeasurably.
Snapshot 8.29.12. Welcome to my special Oprah!
Little Big Kitchen: Thrifty Ice Cream Treats. Can’t go wrong with ice cream.
Scrapbook: Grandpa’s Pirate Ship. Our Grandpa is pretty rad. Treasure map included.
Scrapbook: Home Life. Ten photos of home.