Sunday, August 28, 2011

running through my head

I haven't done a stream of consciousness post in a while!  I think it's time.

An update on Gracie's eye: I called the doctor again on Wednesday and said, "the bottom line is I want to be seen.'" And we got an appointment.  The doctor's opinion didn't change.  We have to let the chalazion run it's course and it's best to let it resolve itself.  He did think it may have been infected, so he prescribed oral antibiotics and I was thrilled we could discontinue putting the cream in her eye.  He said that surgery was really only for convenience sake and most parents choose it because they are tired of looking at the chalazion.  And it's general anesthesia, which comes with it's own risks.

On Thursday, the skin was even more chapped and scab looking.  When I put a warm compress on it, the skin softened enough for puss to start oozing out.  Sorry if that's gross.  It is, but it's also rad.  It's amazing that her body basically pushed the infection out and the skin opened completely on it's own.  It has continued to ooze when the scab softens and is about half the size it was a few days ago.

Lily is having at least one accident a day.  I'm pulling my hair out.  She doesn't seem to care.  It's not that she waits too long or is upset about it.  She rarely even tells me.  I discover her accidents and she's just hanging out in her wet clothes.  We are trying to keep her naked on the bottom around the house.  And she still will pee in her highchair or booster.

I don't know what to do.  I've tried not making it a big deal.  I've tried making her take her own wet cloths off.  I've tried rewards.  Being naked.  We're looking at sending the girls to a few days of preschool, but she can't go if she's having daily accidents.  When I first potty-trained her, she was doing SO well and was dry every nap and almost every night too.  But after her long fever and hospitalization she had major regression and we just haven't recovered from it.

However, I am thrilled that it's been over 4 weeks since Lily's last fever.  It's been over a year since she's gone that long fever-free.  I am believing and claiming that she has been healed.

Miss Rose starts 2nd grade in just over a week.  She seems to have matured and grown up so much this summer alone.  I'm scared for next year.  I feel like she is coming into her own more, having opinions and tastes.  I'm not sure how this will play out in school and how she will be influenced.  I'm praying a lot.  She has such a strong personality.  I want to see her use her strengths for good and to make the right choices in life.

I am a thrifting wanna-be.  I LOVE pinterest.  I'm not a very creative person by nature.  In fact my junior year of college, when I was responsible to decorate an entire floor, my best friends laughed and wished me luck, because that stuff does not come natural to me.  But blogs and pinterest inspire me and I am slowly gathering ideas for our home.  My sister and I spent an hour at a church rummage sale and one garage sale.  I scored a buffet type dresser for just $20!  I've been wanting one for the living room.  This one is perfect with lots of little drawers and cupboards with shelves.  I need to paint it and rearrange the living room.  I'll keep you posted on my progress.  I also got 3 mini-muffin tins (lets be honest, I'll probably make cupcakes) for $1!  I've wanted some of those for a few years now.

How often do you change the sheets on your bed?  Your kids beds?  Do you give your kids allowance?  What kind of chores do your children do?  What are your favorite dinners?  We are in a huge dinner rut. Some in the family are picky.  Tine is short and money is always tight.  This makes for very repetitive, boring dinners.  How do you make a kid like fruits and vegetables?  Gracie will only eat bananas, apples and raisins.  I make her eat a few bites of other fruits, but she gags and chews each bite for a minimum of five minutes.

That friends, is what's running through my head.

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