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Week 23
~ Sick

I'm sick. I just want to whine and complain right now. This is like my 4th cold this pregnancy and I am tired of being sick. Daniel is a germy kid and I usually get sick from him or Hannah but this time I am the only one in the family who is sick. I'm not sure if that's good or bad. I guess on one hand it's good that I don't have to take care of anyone else and I can focus on getting better. But I have no idea where I picked this cold up from and it's probably only a matter of time before the rest of the family gets sick too.

Hannah was off of school on Monday. It was a teacher inservice day so we spent the morning hanging out at home. In the afternoon Hannah went to a Birthday Tea Party. This was only the second time she has been to a party without me so she felt very grown up going on her own. Daniel was pretty upset though. He hated being left out. I'd love to say we did something fun to make up for not being at the party but we didn't. Daniel fell asleep in the car on the way to the party and slept the whole time Hannah was gone. He finally woke up about five minutes before we had to leave to pick Hannah up.

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Daniel also had his follow up appointment with the ENT on Monday. He still has fluid in his ears. He's also become very sensitive to sounds lately too. Any time there is a sound that is kind of loud or unusual he puts his hands over his ears and shouts, "too loud." The ENT said he's not comfortable putting tubes in Daniel's ears right now because he doesn't have a long history of ear problems yet. He's only had three ear infections, all in the last nine months, and he's never had a history of fluid in his ears. I brought up Daniel's new sensitivity to sounds and speech issues and the doctor sees my concern but he still wants to wait another month before making any decisions.

We have another ENT follow-up appointment next month. I've decided that if the doctor doesn't do tubes or have some sort of suggestions for dealing with Daniel's speech issues, I'm going to call the school system and see what I can do to get him a speech evaluation. I've waited a long time, hoping things would get better on their own. I'm not going to wait any more. Daniel is supposed to start preschool in September and I just don't see how that's possible with his speech issues right now.

The rest of the week was pretty mundane . . . preschool, ballet, parenting class. On Wednesday evening I went to book club with the Women's Group at church. We meet monthly and do book discussion on a preselected book that we're suppose to have read. Sean stays home with the kids while I'm at my book club. We do a quick dinner together as a family and then while I'm gone Sean hangs out with the kids and then puts them to bed. It's a nice time for me to get out and I love the fact that the kids have some one-on-one time with Sean.

On Saturday our church's family group did an outing to a local gymnastics club. There were about 40 kids there in all. The kids' instructors divided them into two groups, under 5 and over 5. The little kids were taken into a toddler room with balance beams, a foam pit, trampolines and all sorts of ramps and mats. They did a follow the leader game for a while and then had some time for free play. After that they moved into the main gym and played with the parachute. Then the kids got back together as one big group and had a pizza party before we went home. Hannah and Daniel had a great time and Hannah has been begging to do a gymnastics class ever since. We'll see. We're pretty busy already and I don't know how things will be once the new baby comes. But I did promise the kids we could go back for open gym/play time soon.

I have an OB appointment next week. I'm looking forward to going back in to the doctor and seeing how the little babe is doing. It seems that most days a barely notice the baby. I wonder if s/he will be so easy to care for once s/he's born. Probably not.

Have a great week!
Stacie

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