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Week 30
~ Rest in Peace

My aunt passed away on Monday night. Her family was by her side, including my mom. My mom said that in spite of the pain and suffering, her passing was peaceful. There will not be a funeral. The family is planning a celebration of her life some time in the spring. I wish I could do something for my mom. I haven't seen her since Thanksgiving and I wish there was something I could do to comfort and support her. My aunt and her family live about 45 minutes east of my house and my mom lives about 3 hours north of them. I wanted to be with my mom while she was visiting my aunt but she just wanted to be with her sister and family. I think I am going to try to go to my mom's some time in the next few weeks. Soon I'll be approaching the "do not travel" time but I think I can find a weekend before then to make the time to go visit.

The rest of the week was . . . I don't know. It kind of passed in a fog, gymnastics for Daniel, preschool and ballet for Hannah. Sean has been working a lot of hours but he did what he could to support me this week and promised to be here for me and the kids if I wanted to go out of town to visit my family.

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On Friday I had a follow-up appointment with my dermatologist. I got the stitches out of my knee. The stitches broke and came apart in my knee and the nurse had to dig for the rest of the sutures, OUCH! But my hands are doing great. The doctor said she thinks this cream is the right treatment for them so we're going to stick with it for now. I have a check-up scheduled for next year and I shouldn't need to go back until then unless I am having problems again.

On Saturday we went to a Birthday party for our friend's daughter (the pregnant friend from book club). Her daughter is turning two in a couple of weeks but they had the party early because their second child is due April 1st. The kids had a great time at the party. It was a farm themed party and Hannah loves all things farm, especially horses.

One of the things that came up at the Birthday party was fitting all the kids in my car once the new baby is here. I drive a mini-van so I know I will have enough seats for everyone, and my car seats 8, but I am not sure how to configure everything so everyone is in the optimal seat. My car's third row is a bench seat. The middle row has three seats but they are all individual seats so any or all of them can come out to make a variety of seating configurations. Right now I have the middle seat out of my middle row so both Hannah and Daniel's seats can stay where they are without having to move or take anything out for someone to sit in the back row.

I have been giving it a lot of thought and I think I am going to put both Hannah and Daniel in the back row and the baby in the middle seat in the middle row and take out one of the seats on the end of the middle row. I don't think Hannah and Daniel will allow being separated in the car right now. They love to sing and play and hold hands when we drive and they rarely fight. So I think I'll keep them together for now, unless I have trouble reaching into the back seat to get Daniel buckled into his car seat. Of course, this also means that Hannah will have to learn how to buckle herself into her booster seat. Right now, she's not able to buckle herself in, and I have to do it for her. And since she will be in Kindergarten next year and she has to get into the car and her seat on her own when I drive up to get her we'd better start working on buckling soon. Thank goodness I have all summer to try out different seating arrangements and figure out what works. If anyone has any good suggestions though, I'm all ears.

Have a great week!
Stacie

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