Last night, The Boy was feeling a little under the weather. Nothing serious...he is just a little congested in his head. I really think allergies are still a factor here. He told me he couldn't hear very well. This has been happening over the last few days. I told him to pop his ears, something that we just taught him recently. It has been working. Well, he was on his stomach in his bed. He held his nose and then added the presssure of holding his breath. His nose didn't pop, but a whole bunch of air came out from his other end. He paused for a moment, looked at me and said, "Well, that was unexpected!" Then, he fell into fits of laughter...so did I. That moment, was the highlight of my day.
This is indeed the question of the hour. The Husband has already decided that he will opt out of the H1N1 aka swine flu vaccine. According to our local paper, he does not fit the "at-risk groups" profile. Just in case you don't know what the groups are:
Children and young adults 6 months to 24 years old, especially those with chronic health issues.
People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months old
People 25-64 with chronic health problems
Health care workers
The Husband's profession, doesn't really put him around any of the risk groups either. I on the other hand work daily with gross, germy college students. But, I still don't think I am going to get the vaccine. We are generally a healthy family. Our kids are sick maybe once or twice a year. In my mind, I am trying to figure out the risks of the vaccination (which hasn't been thoroughly tested) versus the risks/chance of getting the flu. Plus, on NPR this morning, they were saying that they estimated having 120 million doses ready by the end of October, but not all the vaccine took, so it looks like there will only by 30 million. By me taking the vaccine, I am taking away one from an asthmatic child who is clearly more at risk than I am. What to do, what to do?
I really love the weekends when there isn't anything going on except quality time at home with the family. This weekend was one of those weekends, nothing but rolling around on the floor with the kiddos tickling, reading books and watching football (maybe too much football).
Fall has finally touched down here. The leaves are changing and the temperature hasn't been above 65 degrees in about a week. There is a crispness in the air...fall is my favorite time of year. It is host to trick or treating, bonfires, hikes, camping and of course Thanksgiving. My goal is to make some great memories this year. The Boy is at the age where he remembers everything, so I am hoping to make the most of it. For The Girl, we will just document, document, document.
The Girl's personality continues to grow. I say this a million times a day, but she is completely different from her brother. She is moody, outspoken, and loud. I love it! She is sassy and wants things her way. The Husband told me yesterday that he thinks I treat her a little different from the boy. I guess I baby her too much. I like to rock her before she goes to sleep. I don't like to let her cry too much...etc., etc. I don't think it is true, but she is my last baby (unless God has other plans) and a little excessive cuddling isn't going to hurt her or me. And, try as I may to rock her to sleep, she only lets me do so until she pushes me away because she is ready to stretch out in her crib. She is already so big, it is only a matter of time before she crawls in her bed without help. Tears...
To another member of the family. The Boy now has "the fever", and I pray to God that this fall/winter isn't going to be a steady progression of rotating illness. The Boy has now been sick since late Friday night. If he follows the same pattern as the girl, his fever should break this afternoon. What are the chances that one of us adults will be out with "the fever" next?
This week has been crazy. I have spent all week except today at home with The Girl...some nasty virus. I thank God everyday for having healthy children most of the time. I did not enjoy seeing her get tested for everything under the sun. I am also thankful that we have a very through pediatricians office. She is back at daycare today and I am missing her snuggles. She was very cuddly all week. She is usually too busy to cuddle much.
In different events, The Boy got in trouble this week at school. As luck would have it, I think he is bored out of his mind. If anyone has an answer to this problem, let me know. We are already supplementing him at home and his teacher is giving him advanced work. And so it continues...
How did he get in trouble you might ask? He told me he made a bad choice to say butt over and over during circle time, sometime touching his butt. He was telling me the story and it took everything I had not to laugh out loud. He also told me that next time he will say buttocks because that is the correct name for your butt. He also apologized to his teacher the next day and was very well behaved. His teacher told me that the "butt incident" was a direct result of peer pressure....yikes...he isn't even in regular school yet. So on top of a discussion about appropriate classroom behavior, we had to have a discussion about peer pressure. Man, parenting is hard.