Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
So tonight, I'm a little tired. Jupiter isn't tired, since she got to have a nice nap this afternoon. I ended up skipping exercise in favor of a nap today, because I suspect it will be close to nine pm before she goes to sleep tonight. And besides, its going to snow overnight, so I get to wake up early to shovel. I intend to dose her with tylenol before she goes to sleep tonight, just on the off chance she'll sleep all night.
I don't know what's up with the medecine refusal. I know better than to try liquid medicine, and after the liquid flagyl fiasco, I understand her reasoning on that. But she's taken tylenol in the past, so I don't know why the last couple weeks she's outright refused to take it. I even asked her if it was more important for her to get her own way, or to feel better. I have about every kind of children's pain reliever known to mom's in the cupboard, and she doesn't like any of them. Her doctor suggested buckwheat honey for cough if she didn't like liquid medicine. But she doesn't like honey either.
Yesterday she used her tball bat to hit balls that I pitched to her. She got some good hits, but does not want me to sign her up for tball in the spring. She even let me coach her a little, when I suggested that she use her eyes to look at where she wanted the ball to go. Otherwise she just closes her eyes, swings her whole body around, and the ball either goes into the snowbank or right at my head, depending on the trajectory. It didn't last long, since it was about 28 degrees and I can't pitch wearing mittens. But it was a fun few minutes.
Spring update in Maine: I smelled skunks yesterday and this morning on the way to work!! You know it's been a long winter when the first smell of skunk is exciting.
Goodbye for now from germ central...
Sunday, February 15, 2009
It may be I identified a little with this episode. I saw a lot of Jupiter in this particular Monk. At the end of course, Monk was able to see it wasn't Natalie's fault that he got shot. (and then, it being a TV show, Natalie herself did accidentially shoot Monk in the other leg). And I'm sure at some point today, Jupiter is going to figure out today is the day we were supposed to go to the Children's Museum to see the preview for The Magic Flute, and the fact that we did not go will be my fault. (Still coughing and runny nosed and the snot had blood in it for awhile this morning. So no, we're not going to the Children's Museum.). And on Friday I said she couldn't go to school so she missed her Valentine's Day party. Yes, my fault too. It's tough being 5 sometimes.
Yesterday, Jupiter said something nice to me. We were painting, and I am not, in any sense of the word, an artist. And I said something to the effect of not liking my painting, and she said "It's beautiful."
Whoa. I wondered if she was just being polite...but then again, tact and politeness are not high on her list of priorities. If she thinks your painting is ugly...she'll let you know. So maybe she really meant it.
Today she's been playing the keyboard with her toes....very talented!!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Wednesday morning, she had a cough. She went to school anyway, and while she was there her teachers decided she had chicken pox. She does NOT have chicken pox. If she did, she would be scratching herself to death. Wednesday afternoon, she had a fever. Wednesday night, she called me to lay down with her and she was shaking under the blankets.
Thursday, we stayed home. She did NOT want her oatmeal. She did eat some ice cream. We watched a few hours of Lassie with Ranger Corey ON DEMAND. I used to love ON DEMAND. Then Jupiter figured out what ON DEMAND means. She KNOWS we can watch Lassie any time she wants, because it's ON DEMAND. We saw Ranger Corey and Lassie save a stray dog, a stray baby bear, and a stray human hermit. We saw the stray human hermit episode twice. We went outside for a half an hour for fresh air. We watched the Goofy Movie. She fell asleep during Wow Wow Wubsy. She didn't want supper, but wanted more ice cream. She didn't want her blue raspberry slushie Mimi brought her.
She will ALWAYS drink a slushie. So Friday morning, her temp was still up and she still wasn't eating, so I called the doctor and made an appointment. Just because it was Friday, and the option of waiting another day wasn't there. Two hours later, her temperature went down and she started eating. I should have known. We went to see the doctor anyway, just for kicks. Jupiter has a viral crud and an inflamed tonsil and a little fluid in one ear. Nothing which required antibiotics..YAY. Trying to give Jupiter oral antibiotics is always such a treat..I try to avoid it.
Today her nose continues to run non stop. She does NOT want me to put any vaseline under her nose where it's sore. And the cough which didn't appear one second while we were in the exam room is well apparent today...of course.
I'm dreaming of a good hot day so I can open all the windows and air out the house....but I'll settle for the day I can go look in the garden and see the signs of a real live chive poking out of the ground. February is half gone.....
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
She is going to make up a "singing ballet." At the moment, the singing ballet is called "The Magic Eagle." She has talked nonstop about it for 45 minutes. She's assigned various parts to members of her nursery school class. I told her that's called the cast. She's described the plot to me. So far it seems to contain elements of Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, (she told me who Cinderella's evil ancestors were, but I think she means stepsisters...)Swan Lake, the Firebird, Nutcracker, and Magic Flute. We haven't seen Magic Flute, but we've been talking about going to see BLO do a preview of it. She's brainstorming costumes.
And it's going to be on a real stage. With lights. And curtains. And real seats where people can sit. She will have stage fright, but she'll have her friends with her so it's okay. And we have to make fliers so on the big day people can come watch. And when its the big day, she can wear makeup.
I told her I would help her write it all down, if she wanted to write it down. If only I were half as creative as she is!!! I can't wait to see the big show!!!
Monday, February 9, 2009
Jupiter didn't say much...she did hand out some Valentines but didn't really talk to anybody. We weren't there long, so she didn't have much chance to get used to the environment. After we had visited all the rooms, we went to the dining room and delivered Valentines to the rest of the residents while they were getting ready to have lunch.
Which is when I had the flashback to the baby home. I saw a plate with pureed meat and mashed potatoes and I was right back in the baby home, getting ready to feed Jupiter her pureed meat and mashed potatoes and broth. And I looked around at the environment of the nursing home some more, and the similarities jumped out at me. A few residents had visitors, but Jupiter asked me later, after we got home, why the people in "that place" (she couldn't remember what it was called) had dolls and stuffed animals. And I told her that most of those people don't get to see their families very often, and the dolls and stuffed animals help them feel less lonely. The explanation made sense to her, but I remembered again how lonely my baby must have been in the baby home.
Father Tim asked the kids, before we left, if anybody would be interested in coming to visit the nursing home again, and Jupiter's hand was the first one in the air. All the other questions I had to hold her hand up to answer, but not that one. If she were to come out of her shell, I can only imagine what a ray of light she would be to them...she really does love older people.
Later on Sunday, we were looking at a picture hanging on my living room wall of my Great Nana. Nana died in 2001, but I have a picture of her holding a baby on the day she received the Boston Post Cane, so we talked about Nana, and how she loved holding babies, and got into an interesting conversation somewhere along the lines of:
"Where is your Nana?"
She went to heaven and her body is buried in the ground.
In Peru. (Maine. )
"Can we go see her?"
If you want too. We can leave flowers there. Maybe some chrysthanthemums.
"I think roses are better. How is she in the ground?"
When someone dies and doesn't need their body anymore, we put the body in a special box and bury it in the ground.
"What kind of box?"
"A special very heavy box."
"I don't know. I think it helps keep the bones from coming out of the ground."
"Because when the gound gets really cold, and then gets warm again, over a long time, lots and lots of years, things like rocks and bones can come back out of the ground."
"Can we dig up the bones, because I would like to touch them."
"No. They have to stay in the ground."
"Because it's disrespectful to the bones to dig them up."
"Why does it bother the bones?"
I had a good day today. I sended lots of letters to Troy. He's the guy from high School Musical. He's cool.
I went to school. I painted a heart picture. A heart made of tinfoil. I played with Amelia and Isabelle, or IzzIzz.
I had chicken noodle soup for lunch. I had a nap today. I only had a quiet time. (not true. She slept.) I had pizza for supper. Kind of. Then I had plain peanut butter.
She's done now :)
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Jupiter decided she would rather be stylish to go to the game, and was wearing a skirt and fancy tights and a shirt. It should have dawned on me that Troy was likely to be at the game. For the first hour or so, she made me sit with my hands clamped over her ears while she got used to buzzers and whistles and squeaky shoes. I was almost ready to leave when they started getting ready for the varsity game.
The varsity game had a BAND. The varsity game has CHEERLEADERS. Jupiter made friends with a couple of kids that had come to the game and forgot to be worried about whether her ears were covered. At which point she determined the game was the best fun ever and didn't want to leave. She cheered for the cheerleaders the whole time.
My favorite part of the game happened when the girl Jupiter made friends with covered her ears (either because of the noise or because Jupiter was covering hers..not sure which) and Jupiter reached over and gently rubbed her shoulder to make her feel better. I was SO proud of her!!!!