Monday, October 20, 2014

School Blues

We are well into Month 2 of school and are having some hiccups along the way.  Sammy is having some anxiety about school and no longer wants to go.  She has been crying when I drop her off and telling me not to go.  This has been really hard for her (and me!).  We never had this happen in preschool so I had assumed we were in the clear.  When asked why she doesn't want to be at school, she says, "I just want to be with you, I love you too much, I want it to always be the weekend".

I suspect that part of it has to do with an incident that happened the third week of school.  There was an assembly and the school was split into groups to do an activity.  Sammy ended up in a group without one of her teachers or any familiar faces from her class (she had another teacher from the school and kids from other classes and grades).  Apparently she cried and could not be calmed down by the members of her group (who sounded like they were trying very hard to make her feel better).  When we talked about it later, she said she was very worried that her teacher didn't know where she was, that she didn't know where her classroom was and was scared that I wouldn't know where to pick her up.  So, it was a pretty negative experience for her.  Ever since then, she has been nervous that there would be another assembly.  There was (and will be more), which I prepped her for the day before.  She did stay in her group and said that she smiled but had tears running down her face.  This is just the saddest!!  Now, since last week, the crying has started when we get to her classroom.  She seems fine on the way there, fine waiting in the hallway but when it comes time for me to walk away, it is no longer fine.

So.  Any advice?  Has this happened to you? How we can make this a better transition? I've already promised to stay for the next assembly.  I don't even know if that's what is causing this but it probably didn't help!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Bump Progression

As I was choosing my title, it occurred to me that it sounds like a baby bump. Well, that is not happening. Ever again! Just to be clear! I'm talking about the bump on Presley's had. It has now been 9 days and we have seen many colours. The bump is still there and so is the bruise. Looks like it will be joining us for family pictures this weekend, like it or not.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Poor Presley

Presley has given us our share of scares. She has had stitches, taken a really bad fall down a hill on her bike, has always had more scraped up knees than Sammy and now has another trip to the ER to add to her growing resume. 

The girls were playing at the playground after school on Monday. I watched (and heard) Presley miss a step and hit her head on the equipment. I would guess she fell around 3 feet, landing directly on her forehead. Luckily she didn't lose consciousness but did become sleepy afterwards so I took her in. She's fine and after waking her every couple of hours that night, there's really not much to do but wish the swelling and bruising away before our family pictures next weekend!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sneezy and Wheezy

Sneezy and Wheezy...that is Presley. For as long as I can remember, she has sneezed multiple times a day. Sometimes it can be 12 times in a row. So she obviously has allergies. I'm not sure what since she hasn't been tested but I would guess environmental. She was a bit wheezy earlier in the summer right when Shawn was in the thick of his seasonal allergies. Last week, she caught the cold that seemingly every kid gets when school starts. Except she was also short of breath and very very wheezy. This was alarming because that means she's basically breathing through a straw but also because of all the news reports of the enterovirus. We got her in to see the doctor and thankfully it wasn't the virus but her airways are definitely restricted and now Presley is on 2 kinds of puffers for the next couple of weeks. A twice daily steroid (FloVent) and an as needed ventalin. It seems to be helping however she doesn't seem to be able to take deep breaths so we will be going back to the doctor next week for a follow up. The doctor mentioned keeping an eye on her for asthma since she already has allergies and eczema and those things seem to travel together. I'm crossing my fingers that that's not the case. But, if I look on the bright side, then we could get rid of all the carpet in our house?!
She was so disappointed that she had to miss a day of school that I had to treat her to a frozen lemonade!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dentist Day

We were overdue for cleanings and checkups so off we went this morning.  Which, by the way, I am still getting used to...this whole run errands business in the morning instead of school in the morning.  Anyway, the girls did fabulously.  Presley even had her first cleaning (previously she has gone for chair rides and gotten her teeth counted).  Both girls (and me!) are cavity-free.  The hygienist was SO good with the girls and let them get help, complete with masks and rubber gloves.  They were in charge of the suction and they took their jobs seriously.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

First Camping Trip

We bought a tent earlier this year thinking we would have lots of opportunities to use it. We ended up having such a busy summer that we never got to go. So, we busted it out on Saturday. All the way in our yard! It didn't matter to the girls, though. They were so so excited. We got the laptop set up, popcorn made and watched The Lego Movie (which was really good and funny!) out in the tent. It was such a fun night. Shawn said one of the best things about being a parent is doing crazy fun things like probably wouldn't bother going to all the trouble if you weren't doing it for your kids. I totally agree. It was very chilly by the time we went to sleep. I think it got to around -2 but with body heat and every blanket and sleeping bag in the house, we lasted the night. The girls have declared it "the best night EVER"!! We will definitely have to make a point of camping next summer (to places further than our yard).