this past week has been so absurdly busy that I felt I needed to document it. if for no other reason so that I can look back on it when I'm old and gray and marvel at how I managed to survive these days on the front lines. this includes, but is not limited to, being peppered with homework questions, battling my way through enormous piles of laundry, performing recon missions of the kids' rooms, and sniffing out hidden "bombs," aka, dirty diapers and rabbit turds hidden in inconspicuous places. not even kidding.
well, are you ready? if so, hang on tight!
it all began on Monday, when, after tending to a feverish, inconsolable 17 month-old all day, a trip to the doctor's office confirmed that Finley had RSV and an infection in his left ear. poor thing! it breaks my heart when the little ones are sick! we're currently treating him with nebs, antibiotics and lots of snuggles. he's slowly but surely getting better, but boy has it made for some long days, and even longer nights. (((yawn)))
on Tuesday morning, Jake woke up with a sore throat and body aches. because he had no other symptoms, I was concerned that it might be strep. so, off we trucked to the clinic for the second day in a row, where I was greeted by the doctor with a cheery, "hey, you're back again!" which I translated to myself as, "hey, thanks for all the money you're making me!" thankfully, the strep test came back negative. as we were leaving, Jake reminded me that he had an orthodontist appointment that afternoon. awesome! because two appointments on the same day are better than one, right?
pshhh, obviously. I mean, really, I have nothing better to do with my time.
after arriving at the orthodontist later that afternoon, an x-ray was taken to check the progress of Jake's teeth. from this, we learned that he has an extra set of upper wisdom teeth which most likely will have to be surgically removed. why, you're kidding! that is just fantastic news! while some families are blessed with good looks, we are fortunate enough to have spare teeth! I feel so special! ugh. enter dollar signs flying out the window.
since three appointments for the week wasn't enough, Wednesday afternoon found me at the dentist with Rowan for appointment number four. out of the ten of us who had our teeth cleaned the previous week, thankfully, he was the only one with a cavity. after kid number eight, I'm ashamed to admit that assisting the little ones with brushing and flossing is one of those things I've let fall to the wayside. or was that after kid number two? eeep! not sure what this means for Finley, except that he better hope and pray he has an entire set of those spare teeth.
note to self: delegate tooth brushing to older siblings. STAT.
after the dentist, it was off to the elementary school for kindergarten registration. I still can't wrap my head around the fact that Rowan will be starting school in the fall. I mean, can you? but there I was, filling out all the necessary paperwork and handing over his birth certificate and vaccination records. afterwards, we toured the kindergarten classrooms, and Rowan's eyes lit up like a Christmas tree when he saw all the toys and books and such. it's the first time he's shown any interest in this whole idea of school, so progress! poor teachers, though. little do they know how much misery, er, fun awaits them! hehe. no, but really. in the past six months, I can honestly say the kid's grown up. something I never thought would happen. guess all those years of praying finally paid off!
as we were heading down the hall to leave, I asked Rowan to turn around so I could take his picture (for blogging purposes, duh.) "but I have to go potty reeeeeeeally bad!" he tells me. insert the crotch-hold/potty-dance picture. it's the only one I got, so it'll have to do.
like I said, he's growing up!
that leads me to today, Thursday, where we finished up 'The Week in Appointments' with a trip to the eye doctor. three eye exams, three sets of contacts, and three pairs of eye-glasses later, well, let's just say we'll be eating macaroni for the next six months. but, hey. on the bright side, at least we'll be able to see the macaroni!
whew. as much as I want to throw in the towel after weeks like these, I know it could be worse. really, we have so much to be thankful for. we have a roof over our heads, shoes on our feet, lots of love to go around, and bowlfuls of macaroni in our future.
also, aspirin. whenever I feel a headache coming on, I pop two tablets and then keep away from children just like the bottle says.