Ray Romano once compared life with twins to living in a frat house. As he put it, "no one sleeps, there is a lot of noise and a lot of throwing up." I find this very true with 4 young children, including twins. However, though things are always crazy, we always try to have fun and, most certainly, always love each other.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
This and That- Interesting Kid Updates!!
As usual- things have been busy around here! Enjoy a glimpse into our world:
Ellen and Meghan:
Since they turned 5 last month, it was time for the dreaded 5 year check up. I always look forward to check ups to see their growth and chat with the doctor but I was dreading this one for one reason- shots. My boys left me good cause for anxiety- they both had to be held down to get their shots! I was more nervous with two girls that would have to do this at the same time. It felt bigger than I could handle on my own so I talked Aaron into taking the afternoon off to come along and help.
They did so good! The nurse used something called a "shot blocker" that helps take the sting off- it is a sort of small rubber disk with little rubber points all over it- kind of like a soft rubber brush. She holds it up to their skin and there is a hole in the middle for the shot. The little points all over it make it difficult for the brain to determine where the shot actually goes making it not hurt quite so bad. They got two shots- the DTap and the Polio (they will need to go back for the MMR and Varicella. The doctor suggested we only do 2 at a time but we were going to do them all and get it over with. But, they were short a shot so we decided to wait for the other two. We ended up being thankful- keep reading to see why). Ellie sat right up there and just said a sad "Owwww" with each shot but never even cried. Meghan got right up there and she cried a little, but very mild. I was so proud of them!! I guess I didn't need Aaron after all! And of course, we got ice cream after!
And of course, they are growing like weeds!! Ellen is 57.6 lbs (98%) and 47.6 in tall (99%). Ya- I knew she was tall! Height and weight are very proportionate so she is perfectly healthy! Meghan is 48.8 lbs (89%) and 46 in. tall (96%)- so also very tall and verrry skinny!
The night after their shots, Meghan didn't seem to feel very well which is to be expected so I gave her some Ibuprofen and sent her to bed. She woke up at 2:30am vomiting and continued to do so every half hour all night long. I had gotten a total of 3 hours sleep. She threw up once more during the day and gradually got better and was able to keep food down by dinner time. I assumed it was a standard stomach bug. But then, no one else ever got it. I started to research online about vaccine reactions. The nurse had said that since this was the 5th DTaP dose in their life, the chance of a reaction was bigger. I did learn that, after the 4th or 5th shot, 1 in 50 kids will have vomiting 1-3 days after the DTaP vaccine! So, I am thinking it was a vaccine reaction! Poor thing! But, she is all better now so all is well!
In his 3rd grade class, he has been working on a "wax museum" project for black history month. He had to choose a famous black Ohioan and research them and then dress as them to give a brief presentation (as if they were a wax statue in a museum). Jacob chose to do Jerry Revish who is a news anchor here. He did a great job!
Here is his desk set up! The poster board tells about him and on his desk is an old football trophy that he has disguised as an Emmy award and then also a piece of paper that he might read the news from. There was a paper "button" that visitors could push to hear him give his speech as if he was Jerry Revish.
And here is a closer shot of him in his suit. Jerry Revish always wears a suit coat and tie. The only dilemma was we didn't have a suit coat for Jacob. I was lucky to score this one from the thrift store for $4! And it fits well and is nice so he can wear it to church!
Jacob- In other news.....
Jacob is in the gifted program at school. I received a letter in the mail that he is eligible for a special gifted level 4th grade class for next year. It sounds really great- only 20 kids in a class with all other kids just like him and a teacher specialized in gifted teaching with a special curriculum. The only problem is it is not offered at their current school. Jacob would have to change elementary schools. I am honestly not sure what is best- to put him in the other curriculum at a different school (the nearest one is not far from where he attends now) or to keep him with his siblings- where he could still work part time with a gifted teacher. (The other kids changing schools to be with him is not an option for a few reasons). Ugh. I don't know. There is a meeting about the program coming up which I will attend and also visit one of these classrooms so I can make an educated choice.
After a rough start, Kenny is doing very well in 5th grade. It was a huge adjustment for him with a lot more expected of him. Add that to some troubles with rotten kids and he has had a rough way to go. Over the last few months, things have stabilized. As we all adjusted to what was expected, we settled into a routine and his grades has been good. He has to work for it but he is very smart and does work very hard and does well. All in all, I think this is good- he will be very successful in life knowing how to work hard. His ADHD does create problems for him though that make things extra challenging. Based on his doctor's advice, we did meet with the school and set up a 504 plan to help address some of those challenges. It includes things like extra time on tests when needed and his teachers help to ensure he has his homework in his back pack before going home- and other things as well. I am thankful to have this in place so he can get the extra help he needs to succeed while moving toward independence (hence one day no longer needing the plan).
**Irony- I couldn't help but chuckle a little when we received Kenny's 504 plan copy and the letter about the gifted class for Jacob in the mail ON THE SAME DAY!
Kenny and Ellen-
For anyone still hanging on, I will close with a funny story. Something else about Kenny is he is truly one of the most compassionate, thoughtful and kind kids I know. Back in January he told the girls he was working on some art projects that would be their birthday presents. A few weeks later, he comes home with this yarn woven project that he gave to Meghan and told Ellie that hers was coming but he had to finish it. Ever since then she has been asking everyday if her present is done yet and he kept assuring her it was almost done. I couldn't help but think I hope he really does have a present because she was NOT going to let him forget! Finally, yesterday he came home with a small clay pot he had made. He hadn't been able to paint it so he decorated it with marker, put it in a large box and lovingly wrapped it.
Ellen was so excited and opened it with much anticipation. She took the pot out of the box and held it in her hand and said, "What?! What am I supposed to do with this?!" Wanting to please everyone and spare Kenny's feelings, I said, "Wow, Ellie! Isn't it beautiful! And you can put all kinds of things in there, like some of your money or beads or it can hold whatever you want!" She smiled and was instantly thrilled with it. She found some change to put in there and has been carrying it with her wherever she goes in the house.
I love these guys!! They certainly keep me from getting bored!
I love being a mom to my two boys and twin girls. No matter how crazy it gets, I wouldn't change a thing! I believe that chocolate and peanut butter are two of the worlds most perfect foods! (especially when combined!) I truly believe we could end the war in Iraq simply by having the world leaders sit around the table together with some Reese's cups. You just can't help but feel peace with this kind of perfection there!