I almost feel human again.
Its been a long week of being sick. I have the kind of cough that once you start coughing you can't stop and end up sounding like you choking. Its not a good time.
Today I managed to get to the gym. Which at the very least made me feel more emotionally stable. I didn't have a coughing fit until I left the gym so I avoided embarrassment in that department.
The kids all have a "winter break" four day weekend. We didn't plan anything exciting and I am regretting that big time. I always want things to be fun for the kids- and for me too. Keeping everyone happy and entertained is the best way to avoid drama. That's my theory anyhow.
Izzy is practically running with her baby toy she can hold and push. She refuses to take a step though on her own. I know its coming! She still has a runny nose and cough too, poor honey.
Today Angeline and Isaac had TWO birthday parties to go too. They are definitely hitting the big time in the friends department. I am happy for them both.
I belong to a local "barter" group. Its been really fun! I traded a table for some custom handmade baby items for a gift and some handmade pants for Izzy. (She has long legs and tiny waist and its hard to get pants that fit!) I traded Jude's old crib for two massage gift certificates from a LMP. (One for me, one for my hubby- Happy Valentines Day to us!) Once I feel better we are definitely going to "cash" those in! You should consider joining one in your area. Its a great way to get rid of things you don't use or need and to get things you do need/want.
Court for Sophie went well. We were able to have the court order changed just as we requested. Everyone continues to work on the same page as far as what the plan is for Sophie to get better and for our family. I am so thankful that we have a great team of supportive folks. I can't imagine if we didn't! It could be a nightmare. Sophie went to therapy on Tuesday with her Dad all by herself. Its the first time in over a year that they spent anytime without another adult there. Things went well. They had lunch and a good therapy session together. Then Sophie spent the night and we had a special Valentines Day dinner and home made cookies (sugar, double chocolate, and peanut butter/chocolate/pretzel)- all recipes I found on Pinterest! We are continuing to slowly increase visits and overnights as long as things are going well- we are doing all we can to keep things positive!
Wednesday hubby and I had a "daytime date" with Izzy and Jude while the other kids were at school. We went for Pedicures. (I had a pocket of tissues and tried my best to hand sanitize not to spread too many germs.) Then we shared a divine piece of rich chocolate cake in the van while our toes dried. We spent sometime shopping for Jude and Angelina's outfits they will wear in Laurens wedding over the summer. Old Navy was having 30% off baby items and I had several coupons so I saved $70- and only spent $30. I love that!
Friday we had out of town appointments for Jude and Angelina. Jude picked HOT PINK casts this week for his serial casting therapy and Angelina had an eye exam at her specialist in Seattle. Angelina didn't pass her eye exam at school so we were anxiously awaiting this appointment that seemed to take forever to come. Her eye prescription stayed the same. Basically she just won't be able to see 20/20 possibly ever. Because of the strabismus and exotropia even with her surgery and patching it might never be perfect. The doctor reassured us that even though she might not be passing the school eye evaluations she is passing things in her office with flying colors because she is a miracle! We need to continue to look at where she started from and how far she has come. I needed that reminder!