Sunday, April 29, 2018
Holiday week 2
She just has to do one activity each day this week and she will be done. So her leader has offered to email her each day with just one task. It was great motivation for Ruth and not only did she get her task done today, but she sorted her shelf and guiding things too.
RIGHT: Ruth often enjoys "throwing" Anastasia up. Although she doesn't really leave her hands.
Ruth also likes giving Anastasia sitting practice - working on strengthening her "core". She gets her to look all around and Anastasia's job is to not fall over. :-)
Ruth's sorting mood continued and she offered to sort the messy bottom draw for a small fee. I was happy to pay it as it was such a mess and she did a good job of getting it usable again.
She was not terribly impressed.
Thankfully the trip went really well and although we were very early, we didn't have long to wait as we could get her in just after we arrived. It was great that Hannah had gone to the library this morning and reported on her last two books. So she had her Pizza voucher and we could pick up a pizza for her while we were in town. She was pleased when the injection started wearing off and she could eat a bit. It took a while for the lip to get back to normal though (so a half paralyzed smile for this photo). She was so kind and shared her pizza with the family (only having two slices herself). She even asked when Rachel would be back as she wondered if she could keep a piece for her. How very kind.
So I've got enough but it's perhaps not quite fatty enough to get her going longer through the night. So I've also started making myself some chocolate shakes (with loaded protein, a bit of fat and extra things like brewers yeast which is supposed to be really good for milk production) in the hopes to try and get my milk quality up. I've been putting a load of effort into my diet over the last week, but it doesn't seem to be enough.
Thursday 26th: Ruth's new phone arrived today. She had been using my old phone but her service provided "upgraded" and now the phone won't work in our area. So she has been looking on-line for an iPhone and is very excited about it's arrival. She will be paying it off over the next 6 months (or sooner if she gets extra jobs done and earns the money more quickly).
RIGHT: Ruth's first selfie on her iPhone.
And she took this one of Anastasia giving me big kisses. Just like Hezekiah did at this age.
Unfortunately Anastasia has had two really bad nights, waking at 11pm crying, and again not long after midnight. I'm not sure if the porridge upset her stomach, or if it's just teething that is worrying her. So for now I have stopped with the solids and am just focusing on getting my milk quality up. She is enjoying chewing on the teething rings that Nana sent her. :-)
I had suggested they pick up eggs and visit the tea rooms after the doctors appointment and Hezekiah decided to invite Hannah to join them. So the three of them enjoyed an ice cream treat.
Friday 27th: Asher had a seizure at 6pm and then she got off her bed at about 7. Just as Brendon got to the room, she fell with another seizure. At first I thought it may have been because she spat out half her lunch time meds. But after the 2nd one, I was not so convinced. (Note: By Saturday we realized the reason - she was getting sick. She had a really runny nose through the weekend but thankfully no fever and no more seizures). And that's only 5 seizures this month. Which is excellent.
This week I started reading Swiss Family Robinson to the children. I've never read one of the classics to the younger ones. And it's something Rachel and I enjoyed so much of when she was younger. So it was good to get them started. It will take a while for them to learn to understand it all - but they are slowly getting into it.
Ruth suggested they draw pictures about the story. She even has a little book she has started with a picture for each chapter.
Hezekiah wasn't finished his dinner, so he was off to the side (otherwise the messed rice would get lost in the blue rug).
Saturday 28th: Anastasia just loves doing this. I call her "sit ups". She lifts her legs as well as her head. Such a strong little stomach.
Unfortunately she has a really nasty cough. It's gotten worse today. So with that and Asher's very runny nose, I thought it best that we not go to church tomorrow.
Anastasia really enjoyed her guitar playing and held tightly onto the guitar when she brought it close. She must have really enjoyed the vibrations on her tummy.
And so, the holidays come to an end.