Some very significant things happened last week while Dave was on the other side of the planet (China):
1. Lucy officially moved into her "big-girl bed." We've been scared to death to make this move because, well, it's Lucy for crying out loud and she's not an easy night-time child. But I'm happy to report that she has been PERFECT with this transition. She doesn't get out unless it's really time to get up and she's so proud of herself (and so are we).
2. Claire had her second VCUG test (to help get to the bottom of her recurring UTIs) at the hospital and it was confirmed that yes, indeed, her reflux has become significantly worse. (This is a test I had to cry and beg for in the doctor's office after the nurse informed me very curtly that she was probably just constipated and that she would grow out of it if I would just be patient...I thought I WAS patient for those almost-two-years of having her on daily antibiotics and watching her deal with UTIs in conjunction with bad cold sores).
Following the test the doctor reported that this is something she will not grow out of and we'll have to do a little procedure at the hospital to fix it next month.
These pictures are what Claire deemed most important to capture with her little camera in the waiting room:Although this test was for some reason more traumatic than when we did it a year and a half ago, somehow being able to pick out a whiz-bang prize from the prize closet made it all worth it (and having this super nice nurse helped out too):Still, I'm not sure she's gonna like this procedure coming up, prize closet or not.
But while of course I'd never choose for her to go through that, I must say "Hallelujah" that maybe it will mean she doesn't have to deal with this issue any more, poor girl.
3. I busted out the good old sewing machine and sewed some curtains for our family room. Yes, you read that right. I sewed. (I haven't pulled out the sewing machine since this day.) I must say I'm pretty proud of myself. Let's make a pact right here and now though, that if you ever come to our house you won't examine them too closely.
4. I reluctantly and lovingly packed up half of my Nikon stuff and sent it off to its new owners. Man I am sentimental, but I really did love that stuff. I am, however, really falling in love with my Canon. More pictures to come.
In other less significant happenings:
--Max and I sneezed probably close to 1,000 times combined (we have the worst allergies known to man) and I restrained from scratching my eyeballs out even though I really wanted to since they are SO itchy from the darn allergies.
--I finally got my new lens for my camera so I don't have to keep borrowing (I got the 50mm 1.4).
--After deliberating and searching high and low for the perfect fabric for honestly at least six months, I finally bit the bullet and ordered my chair for my living room. I know, dumb and shallow, but seriously, hallelujah again.
--Max started serious football practice. Seriously, I can't believe he's doing tackle football. More on that later...
--Someone besides me switched out a roll of toilet paper after it ran out.
--The girls and I switched all their stuff and cleaned out their closets in conjunction with the room switch (Lucy took over Grace's old spot sharing a room with Claire and Grace gets her old one).
--We missed Dave. And we're so happy to have him home.