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Claire's Journal -- Month 52
|July 10||Mom woke up at 5am, and couldn't get back to sleep. Claire was snoozing just fine, but mom had a lot of things on her mind. By 6:30am mom was exhausted, but finally fell asleep, only to get up at 7am and suddenly find herself in a rush to get the kids ready and out the door. Dad worked on Big sis, who is usually the biggest cost in time in the mornings, but she was pretty fired up as she had a field trip today... lucky for dad.|
slept through the night and when mom checked in on her this
morning, she was completely turned around. Where her feet were,
now was where her head was... she had some kind of dreams.
had a nice morning, up for church and slept through the second
half of mass, then during social time in the hall afterwards.
She was awake much of the day.
Mom left for work this morning before Claire woke up. Dad is home with the kids today as none of them have camp or school this week. Mom made up a big tub of rice cereal, soy milk, yogurt, applesauce, duocal and a little vegie oil. She's hoping that will help dad out during to day so he won't have to think about what to throw in the food today. Tonight mom will whip up a batch of mashed potatoes and get Claire back on her super hi-carb diet again.
the family heads back home from Grandparents. It is typically
a long drive, but the motivation to pack up and get on the
road eludes mom and dad, so they didn't get out of town until
about 6pm. It was so nice relaxing all morning, big sis got
in one last swim in the pool, etc.
What a fun day. Mom sat around with her family and played poker while the kids were still visiting dad's family with dad. Claire got a bath and sat with mom for a while until she fell asleep. Mom layed her down and, of course, she woke up and fought going back to sleep, but sleep won out as she lay in the 'bean bag' in front of the tv watching everyone. Later in the day, mom made big sis a birthday cookie for the celebration of the birthday later. Dad came home with the sibs in time for a swim and lunch. After playing in the pool, Claire got a new diaper and clothes change and back to snoozin' in the bag chair again. The kids continued to play in the pool until the hot dogs were ready and everyone sat down for a meal, then cookie, then presents. Then off to Claire's uncle's home to watch fireworks. He has a rooftop by the beach and it overlooks several cities' firework shows. The night was cool and so were Claire's little toes. It was like a cool pre-fall evening, and that was probably because there was rain off to the south, but none found at the near-beach house.
Dad took the sibs down to South Florida to visit his family and mom stayed at Claire's grandparents with Claire. Mom and her mom and sister took Claire shopping. Later, mom and Claire had a nice time in the pool, under the umbrella that Gpa put over the steps, so mom could sit with Claire on her lap. Claire really enjoyed the pool, it was relatively warm and she especially enjoyed kicking the water.
Mom's adorably sweet sister, with the help of Grandma, watched the kids while mom and dad went over to Port Canaveral for the night. They got a nice room overlooking the Cocoa Beach Pier, enjoyed dinner at one of the restaurants on the pier and walked around. It was Sunday, so no bands or crazy parties, just a very relaxed atmosphere. They bought drinks and sat on the balcony for a bit before retiring for the evening. A very fun anniversary - their 18th.
After work, mom and dad loaded up the kids and were off to the Grandparents for the weekend and onto July 4 for festivities. Claire was big on putting her fingers in her mouth much of the time, and mom forgot her arm thingies, so mom had to hold her hands much of the ride.
Claire missed PT today as her therapist was out of the office. When she misses private therapy, it really magifies how bad it is that she doesn't get any PT at her school over the summer... wait... she does get it once a month, and that is a result of mom ranting... to me this is all so very insane, the public school is suppose to provide PT, Claire needs it at least 3 times a week, and when she misses her private PT, she doesn't get any PT for 2 weeks. Mom works with her in the meanwhile, but mom isnt' a professional, and Claire needs more PT than mom can provide anyway. Mom has been noticing Claire keeping her legs bent and tho mom has been working on that, it would be nice if Claire had more of that throughout the day while at daycare.
still having her late night parties in her bed. The feet are
kicking and the happy sounds. Last night mom went in and checked
on Claire before mom went to bed and the grins were just enormous.
Mom couldn't resist a little tummy tickle and kiss on the head
before leaving the 'fun' baby... hoping without the excitement
of mom, that Claire would get to sleep... and hoping without
the excitement of Claire, that mom would get some sleep.
had a really nice day at home with mom.
was up early but didn't make a peep, so mom got ready for work
and went to get her out of her bed and she was just hanging
out. Mom reached for her and Claire let out a big streeeeetch.
She does that every morning and mom gives her a moment to stretch
out the arms and legs... it is cute to watch.
relatively fun day for Claire as she was off to school and
her teacher from school was now at summer school! It was comforting
for mom and Claire to have her there, she just knows Claire
well, as do the other teachers, but the more who know her,
Father's day festivities got off to a nice start. Dad got to sleep in until about 9pm, and the children, including Claire as her older brother got her from her bed, paraded in with gifts, including one very fancy bird feeder. Sort of a cage of metal... squirrel proof. Afterwards, it was mass and then home. Everyone took naps. Dad watched golf on tv as he'd been doing much of the weekend. Mom teased Claire's big brother that there was a tie and it would be extended until Monday, oh the look on his face. He appeared to have seen enough golf for quite a while. It's always more fun to play than watch anyway.
Claire was up early and sounded hungry, so mom got up with her, fed her and put her back to bed. and mom went back to bed. Claire was up a bit later with the family, but fell asleep in her chaire, so dad put her back to bed, then she was awake in the afternoon and mom fed her. Claire was acting tired again, so mom put her to bed, but she wasn't sleepy, so she hung out with mom in the afternoon while mom cleaned the house.
Orthoped dr called today and said that Claire can do whatever she was doing before the broken collar bone (hopefully not whatever she did that broke it of course). Just wants us to watch her and if she is uncomfortable, then of course, stop whatever it is, but for the most part, she should be in good shape.
had a nice morning. Mom was busy with work stuff, so Claire
didn't get the attention she deserved, but she was fine with
that as she is typically fine with anything. She ate a lot
and slept alot. In mom's book, anytime you can do a lot of
those two things, it is a banner day! Claire's appetite has
certainly picked up lately and just after feeding her, her
hand goes right back in her mouth as if it is time to eat.
So mom tops her off. Guessing the little peanut needs more
food in her bowl at mealtime. Typically, it is filled up and
when she eats it all, the meal is considered over... maybe
she just needs an added snack, or some duocal added to her
meal to fill her up a little more.
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