Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires...courage.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday Family Fun...and other stuff

Autumn had her two-week check-up today...a bit early. She now weighs 7 lbs. 10 oz. She isn't gaining fast but is at least gaining. I think our struggle with breast feeding probably had something to do with the lack. Her length is 20 1/2 inches. She received her Hep B shot....and the doctor says most babies have no reaction to it so hopefully that's the case with her...so far, so good. We will go back November 11 for her 1-month check-up and a second round of shots. I fully expect her to be past her birth weight by then, especially since she's on formula now.

We also had to take Autumn to the hospital to have her hearing re-tested this morning. While in the hospital she did not pass the test....most likely due to extra fluid in her ears because of the c-section (babies born via c-section don't get the opportunity to have the mucus squeezed out as those born vaginally do). We were only there for about 20 minutes and she passed with flying colors. We already knew she could hear, but now it's 'official' and the doctors are happy to have their certificate documenting it. The woman who performed the test was very nice...it was a different lady from the one who did it while we were in the hospital(who was friendly as well). We chatted about her kid's school, and how she hates it. She's looking into putting him into a private school but they are very expensive....when she found out that we home school she said "Maybe I could send him to your school! How much would you charge?" ;) We talked some more until we were done, I wished her good luck in her decision, and told her she could call me if she wanted to talk more about home schooling. She said she'd write my number down and thanked me. I can't imagine that anything will come of it, but it was nice to be able to encourage someone who's struggling that there are other options available to her. Sometimes people don't realize that or think "I could never do that!" I was one of those people not too many years ago, and now we're in our fifth year of home schooling. Anything is possible.

We stopped at the grocery store on the way home to pick up a few things and of course came out with way more than I had intended. It's all stuff we needed, it just wasn't on my list. Both of the babies were great at the appointments and in the store, so I'm thankful for that. The other kids stayed home, did their chores, and watched a movie, so they wouldn't have to be dragged back and forth to doctor appointments and suffer from boredom.

Now, we're all relaxing a bit...except for Karl who had to get right back to work, of course...while both babies nap. Tonight is Family Fun Night and we'll be having pizza, semi-homemade (using packaged sauce, packaged pizza dough, and packaged toppings), and playing board games.

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