Sunday, March 30, 2014
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Harvey didn't love it. But he didn't seem to hate it either. He meowed a few times and Josie thought he was crying. She was very concerned and gave him lots of kisses afterwards. (I think she is going to be a good big sister.)
Harvey spent the entire rest of the day under the covers in our bed. He is nice and soft and fluffy now though.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Yes this is a smile (before her checkups). We got some pretty exciting news today. As you may remember Josie hasn't been very cooperative at the eye doctors lately and we haven't been able to get an accurate read on her visual acuity probably in 9 months. The previous read was 20/180. We have maintained that her functional skills are no different when she sees the patch and had also recently been much more compliant with keeping her patch on for the required hours per day. They never said so, but "yeah sure" was the vibe I was getting with my reporting. Today however was a totally different story. Josie attended to the test both patched and unpatched and her vision was the same! And it was MUCH better. 20/60! (For those of you thinking that 20/20 is normal and why is the good eye measuring at 20/60- that's not a concern. Kids have until age 5 to develop the 20/20 acuity. I think ella's was either 20/30 or 20/40 at her 4 year physical.) So we are thrilled that her vision is continuing to develop so well. So then we had to do the whole pupil dilating bit and I swear the drops made her seem like she was on speed! So she wouldn't let the doctor get the tool that measures eye pressure even close to her face so again we just got feedback by palpation. We also discussed the alignment of her eye which still is a little turned in and up. He is recommending surgery in the next year or so to correct that. We will discuss that more in the fall. Obviously I'm not thrilled with the prospect of surgery but she is a lot older now and this will give her a better chance at continuing to develop her vision in that eye. Overall a great visit!
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Kate and I made the kids shirts to wear to the St Patrick's Day Parade. (the parade was in Scituite. It was fun but too cold to take pictures. Shane loved the huge trucks and loud noises. Josie hated the loud noises, but liked the drum and fife bands. Ella loved the candy and all the new bff's she made chasing down the candy.) So back to the pictures. We obviously needed a picture of the children wearing the shirts or else really what was the point in making them. So we figured the best way to get them to stay together and sit still was to give them a snack. Well, turns out snack eating doesn't really make for the most flattering photos. Good thing they are all cute, even when they are stuffing their faces.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Saturday, March 15, 2014
The girls both love the cupcake hat. To be clear, it is technically Josie's, a gift from Uncle Ryan for Christmas when she was 6 months old. It actually fits me, but they both love it and fight over who gets to wear it.
Here, Josie is taking her turn.
Friday, March 14, 2014
We went to the Maple Syrup Festival last weekend at the South Shore Natural Science Center. They did a demonstration of the old fashioned way that they tapped the trees, everyone got to take 3 cranks on the drill.
They also had lots of arts and crafts inside. Ella did some leaf stamping.
Josie wasn't super into the coloring. Though in her defense she did tell us as we were trying to leave the house. "I'm kinda tired." We probably should have listened to her.
They both enjoyed maple lollipops.
These are the leaf watercolors that they each made.
Not bad for an hours worth of activities :)
Monday, March 10, 2014
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Let me begin by saying that Nate and I both tried to dissuade her from cutting her dolls hair. We carefully explained that it would not grow back. Ever. And she assured us that she understood this, that "there's just to much in the back" and she's "not cutting a lot, just a trim."
To my knowledge, I've never had an ambidextrous hair stylist, but I think it might be useful.
She talked to the doll the whole time she was cutting her hair.
And yes, she did sweep up the mess herself.