Tuesday, June 11, 2013

summertime!

This is going to be a tough summer as Ray will be out of town six days a week (Mondays through Saturdays) for about two months or so.

So this past weekend, we had what will probably be our last Saturday all together for a while.

So we made the most of it, playing outside and enjoying the sunshine.



Saturday marked Lola's first time in a bounce house, you know those inflatable air things? Well, this was a tunnel, complete with a little climbing wall and slide, put in place at our local waterfront in tandem with a fishing contest, and Lola for the first time ever actually went inside! OK, I had to go with her twice before she had the guts to go alone, but, hey, I'll take it!


Having conquered the tunnel, she was game to go - on her own! - in a bounce house maze. She loved it. She did it about ten times and even helped a younger girl, maybe 2?, who was a wee bit afraid to go inside on her own. Lola the helper!




The afternoon was spent in our own backyard, as Ray had to mow and the kids had to burn off some energy.


I was on a mission to find a toy that would get the two girls playing together outside and keep Millie from wanting to climb up and down the porch steps (above the concrete driveway) repeatedly. 

Anyhow, I broke out the water table toy for the first time of the season and the girls loved it.


 Mustang loved it too.  * smile *




Lola planting her flowers in her garden playhouse. It's a rite of spring for us. She plants her flowers, I plant mine (in more traditional pots).


It was a super fun day. Good times.


***

On another topic, I've run into a new problem with Miss Millie, who has entered a very opinionated and independent phase.

She is refusing to take her medication.

Since we believe that medication is keeping her from seizing, that's not good.

After a few days of fighting with her, basically forcing her to take them, I finally realized the problem: Lola doesn't take them.

Millie is now insisting that she do everything the same as her big sister. Eat the same foods. Play with the same toys. Go to the same places (you should see Millie throw a fit when it's only her that the therapists want to bring back to the playroom at the hospital and not Lola too...).

The other night I tried an experiment. Wanting to avoid a battle with Millie, I asked Lola to take a few syringe-fulls of plain ol' water. She agreed, thinking it was kind of fun and different.

After two squirts for Lola, Millie began whining, whimpering and reaching for the syringe and signing for "mine."

Yep, she took her medications with a big ol' smile that night.

And the next morning, and the next evening...

Small victories, people, small victories...

Now if only I could figure out how to get Lola to actually go to sleep at bedtime instead of playing quietly in her bedroom until 11 p.m. Really, she's so quiet you'd think she is sleeping but then you find freshly colored pictures scattered throughout her bedroom floor the next morning...

- Bethany :)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Love these stories! Makes my whole day! Love you.