DR. SUE-THE INTERNIST
Recently, my daughter has been asking, “Mommy, what was I like when I was a baby? Did I have tiny feet, hands, ” etc. On one such occasion, I proceeded to show her how I used to cradle her when she was a baby. I smiled, kissed her little nose, and then told her she used to be in my tummy. She looked up at me with a concerned look and said, “You wanted to eat me?” Of course, I gave a big laugh and said, “No, baby.” These are the moments that make me smile.
Day 1: The Arrival
We arrived safe and sound in sunny Florida! It was my son’s first flight. He slept almost the whole way. Lucky passengers! !
Day 2: Hole in One
Today we went to play miniature golf. Before I could break out the camera, my two year old son got a hole in one all by himself. Pretty amazing? We might have another Tiger Woods, hopefully without the drama, of course.
Day 3: Wekiwa Springs Trip & Congrats to Zaharah!
Today we visited Wekiwa Natural Springs and had a great time, although my daughter kept referring to it as the dirty pool. Congrats to my niece Zaharah! She graduated from elementary school today. We love you and are so proud of you! We wish we could have been there. Happy Graduation!
Auntie Sue, Uncle George, Lillian and Charlie!
Day 4: Relaxing At The Pool
Today it was scorching. We just hung around the pool with our family and played card games.
Day 5: A Visit to Mickey
We finally made it to Disney World. My daughter was so excited to see Cinderella’s castle. It was priceless to see my children and nephew Ronnie having a great time together.
Day 6: BBQ with the Family & More Pool Time
It sure gets hot in Florida around this time of year. I don’t think we will ever visit Florida in June again. Thank goodness for the pool.
Day 7: Shopping & Spades Tournament
Our time was winding down and soon we would be heading back to Connecticut. So it was time to get all of those last minute souvenirs. Of course, we had to end our vacation with a spades tournament.
Day 8: Back Home
We’re back home and our flight back was as easy as our flight going. The kids slept most of the way. It’s good to be home.
Last week on a late night cleaning spree, I cleaned the toilet with Clorox Cleanup, which is blue in color. The next morning my daughter said, “Mommy, I have a secret to tell you. Something is wrong with my peepee– it’s blue.” I had forgotten to flush after I cleaned the toilet. Just thought this would make you smile. Kids say the cutest things.
Lillian started her first swim class on Monday. She was so excited, laughing and giggling the entire time. She is in a class with two other children, but only one was at the lesson with her this week. Both Lillian and the other student talked the instructor’s ear off. I am SO glad I wasn’t the instructor. She had incredible fun and that made my day!
Easter weekend was a lot of fun. It started off with me getting the Easter basket gear together. After going to church on Easter Sunday, we went to our friend’s house. Lucky for us, they always have a lot of food. I didn’t have to cook or prepare anything—just eat! The kids had a blast. By the time we got in the car, at least our daughter was snoozing, which, for us, is literally half the battle.
‘Twas the night before Easter, when all through the house
not a creature was stirring, except for my spouse.
The baskets were upstairs all empty and bare,
with hopes that, I, the usually Easter Bunny soon would appear.
As I drifted and dozed into a deep sleep,
my husband came downstairs almost without a peep.
With my eyes now halfway opened he circled around,
hoping I would help fill the baskets on the ground.
I looked up quickly out of my sleep,
and said, ” No way, this Easter Bunny is going back to sleep ! “
He then decided, all by himself,
he better fill the baskets or put them back on the shelf.
He sat there most quietly in delight,
filling the baskets in the moon’s light.
When I woke up later,what did I see
two filled baskets and my husband, The Easter Bunny, looking back at me!
Though tired, he went away
but still managed to give two hops.
As he looked back,
I said “thank-you Easter Bunny” and gave him his props!
My little princess did get her new glasses. She looks soooo cute. It’s funny that we named her after my grandmother, who also started using glasses when she was a child. Now she looks even more like her great-granny, whom we call Tanty. It has been hard though. Since she only needs the glasses to keep her eyes aligned and not for vision, she doesn’t want to wear them because she doesn’t notice any difference. There has been much crying on her part and tantrums when she throws them on the floor—luckily they are insured and kiddie proof! Something encouraging though happened when we went to the mall the other day. There was a little girl my daughter’s age who was also wearing glasses. I overheard her mother commenting on my daughter’s glasses. We began to talk and realized that they both had the same issue with their eyes. Like my daughter, this woman’s daughter also had tantrums and had been going through an adjustment period. It was comforting to talk to someone who had the same concerns and fears that I had. If any of you have a similar story and creative ways of dealing with these issues, please share them!
As much as we try to deny it as parents most of us want our kids to be “perfect”. I myself was recently faced with this. About six weeks ago, I noticed that my daughter’s left eye would appear crossed at times when she would gaze to the right. At first, I thought that maybe I was “seeing” things since it wasn’t a regular occurrence but a mother’s instinct…. I asked my husband, but he, in typical fashion indicated he didn’t notice anything wrong. I went ahead and set up an eye doctor appointment for her. The doctor, as well, noticed right away what I had been concerned about. After dilating her eyes and giving her a thorough exam, he gave us the news. Well…Lillian’s vision is perfect but her eye muscles are weak.
He went on to state a whole bunch of other stuff but to be quite frank as a Mom all you tend to hear is the problem. He started to ask, additionally, was she having any headaches, and I went into a tailspin. I started thinking was there something else wrong. I contacted her pediatrician immediately. Note: Just because you are a doctor it doesn’t make it any easier to handle medical problems. Later, the doctor went on to state that to try and correct it, Lillian would need glasses. Furthermore, he explained that though her vision was intact, the lens she would receive, as he prefaced it—would be very thick and would cause her eyes to appear really large. Also, she would need to use them till the age of 12 or 13.
WHAT… all I could picture was my daughter being the new face of an owl! I know it may sound silly to you but I actually cried later. My baby’s big beautiful eyes would be covered up by coke bottle thick lenses. I tried to imagine what she would look like. What would people think when they saw her? My husband tried to encourage me by saying… well she already has big beautiful eyes now they’ll be even bigger. I must say I was ready to choke him —for a brief moment. I got my crying out, then said…I have to get used to it. I told Lillian in about a week you’ll get your new “princess eyes” and so far she is excited. Stay-tuned for when Lillian finally gets them……
Amidst the hustle and bustle of life, sometimes you just need to look up. The other day my husband and I were running around doing errands with the kids. We took turns going into the stores, so that one of us could sit with the kids in the car. Quite frankly, sometimes it just gets too tiring to take a child in and out of a car seat. My husband sat in the car with them and listened to the same video that we have all heard about a million times—you know the drill. The ones that you’ve heard so many times that you find yourself singing the lyrics throughout the day. Anyway, back to my story. When we returned home from a decorative pillow shopping spree, my focus was getting everyone and all of our items into the house. As I took my son out of the car, he just looked up at the sky and started pointing and babbling. I, too, was looking up…..It was a beautiful full moon with fluffy white clouds passing over it. It was incredible and literally looked like a painting. I took a quick picture with my phone. After helping my husband get the kids into the house, I went back outside and took some more shots of the view.
So remember this lesson from a 22 month old: sometimes you just need to stop, look up, and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you every day.