Monday, April 26, 2010


Imogene ran a fever Wednesday to Friday of last week. When I called the pediatrician's office Wednesday, the nurse determined it was from her shots at her 15 month appointment. By Friday afternoon it was at 103.7, which just seemed too high. The nurse I talked to that day agreed, and asked us to bring her in on Saturday morning. This really would just have been par for the course in our life, but Bill and I were supposed to be getting in the car for a weekend away. Several months ago, Bill and I decided that we would spend this weekend in New York after his ABA conference. Well then we decided New York was just too much work, so we changed to Charlottesville. This past weekend was Foxfields (the horse races) in C'ville, making traveling there not so much fun. So we thought about St. Michael's in Maryland. All hotels booked because of their food and wine weekend. (Wish we'd planned for there first - doesn't that sound awesome!?!) So we finally decided to go stay in Leesburg at a nice resort. Leesburg is 40 minutes from here, so it wasn't exactly getting away, but it was all the getting away we needed! A friend of mine said that staying in a hotel in the neighborhood next to our's would have been getting away enough for her! So anyway, we postponed our trip until we could see the doctor Saturday morning. In the end it all worked out fine. Imogene's fever was likely due to shots she'd received the week prior. We made it out to Leesburg by late morning, and Lily and Imogene had an absolute blast with Naney and Aunt Susan. Aunt Susan took Lily to a nail salon to have her hands and feet painted hot pink! She is so proud of them. Begged not to have a bath in case the paint washed off. Susan also took Lily to Target, and when given the choice between Dentist Barbie and Strawberry Shortcake Poolside Toy, Lily gave Susan those big blues eyes and said "I think it would be best if I had both." Putty in her hands, Susan agreed. Imogene took a good nap Saturday, but didn't sleep that much Saturday night-so sorry Susan and Mom, but thanks so much for caring for the girls! Bill and I drove around the Leesburg area, made a stop to a nice winery, and hit the outlets for a little while. We hung out around the hotel, and had a nice dinner at their restaurant. We even watched a whole movie, "Up in the Air, which I really enjoyed." Amazing. It was nice to just be us for a little while. We definitely missed the girls, but it had been over 2 years where we were just the two of us for even 24 hours with nothing to do. Yes, 2 years. On the way home we were talking about how the 24 hours was just enough time and how we missed the girls and were excited to be home with them. I have to admit that I was wishing for more time away during dinner last night! They were both so cranky and Imogene wouldn't eat anything and Lily was just a disaster. Calgon, take us back to Leesburg!
I have to say that Lily was just too cute yesterday when we got home. She was asking us questions about our trip. "Tell me about your trip Mom, what did you do in the car? Did you just talk to Daddy?" "come and see my beautiful Strawberry Shortcake. And guess what? She can make our whole house smeel like strawberries with her beautEEFUL hair." Tonight at dinner she said "Tell me more about what you and Daddy said in the car. We want to hear the news too. Was it good news or bad news?" WHERE does she come up with this stuff? She was painting on this little watercolor book we brought her (think coloring book, but it comes with watercolors). Bill asked if he could help or something and she said "No Daddy, I think that's too much responsibility for you." Unbelievable. Imogene was crying Saturday morning and Lily came downstairs and said, "What's going on down here? What's going on with Imogene? Do you need me to help?" We brought her some gum and the coloring book and some candy and she said so politely, "Thank you so much Mommy and Daddy for this present. I just love candy and gum." Naney reports that when Imogene got upset while we were gone, Lily would go over and try to help her. I can just hear it, "It's okay sweetie. I'm here, Lily's here."
Dr. Baldrate saw that we were in the office over the weekend, so she called today to check on us. Love her! The last time I talked to her, we were still thinking we might have to do the surgery Wednesday. So she was checking on that too. When I told her that we weren't schedule to see her until July 8 (for her 18 month check-up and her pre-op) she said that she'd rather not wait that long to check Imogene's weight. So we'll go back May 24 for a "re-check." Silly me thought I'd get away with no appointments until July! So we'll go to the ENT for Lily on Monday, May 3, then Imogene back to Dr. Baldrate May 24. Right now we don't have any appointments scheduled in June (except therapy) - but with Lily's ears I imagine that won't be the case for long!

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