Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Careful, Do You Want to Lose an Eye?

Monday was Nanny April's birthday and Penny helped April open her gift. "Helping" included poking April in the eye with the corner of a birthday card. Tuesday morning April (who has NEVER taken a sick day) called to say she had to go to the doctors. Diagnosis: Torn cornea. She has to go back to the doctor's on Thursday and is on pain meds, taped eye and can't drive.

So that leaves the Esqs scrambling a little. I stayed home yesterday missing a department meeting but work was otherwise slow so it was okay. Grammy offered to help but she has a million errands/appointments and is recovering from major surgery (did I mention my mom donated a KIDNEY to a friend a few weeks ago?) so she was only able to come for a couple of hours.

Today through Friday the kids are in my back-up daycare which means 45 mins of traffic (or more) each way, preparing bottles, packing bags, having to lug all there stuff (forgot Penny's medicine), pick them up for lunch since daycare doesn't provide more than snacks, and leaving work promptly at 5:30 pm. I don't know how everyone else does this every day! We are spoiled by having a nanny.

We also had to do a bit of research on our worker's compensation insurance. For now we'll cover co-pays (maybe take it out of Penny's 529 plan?) and give her paid sick time off. If it goes beyond 5 days though we have to notify the state. Penny will be giving April a "sorry" card - with the corners cut off.

I'm also trying to take Saturday through Tuesday off, since Husband and I are going away for TWO NIGHTS! WOOT! And yes, I had to specify on my availability that I wasn't available on Saturday or Sunday - weekends are NOT sacred in my profession. I was going to take the whole week but as is always true if I don't have plane tickets I end up working.

Finally, kid update: I took them for their 15 month checkup yesterday. By myself! First time I've done anything with both of them alone out of the house in a long time. Ned weighs in at 22 lbs, 6 oz (25%), 31 inches (25%) tall and 18 inch head (25%). It always makes me laugh when people think he's "so big" - he is ... compared to Penny. She is 17 lbs, 5 oz, 29 inches tall and 17.25 inch head; no percentages of course. We delayed the MMR and varicella vaccines on my personal theory that if they are recommended for kids that are a minimum of 12 months old shouldn't said child weigh as much as a 12 month old? Penny weighs about the average of a 6-7 month old.

Some guilt tripping on not brushing their teeth every night (we hit about 60%) and starting to use utensils. Ned is behind on language/comprehension skills so we are going to keep an eye on it for 3 more months and then call EI if he hasn't made some good progress.

Pictures to come soon, I promise!


Susan said...

Wow, you sound very busy. I had to comment that your mom is a hero. Especially since I have lost a kidney and am praying my one and only keeps going. But when I hear things like this that hit close to home - yah for your mom and I hope she is doing well.

Anonymous said...

just want to say thank you for sharing these updates- and for being so honest- it really helps other parents!

LauraC said...

There is this sweet girl Amelia at school, super petite and so sugary nice all the time. She stuffed mulch in a girl's ear until her ear drum broke. We ALWAYS crack jokes about Amelia now. Penny sounds just as dangerous!

The lugging stuff for two babies is one thing I do not miss about having babies in day care!

Your mom is awesome.

Lisa said...

I'm trying to figure out what I'm more impressed by: Your mom OR a nanny that never takes a sick day. We haven't been quite that lucky.

How did the pedi evaluate Ned's language comprehension? Or how did you asses he's behind?

T. said...

Wow! I knew your mom had surgery but didn't want to pry and ask what was going on. Hope she is feeling better, what an amazing thing she did!!

Gretchen said...

My, my, my - quite a lot going on! Your mom is amazing and hope she's doing well. And I hope Nanny April recovers quickly!

Donna said...

My ped had us hold off on some of the shots as well - though I am not sure it was because DS2 is so small. Hope your nanny recovers soon!