Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I finished my 10-day antibiotic course to fight off strep throat for the second time. And 5 days later I felt my tonsils was a little tender. By the next morning (Sunday) my throat was starting to hurt. We were going to a friend's house for a pool party in the evening and I didn't want to ruin it by feeling miserable. So I went to a CVS Minute Clinic and waited 2 hours to be seen. Sure enough, the swab test turned positive for strep. The nurse gave me Zpack since she said the Augmentine (my PCP gave me Augmentine for the past 2x of strep) was not doing the job. My throat was not hurting at all by that evening and by yesterday my throat didn't look so red anymore. But Zpack is a stronger antibiotic. It is category B, which mean a little amount passes through the breastmilk, but since I am already weaning I decided to go ahead and stop breastfeeding completely.
Having seen the nurse at CVS and am now feeling better, I don't know when to talk to my regular doctor about this 3rd bout of strep. He said we need to talk about going to the ENT if I get this again, and here we are. Right now though I am too busy. This is the last week of school for Big M, the girls birthday is on Saturday, and I know I'm forgetting a lot of important things. ARGH.
Monday, May 30, 2011
The girls will start ballet/tap again in the fall at a new school.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
K and I had a date yesterday for her special one-on-one day with me. I took her to chuckEcheese's which was surprisingly not a madhouse like I thought it was going to be. We went an house after it opened. I got coins and let her play whatever she wanted - and she played everything even the cars where she was too short to reach the pedal. We ate when she wanted and then she wanted to go. This may have been because I mentioned that I wanted to go to the store after. But being a girl, she changed her mind and wanted to play some more. So we did. In one game where we could win tickets, she pressed the button in the middle of me explaining to her what she needed to do. She won the jackpot and got 120 tickets. I let her do what she wanted after that. :) She also got a little stingy and wouldn't give me coins to play the games. "This is the last one, Mommy," she said. The little booger.
Of course when we got home the other 2 were jealous. We had to remind J that the me time would be her and Daddy.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
The Kindergarteners had an end of the year celebration yesterday. The teachers talked about key points they talked about in the year, the kids sang songs, then we were invited to the classrooms for a special gift - a collection of works over the year. It is a great gift because it made it easy to see the difference the year made in the student's writing. Unsuccessfully fighting back emotions, Ms. Shane thanked everyone. The kids are moving on to 1st grade but as far as she was concerned they will always be "her students".
I got a little emotional too. I can't believe a whole year has passed. The teachers were great and provided a great 1st year experience for the kids. What an excellent school, too. Tons of parents showed up. The line to get into the school was so long, the program was delayed to allow the parents to see the entire thing. The school faculty make the school great, but I think parents help contribute to the greatness. Involved parents make great students, and great students demand a higher level of performance from their teachers making the school great as a whole.
What an awesome year for Big M.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
The only thing he is questionable about is the computer mouse. I've seen him use it properly but putting it on the keyboard and moving it around, but one day he brought the mouse out in the backyard. Was he trying to walk the mouse? I just don't know.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Next week is the girls' last ballet/tap class and they are preparing a mini performance. They are performing to a song from the movie Tangled, which have they have seen many many times and have actually memorized the song. So as they practice, they are both mouthing the words. J turned to K and mouthed something to her. I don't know what it is but I'm pretty sure it's about the song.
(K is wearing all black, J is wearing black top with pink/blue skirt.)
Friday, May 20, 2011
We had a guest who used this booster seat, and we just have not put it away. Up until now he is still in his high-chair. He is eating Graham crackers and I was just making him do odd but cute things. I had just taught him how to raise his arms so it's fun to make him do it. He also loves calling Dada. A few months ago he would always call for Mama and now he likes to call for his Dada.
His hair is getting so long. We do need to cut it pretty soon or put a girl clip. As much as the girls would find that cute and funny, we probably shouldn't wait until we HAVE to do that.
Soccer ended mid-April and it so happens that the behavior problem at school started at that time. He was used to soccer almost 4x a week when the season started and Drama, too. When the soccer season ended, we decided to go ahead and stop the mini soccer academy. The mini soccer academy is pure 2 hours of energy-draining activity. Now that it's over, Big M doesn't have anything to drain him. He still has Drama (though it is ending this Saturday with a big production) but that hardly taps into his never-ending energy reserves.
Daddy went to Big M's last parent-teacher conference earlier this week and of course there was a mention of Big M's behavior. The Kindergarten teachers are amazed that they they have hardly mentioned Big M's name until several weeks ago. His teacher mentioned that he was always, always remorseful when he gets in trouble. And at home when I ask him about it, he is indeed remorseful. He is actually starting to think that he can't do anything without it ending in disaster (his own words).
Last week Big M explained that he just gets too excited, which makes him talk loudly. I explained to him that he must control himself even though he is excited. He said he tries, he really does. Then today I asked him if he got in any trouble again and he said he did "but only a little". A friend of his was making a gun in one of their activities and he was very interested in it and started chatting with this friend. The teacher caught them and reprimanded them both. They know that they are not to make any gun play at school. Big M told me that he didn't make the gun, but "it ended up in a disaster" anyway. I told him that next time that happens, he should just turn the other way and ignore the classmate who is not following the rules. "But Mommy, they're my friends. I can't stop talking to them!" he explains.
A friend whose son was in soccer with Big M is thinking of enrolling their child in either Martial Arts or swimming this summer. I think it may do us all good if Big M also gets into something similar. And the sooner the better.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
MATTHEW: Mommy, I try to have a good day but I get too excited!
ME: You will have to listen to your teacher even if you are excited.
MATTHEW: I know what you can do. You buy me a new toy and then you don't have to give it to me for a while.
K: Mommy, can we have a cat? I love cats.
ME: No. Cats pee on the carpet.
K: What about a dog?
ME: No, dogs pee and poo on the carpet.
K: Awww. But I love dogs. Minnie's (Mouse) cat doesn't pee on the carpet.
ME: Minnie has a cartoon cat.
K: I can take them to the toilet.
Daddy: No, you can't have my car.
Daddy: Yes, you can.
J: Can I drive?
Daddy: Yes. Sure. You can drive.
K: Yay! I want to sit by Jordan.
Mommy: You guys can't drive. The police will get us.
K: I'm not drive. I sit beside Jordan. Jordan drives.
J wanted to see one on her cotton bud, but not on her. When butterflies kept landing on her head, and anywhere on her, the experience got old really quick. I don't have a picture of K because she was done after 10 minutes.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
This was our first visitor to our house other than family. We had fun, though I bet our new friends were not prepared for the noise in our house. Whew! This new friend is just like us, Filipino Mommmy, Caucasian Daddy. They have 2 boys who is the same age as my 2 boys. We had a lot of fun. The girls were fascinated by the little boy.
Monday, May 16, 2011
K is in the foreground. Notice Little M on the grass busy with the chalk.
Tired from the day's activities.
Friday, May 13, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
But the funniest part of the day is this bit on the swing. He was sliding on the swing, but his pants was staying put. Oh the dilemma.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Little M road on the Big Red Car, which was originally his big brother's. It was exciting to watch his awe when he moved the car himself and then he did it on purpose. He loved it! His sisters were inside with Daddy so I was able to spend this little time with him.
Monday, May 9, 2011
As the kids get older, Mother's day gets better. The girls made a tile photo frame at school. They wouldn't let me open them at first, saying they're theirs. Big M made a flower craft with a note that says "I love you because you always pick me up (from school)." And then there is this letter. It's not the message itself, but the message behind the message that gets to me. I love that he likes the laughter we have at home. I love the fact that the silliness is what he remembers and not the yelling that I seem to be doing a lot lately.
Mother's Day is a day for others to show their appreciation for the one that brought them to this world. But to me, Mother's Day is also a day to look inward and reflect on whether I am doing a good job. With Big M's letter, it's nice to know that my short comings seem to be over-shadowed by my good days.
Being a mother is a tough job. It's nice to know I'm doing some things right.
We went to an asian festival this weekend (minus Daddy and Little M, because Daddy was sick) with some friends. These little kiddos don't know much about what is to be Filipino so we thought it would be great to take them there. We saw some traditional Filipino dances (as well as other cultural dances) and martial arts demonstrations. J and K called the martial artists Power Rangers. They are heavily into Power Rangers Samurai at the moment.
Big M wanted to buy some traditional chinese Kung Fu shirt, but it was too expensive. It was hot, and the festival is more for adults so they all got bored and wanted to play in the playground. I bought them a tapioca drink which they did not like at all. J drank the fruity drink but she made the weirdest face when she sucked in a tapioca ball and then asked if she could spit it out. Big M didn't mind it, though.
Spring soccer is over weeks ago, but somehow I failed to post a picture about it. There is no score keeping on the U6 division but we know our team didn't win any game. But when we did score, we were the happiest parents on the field. Big M, as I've mentioned before, has established a reputation of being a great defensive player. He is actually a great offensive player, but I guess the coach has figured we weren't going to win so why not just prevent the other teams from scoring so many goals!
Here he is with his new friend who just happen to be half Filipino as well.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
After finalizing the details for his sisters' birthday party, Little M caught up with Daddy to do lunch. He was quick to point out when Daddy was not fast enough with the food. He also loved pulling Daddy close to him by pulling on his sleeves. There were a couple of ladies he exchanged pleasantries with but he was really too busy eating to have a meaningful conversation.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
And here he is when he finally climbed up the wrong end of the slide with the help of his sisters. We ate when we were done and Little M used his first straw. He is such a big boy!