Saturday, May 29, 2010

moo! MOO, I SAY!

Trixie's nebulizer.

We hope the extremely cute, kawaii-inspired cow will compensate for her innate skittishness.

And that is one seriously adorable piece of medical equipment, no? D'awww!

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His name is "The Doctor"

Tabitha, you gotta watch this.

His name is "The Doctor"

Friday, May 28, 2010


Gilbert and Faith



Hi, Bede!

He says hi.

Miss Teafoot

Trixie shares her chocolate with Gilbert


I'm going to bake 144 cookies today, I think. It will please the children VERY MUCH. It will not please my attempts to shave 2-3 inches off my waistular area. Can't have everything!

Perhaps I will post pictures of the cookies. Oatmeal chocolate chip, yall. NOM.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Bede hard at work solving the European financial crisis


(Got a new camera.)

Worth a thousand words

No, no, this isn't going to be my long-awaited picture post. Instead, it's about picture books! On Twitter, Melissa Wiley mentioned the favorites at her house right now, and I started to reply with ours but quickly hit the 140 limit.

Gloria's favorite is unquestionably "the big book!", the HarperCollins Treasury of Picture Book Classics. According to Amazon, I purchased it a year and a half ago and I don't think a day has gone by since that it hasn't been read from. It is a great book, and a steal compared to purchasing the titles individually. Unlike many compendiums of kids' books these are not abridged in word or illustration, nor are the illustrations reduced in size. The paper is heavy and holds up to repeated (and repeated!) readings, although I have had to tape the binding and use a bit of glue to hold the covers to the front papers. It consists of:

Goodnight Moon
Caps for Sale
Harold and the Purple Crayon
A Baby Sister for Frances
Leo the Late Bloomer
William's Doll
If You Give A Mouse a Cookie
George Shrinks
Baby Says
From Head to Toe
Pete's a Pizza

(The only one I could honestly do without is the very outdated William's Doll. It introduced the idea that it was weird for boys to have dolls to my children which is what the story was trying to prevent. Heavy-handed writing is heavy-handed.)

Trixie is VERY into the whole If You Give A... series. Her favorite is If You Give a Pig a Party, but really any of them will do. Have you ever noticed the kids in those books look dismayed pretty quickly as they deal with the capricous whims of their charges? Heh heh. Welcome to my world, buddy.

Gilbert likes the Pigeon series, especially Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Gilbert has the melodramatic nature of many five-year olds, and he simultaneously feels for the pigeon, who just wants to drive the bus, fer cryin' out loud, and yet loves beyond reason the power of telling him NO. Great, great book.

Bede is all about Seuss and Eastman right now. His decoding skills are mad but his ability to follow a plot is significantly delayed, so he really likes books like The Cat in the Hat and similar. A favorite of his is The BIG Blue Book of Beginner Books, which has six stories in it:

Put Me in the Zoo
A Fly Went By
Are You My Mother?
Go, Dog. Go!
The Best Nest
It's Not Easy Being a Bunny

Again, a steal to get them all for one price. Bede likes to read them all, out loud, to me and Gloria. My favorite is Go, Dog. Go! but I am also fond of A Fly Went By.

So, yeah, busted that 140 character limit pretty hard, huh?

HarperCollins Treasury of Picture Book Classics

If You Give a Pig a Party

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Big Blue Book of Beginner Books

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

doctor doctor gimme the news

We found a doctor and she's great! She was respectful, kind, and competent. We will be returning. She is fine with our weird selective vaccination plans.

Trixie does indeed have asthma, as I feared. She was prescribed Singulair, which blocks leukotrienes. I am almost certain the Federation fought the leukotrienes along the edge of the Neutral Zone, so I'm really glad they won't be in Trixie's lungs any longer.

(Also daily fluticasone propionate (Flonase) and albuterol as needed.)

Gloria's bizarre rash is healing and merited no treatment. The doctor said to bring her in if it comes back though.

And last but not least both girls were immunized today against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and polio.

I hope this brings the Saga of Medical Discontent to an end.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

dominoes, posting policy, camera

The children have been playing with a set of dominoes all afternoon. They aren't playing dominoes proper, they're setting them up and knocking them down. I don't have the nerves for that as a pastime, especially with six kids all gamboling about.

I read a article about divided attention and how the Internet is rotting our brains. In honor of that, well, in honor of trying to stop brain rot, I'm going to stop making in-text links as a general rule.

I hope to get a new camera next week, which will stop the pictureless posting.

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Cardinal Double 12 Color Dot Mexican Train Dominoes in Tin

Monday, May 10, 2010

is there a doctor in the house

There's not, you know. Today I called ten doctors and none of them could take us, either because they flat-out don't take Medicaid or because they aren't accepting new Medicaid patients. The latter is what really bothers me. The office staff was all pleased to talk to me (and said they were admitting new patients) and then they heard "Medicaid" and BOOM down came the Gates of Discrimination.

The only places we can get in are Resident-O-Matic clinics, where we never see the same doctor twice, the staff is rude and the wait times are thirty to forty-five minutes in the waiting room and as much again in the examining room. If you do luck out and get a doctor you like, she's gone in a year because she's done with her residency.

It really makes me mad.

I haven't checked recently, but a few years ago over half the children born ithat year n Oklahoma were SoonerCare clients. There's a huge disconnect here, do you see it?

I had an idea for health care. What if all children under 18 got free health care, regardless of income? Just like all children get free education through 12th grade. And just like all adults over 65 get free health care, regardless of income.

Huh? Equalize the playing field a little? Could it work?

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Pediatrician or family practioner

I'm very frustrated today. I'm trying to find a doctor. I'm pretty sure Trixie has asthma. Every doctor I've called is not accepting Sooner Care (that might be SoonerCare.)

Anyone have a rec for me? The doctor needs to be okay with selective vaccination.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

toothbrushing update

Bede has requested toothbrushing on his own at least twice ("You want some brush your teeth? Okaysure, I getchoo some brush your teeth.") and tonight allowed his entire mouth to be very thoroughly brushed, making appropriate "eee" and "aaah" sounds. Milestone! He's not shown any interest in doing the brushing himself but I don't care about that yet.

I feel like dental hygiene is especially important with Bede as he might be unable to articulate tooth problems before they become emergencies. Now that we've progressed to home brushing my next goal is a dental visit. It won't be for months, and the first visit should be very short and maybe we can get him to let them count his teeth, no more. When he gets older I will definitely be getting sealants for him, even if he has to be sedated. I want everything to be very positive, and no forcing or coercing, you know? Better to have Bede After Dentist.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

plus ├ža change

I just told Faith she was being melodramatic.

"What does melodramatic mean?"