Our girls came home with so much stuff from their parties at daycare that there is no way they could eat all of this! We decided to sort through it and I would take the rest to work and use it as rewards for my students. The girls were super excited about their party and had a ton of fun! They had a total of 4 Valentines day celebrations this year, one with their Dad and myself, one at daycare, one with their Nana and Poppa, one with their Aunt Lulu and cousins. So they had a fun and full Valentiens!
Pennies for Pasta fundraiser at my campus helped to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. As a campus we raised over $3000.00 dollars and my homeroom class raise the most money on campus! Their reward will be a party catered by Olive Garden.
I am very proud to say that they went out of their way to encourage each other to bring the money and reminded each other that it was for a good cause. This is the same class that brought the most cans for our Thanksgiving food drive!
I guess you could say it helps when they have a very competiative and motivated teacher! But really my students ROCK!
Tonight the girls had a dance at their day care, and they had a blast! We all danced together, and when Momma and Daddy were dizzy from the spinning, they kept on dancing. We had a good laugh with the flourish Emma put at the end of this dance number!
On Saturday, January 19th, I woke up and has some dizziness. This isn't something that had happened to me before, but I just figured it would go away. Unfortunately it didn't, and every time I stood up or walked around I would feel lightheaded. On Sunday the problem persisted, and at Brandie's urging I went to urgent care to get checked out. They ran some tests, including an EKG, and that came back abnormal. They made the decision to send me over to the hospital to get more tests run. They took blood work every 2 hours for a while, then spread it out over a longer period to test my heart enzymes. I also had to get an electrocardiogram and another EKG. The EKG still came back abnormal, but the electrocardiogram came back normal.
They determined since I had a stomach bug a few days before the symptoms arose that the dizziness was caused by dehydration. They had me to a nuclear stress test as an outpatient, and that came back normal as well, so my heart is in great shape. Apparently EKGs are not too accurate, but are used as a precursor to more definitive tests. Thanks to everyone for the well-wishes, that was the first time in 30 years I had to stay overnight in a hospital, and I hope I don't have to again for at least another 30 years.
Emma is 3 1/2 and amazes us every day. She is always coming up with new phrases or songs that we had not heard before, and picking up on emotion and non-verbal cues from others. If someone looks upset, she will come up to them and rub their arm and say, "It's OK, I'm right here!" The other day she was in trouble for playing too rough with her sister, and she looked at me and said, "Don't be mad at me Dada." She has also taken to dramatics when she doesn't get her way. When she doesn't get to watch a TV show when she wants to, for example, she will say "Aw...I'm NEVER gonna get to watch my show..."
Speaking of TV, her current fascination is Octonauts, which deals with undersea creatures. She seems to want to be a sailor, because when I ask her to do something, she has been saying, "Aye aye, Captain Dada!"
She likes to draw, and likes to do flashcards. She identifies colors and shapes, and is learning her letters and numbers. She is a bundle of energy, and has got her sister to race her from the garage door to their bedroom door. She LOVES going to the park and playing on the slide and swings. She is still in size 6 clothing, and has thinned out a lot since this time last year!
It has been a while since we posted, so here are some updates: Abby started out the year going under the knife for the first time: she had her adenoids removed. She has been having constant sinus drainage and infections, and the ENT thought this would help her a lot. She had no problems with the surgery and after a short nap was back playing like nothing had happened that afternoon!
Abby has been a lot more talkative lately, and sings her version of the ABC song, puts together 2 word phrases, and is very vocal when she wants to get your attention. She is also showing that she had a diverse palate, and there is very little that she will not eat. In fact, she usually just eats off of our plates after she finishes the food we give her. She loves vegetables, especially green beans.
She is now 38 inches long and around 34 pounds, which is well ahead of Emma's growth, and y'all all know how big Emma is for her age! We just packed up her 2T clothing, and she is wearing 3T and some 4T clothing now. Overall, she is a happy, healthy, active little girl!