Daddy Says… Back up

As one of our benefits, my employer pays for 20 days of back up daycare at a facility near our offices.  We typically utilize it when Mummy has some specific things she needs to get done without the kids around, or could just use a break from the non stop caring for small children.

“Mummy, I need a drink” – “Mummy, I’m hungry” – “Mummy, the baby is climbing the couch again” – “Mummy, can I have some paper to draw on” – “Can you put this Barbie outfit on for me”

Or their arguing: “He hit me!” – “She hit me first!” – “He has the Lego I want!” – “I had it first!” – “(sobbing) He broke my feelings!”

The Professor and the Princess have been going for years and really enjoy it, and this week, the Milk Monkey went along for the first time as well.  It was hard for Mummy to let her little guy go, but he’s old enough now, and we thought the time was right. So, I packed up all three kids and brought them with me when I left for work.

We got to the daycare center and the two older kids ran off to the backup room while I brought the Milk Monkey to the Baby room.  He was there with about 4 other little ones, at least two of which were about his age and crawling about.  After giving the staff his stuff and explaining his schedule a bit, I knelt down and gave the little guy a hug and kiss and headed for the door.  I was almost expecting to hear him get upset and need “Dada”, but I looked back as I got to the door and he was already crawling off looking to play with some of the toys.  I guess he is a lot like his older siblings.  I had to tear them away from the water table they were playing at just to get a goodbye hug!

I stopped by at lunch time to check in and see how the little guy was doing.  It turns out he was having a blast! He had been hanging out and playing with all sorts of stuff, had some Goldfish crackers and some of the baby food I had sent him with and was generally having a great time. And as happy as he was to see me when I showed up, he was just as fine with me leaving once lunch was over.

At the end of the day, I went and picked up the kids.  All three of them had a really great day but were ready to head out.  The Professor and Princess had made some crafts to take home, including a new necklace for Mummy & a couple wooden models of a plane & a car – along with a painting the Professor proudly calls “The Worst painting EVER”.

I came home to a thoroughly relaxed Mummy and the following sight in the backseat.

 

Daddy says… You Don’t Want to Know

When people ask what I do for work, I typically tell them “You don’t want to know”.  It’s not because it’s mysterious or dangerous, or even gross – it’s just that once I start explaining what it is I do, people start to get this glazed look in their eyes.  Even my wife can only take so much and halfway through a discussion of something from work, I can tell I’ve completely lost her interest.  She gets this distant look as if she’s thinking about pretty much anything apart from what I’m saying.  Sure, she tries to pretend she’s interested, but I can tell.

I should just make up some really interesting job, then change it every time someone different asks.

Me? Oh, I choreograph pyrotechnics for Rock concerts.

What’s that you ask?  Well, I calibrate and test roller coasters.

Oh, sure I could tell you what I do for work… but then I’m afraid I’d have to kill you.

But no – for now at least, I tell them that I put the fun in Fund Accounting and just leave it at that.  It may not be exciting or interesting, but it helps pay the bills for now.  One day in the not too distant future I’ll be able to answer with “Oh, I manage a website while I drive my family around North America”.

Now that’s interesting and exciting!

Daddy says… Tug of war

It’s fun watching our little ones growing up.  It doesn’t seem like that long ago we were carrying the Milk Monkey everywhere, holding him close and feeding him his bottles.  Now he’s up and moving all over the place!  We’ve given up our living room and set up gates to try and keep him out of trouble.  But, of course, as Mummy posted here – he’s up and climbing on everything now!

Last night he managed to climb up onto the couch with his sister.  When her guard was down, he was able to grab hold of her beloved “Meow Meow” and the tug-of-war began.  Neither wanted to give it up!  The Milk Monkey has a pretty strong grip and seemed convinced it must be his, but the Princess was not going to give in without a fight either.

After a few minutes the Mighty Princess muscled “Meow Meow” aware from the little guy.  However, in retaliation, he pulled on her hair.

Yes, it doesn’t take long for those little babies to start growing up and developing personalities of their own, and it’s just amazing to watch them develop. The Professor is our little thinker, always asking questions.  The Princess is our kind hearted, yet tough-as-nails brave little girl. And the Milk Monkey – well, so far he’s our adventurous little daredevil, ready to climb up and over anything in his path!

Daddy says… Lyme Disease

So, the results are in – it’s definitely Lyme disease.  Some bug bit my little girl and made her sick!

Though I have to say, she has taken the whole thing very well.  She has been a real trooper.  Having had Bell’s Palsy myself when I was 16 I know how disconcerting it is.  It’s a very strange feeling to not have total control over your body, and even stranger still to not have control over your own face!  But the Princess has been amazing, in good spirits, laughing and having fun as if there was nothing different.

We have an appointment with the Pediatrician tomorrow, so we’ll see what they have to say there, but for now we will continue on with the antibiotics and keep doing whatever we can to make sure the Princess gets better.

Daddy Says… The $100 sheet of stickers

Well, we had another visit to the emergency room yesterday.

During the afternoon, I noticed the Mighty Princess had a little funny smile on her face.  Not her usual cute little funny smile, but more of a crooked, lopsided smile.  I decided to keep an eye on her while she was playing, and noticed it seemed to be a consistent thing, so I decided to do a few little tests with her to see what was going on.  I had her give me the biggest smile she could, showing teeth and all – but only the left side of her face smiled.  Next, I had her blink as fast as she could, but it seemed her left eye was blinking a lot faster than her right, and at times the right eye didn’t fully close.  After a couple of more tests of scrunching her face, and closing her eyes as tight as she could I could see something was definitely wrong.

I knew right away that it was Bell’s Palsy. I had it myself when I was 16, so I was able to recognize it pretty quickly.  After a bit of online research, I found it was frequently linked with Lyme Disease. As you will recall, the Princess was in the hospital last week – well, at the time, one of the possibilities was Lyme Disease, but it was too early to test for it.  And seeing as she was feeling better on Friday, we just figured it was some sort of virus and that we were all done with it.

Think Again!

After the at home testing and online research, we called the Princess’ pediatrician’s office and the Dr. on call called us back.  She recommended we go to the hospital to have someone look her over.  So, after another trip to the hospital, the Doctors in the ER confirmed what I was thinking.  That it was most likely Lyme Disease from a tick bite. So they drew some blood for a test, gave the Princess some antibiotics and sent us on our way.  Usually they have a sticker to give the kids, but apparently the person who orders the rolls of stickers had not done so recently and the Nurse presented the Princess with a couple of selections of small sheets of stickers.  Our little girl picked the Tweety Bird sheet and we were out the door.  A one hundred dollar co-pay spent, and a sheet of stickers gained – along with a diagnosis and a prescription I suppose. 

The most important thing is that we have a plan of action to help our little one.  I know how strange the Bell’s Palsy can be – you can’t move one whole half of your face and it can be a bit unnerving. I was glad to hear that in most kids her age it goes away completely within 2-3 weeks.  So we’ll have her take the medicine and keep a close eye on her.

I can’t wait to see this little smile again

Daddy Says… A Lion’s Paw

Mummy mentioned the following in her last post:

“The little Princess is still not feeling well.  She’s not keeping much down but we’re able to keep the fever in a comfortable range with some children’s Tylenol.   Hopefully tonight she’ll get some good rest and and be back to her usual peppy, cheerful self – and hopefully tonight I’ll get some much needed sleep.”

Unfortunately, that did not happen.  Our little Princess had a rough night.  She woke up several times with a bad headache and a fever and she continued to have a hard time keeping anything down. So, by the morning we had decided we better take her to see the Doctor.

We packed everyone up and took a drive to the pediatrician and the Doctor explained that because of the nausea, the little Princess was definitely dehydrated, and that the three days of headaches were also concerning. So… we were off to the Hospital!  I dropped Mummy and the Princess off at the hospital and took the other kids home.

At the hospital, they had to put in an IV line in order to get some saline into her.  Mummy told me our little girl was super brave!

A little later in the afternoon Nana J came over to watch the Milk Monkey, the Professor & Miss Fancy while I joined Mummy at the hospital.  By the time I arrived, out little Princess had already finished off two bags of saline drip and was sitting up eating dry Cheerios and watching “The Lion King”.  It was obvious she still wasn’t feeling so well, but it was good to see her smile again, and very good to see her eat again. At one point Mummy pointed to the hand with the IV and asked “Why don’t you tell Daddy what that is?” – the Princess replied “My Lion’s Paw… Rraawrrr”.

She’s so cute!

Not long after, the Doctor came and spoke with us, letting us know they were sending the Princess home.  She was re-hydrated, they gave us a prescription for some anti-nausea pills and advised us to keep a close eye on her over the next couple of days while combating the fever with Tylenol and Ibuprofen.  So, as much as we would have liked to see her feeling back to her old self after her visit to the hospital, instead we took her home, not feeling much better than when we brought her in.

It’s not easy to see my little girl not feeling well, but I know with some prayer, some medicine & a lot of Love, she’ll be back to her old self soon.

Daddy says… Graduation Party

This weekend we went to my niece’s High School graduation party.  It was great to see her finished with High School, full of hopes and dreams for the future.  She’s already been accepted to a really good school and has a major in mind that I know she will be great at.  I’m so proud of her!  Not only is she my niece, but she’s my God Daughter as well, so she has always been particularly special to me and it’s really great to see her do so well.

The party was held at her aunt’s house, and we all had a great time hanging out, talking, laughing and catching up with some family members we don’t see very often.

Most importantly for the kids however… there was a pool!

The kids probably spent about 4 hours in the pool, swimming and jumping off the diving board.  There was even a slide!  There were so many older cousins around that Miss Fancy, the Princess and the Professor constantly had someone nearby to make sure they were Ok. Mummy and I felt pretty comfortable letting them swim and play without even having to join them. We just kept a watchful eye on them from the overlooking deck.

    

Even the Milk monkey spent some time in the water.

After a long day in the big pool, the Princess spotted this little tub half filled with water that had been warming in the sun all day…

“It’s my hot pool, Daddy!”

All in all, it was a really fun day and we all had a great time.

Daddy says… Fathers Day

I love fathers day. And not just because Mummy takes care of the kids early and lets me sleep in, or the breakfast in bed (pancakes and a steak, egg & cheddar sandwich -Mmmm), or the cute homemade cards. Yes, all those things are great, and I do really enjoy them, but typically on fathers day, we spend a quiet relaxing day with each other – and that’s what I really love.

This year, we were camping in our trailer and had a great day together. We took a nice hike in the park and the kids spent most of the time exploring the woods and hunting for good walking sticks. We made our way to a freshwater spring that the park has some taps hooked up to and filled our water bottles with some crisp clear spring water.

         

A little later in the afternoon, we came back and cooked a nice dinner on the grill. Some hot dogs and a selection of chicken sausages along with a nice salad.

All in all it was a great day, because I spent it with my favorite people in the world – My family.

Daddy Says… The Grind

Well, the trip is over, we’re back at our house and we grudgingly return to the daily grind.  The return to work and our everyday lives only seems to reinforce our desire to be on the road full time.

There is a great sense of freedom out on the road. We could picture ourselves making on the spot decisions about how long we would stay in one place, which direction we would head next and what the destination will be. We just went from Burlington Ontario (just outside Toronto) to Long Point (Out on Lake Erie), considering our heading, we could have just kept going west. Stopping along the way until we hit the West Coast!

 There’s also a really fun sense of adventure. When we left Long Point and decided to just find someplace along the way to spend the night, we were able to talk it out, do some quick research and find someplace we thought might work.  And, as it turns out, we changed our mind halfway there!  And the place we found was perfect – if only we had a bit more time to stay. It would have been fun to check out the NY State Park a bit and talk with the “neighbors” who were so helpful the night we pulled in.

We just have to stay focused, keep planning and find a way to get out there full time. While the daily grind might be necessary right now, we have to work to keep it temporary and not lose sight of what we truly want.

A fun filled, adventurous life on the road.