Because I fear that I will never post about the following three things in separate posts, they are getting put into one post even though they have nothing to do with each other.
1. Autumn is cast free! She wore that little cast for 2 1/2 weeks and then, just as simply as they put it on, they took it off. She was a little cautious the first day without it and tended to use the other arm for a day or so, but then, it was as though it never happened. And yes, it is true, she did not have a bath while that cast was on. Judge me if you must, but seriously, how dirty can a miniature baby like her get? Besides, she HATES the bath. She stands on the side and screams during her entire 15 second bath. The idea of a 15 second bath with a cast, well, it was just too much to bear. She is clean now. All is well.
2. Ivy is doing AMAZING with her teacher. I have to say I am surprised, shocked even. She seems to understand her teacher is “sick” and she has a different teacher until she comes back. I do know that she is never coming back and heard from the school director that it was a decision that had to be made for the safety of the school. Clearly the leave of absence term was a polite way of saying: we had to fire her in the middle of the day, in the middle of the school year for reasons we can’t tell you. I have been waiting for the fallout, waiting for her to hate to go to school. Nothing. We have talked a lot about what is different about school and what is the same and her wise little self understands. I didn’t know it, but her new teacher came from a different classroom and had been spending snack time in Ivy’s class. Perhaps, Ivy was just familiar enough to make this work. Not only is this working, but as I picked her up from school the other day, I found her running around on the playground holding two little girls’ hands. I almost cried, not only was she ok, but she was PLAYING! My heart was full and happy for her stressed little playing self. This is serious progress, and she and I may live after all.
3. Owen woke up last night around 11:30. Greg and I were downstairs and may or may not have been smooching on the couch when my poor little boy came down with tears and sobs and explanations that his ear hurt. Exit wife and enter mom with OILS. We pulled out the oil book and my growing collection of oils and determined for ear infections we should use Lavender, Melaleuca, and Purify. They were supposed to help with the pain and the actual infection. I put two drops of each on the front of his ear, behind the ear and the top of his ear. I then read that Grapefruit can help with the pain, so we added a drop or two of that to the same places. A lot of oils you can use directly on the source of the problem, however, you can’t put the oils directly in the ear. We used a cotton ball, and over the next 20 minutes I alternated the different oils. We did two drops of an oil at a time, placed the cotton ball in the ear, and covered it with a heating pad. I would let that sit for a few minutes and then do two drops of something else. He watched Clifford and cried off and on, but was much better then when we started. To help him calm down, I added a few drops of Balance and Citrus Bliss to the bottom of his feet. Within 5 minutes, and 30 minutes after he first came down, he fell asleep and slept soundly on the couch until 5:00 in the morning. When he woke up and came upstairs to bed, he climbed in, woke me up to let me know my oils worked great and his ear was all better. He laid back down and slept until 8:00 this morning. Upon waking up, he declared his ear to be fine and has been outside in the cold, playing with his friends for the last 3 hours.
I do love those oils. So does Greg….