Please tell me other people do this:
Two weeks ago, our family was finally done with birthdays and strep throat. I was so excited to get out of the house that I went a little overboard with the playdate-scheduling. I think we had four playdates in three days. Then we went out to lunch with family friends after church, too.
Last week, I thought, NO playdates. (Well, almost none. We did spend a couple of hours at the park with friends). However, that week, someone in our family had a medical or therapy appointment EVERY day. Monday: I had a pulmonologist appt. Tuesday: Ben saw the geneticist. Wednesday: I had allergy-testing done, plus Ben had a visit from Early Intervention. Thursday: I got a chest x-ray and attempted to take Ben to get blood drawn (the wait was too long). Friday: Corrie had her 4 year well child appt, and Ben received his second flu vaccine. Meanwhile, Evan's soccer season started up again, and Ben and I had two extra speech therapy sessions to watch the Talk Tools DVD.
Our activity level seems to swing on a pendulum. We'll have a week of intense activity, then I'll react by keeping us at home for a week. Or we'll have a period of doctor's visits and I'll counter with park time the week after. I have this vision that our life should be balanced, but it feels more like a see saw. Probably if I looked at a month or a year at a time, it would feel more even. But in the middle of it all, it's hard to see past a few days.
How does your family manage activities? It has been difficult this year to establish a reliable routine. Any advice?
This week (and next week) will be divided between family and doctors. :) My in-laws arrive tomorrow night; we are all excited to see them. Ben and I got the medical visits started by getting our blood drawn this morning. (I'm developing some kind of asthma/allergy so needed a blood test, and Ben needed his thyroid checked). In the next seven days, Ben will see a case manager, physical therapist, cardiologist, early intervention specialist, and speech therapist. All at different appointments!
Note: I should say that we are very thankful for the therapists and doctors that Ben sees. He's received excellent care and lots of support and encouragement so far. Normally, we don't have quite so many visits in a row!
Anyway, I haven't posted much because we've been in the thick of things. And I haven't taken many pictures lately for the same reason. Here's one of Corrie after we had a special Burger King lunch. I don't know about other kids, but the crowns really appeal to my princess-loving girl. :)