Thursday, September 27, 2012


Quickly adding many to share but I'm only picking a few and I'll be as quick as I can because I am tired.

Katie got glasses!  Surprise!  I knew when I wrote the last post but wanted to keep it a secret until she had them.  We found out when we had an eye checkup, recommend as standard procedure when we got her immunized this summer.  Minor farsightedness.  She is thrilled.  Loves them.  Picked a very mature pair.  We also ordered another different pair (the store was having a back to school deal) with transitions lenses, for when we would normally want to have the option of sunglasses.  Thank goodness for Ben's benefits...for both pairs it only cost 50$ out of our pocket.  Phew.  

 Sam did a drawing of the four of us.  I love it!
 The weather has been Amazing this month.  Just nice gorgeous perfect fall weather.  I have lots of pics of other things we have done (playgrounds, Terry Fox run etc) but am sharing ones from this week of the girls playing in the leaves at Gram and Papa's.

 Sam agreed (apparently) to be buried.

School is going great for both girls.  Katie is picking up french so well, and with Ben and Gram Cheryl taking french classes, we will be having lots of fun french talk...Bien Sur!  =)

Sam is also doing well in school...chatting about how she knows the days of the week and singing songs from school.  I am still sitting in the hallway and have finished knitting a baby dress (for our goddaughter...Happy First Birthday Baby N!), 2 pairs of leg warmers and 2 pairs of slippers for the girls.  And now I have started a tunic style sweater for Katie.

And, you know what I love...(brag time)...both sets of teachers have already commented that the girls are doing so well in school and that they are wonderful role models for other students.  Specifically hat they often ask the other students to sit/listen/etc like Katie/ nice to hear.  Anyway.  I'll try to post again soon, I know I had a good few days and then got quiet's just school busy...Katie gets to the bus stop at 7:35 4 mornings a week.  And we have already had two evening events at the school.

But things are good...oh so good!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Katie's First Day of Kindergarten

Sam went to her second day of school on Thursday and though she didn't want to do the pose on the front steps, I managed to get this photo after school.  (sunny and bright) She is having a great time and talked all weekend about how she knows the days of the week now because of a song they sang in class.  (no crying this time!)
 The girls had a marker store and all the marker colours had funny pumpkin and bubbles...they should really go work for Crayola.
 They drew kittens.  These are all Katie's and the top one is surprised.
 This one is Sam's...I am so surprised and pleased with how her colouring has come along recently.  I was worried that while we did lots of free colouring with Katie, we were so much more into colouring books with Sam, and while her colouring-in is awesome, I haven't seen her do much free drawing.  Those are teeth coming to the mouth and lovely whiskers.
 Finally...after patiently waiting all week to start school (staggered start..a few kids went each day to see the class in a smaller groups, and let the teacher talk to parents in small groups too...) Katie got to go on Friday.  Though she is bussing to school, I did drive her on this day, as busses weren't going yet for Kindergarten.  The day was great...Katie had no trouble at all getting right into the classroom.  When we went to leave her, Sam was very upset and I had to carry her back to the car.  I'm really not sure if she missed Katie or wanted to stay and play at Kindergarten too.  Maybe a bit of both.  It got me going though...I wasn't planning on crying yet, figuring that with drop off and pick up, really, it's just like preschool.  But, my heart knows it was the beginning of "real" school.  And just knowing that is bittersweet...(like so many great moments in parenting)...she's smart and mature and ready for school.  We've prepared her enough and she is SO excited to go.  I got so sad thinking of how much I am going to miss her every morning.  Boo come more happy/sad tears. =)
 The apples are ready at Gram and Papa's...!
 We had a super nice weekend...went to IKEA for dinner Friday night (yay, they have carb info!) (not that fish and chips is particularly healthy but...!) and walked around just enough.

Saturday morning we went to the Farmer's Market downtown.  It was a bit chilly and windy but in a very nice "Ooo, it's September..." way.
 Sam hid and didn't really want to be in the picture.
 All the girls were happy...I got beets, kale, carrots and a super delicious "Fresco" cheese...kind of like ricotta and cream nice on a cracker!  The other girls got balloon wings...their favourites (though they were gleefully popped by 2 in the afternoon!)
We had our best glucose numbers since Sam got on the pump this numbers in a long time just felt SO good.  I don't think I even tested for keytones once on Saturday (we test for keytones every time the blood sugar is over 15.  Probably a bit conservative, but a safe practice for pumping.)  It just felt golden!  She had been super high (27 even) the mornings she had school, which is likely due to stress and should resolve with time.

On the potty front, the aggressive bribing is in full force...a sticker and an MnM every time she goes to the bathroom, and (after much deliberation on how to achieve the goal) with 5 stickers in a day, Sam gets to pick a prize from a bag of goodies from the dollar store.  (Katie is also scoring stickers for daily hair brushing and other random chores she completes..we may need more of a system with her.  As well, she gets the MnM any time Sam does...hoping for peer encouragement here.)  The first prize was a puppy/kitty in a little carrying cage...Katie got hers the day before Sam earned it and they are both in love.  Sam named the puppy Sweetie Heart and even drew a picture of her today.
This morning..our last big milestone of the school start season...BUS DAY.  Holy moley that's a big one.  Nerve wracking to try and make sure we get ready in time and just...the letting go...yikes.  I did check that the bus number was right and the driver confirmed the school.  Katie barely needed a hug goodbye...she was so excited to get going on her bus.  Honestly, I'm more worried about getting Sam ready to walk to the bus...she has a wee history of not always wanting to go when I need her to.  But she did talk me into a playground trip since we were there (the bus stop is just down the block from us, by the school, so playground is just behind) and I'm thinking that could be good incentive.  (as long as it's not -30!)
Katie made it home from school, dropped off safe and sound and happy, right in front of our house at noon.  Sam and I had a quiet but fun morning, reading and playing and chatting with a neighbour in the backyard.  We went shopping in the afternoon as the cool weather made me cancel our plan for BBQ pizza to chicken soup and I needed celery, AND Katie is desperate for some pants...I think hers are all a bit small and the cooler weather makes me hope we can find something to wear.  We didn't have much luck...ended up with a shirt instead.  (and briefly...I an so appalled at retail stores not providing bathrooms for a potty training toddler...I seriously, walked out of the Children's Place without the leggings we had selected because I think it's a terrible policy...this is the second time I've had such an experience in the last month and I'm hoping to find time and energy to email the companies because I'm so unimpressed.)

Ending on a good note, you know what impresses me?  (besides lots of things...)  Katie's spelling...Ben and I are thinking about taking up Pig Latin because she's picking up on all sorts of things we've been secretly spelling...Bummer, Wind, Get Rid Of, Problem...these are all words we have spelled recently and she has figured out.  Just something I wasn't expecting.  Good thing we tend not to even spell very questionable words...bummer is about as bad as we get!  Also, Ben told me that when I was out to yoga tonight, Katie was teaching Sam French...Non and Oui...I think the fun is just beginning!  =)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sam's First Day of School

It was Sam's very first day of preschool today!  But she wouldn't do my posed school day photo and stand/sit on the front steps.  Katie was all for it.  
 Overall, the morning went very well.  Today and Thursday are only 1 hour long classes.  Next week it is 2hr and 15 min.  I have spoken with the teachers, and given the challenges with diabetes and their unfamiliarity with it, I will sit in the hall during school time, to test her sugar before snack and any other necessary times.  It's not quite how I'd pictured things, but I'm sure that once they see how easy it is, they'll learn how and get more comfortable with the whole thing.  One thing that went really well, is when they offered the snack, a digestive cookie (18 carbs) and juice, Sam said "I only get juice when my blood sugar is low".  I know that she knows how things are, but it was good to hear her express it in a public setting without any prompt from us.  We should remember this when we wonder how she will handle being different as she grows up...sometimes we are just different and that's normal.

Sam DID cry and cling when I brought her into class...for some reason, I really wasn't expecting that.  But of course, it's not uncommon, and she did recover while a couple of kids cried pretty much the whole hour.  (I'm in the hall, I can hear it!)  She said on the way home though "I had a GREAT day at preschool mom!", so perhaps Thursday will be better.  =)

These are pictures from a visit to the park last week.  Enjoying the sunny weather while we still have it...there is something so abrupt about the creeping dark and the crisp air...fall has hit me like a ton of bricks this year...and the halloween books that we got from the library (which induced a batch of pumpkin pecan muffins this evening) make me feel fall-er than usual too.

The girls we doing some balancing...a la Olympics I think. 
 The girls have been playing really well together lately.  Like "I can get the whole kitchen clean and think about baking something" well.  Except when one of them doesn't want to play and wants privacy.  I talked to them about, for example, giving Katie some private time in her room and having Sam play in another room for maybe even just 10 min, and then maybe they would be ready to play together again.  I think Katie took the suggestion literally when she made this sign:

 I assume that's Sam, holding her Dolly in the big Don't sign.  (the girls are SO aware of Don't Signs...did I ever mention that?  What does that Don't Sign say?, what about this one? you know there's about 11 Don't Signs on the gas station at Costco?)

PS...we are thinking about bribing Sam for potty training...did you know that mini MnM's are so tiny, they don't even count as a carb individually?  It takes about a dozen to register as a gram on my scale, which actually equals only 0.67 carbs, not even one carb.  She could pee in the potty every 15 min and still get an MnM every time with barely a blip in glucose.  Who knew?  Handfuls for everyone, guilt free!  (I suspect this is what causes the increase in heart disease etc in diabetes..."It's fat, doesn't count!")

Sunday, September 2, 2012


After the girls had gone to bed tonight and were chit chatting....Ben and I were sitting in the living room and we overhead Katie say:

"O. K., hop in..."...and didn't sounds terribly enthusiastic about it.

The girls have slept in bed together a LOT this summer, I think starting on holidays. So much so that we pushed their beds together for a while at home. Katie tires of it sooner than Sam, but I kind of think it's because Sam takes a while to settle down sometimes and Katie would rather just go to sleep.

Next time I'll dig up the couple of super cute photos I have of them sleeping together...adorable, I promise.