Monday, August 19, 2013

S: Spotted, Spinning, Sweetheart

Dear Maya,

It's been a sometimes difficult, sometimes beautiful week for us.

Mommy's great aunt passed away last Sunday and you came with me to her wake on Wednesday. Aunt Gert was a clever, funny, kind woman who chocked a lot of amazing experiences into her 91 years. There were lovely photos of her and family members at the wake and the overall mood was more nostalgic than somber. It's a good thing, too, because you wouldn't stop giggling, spinning, dancing, climbing on and tunneling under chairs the whole time we were there. Sigh...

We left the wake and went straight to the pediatrician to have your latest rash looked at. Your scarlet fever bumps took a while to disappear completely, and then all of the sudden you got a new, different-looking rash that you've been scratching like crazy. You were even more, er, animated at the doctor's than at the wake, causing him to call you a "force of nature" and a "very active child" with a sort of glazed look in his eyes. Mommy was exhausted by the end of that day to say the least.

Thursday was Obon, a holiday in Japan when families gather and honor their ancestors. We were surprised to find that you still fit in the jinbei outfit your grandparents sent us a couple years ago. Luckily it's more versatile than, say, a kimono as you played with rocks and sticks in it!

Starting Friday afternoon your wild behavior from earlier in the week started to become slightly more tame. You were helpful and a better listener at the farm on Friday, you had a nice time with daddy while mommy went to yard sales on Saturday, and Sunday we had a fun family trip to the dollar store. And because mommy's sure there will be more crazy moods ahead, we stocked up on lots of mini puzzles, stickers, and crafty items for you while you ran around with a bouncy ball and sunglasses.


Today we went to the pediatrician yet again. Part of the reason is because your rash has gotten even worse and we were told last time to come back if it did. Part of the reason is that you burned your hand on a frying pan this morning when daddy was making you breakfast! You didn't seem to be in pain but mommy didn't like the color of the burn. The doctor we saw today gave us good suggestions on how to care for it as well as the rash which she said is eczema-related. Whew!

Well, here's hoping for a quieter week ahead. Love you!

P.S. We studied "S" is for "sun" this week.

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