- Operation SLEEP night 6 (last night) went well. Claire played really hard all day Sunday despite her runny nose. She only took a 40 minute nap around lunch time and no afternoon nap because she was playing so much. At supper time, she ate well and while drinking her milk in the high chair, she fell asleep. I thought I would let her "nap" for about 30 minutes to take the edge off so she would go back to sleep at 8 pm. But when I went to wake her up, she was having none of it. So I changed her into her night time diaper and gave her some benedryl for her nose and she went right back to sleep. So she slept from 6 pm to 6 am! Very solid sleep. Not sure if it was the benedryl or what. But we all slept really well.
- Saturday, Granny, Claire, and I got up early to head to Cary and Durham. Granny and Claire stopped off at Aunt Amanda and Uncle Colby's house to visit and I drove on to Durham to cook breakfast at the Ronald McDonald House in Durham with the Duke ICN Family Advisory Board (and PICU and PCICU boards). I never got the chance to stay at the RMH of Durham down the street from Duke, but Grandma Neat Neat and Aunt Doe stayed there several times when they came up to visit Claire. So I was excited to be able to give back and volunteer to create a fresh, hot, satisfying meal for the families staying there.
It was so nice and I hope the board decides to do it again. I enjoyed getting to meet some of the other mothers/board members face to face and to visit with them. It's so nice when you connect with other mothers who have been through the same or similar things. We just all "get it" without explaining everything. We had a great visit and good trip! Claire slept the entire 2 hour ride home from Cary! That's a first!
Someone mentioned that the Durham RMH had made like $60,000 last year off of can pop tops. You know the little "8" shaped thing that you open your can drink with? It hit me that we drink so many can drinks all the time and are just throwing away important money that can help the RMH continue to allow families to stay there while their children are having procedures done or living in the ICN. Families are asked to donate $10 a night to stay but if they cannot afford it, they don't have to pay that. They can just pay what they can. How nice is that? It's such a wonderful service to families. So it hit me that we needed to start collecting the pop tops and sending them to Durham RMH! I can't wait to see how many pounds Claire can collect! So if you have some you want to donate, let me know and I will arrange to get them from you. Or you can start collecting now!
|Ronald McDonald House pop top collection box|
|Eating shredded cheese with Aunt Amanda, Uncle Colby, and Granny at Sweet Tomatoes|
- Claire is really into her "laptop" computer. She has always played with it, but recently, she really studies it when she is pressing the buttons. I saw her with her right hand on the mouse while pressing buttons the other day and it looked like she knew exactly what she was doing with the computer! She's also wearing her new walking shoes that Grandma Neat Neat got for her. Grandma and Claire took a trip to H. Stadiums in Kinston last week and got fitted for some walking shoes. Claire is now wearing a 3.5 but they went ahead and got a size 4 to grow into. They also told them that Claire has a high instep.
- Sunday morning was really fun! Trent brought us breakfast home and we all 3 snuggled in our bed and ate breakfast. It's a rare occasion in our house!!! But boy was it nice! :)
So in a nutshell, our weekend was a lot of fun. I hope we have more just like it!
The Scott Family