I could kiss whomever came up with the daylight savings time idea. The kids were all asleep by 9 pm, and it's Halloween. They had a shitload of candy and by all rights should be spazzing around poking each other and shrieking. BUT THEY ARE ASLEEP!! Yay for the end of daylight savings time! Bliss.
We've been busy. I didn't even turn on the computer today. Which was nice, because when I took a three minute break here and there today it meant I knit a row or two instead of read an email or blog. I love both. Sometimes one more than the other.
We went to the county hospital early this morning for Willow's eye exam. I took Soph, but the boys were at school. The doctor there is very kind. We have seen him a few times over the last almost two years. Today he suggested that we try patching Willow's eyes (alternately, not together, duh) for the next six weeks to see if it helps her keep her focus. (backstory is that when she was one, she was hospitalized with SEVERE anemia and had some neurological regression in the eye dept. Both her eyes are "lazy" when she's sick or tired and they drift. The right more than the left, but both are affected. The worry is that her vision will be compromised at some point if either of her eyes becomes too weak to hold its own. So far, she seems to have good vision, so no glasses. Hopefully she will outgrow this.) Our other pedi ophthalmologist, the one I have known since 1991 and LOVE, died last month. I'm so sad. So sad by that. He was the sweetest man. It was like if Mr. Rogers (in the most positive way; I love Mr. Rogers) were an eye doctor. The kids loved him dearly, and the adults, too. He is very missed by so many families, I'm sure.
Anyhow, our other doctor never had us use patching because he felt like the percentage of children helped by patches was so close to the percentage who got better without treatment (it's around 10%) that it wasn't really a worthwhile effort. And it is an effort with a 2 and a half year old. But, who knows? It could help and I would be wrong not to try if this doc wants us to. We will try. He suggested I aim for 4-6 hours per day. He helpfully suggested that I do it during a time when I could play with her a lot to distract her. But he also has a three year old and realized exactly how funny that statement was.
Halloween was fun, I suppose. Different from when I was little. Certainly too rushed for us this year. We carved pumpkins on the porch after school. While the kids carved, I hand-fed them some cheese pizza. Then I hurriedly washed and dressed them so they could go with their step mom to her friend's haunted house and to trick or treat at their dad's. I have to say that my children have the coolest and best step mom ever. Ever. I am unspeakably grateful for that.
When the big kids came back, we put our big bowl of candy on the front porch, trick or treated around the block some (hardly anyone was around, and we were the only kids they had) and then drove over to my mom and step dad's house. The kids jumped around and played and we visited for a short bit before coming home to baths and bed BY 9 OCLOCK! Whoo hoo! Here are a bunch of photos of our day. Hope you had a happy one, too. And hope your sugar hangover isn't too wicked.