So the plan is to start him on the original smaller dosage and keep him there for two weeks, and then increase it to where she had told me to in today's appointment. As it was it has taken us literally years to figure out Jed's lack of growth and weight gain, and to top it off, once we do figure it out I feel like we've wasted another 6 months. Six months! Thankfully she replied to my email question about my fears (of being totally behind) and explained that as long as we have 5 years to work with that he will be ok. And seeing as how he is almost 7, but should still be growing until 17, we have ten years to work with. Phew!
That was how our later afternoon went. But, before that, we had spent time at a park I used to take the older girls to. There is a rose garden in the city and we went there to check it out. I think there may have been a total of 12 roses in bloom. Ok, there was more, but seriously, we clearly did not come at the right time. But that is ok, fun was still had. In the rose garden is an outdoor theater, with built in stone benches on the side of a hill. Very neat. The kids had a blast, except for the two kiddos who took their shoes off and found out the hard way that the grassy areas between the benches harbored some horrid stinging plant. I've seen plenty of pictures of nettles, but this did NOT look anything at all like it. This was a totally, totally different plant. The good news is that the plantain that was growing everywhere took care of the stinging. And the cool part? Isabella was the one to spot the plantain and suggest we use it! I totally wasn't even thinking about that! That took care of the stinging in a minute or two.
Next to the park is a new playground. Well, I'm not sure how new as the last time I was at the rose garden was some 10 years ago! All I can say is that it wasn't there when I was last there. It was small, but the kids had a lot of fun. My main goal was to get in some 'nature study' and get the wiggles out before our appointment. I only took a few pictures while we were there, but here they are:
We were discussing that Isabella was born in the wrong time period, or at least in the wrong part of the country. I think one of her favorite quotes from a movie is of a little boy who wears a cowboy hat all the time and is being asked by a little girl why he always wears a cowboy hat. The boy's response: 'Cause it fits my head. But you MUST imagine that being said with a southern twang. Otherwise it just doesn't have the same effect.
You have to love the safer sew-saw alternatives. I must say that although I miss the more thrilling stomach butterflies, I do NOT miss the slammed jaws from someone dismounting before you are ready. But, anyways, these girls had a blast, pretending they were on bucking broncos.
After some climbing time it was time to take off to our appointment. Everyone is excited to go back to the garden and playground in the future. I was thinking it may be really fun for our homeschool co-op to practice a play and preform it on the outside stage. Afterwards we can have our nature study and a picnic. Must get some plans going!
I have a lot of other pictures from our two week break that I will upload as either just a photo post, or in a slideshow. I also must share my hair raising bug experience. Shiver. Stay tuned.