I overslept today….darn it. I hate when that happens! I made the mistake of leaving my phone (alarm) on my nightstand and wound up hitting the snooze button several times. (I usually keep it on other side of the room, so I have to GET UP to turn my alarm off…).
Anyway, 3 brief, random kid-related updates:
1- Ethan picked up an old book we had lying around in Spanish the other night, and started reading it out loud to us!! Yay!! Despite us both being bilingual (and Ivan being a NATIVE Spanish speaker), apparently we still have not done everything correctly to create perfectly bilingual children…The boys “kind of” speak Spanish, but it’s a little hit or miss. They definitely are not fluent. It’s harder than you’d think to develop both languages simultaneously. English is just everywhere, so despite hearing Spanish at home from a young age, English has always dominated for them. They are both taking it at school now, though, so that’s great.
The good news is- Ethan was able to read this book quite fluently! His pronunciation and reading abilities in Spanish have skyrocketed lately. I like the idea of getting MORE books in Spanish and having them read out loud to us several times per week. We can cross-check comprehension as we go, too.
2- We had to take Ethan’s hamster, Flint, to the vet yesterday. 😦 We noticed one of his eyes was a little swollen and had some redness over the weekend. It took a few days to get an appointment with an “exotic pet” animal (hamsters are considered “exotic”, apparently). It was below zero temps outside yesterday, so I had to warm the car first and then Ethan raced out with him in a little box.
The veterinarian’s office said only one person could go in, due to covid rules… So I asked if Ethan could just go in by himself with Flint. They said that was fine, so as we drove there I helped prep him for what things they might ask, what he needed to say to the vet, etc.
He can be our more timid kid when talking with people if he feels uncomfortable (i.e. not always super great eye contact, little tendency to mumble….), so I thought this was actually a good opportunity for him to do a more “grown up” type task. Ethan was totally fine doing it- Flint is HIS hamster, after all, so he knows he needs to be responsible for him.
The vet did call me from inside to update me, and then Ethan came out and I got to go in to pay. yippee. Ha. Sounds like an eye infection but they also found a mass on his chest!! Could be a little fatty (benign) bump, or it could be an abscess (needing drainage/ antibiotics) OR it could be cancer!! Ugh. We have to treat the eye with drops for 2 weeks first and then go back.
He is already 2 years old, so definitely “over the hill” in hamster years, but we just love the little guy so much, I can’t imagine not doing anything….(trying not to think about the fact that the vet bill was already 4x what we paid for him…). I’ll have to see what they say at the next appointment. We’ll have to try to be reasonable with interventions, given he is a tiny hamster and all (with a naturally pretty short life span😥) . But, he’s still family, too… ❤
3- Asher is going to be in the school play! Their school is putting on Peter Pan coming up and Asher really wanted to be part of the Crew. So he signed up, but then yesterday the drama teacher emailed me to see if Asher would consider being one of the Lost Boys (one of Peter’s gang) instead.
Originally Asher had said just crew, that he didn’t want to try out for an acting part. But since she specifically asked him, he said, Well, okay! (He’ll get to use a wooden sword, so that’s cool.)
And now he actually seems really, really excited about it! So I’m happy about the turn of events- sometimes we need that little extra push to try new things. I’m assuming it’s a pretty small role, which is fine since he doesn’t really have much acting/ drama experience. But I’m glad he’ll be taking part in it. I bet it will be SUPER fun. Ethan is going to help on the Crew, too (though not quite as enthusiastically), but we want him to do other things besides just sports. He did Crew 2 years ago for the school play and he actually did really like it, so I think he’ll be fine. He’d be great on lights or sound production.
Daily Gratitude Challenge Day 27:
Name something you are grateful for at work:
Easy one! A very flexible, work-from-home schedule!