Ten Year Doctor Appointment

Ana had her nine-year doctor appointment today. Here are her stats from the appointment:

Height: 4′ 10.11″ (92nd percentile)
Weight: 88 lbs 9.6 oz (82nd percentile)
BMI: 18.45 (73rd percentile)
Blood Pressure: 100/70
Pulse: 100

Ten Year Dr Appt

According to her numbers Ana has had a recent growth spurt. The doctor said girls her age don’t typically have that big of a growth spurt this early so he thinks she may be growing a little faster than normal which may mean she will be done growing sooner. I said she was following right in my footsteps because I grew early and was done by 8th grade. He thinks she is right on track for that but may only reach 5’6″ (I’m 5’8″). I’m holding out that she can at least grow to be taller than her Aunt Jeni and Aunt Darcie.

During her exam he noticed a little curvature to on her back. Official chart diagnosis “Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis of cervicothoracic region” but said it was very minor and we will just keep an eye on it. Otherwise there wasn’t much to note. She’s growing, she’s healthy, and that’s all we can ask for. She got her flu shot at Hadley’s annual appointment in November so she didn’t have to get any shots today! She was quite happy about that!

Nine Year Doctor Appointment

Ana had her nine-year doctor appointment today. Here are her stats from the appointment:

Height: 4′ 6.33″ (79th percentile)
Weight: 72.6 lbs (74th percentile)
BMI: 17.29 (67th percentile)
Blood Pressure: 100/60

Waiting to see the doctor.
Ana is growing right on track. They even mentioned the dreaded “p-word” (puberty) which we already knew was in our imminent future. Ana, always wanting to be prepared and know what’s going on, used her birthday money to buy the American Girl book “The Care & Keeping of You” so we’ve already discussed these, uh, changes. (If your daughter hasn’t read it, I highly recommend it.) I figure it’s best to be open and educated than learn the wrong thing on the playground!

Ana's blood draw
Anyway, back to the appointment. Since high cholesterol runs in the family, the doctor wanted to run a lipid profile to check her cholesterol. Better to be aware early than blindsided later! So Ana got to have her first blood draw! She did great and the lipid panel came back totally normal. Whew!

Got her flu shot!
The appointment wasn’t totally shot free, as she had to get a flu shot but otherwise everything was good to go!

Breaking Bones

On Friday, March 6th Ana was out playing on the trampoline. And she fell off. But before you get all high and mighty about how unsafe trampolines are, she wasn’t even being wild or dangerous. She was walking backwards and thinking she was closer to the center than she was, stepped off the side. She landed on her back but managed to break the fall with her right arm. It could of just as easily happened stepping off a curb. She was more shocked than anything else and barely cried. Simeon sent her inside to take a break (poor choice of words, in hind site) and before too long she was back to playing as if nothing had happened.

Then about an hour after we put her to bed she came downstairs crying. Thinking she had a nightmare or woke up disoriented, we comforted her and tried to get her back to sleep. We tucked her back in and gave her water (as parents do) and it wasn’t until that moment that she mentioned her arm was hurting. As we had gone through all the “wiggle your fingers,” “does this hurt?” “can you bend it?” like we see on movies or TV and everything checked out ok, I figured it was simply bruised. Maybe sprained. But since it was now close to 9:30pm the doctor’s office and Urgent Cares were all closed and the only option would have been the ER. None of us wanted to spend the night in the emergency room, so we gave Ana some Children’s Tylenol and put her to bed explaining that we would see how she felt in the morning.

The next day, Saturday, she got up and went about her day as usual and didn’t mention her arm once. We figured that was the end of it.

Sunday morning I took Ana to her sacramental prep class and I went to mass. Then we decided since it was just the two of us (Simeon and Hadley were at home) to run by the mall and do some shopping. She was happily picking out clothes to try on and it wasn’t until she was sitting on the ground trying on jeans that she tried to push herself off the ground with her right arm. She dropped to the ground, wincing in pain, and started to cry. It was then I realized that maybe it was more serious than we realized.

After a few frantic texts with Sim, I called our pediatrician’s office. They have Urgent Care hours on the weekend by appointment. Until noon. I looked at my watch and it was 12:10pm. Naturally. So I called around to the Urgent Care’s in the area to see if they had imagining. The last thing I wanted to do was take her somewhere only to be sent somewhere else for X-rays. Luckily Scholls Immediate Care was just down the road and they had imagining. It wasn’t until I walked in the door that I realized it was the same place I took Hadley for her broken leg. Ana was very nervous but they were amazing. Before we even finished checking in they told us they were ready for Ana in X-rays.

Ana's First X-Ray

The X-ray tech was awesome. He explained everything he was doing as he went so Ana would know what was happening. Then he asked her if she wanted to see her bones. Who would ever turn down that offer? So he showed her which bones made up her arm, her wrist, her finger, etc. I snapped a picture with my phone and sent it to Sim. He instantly replied back “Great! Nothing is broken!” But I replied that I didn’t know how to read x-rays so I wasn’t getting my hopes up.

Nice bones!

Then we were taken into the exam room and they took all her vitals and asked a bunch of questions. The doctor came in, looked at me, and asked Ana if she brought her fan club. I explained that I was simply the chauffeur. Then she pulled out the X-Ray and I instantly noticed the little arrows she had drawn on the paper. I uttered “Uh oh.” and Ana’s eyes opened wide in panic. I said, “Do you notice anything that wasn’t there before?” Then Ana saw it too. So the doctor explained (to Ana, since she was the patient, after all) that children’s bones aren’t hard like adult bones. They are soft because they are still growing. And since her bones were soft, they can break and not be as obvious as a crack or line on an X-ray. In Ana’s case, she pointed to the little “bumps” on the outside of her radius bone (one of the large bones in the forearm) on the X-ray, her bones were leaking microscopic amounts of fluid. They consider this a fracture. Since it wasn’t a severe break, all we needed to do was to stabilize it with a splint or a cast. The doctor was incredible. In my experience, people tend to dismiss children and talk over them. But she talked TO HER and explained everything so Ana knew what was happening. She didn’t dumb it down or talk down to her. She just told it like it was. It put Ana at ease and I was very impressed with the doctor’s bedside manner.


Then we were given instructions to follow up with a orthopedic specialist but until then Ana needed to wear a temporary splint. A nurse came in and wrapped Ana up.

Getting a temporary splint

Ana smiled and giggled through the entire process.

Splinted up with her X-Ray

We weren’t able to get an appointment with the doctor until Tuesday afternoon. The splint was cumbersome and left her right hand nearly useless. Ana had to do everything (eating, writing, etc.) left handed. Let’s just say, we were very anxious to see the doctor.

Enjoying the waiting room fish
Synchronized sipping

Since we had already taken X-rays we just had to wait for the orthopedist to make a decision about what to do next. He came in and talked with Ana and explained that she would need to wear a cast for one month. It would stabilize her arm and allow it to properly heal.

Waiting to talk to the orthopedist

Now it was time for the fun part! She got to pick out the color cast she wanted from a bright necklace of cast samples. Ana quickly decided on purple. She declared it was a lucky cast color.

She picked a purple cast

The tech slid a sleeve over Ana’s arm and proceeded to apply the cast material, shaping and molding as she went. Hadley and I got to just sit back and watch the show.

Prepping for her cast
Putting on the cast

We had to admit, the purple cast was pretty badass.

Pretty purple cast
All patched up!

After wearing that wrapped splint for several days, Ana was thoroughly impressed with the increased mobility the cast offered. The tech purposefully applied it low on/around her hand so she would be able to use it. As soon as we got into the car, Ana put it to the test and happily reported she could write with her right hand again!

She can still write!

Our next stop was Fred Meyer to pick up some Sharpie’s (metallic colors, since the cast was so dark) so her friends could decorate her cast. This girl was feeling the love and every single inch was filled with friends wishing her well.

Signing Ana's cast
Graffiti Love

Skip ahead to one month later (and numerous skipped baths) it was time to get her cast off! We had the same friendly tech who, upon seeing Ana’s nervous expression, explained that it was a special tool that just vibrated enough to cut through the cast but NOT skin. She even demonstrated on her own arm. It was loud like a vacuum and made Ana giggle through the entire process. Before we knew it, the cast was off! And Ana was free…to wash her hand for the first time in a month! She promptly washed (twice) and was feeling much better!

Cutting Off the Cast
The Cut-Off Cast

Then she was sent off to take another set of X-rays to make sure everything was better. So we waited for the doctor to come back with the verdict.

Snuggles Waiting for the X-Ray

He came in and proclaimed Ana’s arm healed! But he said she still needed to take it easy for awhile longer. He wanted her to wear a brace for the next month when she was at school or playing, simply as a reminder to her–and her friends–to protect her arm. But she was happy to hear she could take it off to shower and sleep.

Brace Time

I was very impressed by the whole situation. It could have been so much worse and we really got off easy. I’m mostly impressed with Ana for being so brave and handling it all like a rockstar.

Charlotte’s Web

Ana has been in a beginning drama class at Journey Theater Arts Group in Beaverton since January. Tonight, to wrap up the session, her class performed a final “showcase” of Charlotte’s Web. Ana was cast as Charlotte. It was her first time ever performing in front of an audience and she was nervous but you would never have known. She did an amazing job and I am so proud of her. (Pardon the wobbly recording; I was holding my iPhone up in the air in an attempt to see more of the show while Hadley was sitting on my lap!) Enjoy!

Eight Year Doctor Appointment

Ana had her eight-year doctor appointment on Thursday. (Between the delay with her six year appointment and her pediatrician passing away this year, she never had a seven year appt.) Here are her stats from the appointment:

Height: 51.57″ (71st percentile)
Weight: 60.2 lbs (63th percentile)
BMI: 16 (53th percentile)
Blood Pressure: 100/72

8 Year Check Up
Ana was a little nervous about having a new doctor, but having been to her sister’s appointment last month she was a little more at ease. He came in and asked her a bunch of standard questions (Do you wear a bike helmet? Yes. Do you eat fruits and veggies? Yes. When do you go to bed and wake up? 8pm, 6:45am Do you play sports? Soccer, swimming, biking, running. What is your favorite things about school? Math, science, spelling.) which she responded very thoroughly. They talked back and forth for several minutes and then he looked at me and said, “well, I am obviously not concerned about her. Clearly she is just perfect. I don’t even have anything to recommend!” Then he gave her a “healthy high five!”

Ana was very happy to find out she didn’t need any immunizations at this appointment and ecstatic to find out she won’t get one until she is 11! But both girls did have to get flu shots so the appointment wasn’t entirely without needles. Ana didn’t think it was a big deal. Hads on the other hand left the office in tears. Oh well. You can’t win ’em all.

The First Day of First Grade

I love this time of year. The weather is starting to cool off, the return of Pumpkin Spice to Starbucks, and, of course, Back to School. I love having everything new, clean, and crisp. Fresh folders, newly sharpened pencils, and shoes free of scuff marks. I try hard to make the transition from the freedom (or chaos. Whatever.) of summer to the structure and routine of fall to be exciting for my girls. If Ana’s attitude about today was any indication, I have truly succeeded at my mission. She was so excited to start school today and I could not be happier to have such an amazing FIRST GRADER.

Ready for the first day of school
Ready for school.

Traditional pic by the sign.
Standing next to the SPX sign. She has gotten so tall!

Sitting at her own desk
In her very own desk.

Then once we got home from an amazing first day, (“Mom! It was awesome. I love everything about First Grade!”) Ana and I sat down for our annual first day of school interview:

First Day Interview
All in all, it was a great first day of school. She can’t wait to go back.

Six Year Doctor Appointment

Ana had her six-year doctors appointment over Spring Break. (Obviously she turned six back in December but her appointment got rescheduled when her doctor fell down a flight of stairs–he’s ok–and this was the first day off from school they had an available appointment. I’m sorry, but my kids don’t miss school for routine appointments.) Here are her stats from the appt:

Height: 47 3/4″ (75th percentile)
Weight: 50 lbs (65th percentile)
BMI: 15.4 (50th percentile)
Blood Pressure: 84/58

We started the appointment with a urine sample. Unfortunately, out of habit, I made Ana pee before we left the house so she didn’t have to go. Finally she summoned up all she could (just a few drops), looked in the plastic cup, then declared, “Well, that is really disappointing!” Oops. Fortunately they don’t need much for the test and the amount she collected was enough. Whew!

Then it was time for the ear test and the eye exam. Ana was very excited that she knows all her letters so they let her do the “grown up” eye test (with letters instead of pictures) this year. She did great on all the tests and was excited when the nurse declared her to be “perfect!”
Eye Exam
Ana was thrilled to find out that she didn’t need any immunizations at this appointment, but was a little bit bummed to find out they needed to prick her finger for the anemia test. She was brave and let them “stab” her and “steal her blood.” The nurse gave her a generic bandage which I quickly upgraded to Toy Story Band-Aid once we were in the car which quickly improved her mood about the entire situation.

Everything else at the appointment went great. Ana is off the hook for another year (well nine months, but who is counting?).

Daddy Daughter Dance 2013

And so the annual tradition continues. Last Friday, Simeon and Ana attended the annual Daddy Daughter Dance at the Cedar Hills Rec center. Ana looks forward to this event ALL year. And if I’m being honest, I think Simeon does too. They get dressed up, Sim buys Ana a corsage, they eat dinner together, spend some quality time on the dance floor and usually hit Baskin Robbins for ice cream on the way home. What’s not to love?

Here are the pictures from this year:
All ready for her date!
Daddy's Surprise
Putting on the corsage
Aww! Aren't they cute?
Posing together
Picture Perfect
Coats on and ready to go!
And just for fun, I dug up the pictures from previous years. Here is 2012:


And the first year they went to the dance, 2010:

A Letter: Six Years

Dear Ana,
On Sunday you turned six years old. Six. Like it now takes TWO HANDS to show how old you are. Not that you use your hands to show people your age (in fact, you haven’t done that in years), but it’s the principle of the matter. Six is a big deal, just like you.
Simply stunning
Enjoying the view
More tulips

We were able to celebrate your birthday ON your actual birthday this year. It’s was an amazing day and that was in no smart part due to the fact that you planned it yourself. Sure, I helped with the execution, but every aspect of the party was because you decided it should be so. I asked you what you wanted to do for your party and without any hesitation you said you wanted an art party. This is a great representation of you because you LOVE art. At any given time our house either looks like an art studio or an art gallery. So you said you wanted to have a party at My Masterpiece Art Studio (I was totally on board because this meant the art could happen somewhere other than in my house!) and you promptly started listing off all your friends you wanted to invite. It was a great balance of friends from your class, old friends from preschool, and your tried-and-true playgroup friends. Then you proceeded to tell me your vision for the food (Pizza. Easy peasy.) and cake. You had an elaborate plan for a cake, covered in fondant, that looked like an artist palette. Since we were going to be having quite a few kids at the party, we decided to make the cake as well as cupcakes (which also looked like artist palettes but instead of fondant they were white chocolate candy melts with M&Ms for paint blobs). The party was a smashing success and everyone in attendance had a great time. You sure know how to plan a party, sis!
Making the cupcake toppers
Artist Palette Cupcakes
My little artist
Ana's Birthday Cake

You started kindergarten this year and it has been wonderful. I’m still a little in shock that you are in school all day, every day, but you handled it like a champ. You love your teacher, your friends, and everything about your new school. You even handled the transition to a uniform better than I expected. Since you are my little fashionista, I thought you would feel restricted, faced with conformity, but I think it really simplifies things and eliminates a lot of social/peer pressure. I know it definitely makes picking out your clothes in the morning a much faster process! You recently finished the first trimester of school and brought home your first report card. You got mostly all M’s and pluses (which sounds like a bad thing, but it’s really quite fabulous) and your teacher had only glowing things to say about you, pointing out that you are “very responsible and a great role model for [your] peers.” I couldn’t be more proud of you if I tried.
St. Pius Student
Her own hook
Waiting on the rug

Just before school started you also started playing soccer for Milltown United. You were very excited to finally be able to play soccer “outside” (you had only ever played in a gym) and your Dad was one of the coaches. It was so much fun to see you running around with your friends and being a part of a team. It took a few games, but once you started actually paying attention to the game (instead of talking to your friends or playing with your hair) you were quite good and would generally score a goal or two per game. You were always quick to remind me that it wasn’t about scoring goals but about having a good time. And you certainly did that.
Soccer girl
Kicking the ball
Ready to play!
Silly soccer start

It’s not really news anymore that you are a big sister, but it needs to be mentioned that you take your role as “Big Sister” very seriously. You and Hadley are quite the pair. I am constantly catching you two playing together or cuddled up somewhere. As Hadley gets bigger, the two of you just seem to get closer and closer. You are always showing her how to do things, helping her out, and glowing with pride when she learns something you taught her. A few days ago you had your Carols and Cookies Christmas performance at school and Hadley kept squealing with delight and clapping loudly throughout the songs (and not strictly at the end of songs, as is customary) but instead of getting embarrassed for something your little sister was doing, you were genuinely delighted. You could see that she was proud of you and you took it for all it was worth.
Bateman Beauty Show
Sister snuggles
Reading together

One of your big accomplishments/milestones this year was that you learned to ride a bike without training wheels. Santa brought you a bike a couple years ago and you were happy to cruise along with the training wheels but as soon as we took them off to help you learn to ride with two wheels, you quickly lost interest and preferred to zip along on your scooter. Finally we encouraged you to try again and as soon as you hopped on, something just clicked and you were off! It was awesome watching the delight on your face as you cruised around (and around and around!) our cul-de-sac. We could hardly keep you off of your bike and it quickly became one of our new favorite family activities!
Ana learned to ride a bike!
(We quickly realized we needed to get you a bigger bike.)
Riding with Style

It seems the older you get, the braver you get as well. You aren’t afraid to try new things or step outside of your comfort zone. You are becoming quite the little thrill seeker and I love getting to accompany you on these exciting new adventures. Over the summer we took a trip to Utah and in an attempt to make it more of a fun vacation, we visited Park City. When we got there, you and I decided to try out the Alpine Slide. As the one operating the controls (the brake), my goal was to get us safely down the mountain in one piece (and not traumatize you in the process) but you kept shouting, “Faster, Mama!” and “This is AWESOME!!”

Fire Station tour

Alpine Slide time
Rock climber

We aren’t the only ones who think you are pretty special. This year you were invited by our friends Nick and Krissy to be a flower girl in their wedding. You’ve been a flower girl before (twice, in fact) so I shouldn’t have been surprised that you did a wonderful job. You were a model flower girl: smiling sweetly for all the photos, perfectly sprinkling rose petals down the aisle, and even helping with the other (much younger) flower girl by showing her the ropes and setting a good example of proper flower girl behavior.Pretty Flower Girl

You are also showing signs of maturity and demonstrating how responsible you are. You have had your eye on an American Girl doll for quite some time. We told you that if you saved up enough money, we would take you up to Seattle to pick one out. The day finally came when we decided to take you to our credit union to count up the contents of your piggy bank. Thinking you’d have a hard time hitting the rather steep price tag of the AG doll, we decided you had been so responsible to save your money and working hard doing extra chores around the house that we would split the cost with you. Well, it turns out we underestimated you! You had enough money to buy the doll and then some. But we stuck to our deal and decided to put the rest of the money you had saved in the bank in a savings account we opened just for you.Her life savings

On our next trip to Seattle, we drove a little north to the nearest American Girl Doll store so you could pick out the doll of your dreams. You decided on a My American Girl doll that looked just like you (light skin, layered red hair, and brown eyes). You immediately named her Alice and she has been your prized possession constant companion ever since.
Picking out her doll
Ana's American Girl, Alice
Tea Party
Ana and Alice
Matching Set
The dynamic duo

Another big thing we did this year was grow out your bangs. I know it’s not a complicated thing, growing hair, but it was a test of patience… for both of us. There were many times when I was cursing your bangs and I just wanted to grab some scissors but you held strong. You made the choice to grow out your bangs and you stuck with it. I was very impressed. And you look simply amazing. Though I am a little concerned with how much older you look without bangs. I mean it’s a little ridiculous, no?
Confetti!Mmm. Cupcakes!

As I mentioned earlier, you are quite the artist, but I also have to add that you have amazing handwriting. You have been working really hard on sounding out words on your own (instead of always asking us how to spell things) and I just love finding little notes from you scattered around the house. For your birthday one of your friends gave you a journal and the other night you stuck it into your new sequin-covered purse and took it with us to Zoo Lights. While we were waiting for a school choir to get ready to perform you sat down off to the side and pulled out your journal to jot down your thoughts. Right then and there I got a nice glimpse of what you are going to be like as a teenager.
Letter to Santa
Writing in her journal

Not that I would expect anything else, but you are becoming quite the little mini me. You are always helping me out and wanting to be involved in everything I do. You are natural leader and are always trying to take charge and help any way you can. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I appreciate this aspect of your personality. There isn’t anything I do that isn’t better with you by my side. Mama's little helper

Found my pumpkin!

With any strong personality, there is bound to be a certain level of sass that comes with it. And you certainly have that! I’ll never forget the first time you came home from school and knew something that not only did I not teach you, but that I did not know (it was probably something you learned in Spanish class. Languages were never my thing). It was like your whole world flipped upside down. There was something YOU KNEW THAT YOUR MOTHER DIDN’T. (Shocking, I know.) You walked around all smug for at least an hour raving about how you were smarter than me. I’ve raised you to be strong, confident, and proud of yourself… and it was bound to come back to bite me in the butt eventually!

Blowing in the wind
My little beauty

Fairy wings

Well, my sweet girl, it has been another wonderful year with you. I have truly enjoyed watching you grow, change, learn, and discover. You are such an amazing friend, daughter, and sister. We are all truly blessed to have you in our lives. Thank you for all you are and all that you do. I love you.

Tea date with Mama
Ana and Mama
All my love,

Another Trip to Urgent Care

Playgroup started normal enough. The kids were all running around Chloe’s house, hyped up on sugar, laughing and chasing each other around the house. I went upstairs to check on Hadley to find her playing with her friends, happy to be one of the “big kids.” Then as I turned around to leave the bedroom I saw Ana stumble a little and then walk over to me. She looked like she was about to cry and said she was walking out of the bathroom and hit her head on the banister. I asked her if she wanted to come sit down with me for a bit and she agreed. I should have known something was up when she actual sat, curled up on my lap for several minutes. Finally I asked her if she wanted to go play and she said no, she just wanted to stay with me. A few more minutes passed and as she wiped her face with her hand, I noticed some red streaks on her sleeve. Upon questioning her about it, Ana brushed it off saying she must have gotten marker on her shirt when she was coloring earlier. Since this happens all the time I didn’t think anything of it. A little more time passed and Ana shifted on my lap and it was then that I realized her hair was looking red. Like REALLY red. Not the lovely auburn highlights God gave her, but like blood was drying in streaks in her hair. It was then that I quickly escorted her to the bathroom (and to better light) to examine my oldest daughter’s head wound. I could tell it wasn’t anything too serious, but since I am unfamiliar with head wounds I was not sure how to proceed. The blood was clearly clotting (always a good sign)  and it wasn’t too deep (another plus) but it was rather wide. So I called the closest Urgent Care to see what I needed to do. Once I called the clinic, Ana, who had been relatively calm and under control, pretty much lost it. She didn’t really understand what was happening and just overheard the adults around her mentioning key phrases like “shave her head” and “stitches” and wanted nothing to do with any of it.

It was at this point, that I started to feel a little weird. I hadn’t eaten anything in several hours and was suddenly feeling really light-headed. As I was talking on the phone I started losing my ability to focus my eyes and my vision started to get dark around the edges. Worried I was about to pass out (and thoroughly freak out my already frightened children) I handed off my kiddos. Chloe swooped in and grabbed Hadley, telling me that I looked totally green. As Elle picked up Ana she said my lips were the same color as my purple vest. So I decided to call Simeon and ask him to come over. Now.

Once Simeon (and Brad!) arrived, we got the girls ready to go, I ate a cookie, drank some water, and started to feel like myself again. Then we loaded up and headed to Urgent Care.

New red highlights

This was the first time Ana allowed me to get a picture. This was after we had already cleaned up most of the blood (to find the wound) but you can still see all the blood red “highlights” in her hair.

Being brave at Urgent Care

Luckily the Urgent Care office was empty (despite there being NO PARKING because the Urgent Care shares a parking lot with Cinetopia and it was opening weekend for Breaking Dawn) so we were able to go right back to the room. By this time Ana was herself again and giggling and chatting up a storm with the nurse.

One tiny staple

Apparently for these types of wounds, staples are the way to go. No need to shave the hair or even need to use medicine to numb it. Just one quick staple and that was that.

In theory.

But our doctor (nurse? practitioner?) shifted ever so slightly just as she pushed in the staple and instead of pulling the two sides together, missed one side entirely. She then had to remove the staple and put in another one. (I was more than a little miffed about THAT.) But Ana was brave and amazing. She didn’t even cry the entire time we were in the office. She kept cool and they rewarded her with a pen with a flashlight in one end.

Close up on her staple

Ana is doing well. She has a little headache (understandably so, after the banister AND the staples) so I gave her some children’s Tylenol before bed. Tomorrow we will get to wash the rest of the dried blood out of her hair and in 7-10 days we get to go back in to have the staple removed. Fun times. Not exactly the evening I envisioned, but with kids, you never know what is going to happen next.