I am unclear if this one was a maniacal or a genius move, but I took off work a couple hours early on the afternoon Poppins was bringing her son and husband over to meet us to take the dogs to the dog park. They are good fun guys, but they are definitely terriers and have some energy and so I figured that having them a bit tired would be wise as I didn't know what her son thought about dogs. It turned out that I probably didn't need to worry at all as he loved them, but I had a great time and so did they.
The dog park we normally go to is pretty busy normally, but at 3 on a Wednesday afternoon it was almost dead. A good part of the time we were there, there was no one! Since I'm not supposed to be taking them for long walks right now, I might should try to find more times like this when I can take them without taking either boy and let them run some;
And, since it was calm, I was able to sit back in a chair with my feet up in another chair. So nice for everyone!
We had noticed that Chiron was getting paler. While we were aware it was February, I figured I should call the pediatrician to confirm that we didn't need to worry. I told her that she wasn't exhibiting any other signs of anemia, but she decided that since he had been off of his vitamin supplementation for about two months, it probably made sense to go ahead and draw blood. His H&H was 39.2 and 13.4! That's the best he's had since the week he was BORN. His iron reserve (ferretin level or something like that) was significantly lower than she'd like to see (17 maybe?), but since his H&H was so good, we aren't concerned at this time. We didn't do a retic, so don't know what that is.
Whle the results were great, getting the blood draw drawn was a comedy of errors with the order not being found, needing three sticks and lots of wiggling around, and the like turning a thirty minute trip into 2.5 hours. However, Chiron wasn't bothered by the wait at all:
Trajan has been dressing himself entirely on his own on the weekends for around a year now, so I decided it was time he started doing it on the weekdays as well. He had been dressing himself, but he required someone in the room. He objected at first, but I think we've got it down. However, he occasionally puts things on backwards and the like.
I am continually impressed by how great a brother Trajan is. Chiron really likes to be pretty much on top of him a lot of the time and Trajan not only tolerates this, but enjoys it. We do make sure and manage Chiron so that he isn't on him when Trajan is working on something Chiron is likely to mess up though and I think this helps to keep Trajan's attitude so fantastic and loving towards Chiron. I'm hoping that they will stay as close with these new two rather than Trajan retreating for self-preservation. The little two being girls seems like it may help!
The story I wrote for the Preemie Power fundraising contest is now up on the Hand to Hold website as a family story. It's interesting to see their story there for others to read. Chiron and Aurelia's due date (the 40-week FYI one) was this Saturday, it's kind of crazy to think so much time has passed.