The girls had their 5 year well visit yesterday. Rich brought them while I was at work. (I do want to comment at how nice it has been to have one parent at home full time. I do wish that I was that parent but in the same breath, I realize that I'm lucky to be able to provide for my family.)
Allie - 39.5"
Anna - 38"
Emily - 38.5"
Allie - 30 lbs
Anna - 28 lbs
Emily - 29 lbs
So basically, they have each grown in height over the past 6 months but no one has really gained any weight. Their pedi isn't concerned. Anna isn't even on the charts but she's growing. Those of you who are familiar with Disney probably read my mind when you saw their heights. Emily hasn't picked up much height since December so she's due for a growth spurt.
You need to be 40 inches tall to ride attractions such as Big Thunder Mountain, Soarin' and Splash Mountain. The girls have even mentioned Tower of Terror. The ironic part is that Allie is the least interested in those rides while Anna and Em are thrill seekers. I so hope that my little Anna has another growth spurt. She's so close!
The state of Massachusetts requires children to take a specific eye test, which can be administered by their pediatrician. Now, the girls are already in the public school system and have had their eyes and ears checked multiple times without incident. We've never had any concern over anyone's eyesight. So, of course, Allie and Em pass the eye test but Anna doesn't. I didn't hear this tidbit until after the girls had gone to bed. When I arrived home, the girls were telling me about the appointment and Anna mentioned something about the eye exam but I thought it was odd how she said that she had to guess where the letter E was.
The pedi told Rich that 1/3 of kids fail this eye exam and of the 1/3 who fail it, 80% of them do so because they don't understand what they are supposed to be doing or they make it into a game. Awesome. Sounds like an effective exam. And just what Anna needs. Another appointment with another doctor.
The girls were scheduled to receive 4 vaccinations (shots) yesterday. Although we are pro-vaccination for our children, I limit it to 2 shots per visit. Their pedi has been cool with that thus far. So yesterday they were each the recipient of 2 shots in the upper arm. By the time Rich picked me up at the train station, the effects were obvious. Emily and Allie were complaining of a sore arm and everyone just seemed a bit grumpy. By bedtime, those two were also feverish. Interestingly, Anna had a slight different reaction.
So here's the thing - whenever the girls are sick or react to vaccinations, I have panic/anxiety attacks because I'm afraid something is going to happen to them while we are sleeping. What if a fever spikes too high? What if someone chokes on puke? I barely slept last night. I spent part of the night sleeping in Anna's bed and Allie's bed in addition to my own bed. I checked on Emily at least once an hour except between 4 and 6 this morning when I actually slept for more than 20 minutes. Per her request, I cathed Anna twice during the night. (We don't cath her during the night unless she asks us to and I've never had her ask twice in one night.) Allie puked and thank goodness it was a one time event.
Oh, and poor Emily peed all over the bathroom floor at 6 this morning because she couldn't find me (I was in the corner of Anna's bed.) I had moved the step stool in the middle of the night during my 8th trip to the bathroom for reason XYZ. Her little arm was so sore that she couldn't climb up onto the toilet.
I hope the girls feel better tomorrow because it was kind of a bummer seeing them like this today.