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Elizabeth got two stripes in a single day! Let's just say that this was a LONG time coming (her last stripe was July 10th), with some not great communication and much parental biting of tongues as we want Elizabeth to practice advocating for herself where possible. We'd actually nearly decided to intervene as she was clearly getting overlooked, but things seem back on track so we're going to leave it for the moment.


She's really hoping this means she can earn her red stripe in time for grading at the end of the month as she wants her blue belt. Blue belt means two new katas, one of which has a fancy jump she's been dying to have shown to her "properly" (her attempts to reproduce based on watching have not been completely successful).


Jess, Daniel, Nora and Simon were in Ottawa for Thanksgiving and miraculously no one was throwing up! Elizabeth was so excited to see Nora she didn't even protest missing school, though she did ask for a rain check on crazy hair day...


As usual, Elizabeth and Nora got on very well, though Nora wasn't feeling super great. Simon and Matthew aren't quite as tight - Matthew is going through a particularly wild phase of play which overwhelmed Simon to the point of hiding in the closet. Matthew thought Simon was quite good fun, if overly fond of hide and seek. Oh well.


We played in the park and then went to the Works for burgers and now Elizabeth is asking me when she gets to go visit Nora in Boston. She wants a sleepover and was most dismayed to discover they weren't staying at our house overnight.


It's butterfly time again and this year I was smart enough to check to see if the other school boards had a PD day before deciding on a day to visit. Even so we still waited in line for nearly an hour, mostly due to rather endless school trip visits.


Elizabeth is still mind-bogglingly scared of butterflies (okay, so she's actually pretty terrified of most insects). I was quite worried she'd hit her head or trample someone dodging out of the way of the butterflies zooming around, but eventually after talking to her rather sternly she settled down. She even managed to screw up her courage long enough to hold a butterfly on an orange for a photo, which she wanted to do desperately but was clearly a struggle.


Matthew and Amelia weren't nearly as timid, but I could see that they were really unsure how to take Elizabeth's paranoia and it took Matthew a long time to decide whether he'd brave holding a butterfly or not, given that his older sister seemed to feel like it was risking life and limb. If we had stayed longer he probably would have been grabbing them off the leaves so it was probably best for all concerned that we had music class followed by Daddy's birthday restaurant to get to...


Elizabeth and Matthew had a karate tournament this morning. Amelia and I went to church to wander through an "Israelites wandering through the desert" obstacle course and to make a water out of a rock craft, which I figured would be far more entertaining for all involved than trying to get the two year old to SIT and WATCH. Brendan thinks next time maybe we should figure out how to get the four year old out of the dojo once his events are over as well. It's a long morning when you are all done competing.


Matthew was the first kid through his tykes obstacle course. He was very proud of this "It's because I'm the fastest kid alive". He was very taken with his (participation) medal. Daddy was less taken by having to protect bystanders from the heavy projectile on the end of a string while trying to focus on taking photos of Elizabeth.


Elizabeth won silver for her kata in a field of 11 competitors, and then took bronze in sparring. Won the first match 5-0, lost the second 3-5. She's beat the silver medallist "lots of times before" but was still quite proud of herself. "Next time I just have to be more FIERCE!" (Eek!)


Amelia was fine all morning running around -a little off balance but nothing serious, though she did keep tripping on nothing - but when she woke up after her nap she was a bit disoriented and complained her head was extremely "owie". I was getting ready for Brendan's birthday party so Auntie Janice helped the kids make birthday cards for Daddy and they "helped" Auntie Janice with her laundry.


It wouldn't be a party without someone throwing up though, would it? Not long after cousins arrived, Amelia decided she wanted to go play instead of clinging to Auntie Janice. Next thing we knew - Isabelle announced that there was "something by the piano". "Something" turned out to be Amelia throwing up. She threw up again upstairs, came down to watch Daddy blow out his candles (and help from a distance) and then threw up a third time in the dining room.


Combination of complaining constantly about her head, the weird off balance and the puking made us decide we had better head back to CHEO in case this was concussion related. I tried texting our pediatrician neighbour Catherine first in the hopes of being told I was overreacting but she thought it was a good idea too. So I abandoned my slice of birthday cake and Janice, Amelia and I headed to the ER. Triage was much faster than Friday, which gave us some vain hope we might be there a shorter time but it was clearly busier. If Friday was full of concussions, Sunday evening seemed to have a disproportionate number of hockey injuries.


We waited a really long time. Amelia was pretty perky in the ambulatory (airplane!) waiting room, but as soon as we got put in "isolation" to wait, she promptly threw up again. By now it was 11pm. Unfortunately the mattress in the waiting room was not exactly waterproof. It was so gross and Amelia actually needed to use a second change of clothes when the wet (disinfectant? leftover puke?) seeped out of the mattress. But neither Janice nor I actually needed to use any of the complete spare changes of clothes we'd brought for ourselves. You might think we sounded prepared, but you'd be wrong since we forgot Amelia's footwear. Sigh.


In any case, I was unimpressed with the mattress, and I was also unimpressed that we were abandoned in the waiting room by ourselves without any sheets or towels visible nor any kind of orientation on stuff like "how to turn out/down the lights". Not sure how they would go about doing it but a tiny bit more communication would go a long way. We actually got to the point of pinging for a nurse just to make sure they hadn't forgotten about us.


We didn't get to see the doctor until about 1:15am, and at first it was a resident. But he was extremely thorough and spent really a long time staring into Amelia's eyes looking for potential bleeding at the back, feeling her head and watching her walk (by FAR her least favourite part). He also took a really thorough history, going right back to Amelia's birth. "And how long were you in the hospital after your C-section?" "24 hours" "?!?!" "I don't like hospitals". I was just finishing remarking to Janice how odd it was that pretty much every single medical professional (including all the nurses) we had seen that evening were male when the main doctor arrived. She was very nice. After more evaluation, we were given the option to either be admitted overnight for observation, or have an anti-nausea drug and observe her ourselves at home. Since it was now 2am and Amelia was asking "we go home now Momma" (and yes, I don't like hospitals), I definitely opted against admittance. The idea was that the anti-nausea drug would take the puking out of the equation if it was due to something other than the concussion.


So we went home and heroine Janice covered the garden against frost, and Amelia and I crawled into bed and got a solid three hours of sleep. After which Amelia woke up and had a massive temper tantrum on and off until it was time for the older two to go to the bus. Let's just say Amelia ate six bowls of breakfast, we put the kids on to the bus, I checked my email to make sure there were no crises at work and then Amelia and I crashed. She slept until nearly 3pm, woke up and was fine again. Even her balance seems back to normal this time and she says her head and tummy are now "fine".


Amelia didn't go to her skating class this morning for obvious reasons, so she and I stayed home and cleaned the house.


We sorted clothing and did laundry and cleaned bathrooms and generally worked hard. Amelia was surprisingly helpful. I was pretty happy about getting Amelia down to only two bankers boxes worth of "too big" clothes, when I discovered a whole 'nother large box. Sigh... So we have four boxes of footwear and eight boxes of clothing in storage, which seems excessive but at least that's down significantly from last week when we had twice that.


After all that cleaning I desperately needed to get out of the house and Amelia seemed fine so after lunch I took the kids to the Glebe Community Association's 50th anniversary party. Cake! Balloons! Face Painting! Community art projects! Free T-Shirts! The kids thought it was great and it was a nice way to spend an afternoon.


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