For some reason, August brings out a blah attitude towards chronicling our lives.
Not that there is anything altogether exciting to report.
Girl had her annual echo cardiogram and pacemaker check appointment in the big city. Now that she has turned five she is completely comfortable with whatever they need to do to her. She'll lift her shirt for anyone.
The pacer technician re-set her pacer to beat as low as 60 bpm and it tops out at 180bpm. I was shown a chart that measures her usage of the device: she regularly gets her heart rate up to 180bpm. I'm gad they didn't have a chart of how high my rate goes. I think she would top me.
They also re-set the sensitivity so that the lower wires (this is as technical as I get) are no longer reading the upper wires and delivering the wrong information. It makes it appear that she has an arrhythmia. We don't need to add that on, too.
The echo showed that her heart is still hanging on as they designed it to. Her cardiologist drew us a picture comparing what a normal heart looks like and what her's looks like: it's difficult to compare the two. He commented that Girl's heart is utterly unique: there isn't another one designed like it in the world.
I don't know why, but this makes me smile.
A few days after the appointment Girl turned five years old. This made me feel a little odd, since I distinctly remember my own fifth birthday (and, moreover, the evening before when I received not one, but two spankings.). Reflectively, I guess I should have put more effort into making it seem memorable for her but I shamefully admit to being the World's Worst Birthday Planning Mom.
My children's birthdays usually end about ten minutes before bedtime when I have had just enough time to slap some frosting on the still-hot-from-the-oven cake, cut it into pieces, serve it to the children, then bemoan the apparent facts that not only did I forget to get any ice cream, but I also forget to sing and let them blow out candles.
My children will probably need therapy after having grown up with me.
But back to Girl's birthday: she picked out her own presents of Disney Princess play sets (the ones that come with the prince included: she's no dummy), and also was gifted with Princess dresses, a backpack, a thermos, coloring pages, the works. Disney certainly makes its share of money from my daughter's unflagging interest.
And to close, the cute anecdotal and ongoing conversation between Girl and Boy Two. Girl will declare throughout the house, "Who wants to play the princess is getting MAR-ried?!" And Boy Two will distractedly counter that with, "I'm playing the DINOSAUR learns how to FIGHT!"
Combine the two only with tremendous caution.