An Itemized Statement of Gracie

Item #1:  Gracie has her preK graduation in a few weeks.  I hyperventilate every time I say that.  I can’t believe she is going to be in kindergarten this fall.  We have her kindergarten registration next week.  I hyperventilate every time I say that, too.  Part of me is so excited, but the other part of me thinks, “She still says ‘she shells.’ How can she be in kindergarten and still say ‘she shells?'”  As part of her graduation ceremony, she will be reciting two poems, singing a few songs, and doing a dance or two.  Lots of fun.  Tonight at the ball field, she practiced one of the poems that I hadn’t heard yet.  And then I cried.

Item #2: Tonight at dinner, we were playing this alphabet game where I would say a letter and the kids had to put in a friend’s name with that letter.  Like this, “A is for Anni, B is for Bean, C is for Connor…”  We got all the way up to “L is for Layla, M is for Michael, N is for Nico, O is for…” and then Gracie yells out, “OSCEOLA INDIAN CHIEF!”  Which, naturally, stopped our game immediately and caused us to all stare at her for a good 30 seconds before she quietly peeped, “What?  It does start with an O…”

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Item #3: Gracie has a horrible rash all over her right now.  I took her to the doctor yesterday and they said it is a viral rash that isn’t contagious, but, man, does it look awful.  And it itches like crazy.  Poor baby girl.  Not much we can do but use an itch cream to keep the itching somewhat at bay and wait it out.  It should be gone in 3-5 days.  Until then, I’m living with the cutest little leper ever.

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Item #5: Gracie came home from school last week all worked up and mad.  “MOM,” she practically shouted when we got into the car after pick up.  “A boy in my class said ballet is not a sport!”  And before I could say anything, she continued, “So, I told him that it WAS a sport because you have to be strong and beautiful and you get a little sweaty sometimes.”  And before I could say anything else, she said, “And then he said, ‘You can’t play sports because you’re a girl!’ and so I said, ‘Girls can play sports, too!” And before I could say anything else she said, “AND GIRLS PLAY SPORTS BETTER THAN BOYS.”  I will never worry about Gracie again in her life.  That girl has mad life skillz, yo.

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Item #6: Last week on our way home from church on Sunday night, Gracie and I had the following conversation:

“Mom, I played with my best friend at church tonight,” Gracie said.
“Oh, yeah?” I asked. “What’s her name?”
“I don’t know. Abby or something like that…”
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Item #7: We are meeting with an ENT next week to schedule Gracie’s tonsil removal.  Any advice would be super appreciated.  🙂

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7 Thoughts to “An Itemized Statement of Gracie”

  1. Melinda Moss

    I am so grateful you resumed the blog. This is preciius!!

  2. Kim B

    I had my tonsils out when I was nine, I remember it being painful, but tolerable. Two of my 3 kids had theirs taken out when they were in college. It was miserable! You are doing the right thing, having her get them out while she is young.
    Lots of popcicles, apple sauce, slushies, etc. Stay away from ice cream and yogurt, the dairy makes them “flemmy”. Also, stay on top of the pain with her prescriptions, I set my alarm for the first few days to make sure they got their meds during the night. It is hard to reign in the pain if it gets away from you.
    Good luck and best wishes to your sweet Gracie girl!

  3. Ahem.
    I believe you left out #4?
    (Half assing? Lol.)

    Gracie has me teary eyed.

  4. Cintia

    I had a rash all over my left side and the solution was to remove my tonsils. Maybe that’s the case here too.
    I think I was 4, can’t really remember anything except that I got my Rollerskate Barbie whenI was in the hospital and loved the ice cream :)))

  5. Andrea Campbell

    I had my tonsils out at 21, and it sucked, but from what hear the younger you are the easier it is, so yay!
    Ice cream was way too cold for me and it hurt my throat, same with putting ice in any drinks. I’m from FL so I know ice gets put in everything, resist the temptation! Nothing fizzy, that hurt as well. I loved fruit punch while healing, can’t drink it now though…memories. I lived off room temperature pudding cups and chicken broth for a good week. She will bounce back quickly and will feel so much better. Oh and keep in mind, if her tonsils are really big like mine were, it will take a little time to learn how to swallow again. I had stuff coming out of my nose for a while until I got used to it. (This comment makes me feel so pretty)

    I, too, am so happy you are back blogging, we missed you around these parts.

  6. I just had my tonsils removed last Monday. And I’m 32… It wasn’t TERRIBLE but it also hasn’t been easy. I’m on day 11 of recovery and still taking extra strength Tylenol and being careful about what I eat. Keep her drinking fluids so her throat stays wet and stay ahead of the pain and she’ll do great. We may have to look at having my oldest son’s tonsils removed sometime coming up and I think being the mom of the patient is going to be harder than being the patient!

  7. If she is feeling nervous before the surgery, see if there is a Child Life Specialist who can help make her comfortable and explain everything. Sometimes you can even take a tour ahead of time so that kids know what to expect!

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