Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Sick Days

Sleeping Arosha.We just went through an extremely hard couple of weeks — hence the lull of posting on our blog. It started with Arosha getting sick. This was the 4th time since our return from vacation less than two months ago. Started with mild fever, and then escalated quickly.

He had very high fever for four days straight. Up to 103.9. He is usually not phased much by fever, but with fever that high he felt terrible. We saw a doctor and she didn’t see anything serious, but we had to put him on Motrin. It was quite stressful to see the fever last for as long as it did. It was the worst he ever had. Motrin ended up upsetting his stomach and after 4 days doctor recommended putting him on antibiotics. Second time in his life.

And a day after his fever subsided and we started feeling a bit of relief the same thing started happening to Anna. Her fever spiked up to 104.1 at one point. On several occasions we thought that we were very close to rushing to an emergency room. We actually had to rotate Tylenol and Motrin in order to keep her temperature in check. But after several days of this torture to us and to poor Anюta things seem to be coming back to normal.

Anюta sleeping.Luckily the ear thermometer takes only 3 seconds to read temperature. Anna was quite a bit afraid of it, but we kept showing to her that we measure temperature for Arosha, then for papa, then for mama and she actually started liking the process. So now when I need to measure her temperature she would come over says “На” (giving me her ear) and saying “истрашна” (не страшно — not scary).

And the fact that they make medication sweet for kids also helps a great deal with somebody as little as she is. If Arosha we could easily convince the he needs to drink it with her it wouldn’t work yet.

It’s true what they say — having kids is like having your heart walking outside of you. Seeing your kids feeling this bad has been very emotionally draining on both of us. Hopefully it’s behind us now and with Arosha’s school year winding to a close — here is to a healthy summer!
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Friday, June 19, 2015

Pre-K Stepping Up Ceremony

Arosha's first ever class.Today Arosha had his Pre-K stepping up ceremony. I went by myself — decided that it was better to leave Anюta with Danya and his dad, so she would not distract me from the man of the hour.

The ceremony was really nice. I felt quite emotional, especially when Arosha’s class was singing “It’s a small world”. I could differentiate my boy’s clear loud high voice from the choir, and it made me extra teary. Danya can also hear his voice in the video.

I am really proud of Arosha. He did well in school, even though he missed a lot of days due to being sick. His teachers seem to genuinely love him. I remember I was dreading speaking to his main teacher, Ms. Lupion, in the beginning of the year, because she was telling me that she can’t figure him out and that he does not listen to her and that maybe I need to check his hearing….

Teacher’s assistant Mrs. Aviani, who is Russian, knew right from the start that Arosha is a bright and well developed child, and I think that we are very lucky that he had a Russian-speaking teacher to ease him onto public school education. In any case, as Arosha picked up English language and figured out what is expected of him, his main teacher changed her opinion of him. She actually told me that children like Arosha, seeing the impact that she made on him, make her love her job all the more.

Arosha with his teachers.I am really grateful to his teachers. I see that they are loving and caring and really put all their hearts into their job. I hope Arosha’s new teachers next year will be good too. Ms. Lupion is retiring this year after 30 years of helping little ones to start school. That’s too bad, because I was hoping that Anюta will go to her class too.
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