My nerves have settled down quite a bit after getting Payton on her BP medicine. She loves the taste of it (they flavored it tutti frutti) and always asks if she can take it. Ofcourse, since she still likes cat food it shouldn't suprise me that she enjoys the taste of almost anything. Her blood pressure is on an average around 122/72 and once she's been on the medication for two weeks, if it's still running this high, they'll go ahead and up the dosage to try and get it closer to the 90/50 range. This morning it was 124/100 so I didn't send her to preschool. It was very obvious (due to her yelling at me all thru the night in her sleep) that she was just 'off' and it was more than likely just because her routine was off that she was having trouble. After today, she should be just fine. I don't know if it was right to keep her from preschool....I guess I will live and learn as we go along.
This weekend we went to Springfield to celebrate Koen's 2nd birthday with Bob's family. I can't believe he's going to turn two this week. He has definitely hit the 'terrible' two stage - but in a different way than Payton. I don't know that Payton's ever was terrible two's...Nancy describes it best in her post today. For some reason, most of Payton's behavior I'm afraid will last even into adulthood. Koen's - I know he can learn from discpline. Koen just likes to climb things, run like crazy, and play 24/7. He is quite the monkey and seems to have that little boy 'destruction' in him. In the same breath, he LOVES to read and loves to be held and cuddled (on his timing, not ours!). He still takes my breath away and it has been such a joy watching him develop and grow. On my days off, I always find it amazing that while Payton is gone to preschool I can actually get some things done. I've never realized before how she requires my attention nearly 24/7, but with Koen, he goes off and plays and I can sweep the floors, clean the bathroom, etc. Don't get me wrong. It's not the same when she's not there, I just don't think I realized how much I can get done with a typical child.
This past weekend we were walking down the steps in the garage. Payton still doesn't trust herself on steps and likes to hold my hand. Usually, I'll hold Koen's hand and walk him down, and then grab Payton's hand to help her down. This time, Koen went ahead of me and decided to try by himself. This thrilled me....but unfortunately he landed smack on his head. (He always has a knot on one side of his head.....). Ofcourse, the next night he was staying with my mom while Bob and I went birthday shopping (Payton couldn't stand leaving her gma Wanda after the birthday party, so she stayed the night with her) and wouldn't you know, Bob and I got a call from my parents saying they were taking Koen to the emergency room. That silly little boy ran smack into the corner of a cabinet. He was fine....but as you can see from the picture below had one heck of a knot on his head.
Anyways, I just wanted to update on my kiddos and especially Payton's blood pressure. For the past couple of months, her color just really hadn't looked well and she really looks back to herself. Her eyes are not so purple/red around them - she looked like a raccoon for almost two months and I just couldn't figure it out. She looks healthy again and seems to be feeling a lot better. I can't imagine how good she'll feel when we get the blood pressure to the 90/50.