Nate has been preparing and studying for the boards, the first of 3 standardized exams that med students take in order to become licensed as a physician. Scoring well is very important if you want to get into a competitive residency. So for the past little while he has been swallowed up in the foreign-to-me world of pharmacology, biochemistry, organ systems, etc. What's even more amazing is he has been finding spelling mistakes and other errors in the practice question banks and has submitted them to the publishers and earned us almost $200 in Amazon.com gift cards! He's too smart for his own good. If you leave a comment on this post (which I would sure love) wish him good luck on Wednesday!
Despite the heavy load he is dealing with right now, he always comes to my rescue around 5 o clock when I just don't think I can be a mom for another second. He usually takes the kids outside while I take a deep breath and finish making dinner.
Here is the doctor in action. Mom, please, please don't be worried about this or upset at me for taking a picture of it. Everything worked out just fine and Lyme disease is rare for the amount of kids that get ticks. We were undressing Jansen the other night to cut his hair and found a tick on him. (We'd been on a walk at a Metro Park earlier that day.) For some reason it really didn't upset me like I have always imagined it would.
Things have been really rough with Natalie lately. It almost feels like the colic days again. She won't eat solids anymore (I'm not just talking baby food, she just doesn't want to eat, period) so she just has bottles all day. Teething maybe? Every time I offer something to her, she starts to fuss and then whacks it out of my hand. She's too much of a busybody to sit and drink more than about 3 oz. at a time, so she just has lots of sips all day. She has been very fussy and waking a lot at night. She has a bad diaper rash and is also sick...runny nose and that persistent, nap-shortening, sleep interrupting cough that I hate!!! She has been frightened by some curious things lately. She got very scared on an escalator today, hates the swings, and was also freaked out when I sat in the front seat of the car and was going to let her play with the steering wheel. She did not want to be there, almost acted claustrophobic or something.