We did a lot of prep work this weekend (while also attending a picnic on Saturday and a communion party on Sunday).
Cleaning: My parents are staying with us for the week. God bless them. We excavated the girls’ room, cleaned, dusted, and vacuumed just about everywhere, wiped down the bathrooms, swiffered the kitchen floor, and even cleaned the oven.
Our bedroom and the office remain pigsties.
Information: The place that is doing Kate’s and Michael’s surgeries sends out an email with a link to an online informational presentation that goes over… a lot. Now, if you are like me, there is no such thing as too much information, and this is a good strategy. It did not alleviate my anxiety, per se, but it gave me some good ideas of issues to be aware of and questions to ask. And reminded me that I needed to put Children’s Tylenol on my shopping list.
Shopping: We’ve stocked up on popsicles, Gatorade, applesauce, and pudding. We’ve got smoothie ingredients. I’m hoping that by the weekend, Kate will be ready for scrambled eggs and soft noodles. If not, plan B is some of those fruit pouches for toddlers. And more smoothies.
M should be eating just fine by Wednesday.
Packed: The children’s bag is packed. I will have to remember to put M’s Monkey in the bag tomorrow morning.
Talking: We’ve prepared Kate as well as we could. Basic information, assurances that everything will be okay, assurances that it’s okay to be scared, that she has good doctors and we will be there. We haven’t lied about after, that her throat will hurt, that she will need to eat soft foods.
M… we’ve tried a little bit. His biggest concern is whether or not he is getting a shot. Technically no. Tomorrow is going to be unpleasant for him.
Our check-in time is 10:30 a.m. No breakfast for the kids. No fluids after 9 a.m. I hope some Gatorade will stave off the whineys until then.
No idea what Dan and I need for tomorrow and tomorrow night. Suggestions welcome!