Today is Lily's first birthday and Jeff's 42nd birthday. It's hard to believe that it was a whole year ago that I got to hold Lily - just a few hours old - at the Welland hospital. What a sweet, little baby we are privileged to love. For the first time today Lily really figured out how to get where she wanted to go. She's not crawling yet, but she can pull herself, completely lying down, forward to where she wants to be......it won't be long now!
The day started out as normal with breakfast and some playtime, then off to the doctor for Lily's one year checkup. I didn't think she had any immunizations scheduled, but she did. Poor Lily got shots on her birthday. She cried, of course, but wasn't the least bit fussy all day. The doctor said that she needs to stay drinking 3 bottles of formula a day still for the next little while. I guess until she gets more teeth and can eat more table food. She has another appointment in three months and they'll reevaluate then.
I love Lily's dr. so much that I moved our children to her practice. She sees the girls (Victoria and Lily) and her husband sees the boys (Luke & AJ). Luke woke up this morning with a terrible ear ache. These doctors work in a clinic that is also a walk-in clinic. So when I registered Lily for her appointment, I registered Luke for the walk-in clinic, just in case he could be seen then, too. By the time Lily's appointment was done, Luke was already in to the doctor, and he was able to see his regular doctor. The doctor flushed some big chunks of ear wax out of his ear (lovely, I know!) and then could see the inner ear. He said that it is a bit bulging, but to treat with Advil today and see how it is tomorrow. It's so nice to have doctors that just don't prescribe antibiotics at the least sign of an ear infection!
While the boys helped Jeff hand out some flyers about our new church location, Victoria, Lily and I did some banking and I took the girls to the Ontario Early Years Centre - a place for kids to learn and play. The older three are all too old to go now. I took them at least once a week until they started school. Once they're 7, they have to be "helpers". Well, I don't relish the idea of having 3 "helpers" with me, so I hadn't taken Lily yet. We didn't realize what the summer schedule was, though and arrived with only 20 minutes to play. The girls had fun, though, and that's what matters.
After that, we picked up Jeff and the boys and we let Jeff treat us out for lunch to McDonald's for his birthday. We went to a nearby park and ate there. Luke made himself nauseous by going on the merry-go-round right after eating two jr. chicken sandwiches and some root beer.
Then we took Jeff back to church to get some more work done. I then took all of the kiddos to the library and then to another park for a while. Then we went to my mom and dad's so the kids could go swimming and stayed and had pizza for supper.
Jeff got home from visitation just about the same time as we did and he opened presents and we had cake and ice cream Dibbs (which Lily loved and made a huge mess with!!)
How wonderful to celebrate this day 42 years ago when Jeff was born and 1 year ago when Lily was born. Two people whom I love dearly celebrating their birthday on the same day!