First off, I have to share my proud momma moment. I’m always proud of my kids, no matter what! But today they made me exceptionally proud… and since this is my blog I can share it :).
Today I decided not to get a babysitter or ask one of the grandparents to come with me to the eye doctor. We were getting 4 sets of glasses, but no one was being seen by the doctor and I knew it would be fairly quick. I had seven of the kids with me (Kristopher went to school) and I felt like we could do this without an extra set of hands.
Let me also say that I have not yet- since coming home in late December- taken all 8 children anywhere but to school and home, or through a drive-through by myself. I haven’t taken them all OUT of the car, gone to a public place, and asked them to stay with me, behave, and listen. So this was our first time! And it was awesome.
I used the triple stroller for my two big kids that don’t walk (Emma and Wesley) and for Lynae. Micah and James each held on to one side. Aleksa held by the handle. Brianna walked near us. We went into the waiting room and they all sat in chairs and watched Mickey Mouse on TV until we were called back. We went into a room and James and Aleksa plopped down in chairs immediately without being asked. Brianna and Micah sat on the exam table and the 3 in the stroller stayed put.
They sat, they danced to the Pandora’s “Sesame Street” channel of music on my phone, they listened, they got their glasses tried on, fitted, and were nice about it! Brianna LOVES her new glasses and knows they make her even more beautiful :). James didn’t kick the lady putting the glasses on him or throw them across the room. He didn’t scream even once! He took the ‘tone’ from the rest of us and chilled and said “yay!” and clapped when we applauded him for leaving his glasses alone. He left them on for a good 2-3 minutes before they gently were put in his lap… and he let us put them back on after that!
Brianna took hers off in the car and put them in her cup holder.
Aleksa still takes hers off in the car and chucks them as far as she can…
Micah didn’t seem to notice that his were different (the script is only minorly adjusted) and was fine with them immediately, tho I did change his ‘leash’ over from his other pair.
Emma also didn’t seem to mind the new ones and I believe she’ll probably do better with them based on the script difference in her left eye (went from 1.5 to 4, but he gave the script for only 3 because it will not affect her closer-up vision as much that way). Emma is the only one that went to school after, so we’ll see how she does finishing out the day with them. I also moved her ‘leash’ over from her old glasses.
Wesley doesn’t mess with his a whole lot unless he’s board or thinks he’ll get attention that way. He does pretty good with them :)
So, a proud momma moment. One of those days you go “Wow, I guess we’re doing something right because we not only ‘survived’ but we did really well with seven of us all going to a doctor’s office and waiting and navigating multiple hallways and doors and even having two potty trained girls use the restroom before we headed home.
I am one blessed momma today!!
Now what you really want… pictures :)
I was getting such a kick out of James’ reaction to his new glasses! Brianna pretty much took them in stride, but James was like a caged animal when we were trying on glasses to find some that fit him. So I was most concerned with his reaction to having to wear them. I was so happy to see that he was enjoying all the praise and that he is leaving them on a bit! And… I took a video to share. Please excuse the look of the kitchen and table… I do have 8 kids which means the sink is always full! We stopped at McD’s on our way home and everyone was just finishing eating when I took the pictures (the ones without jackets for the most part) and this video :) Enjoy!