Monday, March 5, 2012

First Blood, First Date

Saturday was a day of firsts for us....

Part of Avery's sleep evaluation was that she needed to have bloodwork done to check her iron levels.  They were suspicious of her having restless leg syndrome (RLS) and the way to partially diagnose that in children is by checking their iron levels. 

So Saturday we took her for bloodwork.

I didn't know what to expect. I know they check her iron at the pediatrician with a finger prick (which she did awesome at!) so that's what I was praying for.

Nope....they didn't do the finger prick. Apparently they only do that up to age 18 months. 

So she had to have it drawn from her arm.  A brief moment of panic came over all of us and we just had to go with it.

She sat on Gabe's lap and he held her arm out with both of his hands. She was curious and watched what they were doing. We just kept telling her that they were going to touch her arm and then it would be over. They put the rubberband on her arm and she didn't even fuss. Made a fist like they asked. And then they did it. 

It took a few seconds for the tears to come....but they came. She cried while the tube filled up but stopped as soon as the needle was out. And she got a nice bandaid too!  Overall she did great as always!! Of course Mommy teared up while they were doing it-I felt so bad for her!!

Later that day, Gabe and I went on our first date since having Cassandra!!  My in-laws babysat both kids and we went out for a little break!

We stopped at a few stores, then went to see the movie "Safe House". It was a very good movie! Of course I had to splurge and get popcorn since we only go to the movies like once a year!  After the movie, we ran to a local Italian restaurant and grabbed a quick bite to eat.

The kids did great. Avery had a little stomach bug that popped up but was in good spirits.  The baby slept most of the time she was there and sucked down a bottle like a champ!  It was nice getting away for a few hours and enjoying each other's company!

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