Louanne on May 20th 2013
I got this idea from the Steve Spangler site. Fast, easy, fun and the girls screamed with delight when it worked! You only need three things for this experiment: glass bowl, lukewarm water and M&M’s.
Place some M&M’s in the bottom of the bowl. Fill with enough lukewarm water to cover about an inch over the candy.
Keep your eyes on the bowl because the color starts coming off immediately.
AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH the letters are coming off!
If you look closely, you can see the the M’s popped off the candy and floated to the top. It happened so quickly that the girls loved it.
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Louanne on May 16th 2013
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On Monday May 6th we got a call in the afternoon from Scottish Rite letting us know that they had a cancellation for Friday morning and we jumped at the chance to have Amelie’s right hand worked on. I told Amelie about the upcoming surgery and the first thing she said was, “Dat’s cool.” I asked her how it made her feel that they were going to try and make her some new fingers. She said, “Dat makes me happy.” I told her she would have to wear a cast again and she said, “Dat’s okay mama. Maybe I can get a toy!”
Our friend Sarah came over early in the morning to pick up Nadia to keep her for the day and that was a big relief. Our pastor Darwin came up to the hospital to pray for Amelie right before they started to prep her for surgery which was also very sweet. We had the same day surgery nurse and were in the same spot for the prior 2 surgeries so everything was very familiar and we were ready to roll. Amelie just wanted to confirm “no pin” and “new fingers” and she was ready to go.
They gave her another Raggedy Ann doll to add to her collection. When they gave her the “goofy juice” to help her relax they also put the side bar up and she said, “Now I SAFE!”
This was after the surgeon and anesthesiologist had come by the confirm everything and she was starting to act really silly and saying all kinds of funny stuff from the “goofy juice” which she told us tastes disgusting.
This was shortly before they rolled her back and we headed to the Crayon Cafe to have breakfast.
Amelie loves elephants and while we were waiting we found this cute guy in the gift shop. We also talked to the surgeon and she showed us a few photos of Amelie’s hand before they put the cast on. I teared up a little seeing those 3 new fingers.
Once out of recovery she was awake just long enough to snuggle up to this guy and go back to sleep.
At this point she was doing a lot better and coming out of the haze. A little while later her pain meds and antibiotics were ready in the pharmacy and we packed up to head home. She fell asleep so we headed straight over to Sarah’s house to pick up Nadia. I had sent a little surprise package with her with 4 new costumes I had picked up on clearance so her and Sarah’s girls could play dress up. Amelie wanted to see them when we got home and asked so sweetly if she could be a ladybug. It’s a good thing it was so stretchy and went over the cast.
She was woozy from the meds and Nadia read her books until nap time. The rest of the evening was fine and she didn’t seem too uncomfortable. She took the cast in stride, but the pressure bandage on her skin graft site really bothered her and she kept picking at it over and over.
*On a side note, all the hand surgeons at Scottish Rite are amazing and they travel the world training people and doctors come to Texas to be trained by them. When you schedule a surgery you don’t know who you are going to get, but you can be sure they will be good. When they put my parent hospital band on and I saw Dr. Ezaki on there I started to cry a little because she is like a ROCK STAR in hand surgery circles. The only other time we have ever even seen her was when she did the release of Amelie’s left hand in April 2011. It was thrilled and after she showed us the photos she took I danced a jig in the middle of our waiting area.
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Louanne on May 10th 2013
I saw this on Gift of Curiosity over the weekend and I couldn’t believe we didn’t already have them. They are water beads that most people use for flower arrangements and watering plants. You soak about one tablespoon in 10 cups of water overnight. I added a few drops of food coloring so these would have a blue tint. I laid down a plastic table cloth, some towels, assorted containers and spoons and let the girls have at it. (It lasted about 5 minutes before they decided they needed more items of their choice to scoop and fill)
It didn’t take long for me to be offered blueberry ice cream, blueberry soup and blueberry shakes prepared by the girls. Amelie kept saying, “Don’t really eat it Mama.”
This was really fun for the girls. Nadia liked how they felt wet when you put your hands in, but she didn’t get all wet playing with them. She also did several experiments to see how high they would bounce (pretty much like a rubber bouncy ball) and how many times you could bounce them before they came apart. Amelie had a lot of fun pretending they were various foods, but ended up trying to destroy the entire batch to feel them squish between her hands.
These can be messy, but they are fun and I give them a thumbs up. We will definatley be playing with them again because I didn’t even have a chance to do the math games I wanted to try with them.
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Louanne on May 9th 2013
- We are thankful that Scottish Rite had a cancellation for tomorrow morning and Amelie will be having surgery on her right hand. They are going to attempt to create three more fingers on that hand with the bones that are in there. If there had not been a cancellation, we would have had to wait until the fall when it’s not so hot.
- We are so very thankful for our friends and family and their love for us.
- For all the people who offered to babysit Nadia for us tomorrow. This is all so last minute and it’s a great relief to know she will be having fun with friends.
- For all the prayers being offered for Amelie’s safety and success tomorrow.
- For having the incredible surgeons at Scottish Rite so close to our house! It’s amazing.
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