D1 is having a way better year at school in first grade. He has a teacher who realizes his strengths and is willing to work with his weaknesses. He is considered behind in his reading according to the school; however, he is now on their second grade sight word list, on level H on RAZ kids (considered late first grade), almost done with level three (out of five) on the Reading Kingdom (considered beginning of second grade), and halfway through the HeadSprout program for reading (considered beginning of first grade). The teacher lets him do third grade math on the computer which is great that she doesn’t hold him back. Our school system has Everyday Math which is less than desirable so any kind of extra math is good. He’s been coming home happy from school. They had a disco party with a “live band” he says and had fun dancing! D1 is also loving his robotics class.
D2 an D3 are learning their letters. D3 can count to ten and loves drawing pictures of creepy faces. D2 is getting really good with his Lego creations and is on par where D1 was when he was his age. D2 really wants to go to robotics but will have to wait another year when he is in kindergarten. Last week, he came with us to watch D1. D3 is my handful right now since she is going through the terrible twos at the age of three.
D4 is eleven months now and “booty bounces” which is my name for how she gets around the house by bouncing on her butt. She can crawl the “normal” way, but this is way better! She has two teeth, shares her food, swipes food, loves her siblings, and loves to look at herself in the mirror. Man, she is so sweet!
I’m in the middle of taking genetics (a requirement for a couple medical schools in the area) and have a paper due soon. Also, I’m waiting to hear back from medical schools about my applications. After taking the MCAT in September, I’m a little late in the game but hopefully not too late. I’m also prepping for next year if things don’t work out for this year. Next semester, I’m taking biochemistry.
On Monday, I start a new job at a new hospital. I worked at my old hospital for a little over ten years so this is a big change for me. I’ll be a bedding coordinator at a bigger facility and their program is new. It’ll be fun to do this at a bigger hospital with more ICUs and cool stuff to figure in to the decision making process. I had really hoped on finding an OB job, and I applied to almost 20 positions in Michigan and Ohio over the last year with no luck. I’m beginning to think that becoming a doctor is now my only way to working in OB, lol.
I started a genetics class a little over a week ago and like it so far. The first quiz, though, was a little rough but he drops the lowest two or so. I took the MCAT and am waiting for my score.
D1 loves school and is doing well in robotics club. D2 will start preschool on Tuesday. D3 loves preschool and had no problems. D4 is now nine months old and has one very sharp tooth. Breastfeeding is winding down since she is refusing to nurse. Children grow up so quickly.
Everyone is getting ready to start school soon. D1 will be a first grader and will have robotics club every Tuesday. He’ll be going to a new school this year since his old one closed due to budget deficits. He’s coming along learning his times tables, and he is almost 40% done with the Reading Kingdom program that is supposed to teach reading up to a third grade level. His reading ability is improving, and I’ve been reading the book Chocolate Fever to him which he really likes. D1 finished off a week of robotics camp and was briefly in the news. He had a blast there, and it was good to see him shine. At the end of camp, he helped give a presentation on how protect people and buildings against bad weather so he is now well-versed on topics such as tsunamis and tornadoes. He also lost his first two teeth. I yanked the first one, and he didn’t even cry!
D2 has been enjoying flying grandpa’s airplane which sounds scary at first letting a four-year-old fly an airplane but it is really not since grandpa can take over any time. He is super excited to start preschool in September. At school, he really wants to learn his letters. His Lego building has been becoming more complex and is at the skill level that D1 had when he was four. His specialty is Lego airplanes. It is nice that the boys share a common interest in Legos.
D3 has been going to tea with her grandma and riding horses. She is also excited about starting preschool soon. She has a pony book bag ready. D2 and D3 got updated on their vaccinations for preschool, and her one leg looks horrible now however she didn’t even cry when she got her shots. She’s getting to be such a big girl!
D4 is now eight months old. She is so precious. My children have always been a little behind in the motor area, so she isn’t crawling yet and so far she doesn’t have any teeth which is great for me while she is still nursing. However, D4 has such a great personality and is always giving us a gummy grin and loves when we joke around. D4 is pretty much eating everything under the sun now. She also loves her brothers and sister so much but mostly my mom who she can’t get enough of!
I’ll be starting genetics soon and some more graduate history classes. Genetics should be fun, and it will be at an entirely new university for me. Med school application season is still heavily underway and will last until the spring. It’s an exciting process, however I also have to think of plans for if things don’t pan out his year. I think that I’ll be happy either way.
We got a new couch, and it is so nice. Between the new(er) vehicle that we got during the winter and the new couch, I feel like I’m living like a millionaire. I also went to my first concert and had a great time with coworkers (thanks goes out to the hubby for watching the children while we twerked it in Detroit). This summer, we also got to see lots of family members that we haven’t seen in years which has been nice. It was fun for me to introduce the children to them. The garden is also producing lots of vegetables, and we made fajitas last week with the tomatoes and orange peppers. At work, we are using the new Interqual book and it has been fun to see the new ways that patients can meet for inpatient status in the hospital.