I am absolutely exhausted. I want to reply to all of you but I'm tired so I know I'll forget something.
But I totally sympathize with Josh about the squirrel. I always wanted a squirrel when I was a child. I'm so glad you got it help.
Chrissy, sorry about Jesi. Yuck.
Ashley, I knew that about fusion! I took a whole course in cleft palate and craniofacial disorders and we had to learn about embryology. New, related cool fact: children born with cleft lip and/or palate always have either right, left or bilateral clefts. Midline clefts (a cleft along that line under your nose) are "not compatible with life." That phrase gives me the creeps big time.
I've had a rough time at work lately in some ways. I adore it, but I've had a lot of rough families. Parents who openly admit to being meth addicts, parents who are illiterate, parents whose children qualify for services (and need them) and the parents thank me for getting their child help and then never send the child to the classroom so no help is ever provided ... makes my blood boil.
Recently we had a "fair" at work where we had an opportunity for parents to come in and see what we had to offer kids in the community. A local agency donated a ton of used books that we could give away to families and we had 2 full boxes left over. Today we saw a little Native American girl off the reservation. Absolutely adorable, but I don't think anyone ever spoke to her. She looked through the books we keep on hand for evaluations and there was one with a soft, fuzzy duck. When she saw it, her mouth dropped open in adoration - it was the cutest thing you ever saw. My co-worker sat down with her and went through those boxes of donated books and filled a whole shopping bag with books for her to take home. Her mother is illiterate - couldn't even read the registration form. I wonder if the child has ever seen a book before. I felt so good giving her all those books. They couldn't have gone to a better home.
Me (40) DH (47) & furbabies * m/c 7/08 4/12 11/12