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9:18 PM Today was another day closer to "normal" here in Sophie's World. Susan went in to work (although not as early as usual--she got up in the middle of the night to do Sophie's antibiotics), and both girls went to school. One of them was more reluctant than usual (Elisabeth), which presented a certain challenge that I did not handle particularly well. Sophie, who usually pitches a holy fit when it's time to go to school after she's been away for a while, was perfectly happy going. I think it was her new car seat. Today on the way home, she commented, "I just love my new car seat!" It really is very pretty, for a car seat.

The IV antibiotics are going well, I think. It's a hassle, to say the least, to administer the two of them every 8 hours, but we're getting closer to a schedule that is more comfortable (8am, 4pm, and midnight). There's really no way around the middle of the night dosage, but every night we're one night closer to being done (these antibiotics run through 5/29).

Our birthday plans are as follows: Sophie will have a birthday party in her class at Countryside some day this week (probably Wednesday or Thursday), on Saturday, we'll have another party (for non-classroom friends) at Chuck E. Cheese's in Fayetteville. Sophie is really, really looking forward to it. I'm hoping that we'll be able to take pictures and figure out a way to post them on the blog.

As for all of Sophie's presents, it's hard to figure out which is her favorite. She's excited about the Dora scooter (thanks, Oma), but she's a little nervous about it. Of course, Elisabeth gets on it and just goes all over the place, so at least Sophie can see how it's supposed to be done (a lot--Elisabeth, as big sister, is "trying out" all of Sophie's presents; she even keeps saying, "I sure do wish I could sit in Sophie's car seat!"). This afternoon, Sophie and I got to play with her Floam (as seen on TV). I have to say, I was a little disappointed, even if Sophie got a big kick out of it. Once Elisabeth got home, both girls were trying out their new sidewalk chalk, so we're getting some good mileage out of these gifts.

I was hoping that once we got through the dance recital (and dance classes on Mondays and Tuesdays), our family time in the evenings would develop into some really nice quality time, but this week (our first without dance classes) we've got Revival at church every night, which means a quick dinner and off to church and afterwards a mad dash to get the girls in bed at a decent hour. Next week, we're heading to New Mexico, so maybe then we'll have more time to spend together as a family, with fewer external commitments.

Speaking of a mad dash to get the girls in bed, tonight's dressing change was a bit traumatic. Unfortunately, the dressing material they use at the hospital (although the same brand) is slightly different than what we're used to, and is particularly tacky at the edges. When Susan took Sophie's dressing off tonight, it actually pulled up some of Sophie's skin and she started to bleed. Needless to say, Sophie was uncomfortable and unhappy, and if Sophie's unhappy, she lets you know it! I think by now she's recovered (although I doubt she's asleep).

It's just so great to all be home together as a family.