Tuesday, November 15, 2005
I took Anna for a blood test yesterday, and that reminded me of some conversations around our house. When Anna was very young, she would scream and cry during the blood draws. I think my older kids tagged along for maybe 2-3 of those events (when they were too young to stay at home by themselves). Even though they were out in the waiting area, they could hear her getting hysterical each time. As Anna has gotten older, she has calmed down significantly (we changed labs---found a place close to home that is a small operation, and the lab techs have worked well with Anna and have gotten to know her). Since Anna no longer cries and gets hysterical, she has often encouraged her older siblings to come along to see that she doesn't cry. In her words, she says, "I just scwinch!" (Meaning she shuts her eyes tight and makes a face when they stick the needle in.) Her older brother, Joel, every time she says that, shakes his head, rolls his eyes, and says, "Anna, that's not a word." WELL!!!! Joel was looking up a word in the dictionary the other day, and he found the word "scwinch!" It actually IS a word, and Anna was using it most appropriately! We all laughed! Anna still can't convince Abby and Joel to come along to watch her get her blood drawn, though!