Once the hives were assembled hubby took the boys to the hardware store to let them pick out their own colors so that they could help him paint the "bee houses."
In preparation of the arrival of the bees the boys (all three) have been learning about the colony, the workers and the queen.
It's been a very fun process that involves books and videos and even some TV shows. I now know more about bees than I ever thought possible...especially because I am allergic to the little buggers!
In fact last week was pretty much a nightmare.
In true three-year-old fashion David stuffed a raisin up his nose Wednesday night.
He was not able to blow it out and the pediatrician was unable to locate it the next day. He assures me that he can still feel it up there.
I truly hope not.
The following morning Daniel woke up with a fever of 102.6. It dropped below 100 after a dose of Tylenol but I still called the doctor to check to see if they wanted to see him. I was advised to keep an eye on him but that if the fever spiked to 105 to go to the ER.
Within one hour they had him through triage, in a bed, flu tested, given Tylenol and x-rayed to check his lungs for pneumonia.
He tested positive for the flu and for pneumonia. I immediately felt like the worst mom on the face of the earth.
How could I have missed this? What did I do wrong? What should I have done? How did this happen? He was in the pool the day before for over an hour until I physically removed him so we could eat lunch!
How can you be swimming one day and have pneumonia the next?!
Seriously...how does that even happen?!
We were in the ER just under three hours. In that time they ran a flu test, blood tests, took x-rays, hooked up an IV and administered both fluids and antibiotics.
The following day David and I headed to the grocery store to stock up on fruit and a few other staples to get through the weekend/Holiday.
This was the first time that I'd had only one child with me in the grocery store and we had a pretty good time picking things out together.
David is a really smart kid. His verbal skills are above average and his memory is astounding. He picks up on things that most adults don't and even conjugates verbs properly!
The level of his intelligence became very obvious while looking at the lobster tank in our local grocery store. I pointed out that most of the lobsters were pretty small with the exception of one that was considerably larger than all the rest.
"Maybe that's the queen," David replied.