My last post in the series covered Katherine's birth...she is now a brilliant, cute 7-year-old, getting ready to go into 2nd grade. We've covered a lot of ground, emotionally, relationally, and geographically, in the intervening years. Time for me to do some catching-up!!
A few days after getting home from the hospital we went back into town for Katherine's first doctor's visit, and a subsequent visit to the labs at the hospital where it was determined that she was jaundiced, and were supplied with a "billi-blanket" - a handy wrap for the baby to get much-needed UV rays to assist in the breakdown of dead blood cells. We had dealt with jaundice with previous children, but never to this extent. After a few days of this, and her levels not going down as fast as needed, it was determined that it would be best for her to be in the hospital under super-duper lights, and she and I packed up and went back to the hospital, where we stayed for another four or five days. FINALLY, we were able to go home!
Soon after Katherine was born, our landlady decided to up our rent from the already-steep (for that area) $900/month, and there was no way we were going to be able to pay that, since our housing allowance for the area had only just been raised to a lofty $780/month.
|An evening sunset view from our new front porch.|
|SNOW! From our porch.|
This was February, 2004. By August it was determined that there was no way we were going to stay afloat, even with the reduced electricity and rent, without more income. *sigh* I had to go back to work. Katherine was 8 months old when I started working full-time as an overnight cashier at Wal-mart. I was also still homeschooling. Yeah, I don't know how I managed to stay sane doing that, even for a short period, but the following year Frances, Jon, Heather, and Justin started school with everyone else, Frances going into 6th grade, Jon into 3rd, Heather into 2nd, and Justin into kindergarten.
*edited to reflect the correct years they were in school. You'd think I'd remember....