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We took Avery to the eye doctor today. Finally. We took her in because her left eye kept turning in toward her nose, especially when she was tired. It’s been happening for about 6 months now. The good news is that her right eye sees just fine. The bad news is that her left eye is so bad it’s almost useless to her apparently, and it was bad enough that they couldn’t get a prescription for it today and we will have to go in again after dilating her eye four nights in a row so they can check it again.

I made something of a tactical error in this whole thing. I was trying to prep Avery a little bit this week and this morning by telling her what was going to happen: that they were going to check her eyes and look in them and maybe use a machine to see how her eyes were and that at the end we might need to get her some glasses. She didn’t say a whole lot about it all except that she did make it clear that she would want little glasses. Not big ones. She did fine in the appointment, but when we walked out of the office without any glasses she got kind of upset. “Mommy, I want to get glasses. I want small pink ones.” We spent a half an hour or so this morning explaining that she would get glasses, but not until we go see the doctor again, which unfortunately won’t be for another month because that was when their next opening was.

So, with that news out of the way, I would like to tell you about the Nemzeti Vágta or National Trot. There’s a large memorial near where we live called Hősök Tere, or Heroes’ Square in English and last weekend they blocked off the road that goes around it, poured down more trucks worth that I thought would fit on the tiny Budapest roads of sand, and had horse races around it. We saw about three races. There was a service activity that weekend, so we had to hit it kind of fast at the end of the day, but it was really fun. My favorite part (although it’s a little sad) was the second race I saw, where one of the riders fell of his horse in the middle of the race. I was watching and there went a horse and jockey, and then a horse with an empty saddle rushing past. But the best part is that the horse just kept going. He did another lap or two (I saw him go past riderless twice) and I think he finished second or third in the race!

Ivan got his fix of Kürtőskalács and they even had a flavor he hadn’t tried: cranberry. Avery has asked to go see the horses nearly every day this week, so I think it was a hit all around.


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It’s been a busy couple months and I haven’t really been blogging much so here’s a quick update. First of all, we’ve all been sick. I had a sick kid or was sick myself for literally over a month straight. We took Evelyn in a little over a week ago after having a fever of 104.5 (and that was under her arm) and got her on antibiotics for an ear infection and I think we’re all pretty healthy now. Unfortunately, while we were at the doctor and getting antibiotics for said ear infection the doctor got very concerned about how under weight Evelyn was and wanted me to take her to a gastroenterologist.

So I got really concerned and the doctor recommended I see a private one since the government run ones didn’t have an opening until June. But the private one didn’t take our insurance, which meant a lot of money from us, so I put it off and asked if I could try weaning her first since she’s extremely stubborn and won’t eat solid food unless I don’t nurse her. She said that would be alright but she HAD to gain weight in the next five days before our follow up appointment.

We went from 6 or so times nursing (she had been sick and nurses more when she’s sick) to 3 times nursing in a day over about 3 days (it was a little painful), and her solid food intake skyrocketed. Long story short, she still nurses morning, nap time and night, but she gained 350 grams (about three quarters of a pound) over that five days. She’s still under the weight curves, and the doctor still wants me to take her to a gastroenterologist, but I think I’m going to wait and see how she does. She’s been a lot less clingy since antibiotics and weaning and I think she’s doing alright for now. So that was a stressful week or so.

Ivan went to Seattle for a conference the end of March and had a blast. SAGE, a computer program for math being created by the University of Washington had a conference to get as many of the people that work on it together as they could. They have people from all over the world working on the project so they flew everyone that could come in to Washington and Ivan got to go. He had a lot of fun and even got an iPod Touch so that he could work on an iPhone app.

In miscellaneous news we started another batch of vanilla. It’s sitting in the pantry and should be about ready to use by now, but we haven’t tried it yet. We made strudel and are hoping it gets warm enough to do pickles soon. We had a low key pi day celebration with a square pie because I don’t have a round pie pan here. I’m pretty sure that’s blasphemous in some way, but it was the best I could do. We went and saw Budapest’s favorite church last week. Matyas Templom was pretty but we still like Szent Istvan’s Baszilika better. We’re hoping to go see the synagogue in the next several days. It’s the second biggest in the world.

The kids are doing well. Avery thinks she needs to get up with the sun every morning and usually comes into our room by 7:00 wanting to play or talk or cuddle. I usually send her back to bed if I can because she’s cranky cranky when she gets up that early. Evelyn is sleeping pretty well through the night. She goes to bed at 8:30 or so and gets up around 4:30 or 5:00 to eat. We’ve moved her back into our room, which is kind of nice. It was a pain having her in the living room.

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