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March 5 to April 4, 2004 (59th month)

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Saturday, April 3, 2004
Today I got to be a judge at the Rhode Island Robotics Design Project exhibition. Jill took Maeve and Hilde to the Sign Language Story Hour. Ever since the first time, when we got our pictures and names in the paper, everyone knows Maeve and Hilde by name. When Jill walked in, the lady in charge started to explain how Jill needs to register the kids at the welcome table, and what happens during the story time, craft time and snack time. Then she recognized Maeve (Hilde was wearing a hood that covered her head). She said, "Maeve, where's your dad?" Jill explained it then, but during the craft time Jill still had to hear several accounts about what a great job I do helping with crafts. Apparently I have a lot of fans there.

Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Jill and Hilde were driving in the grocery store parking lot and someone drove diagonally through the empty spaces and crossed Jill's path.  Jill honked, and Hilde said, "What does he think he's doing?"

Sunday, March 28, 2004
We are thinking about getting the outside of the house painted.  I took Hilde and Maeve to Lowes for paint samples.  When we brought them home, Jill was showing Maeve what she liked and asking Maeve what her favorites were.  Maeve went in the breezeway and made her own paint samples.  She cut squares out of different colors of paper, and glued them onto another piece of paper.

Saturday, March 27, 2004
Yesterday Jill was grilling chicken in the backyard and she noticed three hawks flying around.  She mentioned how large they were, and said she hoped they wouldn't try to carry away our children.  Jill took the food in and I watched Maeve and Hilde in the backyard until Jill was all done preparing dinner.  Hilde went right in, but Maeve was dawdling.   I told her to hurry.  I reminded her about the bird that had flown in through the open sunroom door last year.  I said Mom and her bird phobia would have enough trouble with a bird like that.  If a large hawk flew in, it would be very bad.

Maeve said she has a book about birds that says hawks are good with kids.  That sounded a lot like the dog book that we have which shows which breeds are good with kids.

Maeve said that to have a hawk as a pet, "you need to be two and a half, and four and a half, and that's what we have".

Wednesday, March 24, 2004
Maeve and Jill were playing "I Spy".  Maeve said, "I spy, with my little eye, something grey."  Jill looked around and didn't see anything grey.  She asked Maeve who is was close to.  Maeve was giggling, and said it was close to Jill.  Finally Jill gave up and asked what it was.  Maeve said it was Jill's grey hair.  Jill had told Maeve that she gets her hair colored to hide her grey hair.

Sunday, March 21, 2004 - Ivy's Baptism Trip To Texas
After the vineyard tour we came home to change for the baptism. Jill changed into the fancy clothes that she had, but she said she didn't feel comfortable in them. I mentioned to a number of people that I looked better than my wife because of that. I know there won't be many opportunities for me to look better than Jill, so I took advantage of that.

Saturday, March 20, 2004 - Ivy's Baptism Trip To Texas
We left for Texas today for Ivy's baptism. Jill asked what Maeve wanted as a gift from Texas. Jill suggested a house, after we get me a job there. Maeve was very insistent and said, "I get to pick the house."

Friday, March 19, 2004
Tonight after their tub, I put Hilde in the living room watching Paramedics on the Discovery Health channel. While I went to get Maeve out of the tub, Jill sat with Hilde. At the beginning of each call there is a quick written description of the call on the screen and Maeve and Hilde ask what happened. Tonight, Jill was sitting with Hilde when the commercial ended and Hilde asked what happened. It was in the middle of a call, so Jill just said, "I don't know. It looks like that woman's heart has stopped." Hilde said, "No, Mom. They are doing CPR."

Ever since Maeve and Hilde went through their CPR training with Marianne and got their bag valve mask, they love to point out when they see one in use with a patient.

Thursday, March 18, 2004
Jill, Maeve and Hilde went to a pet store called The Dog House today to look at dogs.  They ended up being a little pricey, and Jill said they would have to come back with me to try to convince me that we needed to spend a lot of money on a dog.  Maeve's favorite was a chihuahua.  She said, "I like the little blonde one."

Monday, March 15, 2004
We got the pictures back of Maeve and Hilde learning CPR.  I mentioned that Maeve and Hilde had their tongues hanging out a lot.  Of the 40 pictures we took, there were 31 where you could see their faces.  In 19 of those, at least one of them had their tongue hanging out.  I said we would have to pay attention when we watch the paramedic show to see if those paramedics have their tongues hanging out.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004
Maeve and I were watching the Crocodile Hunter and we saw Steve visiting lemurs in a zoo.  Maeve asked why they are called lemurs.  I said I didn't know why any animal is called what it's called.  "Why is a cat called a cat, or a dog called a dog?"  Maeve said, "Maybe they call them lemurs because they do a lot of leaming."  I asked what leaming was, because I had never heard of it.  Maeve said, "It's a kind of jumping and swinging."

Monday, March 8, 2004
Today Hilde was comforting one of her babies, and using the bag-valve-mask (BVM) that we got yesterday.  She would stroke her baby, rock it and coo to it.  Then she would give it a few breaths with the BVM.  Then she would go back to stroking, rocking and cooing.  Then it was back to the BVM.  We'll see if she keeps that up until she has kids of her own.

Sunday, March 7, 2004
Marianne brought over the CPR mannequins so I could recertify and meet the last of the requirements for my paramedic recertification. Maeve helped four years ago. This year Maeve and Hilde both helped. We had Junior and the baby. We started with a bag-valve-mask (BVM). Maeve or Hilde would hold the mask on the mannequin's face, and the other would squeeze the bag. Marianne asked if she could teach Maeve and Hilde to bag correctly, why couldn't she teach some of her EMTs to do it correctly. Maeve and Hilde got some of their large dolls and practiced bagging them. Marianne also taught them to perform chest compressions. By the time she was finished, she had one doing chest compressions while the other bagged - true two-man CPR! When we were all done, Marianne said we could keep a child BVM because she had extras.

Friday, March 5, 2004
Maeve saw pictures of her first New Year's eve where we posed her with a bottle of wine. She asked Jill why she can't drink wine now if she was able to drink wine then.

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