01. after a nail biting week, the pediatrician's office called and let us know that olive's EEG came back completely normal. praise God! i wasn't freaking out about the results but the waiting is annoying and difficult. horray for that being behind us! there is no way to know what exactly happened but i, along with her doctor suspect it was just that she held her breath and passed out. thus far in her life we haven't had a reason to take her to a pediatrician until now and i've been a-okay with that choice. i am low-intervention but certainly not no-intervention.
02. my good friend kjames and i went to see one of my heroes - greg mortenson - speak on monday. it was all that i hoped it would be, well plus some annoying/awful music being played while we waited for him to come on, which i loudly criticized, later learned it was his daughters cd. whoops. if you aren't familiar with his work or book Three Cups of Tea, brother or sister get on the bus and read (about) it. he is making huge strides towards peace by way of educating children in Pakistan and Afghanistan, with an emphasis on educating girls. i believe karen and i both were sniffling through our clapping throughout the evening. it was incredibly moving and i just want everyone to know about this amazing man and his work. did i mention he has been nominated for the nobel peace prize this year? december 10th better bring good news on that front, that's all i gotta say. i mean otherwise i might kill someone. over the nobel peace prize. yeah, i said that.
03. this batch of pumpkin cookies works as a serving of vegetables if i eat enough of them right? TOTALLY
04. augustine is now 3 weeks into school and his teacher pulled me aside as i was dropping him off and expressed concern that he doesn't like to try very hard at things he doesn't feel confident in. trying new things stresses him out (always has) and she said they've had to talk to him about it because he just won't even take a crack at certain things. i believe he is kind of behind as far as learning to write and drawing. he has never shown interest in either and add to that a fear-of-failure personality and i'm a teensy concerned about his abilities in those two areas. every day we draw and practice letters but it is a struggle and he breaks down crying sometimes because he doesn't want to try something he doesn't already know how to do no matter how many times i talk to him about how it's perfectly fine to make mistakes and practice makes progress and all that. i am confused about how i am raising a child who is afraid of failing or feels pressure to succeed!