Ophthalmology

Sleep Eating, Movie Night, and Floor Picnics

Sadie had her ophthalmologist appointment earlier this week to check on her nasolacrimal duct obstruction and we found out she doesn’t have to have surgery on her eye! Thank you so much to everyone that prayed for her eye to heal. The blockage in her tear duct is slowly clearing up! 

She was such a champ at the appointment–during the eye exam, eye drops to dilate her pupils, and then another set of eye drops to better see inside her eyes. As a reward, I stopped at Dunkin’ on our way home and bought her a couple of munchkins. She must have been so worn out from the excitement of the day that she literally fell asleep while eating, haha.

Toddler falling asleep while eating

We also had a little picnic on the kitchen floor the other day. I was making lunch and she was playing with her dollhouse so happily on the floor nearby so I just brought our lunches onto the ground and we played and ate together.

The little moments are just the best ❤

Mom and daughter picnic on the floor

We also had our first family movie night this week! We pushed our couches together, ate snacks, cuddled under blankets, and watched Cars. Kids movies are my favorite 🙂

Sadie was pretty into the movie. I wasn’t sure how long it would keep her attention, but she watched a decent amount. I fell asleep near the end and she and Jimmy were just standing over me and giggling once the movie was over, LOL. 

Family movie night watching CarsMom and daughter watching a movie together

It’s Friday as I type up this post and man am I ready for the weekend. We have had a crazy past couple of days. Niva jumped our fence and went on a little joy ride run around the neighborhood on Wednesday and the person that found her tried to keep her. It has been quite the nightmare and we unfortunately had to have the police involved. Ugh. 

Thankfully Niva is safe at home now, but is limping and has torn up paws. We don’t know where she went or what happened, but she’s definitely spooked. Poor thing. She’s been getting tons of cuddles and laying low the past few days! In fact, she’s laying on Sadie’s trampoline as I type!

Husky laying on trampoline

Tell me about your week!

Six Thoughts on Saturday: A Diagnosis, Books, and Newborn Snuggles

Hello and happy Saturday! What do you have going on today? We’re going to be working on our back patio renovation project with my sister and brother-in-law. Can’t wait to see them!

I’ve got six things on my mind today.

1. Affordable Books. Our library is still closed due to COVID and we’ve been re-reading all our books, going to our neighborhood Little Free Library, and “splurging” on books under $4.

Mouse Paint book by Ellen Still Walsh to teach colors to children

Three we’ve recently been into around the Zottola household are Mouse Paint, Biscuit Loves the Park, and The Story of My Life by Helen Keller. Mouse Paint has been perfect for teaching Sadie colors and it’s adorable. What are you currently reading?

2. Gardening. Our sad little cucumber plants gave us another cucumber! Oh, and we’ve been harvesting lots of squash and a few cherry tomatoes.

Squash, cucumber, and tomatoes from vegetable garden

3. Park Days. We attended our church’s weekly Youth Summer Days at a local park on Friday and had a blast with our church family. I brought Niva along and she soaked up all the attention she could get from the kids.

Toddler and Siberian Husky at park

4. Meeting Isaiah. Our friends from church had their second baby on Monday and brought him to the Youth Summer Days on Friday. I soaked in all the newborn snuggles I could get with sweet Isaiah ❤

I totally forgot just how tiny newborns are. It’s wild! I loved studying his little toes, feet, fingers, and eyes when he opened them up for a second!

Newborn baby

5. Cousin Sleepover. My sister offered to take Sadie home with her after the Youth Summer Days so her daughter and Sadie could have a little impromptu cousin sleepover! I didn’t have anything packed, but it was no biggie because Sadie and Caroline are so close in age that they can share clothes and diapers. I absolutely love being in the same stage of life as my sister!

The girls fell asleep on the drive home and Hannah sent me this snapshot once she arrived at her house and it melted my heart.

Toddlers sleeping in carseats

6. Sadie’s Eye. About a month ago, I noticed Sadie’s left eye looked glazed over and teary all the time. It didn’t seem like a big deal because it wasn’t bothering her, but it just didn’t seem right. I called our ophthalmologist and brought her in on Thursday to have it looked at.

I feel like I could write a whole post on getting a toddler to cooperate during an eye exam (LOL), but I digress. She was diagnosed with a nasolacrimal duct obstruction. We have to massage her eye each day and try to put antibiotic drops in her eye to prevent infection. If that doesn’t get rid of the obstruction, we’ll have to do something a bit more invasive, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

In the meantime, does anyone have tips for putting eyedrops in a toddler’s eye?!