Storms, storms, storms…

I am so sick of storms!
Getting yanked out of the movie theater isn’t fun either, lol. My sister said well if we’re gonna die, we should die being entertained. So we were entertained but didn’t die…
Now I lay here in bed, listening to thunder and reports of flash floods. I think I’m gonna have to sleep though, can’t stay up all night… Snore…

another PayPal joke

Ok, so for quite some time, PayPal has literally been harassing me to try out their Bill Me Later thing.  Just sounds like another credit card to me, so it’s not really something I wanted to deal with.  The last thing I need is more debt, right?  But they were literally driving me nuts and they were telling me that I could get $10 back on my first purchase.  So finally, I gave in.  I thought, haha, perfect time, when I was spending $10.80 at a digital scrapbook store.  I figured, ok $10 off and I’ll pay them their 80 cents “later” (aka in about 10 minutes).

So I went through the process and said sure, sure, ok, whatever.  But then I got to the screen that told me I was denied and they couldn’t do my $10 off on this purchase.  I figured it was because they didn’t want to give me $10 off a $10.80 purchase.  Whatever, paid my $10.80 and was done.

Then about 3 weeks later, I got a letter in the mail.  “Dear Valerie…

…We regret that we are unable to approve you for the service at this time for the following reason:

The amount of your purchase required a credit bureau report.  We were unable to retrieve a report from a consumer reporting agency.

Our credit decision was based in whole or in part on information obtained in a report from the consumer-reporting agency listed below.  You have a right under the Fair Credit Reporting Act to know the information…

There are a couple of things that I find to be absolutely hilarious about this.

1). The amount of my purchase required a credit bureau report.  For $10.80!?  $10.80 required a credit bureau report!?  That’s hilarious.  I understand them wanting to get a report for opening an account period, but the letter states that the amount of purchase is what triggered getting a report.  Hilarious.

2). They couldn’t get a report on me.  I guess this isn’t all that funny, just #1 is funny.  However, it doesn’t make any sense, either, unless the reporter’s site was having trouble sending back the info to PayPal, because I KNOW that they have me on record.  I also know I don’t have bad credit (certainly not bad enough to require getting rejected on the basis of $10.80).

I just think the whole thing is funny.  I only did it because they’ve been harassing me relentlessly about it and I thought I’d take $10 off my purchase and never use the service again.

Now they’re back to harassing me about trying the service again.  I need to find out if there’s a way to say leave me alone regarding the Bill Me Later service…

speaking of therapy…

So after I booked Kayleigh’s occupational and speech therapy evaluations, the guy called me back and told me to bring some food to the occupational evaluation that K won’t eat…

Ummmm… I will need to bring the whole grocery store…

Seriously.  This is going to be difficult to bring a wide variety of stuff she won’t eat because there’s so much.  This might not be the best way to do it, but the other night after dinner I put some green beans in a zip bag and froze them and some noodles, too.  She won’t eat either of them.  Steve made a face when I told him this but I don’t know how else to do it.  She won’t eat it anyway, I don’t want to waste a lot of food.  I guess I can do that and then grab an apple and banana with me when the day comes.

I think these people have no idea what they’re going to be up against… the world’s most stubborn little girl.  :P

I mean, it’s not just her refusal to eat certain things, but it’s her throwing.  The other day, Sarah gave her a sliced carrot stick.  She sat there holding it and laughing at it.  About 5 minutes of this and I said sweetly, “Kayleigh, take a bite!”  And she immediately threw it as far as she could.

Also, have I mentioned she’s already had evaluations by an occupational and a speech therapist?  Missouri First Steps sent out an occupational who said, “I’m bad with feeding problems,” and when I gave her a look she said, “well, not bad, I shouldn’t say that, but it’s not what I do best.”  The only thing she told me was to take K’s favorite foods and put a little something on them that’s new, like peanut butter, or cream cheese, ranch dressing, etc.  That lasted all of… 12 hours… before K figured out she could bite off the offending part, spit it out, and eat the rest.  Then the speech therapist, at the time, seemed more concerned with K not talking than with the feeding issues that she was there for.  Her solution?  Spread yogurt on K’s high chair tray.  Ummmm… okay?????? When I told both of those to the pediatrician the other day, she had a laugh and said, “Well, since you’re keeping your insurance for now, why don’t we see if we can’t get you someone better?”  Thank you.  So that would be why we’re only just now going for them with Children’s Hospital.

two years

the big 2 Well, we made it – she made it – Kayleigh turned 2 years old Sunday.  What a big girl.  I can’t believe time has gone by so fast.  She’s still not talking yet but she sure does get around – walking, running, climbing, and more recently, a little jumping.  She’s usually pretty happy, though when I pull the camera out, she makes faces that say otherwise.

My parents had already given K her birthday presents the week before (she’s wearing part of it in the pictures) so on the day of her birthday, we just spent some time with Steve’s family.  Nothing real exciting, just dinner and cake and some presents.  Of course, K doesn’t know yet what a birthday is, but she’s enjoying the new toys.  I still haven’t given her all the gifts we had for her, Steve says she has enough, save them.  One of them, though, was a set of 101 pieces of play food which she’s been playing with quite regularly since.  She really likes the oranges and apples – she loves round things – and these green things that look like leeks or onions or even celery with the leafies chopped off – only she thinks they are hair brushes.  It’s quite funny, she’s even brushed my hair a couple of times.  I had to pull out the 3 plastic round buttery crackers though – the first time she found them she kept trying to take a bite and ended up looking upset and confused.  So I traded them for real crackers and she’s forgotten about them.

The day after her birthday was her 2 year check-up with the pediatrician.  She is 20 lbs 14 oz and 32.5″ tall.  That puts her at the 25th and 20th percentile, respectively.  I think that’s pretty good.  Her doctor’s goal for her was 20 lbs by 2 years.  She made it!  I think she would have been heavier if we hadn’t all had the “stomach flu” – I know she lost weight on that, she was close to being dehydrated, but thankfully we beat it.  The doctor says she doesn’t need to have another check-up until she’s 3 years old.  Our other doctors have dropped off, too.  Urologist wants her to have another ultrasound in the fall, but he will be the most-often seen until her urinary reflux clears up.  However, she’s going to have an evaluation in May with Occupational Therapy (for her refusal to eat anything non-cereal-or-cracker-like) and in June with Speech Therapy (for not talking, of course).  The doctor asked if I thought she understands what I say… the answer to that is a resounding YES.  I know she does.  I can see it in her face and the way she responds as well as the way she sometimes tries to test, and yes, even trick me.

So that’s where we stand with Thing Two right now.  Happy Birthday, sweet little girl.