|This was not how the kids were!|
We didn't have long to wait for our turn. I'm sure we must have been quite the sight, mom and four kids skipping, running, and walking down the hallway.
Kael volunteered to be first. He hopped up in that chair with a big smile on his face. The staff were amazed! He answered all their questions with aplomb and enthusiasm. They were shocked! When they poked him with the needle, all he said was, "Cool!" They gushed! Then they gave him stickers.
Next was Lorelai, at my insistence because she was really suffering from lack of food. (I had brought snacks for them to have after.) One of the staff held her in her lap. When they poked her with the needle, there were no tears, no hysterics. I believe the best way to describe the look on her face is something like, "Are you done yet? I'm hungry." They began to be astonished!
Next came Tristan. He'd done stuff like this before, so he jumped in the chair with much energy, and stuck his arm out like a pro. The staff just couldn't get over it. Again, no tears. He didn't even need to look away. He got his stickers, and he was happy.
At last it was Elizabeth's turn. She was the only one who managed to get a little worked up. She insisted that I hold her on my lap, so one of the staff took Lorelai again. When they poked her, she gasped, and then started to giggle, I think because she realized it wasn't that bad after all. They gave her stickers, and she was happy.
This whole time, all four staff members talked to each other and to me, remarking how amazing it was that they weren't freaking out, how they had never seen kids like that, and how wonderful my kids are. (No surprise on that one, just a new facet of their wonderful-ness.)
Today, we went back, this time just Tristan, Lorelai and me, and only Tristan and I were getting blood drawn. The lady in charge called us back. She seemed surprised at Tristan's happy attitude.
"Has he done this before?" Yes.
"Does he know what's happening?" Yes.
We had one of the staff from the last time, a young man. While Tristan was in the chair (which he once again climbed into most happily), he said, "Remember a few weeks ago, when I told you about that big group of kids that came in, and none of them was scared?"
"Those were my kids," I said with a smile. I loved that they had been talking about my kids after we were gone! So much fun!
They kept asking me how I'd gotten them to be that way. I honestly don't know. I'm pretty sure Lorelai was born that way. Also, I never freaked out about it. However, I am relatively certain it's either part of who they are, or a product of the environment they live in. I do try to keep things happy and peaceful, and welcome the Spirit in.
All I know is, needles don't scare us! And if that makes my kids remarkable, then that's super.
Just more of what I already knew.