The lack of updates here is not because of any Jenelle crisis - I have been very busy working on a trial in Los Angeles, and during these times I am too busy to update. Sorry!
Jenelle is doing well, however, we are still dealing with her crankiness. We are starting to think that maybe she is experiencing "withdrawal" symptoms since we completely stopped the Tranxene on August 1. We weaned her slowly for 6 months, and Dr. Shields did warn me to take it slow. It is a little late to go back to it, but if we finally have an answer that would be great. We see Dr. Shields on Monday (not soon enough - believe me!)
In other Jenelle news, I received a letter last week from Medi-cal informing me that Jenelle was being denied. We annually have to re-new our application and apparently in the last bit of paperwork I completed and sent in, I failed to "verify her identity." The benefits were set to end on August 31, and in order to keep them going I had to "request an appeal." Nice waste of tax payer money don't you think? The case worker couldn't return my 4 phone calls so now I have to waste a day of my time and Jenelle's hauling her into some government building so they can "verify her identity." Brett was trying to be optimistic and thinks maybe they are looking out for her with identity theft and all. I'm sure I simply missed something on the application... still, what a waste of our time. If the case worker would return my call, we would probably have solved all this a week ago!
And finally - a new photo! For a while, we've been trying to figure out who Jenelle takes after from our family. I sometimes see bits of my Father in her face, and the curls are definitely from Brett's Irish side. Recently however, in finding an old photo of Brett's cousin Sheila, we all agree that Jenelle looks most like Sheila. Even in a photo of Sheila's First Communion; it was a tiny Jenelle staring back from the photo.
Sheila helped us celebrate Brett's birthday this weekend (and her own birthday which is today!) Here is the best photo I could get of the two, with a very wiggly Jenelle. Enjoy!