She sat on Brandon's lap while holding her baby dolls*. We explained everything to her that was about to happen. We let her touch and feel all the things they were going to use on her. She kept saying "hurt" in the saddest voice. But we kept reassuring her that it would not. There were several times where she almost lost it but we were able to calm her down before that happened. I think it was also very helpful that she was simultaneously doing everything to her baby dolls that they were doing to her. Maybe she felt in control of the situation. I wish they sold EEG play kits (kind of like a doctor's kit).
Once we got back to her room, she kept wanting to leave and did not want to wear the backpack. So we resorted to letting her munch on all her favorite snacks since she was not interested in ANY of the distractions I brought. Finally, we put in a CD her teacher from school gave her. That got her excited. It is such a cute CD and she immediately recognized the songs. She knew the movements and even sang along to some of the words to a few of the songs.
She also LOVED when the doctors came in to check her out. She sat so still as they examined her. And when they (there were quite a few) would leave she would say "doctor come back". Have I told you how much she loves playing pretend with her doctor's kit at home and at school...it is one of her favorite toys.
She then ate a great lunch and now she is sleeping peacefully with her Daddy cuddled up right next to her. Child Life just came by and is getting together some toys for us. So hopefully, between my bag of tricks and the "new" toys, she will be distracted enough.
Thank you Uncle Jake for the yummy cookies and stopping by for a visit. Thank you Grandma Debbie for also visiting and watching the little ones for us. Brandon and I were able to have a nice lunch outside at one of my favorite restaurants down the street from the hospital.
*My sweet little 2 year old Elsa ran and got her beloved Dora doll for Sophie to take to the hospital with her when she found out Sophie had to stay the night in the hospital. And we also brought along baby Chou Chou...her favorite.