Sue: So are you going to still leave out gluten? So no garlic, gluten, beef or potato? That sounds so hard!!
Off to u/s...
Going to buy baby prunes today and see if that helps!
Feeding Fiona- a bunch of the spots are red and irritated this morning. Our appointment is this afternoon so I will know more then. For sure no garlic, rye, other gluten grains, and... to be determined this afternoon. Potato still looks really red so that too I'm sure- I can't remember what food was in what spot. I'll update!
Cindy - Can't wait for your news!
I hear you on the frustration thing. K doesn't so much insist on doing things himself, but if he gets something in his head about what's going to happen, he WILL NOT stop crying until we go back and do it over (like if someone else walks first along the trail, we have to back up and start over again with him as the leader, etc...). Oddly, it's L who spends the most time insisting she can do things herself, particularly putting clothes on (which she can't).
Sue - That sounds so hard! I'd hate to make separate meals for a kid, but think I might just do it with that many intolerances. Don't think I could stand to give up all of that myself.
Courtney - Glad you're feeling a bit better.
Starling - Can't wait to hear your vacation stories.
Bikes: Funny, K LOVES his balance bike. But that may be because he's got no other options. I'm not sure he's ever seen or used a tricycle or pedal bike his size. More likely, it's because absolutely every possible surface in our immediate neighborhood is a hill, and balance bikes are great for coasting. He doesn't even like pushing his up the hill, I doubt he'd like pedaling uphill.
I keep wanting to get out and plant everything in my garden, and then it starts snowing again! We had enough snow already this year (and much of the ground is still snowy, not the garden). I did plant some of the frost-tolerant stuff under row cover, and we'll see what happens.
My Headstart teacher's boss came to school the other day and did little assessments on all the kids, and kept talking about how well K could do letters/reading/etc... for being only 3. I'm kind of impressed myself sometimes, but I felt a little strange there - like she must have assumed I'm one of those parents who spends my evenings drilling the kids with flashcards or something. He's just a kid with odd interests!
Well the scan went well. They said everything looked good. She was definitely able to tell the gender. She wrote it down and also included a picture of the bits in the envelope. :-) She warned us when she was measuring parts that we could tell - I didn't look. DH said was was going to cheat and look but thought he might not know what a baby penis looks like anyway and might convince himself of the wrong gender - so he didn't look after all. LOL. Now I really can't wait to know!! Makenna asked me afterward if we found out. She wants to know too.
Erin: Yep - we have to redo SO many things! Only a 3 yr old would totally redo everything. That's so awesome about the letters!!! Makenna wrote an "m" yesterday really well out of no where, so I thought maybe she'd be ready for this pre-k workbook I bought ages ago. But she definitely is not ready for it. She could trace the letters but not really write and she doesn't want to follow the instructions for any of the pages. And I don't want to make her if she's not there yet.
Cindy- so glad everything looks great!
So we are back from Fiona's appointment. I had a good cry with my mom on the phone- partly because I'm relieved to know something but also because I'm so overwhelmed. She has a long list Mama's. Garlic and rye we knew from before. And now... egg, wheat, soy, potato, pea, beef, pork, carrot, and peanut. I'm still wrapping my head around all of this and wondering what the hell to cook for dinner and wishing so much that DH weren't gone on a freaking boat for another week. One meal at a time, one meal at a time...
Sue - Oh wow, that is overwhelming.. Well, R and I don't eat pork/beef and we do alright.. Lots of fish, chicken, vegetables, rice. I'm sure you'll figure out a system, one meal at a time like you said :)
Cindy - I'm glad the scan went well!! It really makes me think it's a boy.. I just can't imagine the tech warning about accidently saying girl bits, they just aren't as obvious, yk? Maybe though. Oh well, you'll know on Sunday!
Erin - Ugh, I can't imagine still dealing with snow. We are finally getting warmer weather here and it's great. Today was sunny and 20oC - love it! And it definitely is impressive what Katmai can do! Hopefully the teacher doesn't think you're drilling him with flashcards every night lol!
Sue - Rice with stir-fried veggies and fish and no soy sauce? That list does sound hard! And right when you're a single parent too. But I'm glad you're finally figuring it out. And once you start figuring out a few things you like without all those ingredients, I'm sure you'll fall into new habits, and it'll get a lot easier. One meal at a time is probably the right attitude :) Is any of it something she might grow out of?
Sue: Oh man! So many to keep straight! You're going to need a big list posted on the fridge! No eggs but chicken is ok? Does it matter if the chicken is fed a diet of soy? Other protein ideas a beans and lentils. We do a lot of lentil dishes around here. I try not to make too much soy. And yes fish is a great option for you. Honestly the egg and soy are so hard bc they are in so much - especially soy. I was vegan and avoided eggs - but it's hard to be off so many things all at once! At least not many veggies and no fruits were ruled out! Such a bummer you can't feed her your fresh eggs. Man, hugs! You should check out some of the allergy cookbooks - I know they have recipes that avoid a lot of the main allergens like soy and gluten and nuts.
Everr: She warned us to not look before she had even looked herself - she had no idea how obvious it would or wouldn't be. I asked her part way through if she knew already and she said she purposely hadn't looked bc she didn't want to slip up by accident. I think she told us 1 last time at the end not to look and that is when she figured it out and took a pic for us of it. :-)
It's amazing to me that 2nd babies make it into this world at all after all the bruising my belly has gotten already from Makenna. Owie! It's quite disconcerting getting bashed in the stomach by her. I'm sure it's normal for moms w/little ones though, right? It's mostly accidental - not always.
Sue sorry hugs that's a limiting list but there are ways around it if you know the substitutions. At least you still have corn and dairy. I have been cooking dairy, soy, and gluten free for a couple years now. For school I have to make it nut free as well. A lot of the websites I use are vegan, soy, gluten, dairy and nut free so that eliminates 3 things off your list. For potato starch you can sub in tapioca. For eggs in baking I've found chia and psyllium works well. You may have to order some ingredients online but you will become adept at feeding Fiona I promise. I'll pm you some sites and some recipes tomorrow and any tips I have on the top of my head. There is a ton of stuff made with coconut so at least that's not off her list. Plus if you boost her immune system and heal her gut she may get some foods back.
Happy Mother's Day ladies! Sometimes I still can't believe the world lets me be a mama after all this time. So blessed.
Anyway sorry for being MIA. Its so hard to get laptop time, especially if I don't TAKE it in the morning, which usually means TV time for Aubs. But whatever, its Mother's Day and I'm going to spoil myself! DH had to go in to work today to finish up his real work after a week of training, so it will be just the girls today. And really has been for a week or so, with him leaving before we get up and getting home around 9:00, after they're basically asleep. Ah well. At least he's around to take out the trash.
Sue, I'm so sorry that you're dealing with so many allergies. What a nightmare. I have no advice but wanted to say how awesome you are for pursuing this and being such an awesome mama for Fiona.
Cindy, I couldn't contain myself. I don't have a feeling either way about your little one, but I'm glad s/he's healthy! What is M hoping for? I was wanting a boy, just to do "both," but now I'm so grateful that Mallory is a girl. Even though Aubs isn't especially girly, I think it will simplify things. Or that's what I'm telling myself.
Erin, I'm anxious to garden too! My tomatoes and jalepenos are in small pots on the front porch, but they need to go into big pots with cages out back. That's all I'm doing this year because we were worried about moving...hopefully I'll be able to get them done and moved this week.
Things are good here. Mallory is an AWESOME baby still. So grateful for that after Aubrey's reign of terror. I'm starting an online bar exam study course at the end of May for the July bar exam, so I'm going to be sending Aubs to daycare full time for June and July. She's super excited. Hopefully M will let me study. So far she mostly just sleeps and eats all day and fusses a little in the evening, so I'm thinking it should work. I also applied for a federal job (doing legal assistance for the air force--wills, custody stuff, deployment docs, landlord-tenant, that sort of thing) and actually got a "referred to hiring official" notice, so I'm sort of optimistic about that. Even though I'm not ready to go back to work, it would be worth it to work for 2 years, pay my loans down/off, and then be done with work entirely. No idea if/when I might hear anything further. There's an NAEYC (sp?) accredited child care facility there on the base, so the girls would probably go there. I'm going to try to put it out of my mind until I hear something one way or the other. For now, just focusing on snuggling with my babies and the bar exam!
Does anyone else find their littles are really sensitive to sugar? We don't really do juice, but I have a terrible time getting Aubrey to drink water, so I've been giving her either watered down juice or watered down gatorade. But it seems like her behavior just goes downhill when she has that little bit of sugar....desserts are really bad. Maybe its the preservatives in that crap rather than the sugar? Any tricks for getting her to drink water?
Now to go back and see what I've missed! Have a great day mamas!
Happy Mother's Day, everyone! We are getting ready to head to my sister's to bbq with my mom and sisters and their families, but wanted to pop in and wish everyone a happy mother's day... and stalk Cindy a little! Can't wait to hear the big announcement!
Kate, have you tried ice water? Owyn isn't big on water either, but for some reason if I offer her ice water she goes for it. Especially if I let her put the ice in herself. So glad to hear Mallory is being good to you, especially with your DH being gone. She's just taking after me, ya know.
I talk about it all the time, but this week is the last week of school! Tomorrow we are having a game day. They are all bringing in their favorite games for the day. Wednesday will be a pajama party with popcorn and a movie. Then, after one week of breaking down my classroom for the summer, I will officially be on summer break, woo hoo!
No, I didn't think of ice water. I'll try that.
Wow. I'm still thinking about this...NO IDEA what to do. I guess I would start with freezing leftover poultry to feed her every time you make it. Which sucks, because I'm not a huge poultry fan. And fish of course--maybe you can portion it out for her and then freeze it. What a PITA. She's a lucky girl to have you. Can she still eat beans? I'd go to them often too.
Well ladies, we opened the envelope!
We're having a...
I can't believe it! :-) We opened the envelope in a favorite rose garden. And it turns out to be so fitting bc I definitely will be using the name Rose in some regard. Most likely middle name. Though I haven't 100% ruled it out as a first name. I've always loved rose, loved the name and I feel like I am surrounded by them in the community in which we live - which is something I love about being here. The street at the end of our block is Rose. And my mom reminded me that my great grandmother was named Rose. :-)
I'm sure DH is happy - but he seems pretty down. I feel bad. He says he's not sad but I know he's got some disappointment to work through. But he'll be fine.
I'll post some pics later.
Happy mother's day ladies!!