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3 years ago, someone was due today but chose not to make an entrance for 16 more days!<br><br>
Happy birthday to our kids including those late August babies who are already 3 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
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ps: rabbit rabbit!
 

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Happy September, Ladies! I can't believe how fast these three years have flown by!!!<br><br>
As a strange tribute to September 2007, E fell asleep for my Mother for the first time ever Friday night! I went to the movies with friends, and when I came home she was sound asleep. My little girl is growing up...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br>
Happy Birthday to all those Newly Threes!
 

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Wow, 3 years already huh?!<br><br>
Jen, that is seriously annoying about the job. I will be keeping my fingers crossed for Jo!
 

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Birthday wishes and birthday kisses to all those big beautiful September babies! Crazy to think how big they are all getting. Mielle shocked me by insisting she wanted to ride a horse today with my sister... her first time up on horseback! She loved it and I got some amazing pictures... my big girl, snif.
 

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Robin's birthday was yesterday - my big girl is 3! She's been telling people for a few weeks, "I'm 2, 'bout to turn 3!" SIL and I had planned a very low-key, close family only party at the lake, just a lunch cookout. But more and more folks got invited (by the il's), so it grew a bit. But the kids had fun. OY the crap Robin got though! My nephew is intensly into THomas (as in, wants to play, watch and wear nothing but thomas 24/7), so literally every gift he got was something Thomas (excpet a few clothes items from my folks). Well, I guess people figured Robin's love of Dora is similar, and she got bombarded with DOra gar-bage. Robin does like dora - but she only gets to watch her sporadically (like if she's having a really rotten day and just needs some veg-out time, I'll put on a DVD - maybe once every other week). She definitely likes all the dora toys she sees, but we're trying to limit the plast MIC crap we have. I guess it was partly our fault - we let the kids pick the "theme" so it was a Dora and Thomas themed party (the cake and plates and balloons). Some of the Dora stuff was from yard sales/thrift store, which is great - we'll use it for a while then recycle it on. But the stuff that was bought new....CLint and I picked out one Dora toy and one Dora book, then we returned the rest. Robin wanted to stay at the lake with her cousins, but CLint had to work today, so she stayed there last night (her uncle is driving her home right now), and we stopped at the evil empire on the drive back and returned a bunch of crap. So now she has over $50 in credit, and we'll take her and let her pick out some books and toys (with our guidance).<br><br>
Is that horrible? I felt bad taking back all her new presents - but she is keeping the Dora and twins she wanted, as well as a few other non-dora items. I don't think she'll remember that she got 5 dora books, not just one. But we love books, and I can't stand for them all to be comercially focused and on a TV character. CLint is really good at framing this return and rebuy plan and really engages her in selecting something she'll like and enjoy - but somehting we want her to have also. We'd rather her have one nice toy than 8 little crappy ones. Too bad it all came from the Evil Empire - the selection there is not the best. And she has another little cookout next week for our freinds here!<br><br>
christine - hugs! i know it;s hard with this heat spell. hope the cooler weather brings relief.<br><br>
jen - keeping our fingers crossed for jo!<br><br>
k - eli is done with this computer business! hope y'all are doing well!
 

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Happy September! Wow, Andrew is three in two days! I keep trying to tell him that he needs to tell people he is three years old (because everyone always asks him), but all he insists on replying is "I'm not old!". Ah, I hope the free thinking goes over well with his teachers at preschool.<br><br>
I have invited some of his / my friends over for a party on Saturday, but now I'm not sure what to do other than play in the yard, followed by food, cake and presents. Do I need a theme or activity or something? Do we give out goody bags at this age? I have no idea what I"m doing. I'm sure it will be a great story to tag in the "social mishaps" category of my blog next week . . .<br><br>
I also decided to give him dress up clothes for his birthday! When we were in Regina I spent two hours at Value Village sorting through a bunch of stuff. I got him a few hats, a little tweed jacket, some scarves, a fire cheif's hat (which he already found and likes to wear in the car), and then a bunch of cool shiny fabric that I'm going to turn into a crown and some chain mail, and some nubbly fabric to make a monk's robe. I think that's a good starter set. I wanted to get some more playsilks, too, but the woman I bought my first one from seems to have gone out of business. Then I was thinking we could dye some at the party, but if it rains that will be a disaster, and I don't know if I could get them fast enough now. Oh well. Anyone know where I could pick up a few?<br><br>
Becca, I would totally not feel guilty about returning plastic crap. I wish I could return all the little horrible presents we get from kind older people in our church. They are always from the dollar store and fall apart in about 5 min. and I end up spending three hours a day putting them back together for him for a week or so until he sort of forgets about them and I can hide them.<br><br>
Jen, I hope you guys at least get to know when you are going to know about Jo's job or not soon.<br><br>
Meg -- it really is an frustrating stage, isn't it? Whenever I try to plunk Aaron down anywhere he just stiffens his legs so he is standing. I have had to bathe him standing a few times because he just won't sit down. His latest thing today is that if I sit down next to him he pulls up on me and bites my shoulder. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: Seriously, he's not even 8 months yet. Could he slow down a little? I hope Carl gets through it soon.<br><br>
Oh, yeah, and ribbit, ribbit.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Meg -- it really is an frustrating stage, isn't it? Whenever I try to plunk Aaron down anywhere he just stiffens his legs so he is standing. I have had to bathe him standing a few times because he just won't sit down. His latest thing today is that if I sit down next to him he pulls up on me and bites my shoulder. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: Seriously, he's not even 8 months yet. Could he slow down a little? I hope Carl gets through it soon.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> That's Carl! It's cute- and crazy annoying. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
I took Carl to a fancy wedding and he was adored (and good) but he got soooo tired, and of course he wouldn't rest at all. The one time I didn't bring dh or a sitter! Harumph. When sweet Cecilia was 9 mo, she feel asleep in the sling no problem and slept under the table for an hour. Awwww... she was SUCH an easy baby!!<br><br>
She is also promising to be an easier 3 year old. She was just thrilled with her birthday on Saturday- a few neighbors and my girlfriend gave her a few simple things (slippers, coloring book, toddler 'learning' cards) and she loved them. She went to a wedding with Greg and I (plus Carl) and we had lunch at Bravo Burritos; it was a nice day.<br><br>
It is so nice that Cecilia does less 'freaking out' and more with words... Two is really still so young, but the bar gets higher. Hopefully, I won't have to walk around muttering 'serenity now!' under my breath so much this year. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
Jilly; the dress up stuff is a great idea!<br><br>
Becca; Robin's day sounds fun, I certainly wouldn't feel bad about censoring her gifts. I'd do it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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Jilly - the dress up clothes sound like lots of fun! I might have to put that on my xmas list... OUR gift to RObin is a preschool-quality wooden kitchen I found at a consignment sale. I wish i could get everyone to get her some wooden food and plates to go with it....alas, alack. I did get her some metal pots and pans from Ikea. On the party front, we're hosting her little party here on saturday (with her/our friends) and I'm just doing it cookout-style. I thought about planned activities, but we just got a big new playset, and got a sandbox and water table at the big yard sale. So I'm just spiffing them up, and the kids can play. They're still at an age where playing is easy - I figure I have years of planning party activities ahead of me.<br><br>
After 2 incredibly busy weeks of preplanning, yesterday was my first day with kids in my classroom. Lots of tears, as for all my kids it was there first time away from parents in any sort of program. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> But they are all very sweet, and with hugs recovered well. It's interesting being around 2 year olds again - reminds me of what I have coming with Eli. It's also interesting changing a 2 year olds diaper - Robin was in panties by 2, and while she's had plenty of accidents, they haven't involved laying her on the changing table in over a year. Plus, I've been changing lots of baby diapers - so while the kids seems so small while standing, they seem HUGE on the changing table.<br><br>
Oh- there's a coop going on right now on the coop boards for custom Waldorf dolls, kits and patterns from Dancing Rain Dolls. I'm getting a few kits for Xmas and next years birthdays. There is a kit for mermaid dolls also - very cool.
 

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Happy Birthday to those kiddos that have already turned 3!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bouncy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bouncy"><br><br>
V's b-day was yesterday. We went to visit family this past weekend up in the NC mountains and had an impromptu party for him! Which worked out wonderfully as I am not in the condition or mood to throw a party. I feel bad, but I just don't have the energy. So I am glad we got to celebrate! Here's some pics: <a href="http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=7n6mta.b67uybw7&x=0&y=bie5aw" target="_blank">http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=...7&x=0&y=bie5aw</a> (you can kinda see my big belly in some of them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">)
 

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Happy birthday to all our 'little' ones! Raney turned 3 today - sniff - and starts preschool tomorrow. Will be interesting to see how that goes. Her big sis started kindergarten last week (much harder on me than her) and R was not happy to see her big sis go...<br><br>
Just a low key, family only party. Work for me has been utterly insane (getting ready for the new students to move in - they did this past weekend and thank god it's over!), so we weren't able to plan much. But R was happy and thrilled with her little gifts. Sigg bottle, glow in the dark ocean creatures sticker book, painting kit, and stuffed penguin (for some reason she was fixated on getting a stuffed penguin).<br><br>
Now that I'm not working 7 days/week, I'll try to jump in more! 9 more months to finish my MBA...
 

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More Happy Birthday wishes to the new Newly Threes!<br><br>
I don't know what I'm doing for E's birthday yet, only I know there will be a cake and lots of balloons (per her request). She is totally fixated on two of my cousins, ages 9 and 12, so I'm going to try and set something up with them.<br><br>
Anyone attending a Nurse-in on Saturday? I'm organizing my local one (first time doing this sort of thing) with another Mama who is a midwife with a client just about to give birth (might actually have had the baby today!). Boy, it's a lot of work! I am aiming for 20 adults to be there, that is my goal. There are 60 rallies scheduled! Yeah, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol"> !!!
 

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I already went to the international breastfeeding event last month and was very taken aback / disheartened by the statement that was read that "no artificial nipples or formula are allowed at this event". Having had to use formula due to lack of milk supply (after Anna Banana provided T with her milk for nearly three months, YOU ROCK! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">), I wish that breastfeeding people around the world would realize that there are women who don't have enough milk for their babies to eat who are still committed to breastfeeding. If T had been 2 years younger, we would have had to leave that event. I fed him for a year with an SNS which was an even bigger challenge to me than his horrible birth. And it's almost impossible to get enough milk to feed solely donated breastmilk to a baby for a year unless you're independently wealthy or you have about 6 friends who are willing to pump for you. And what about babies who are adopted? It felt so mommy-war-ish to me.<br><br>
So, long story short, I am wary of nurse-ins and breastfeeding events/gatherings now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Sam please make sure your nurse-in is warm and welcoming to everyone! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol"><br><br>
In happy news (to me anyway), I got mentioned in another mom's blogroll this week, so go to my blog and read all about our caterpillars why dontcha!? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Jen; thanks so much for sharing your feelings on this. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> Even though you needed to use formula, you still primarily 'nursed,' right?<br><br>
I have been having strong feelings about breastfeeding lately as I notice that I am ALWAYS the only nursing mother around. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Or my college girlfriend with a 11 month old called and said 'how long did you make it?' and I said 'oh, two years with my first, I'm sure we'll go that long with Carl too.' Turns out she went back to school 2 days after the birth of her son, pumped for 3 months and 'hated' nursing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dropjaw"> It bummed me out that this is so often the view of nursing and breastfeeding in our society.<br><br>
I certainly understand pumping to work (if one has to) and I also understand using formula in special situations, like Jen's. But what I dislike is the attitude that I should be bottlefeeding my son so everyone can go back to staring at my tits for pleasure. Sorry, that's crude, I know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
Nursing is just such a special part of the mother/child bond, and as a society we just don't seem to hold that bond in very high regard.<br><br>
Sam; is the nurse in for Applebees?<br><br>
Okay; back to our regularly scheduled 3 year old programming.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Jen, that is the very reason that I am not a member of any international breastfeeding associations! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: I don't think it's right for anyone to prevent artificial nipples and formula ESPECIALLY at a breastfeeding event, because I don't think a person who is anti-breastfeeding would be there (maybe I'm naive and that actually happens <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> ).<br><br>
I know that some Mamas are not as lucky as I have been with regard to my nursing relationship with E. I have one friend who pumped every three hours for a year to give her DD Mama's milk (which IMO is harder than just regular old breastfeeding). She used a bottle -- so she would not have been welcome? That's just asinine!<br><br>
But kudos <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/clap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="clap"> to you for giving T what breastmilk you had! A lot of mamas wouldn't even do that. And a big *You're Awesome* <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow"> to Anna Banana as well! I just LOVE stories where Mamas help each other, it gives me goose bumps.<br><br>
All are welcome at the Nurse-in at Applebee's in Valparaiso, Indiana. We are focusing on education, that breastfeeding is normal and not dirty or disgusting and our state law. The nationwide focus is that corporations adopt policies to educate their employees that breastfeeding is normal.<br><br>
Meg, that's not crude, that's hilarious! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biglaugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="laugh">: I had *Silly man, tits are for kids* as part of my siggy on my regular email, and I sent a note to a friend (at work) who got in trouble because the SPAM filter caught it. Oops!
 

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Meg - yes, T was nearly exclusively "breast fed" - he was fed, at my breast, via my nipple and the tiny SNS tube that came in over the top of it that provided supplement to him. He actually hated bottles and I think he only ever got bottles when I was gone and Jo was watching him - as is the case with babies who get expressed breast milk by bottle. I never fed him bottles because it broke my heart even more than having to use that *@#(&!(*@ing SNS - I did not feel the loving connection with him that I felt when he was at my breast even if it was formula he was getting and not all my milk. At my peak I was making perhaps 3 tablespoons of milk per nursing - and that's both breasts combined. If I was "engorged" because he had not nursed for a long time I was lucky if it was about 1/4 cup. (I have very few working milk glands in each breast, so it was actually possible for those *few* milk glands to get engorged - but when they were empty, that was all there was...) Now (yes, he's STILL nursing!) he gets about 3 or 4 swallows at most. Still, when I tell him that some day he's going to want to stop nursing and that will be ok, he shakes his head vehemently.<br><br>
Still, I agree that the stigma our society puts on breast feeding is absolutely abhorrent. I get livid when I see, for instance, a Target or Babies R Us ad showing "baby essentials" and that big ol' can of formula is featured front and center. I was totally grumpy for my mighty milkalicious friend Steph when she got cases of formula in the mail after the birth of her daughter. It's devious, shameful and sneaky how they do it and the worst part is the amount of MONEY they have to do it.<br><br>
So yes: I am with you. But most of all: it's about education (go Sam!) and not about judgement. Many 'lactivists' are quick to judge. I myself have had to work very hard to try to keep an open mind when I see someone feeding their baby a bottle. I try - trytrytry - to run through reasons in my head why the baby might be getting fake milk. Adopted? Low milk supply? Does mom have to take drugs that are bad for baby (my friend Trish was in this situation for her ADHD)? Did mom have a double mastectomy and it's a miracle that she is even alive and has a baby? I know that 8 or 9 times out of 10 it's sheer laziness bred of exhaustion and probably frustration, but I feel that in this case it is more appropriate to have a tacit yet overt role in the education of society by breast feeding my baby whenever it was necessary - and to give support to breast feeding moms when I see them in public (like the mom I gave a big smile to who had pulled up a chair in the chair department in IKEA to nurse - you go mama!).<br><br>
Our zoo just finished redoing one of its exhibits and in the new bathroom it included a nursing corner. Now, I'm not one for nursing in the john, but it has a very comfy chair with arms in a quiet corner and I frankly think it's great that there is somewhere a mom can pull up a nice place to sit. Although I have to admit that I would love to nurse in front of the primates to see if it gets any attention from them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
ok, enough soapboxing for now... a matter near and dear to my heart, literally <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> and it's reminding me that I need to get on the stick looking for help with building a better supply before we even start trying for #2. It means I'll have to wean T *sniff* but I think 3 years is a darn respectable run.
 

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Hello All... Haven't been around this summer, and it's been nice to be away from the computer. Plus, life has just been very busy.<br><br>
Lu (my new nickname for my ds) turns 3 on the 15th. Seems like I don't remember when he was a baby. I'm still nursing him and we still cosleep, I never would have thought I would still be doing that.<br><br>
Anyways, just wanted to pop in to wish everyone a happy birthday month. Hope you're all happy and healthy.
 

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My friend Kym, who I was visiting over the summer, lost her milk supply because her Godmother (practically her adoptive mom) told her that she should only have to feed her baby every 3 months, and at 4 mos told her that Sam should be sleeping through the night and did NOT need to eat in the night, so she spent a month trying to comfort him at night without feeding him while wondering why her milk supply was dwindling. It was really tragic, but she is committed to trying again with baby #2. Anyway, she had the best quote: "Its not that babies are somehow sexual, its just that men are big babies."<br><br>
I actually didn't realize how good I had it in Canada until I was talking to one of my friends from highschool about his sister's experiences bfing in New York State. Most women around here are still pretty aukward about bfing in public, but I don't think many people would dare say anything against it, and going completely topless is legal in Canada, so I don't think you could get charged with indecent exposure. Also there is a lactation consultant at public health in almost every town. Its actually kind of irritating how many women STILL don't manage to get acurate information and breastfeed for more than 6 or 7 months.<br><br>
Anyway, that's my rant on the subject.<br><br>
In other news, Andrew has rhinitus and allergies. We're on a sort of low-key elimination diet (since he only has a few symptoms) and an antihistimine for the rhinitus. Its annoying, though, becuase its harvest here,and there's so much dust in the air that he can hardly breathe, so he's kind of overtired and monstrous all day lately. So now I'm trying to figure out what I can make for his birthday lunch that has no milk, cheese, tomatos, nuts or penutbutter. I was going to do a soft taco bar, because then the kids can just eat whatever, but since Andrew can't have cheese or salsa or tomatos I probably won't. I will still make him a chocolate cake, even though chocolate was on the list, and we'll deal with any consequences after the fact.<br><br>
Mama Bear -- have I congratulated you on the twins yet? If not, congratulations!
 

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Happy birthday to all the babes!<br><br>
Jen ~ That would have infuriated me to see a sign like that. As another mom who so struggled with breastfeeding and who felt shut-out by the pro-breastfeeding community, I continue to be angered by the lack of understanding that breastfeeding does exist along a continuum. There is not just one way to breastfeed a baby. I know from my own experience that there are plenty of moms out there who use formula not as a cop-out, but as a way to sustain their baby's life when the mil just doesn't flow. What could possibly be wrong with that?<br><br><br>
The day after we got back from vacation, Zeke dropped a small compressor on his second toe and took off the nail and split the top. He was trying to get the leaf blower to clean the driveway. He ended up with two stitches. We jsut got them out the other day, but the toe is still swollen and so sore and every time he bangs it (or his big brother runs over it), we end up with a major meltdown. I can't blame him, but it is really awful!<br><br>
Zeke's birthday was the 1st. We had his party on Sunday and it was sweet. Just a few close friends and a cookout. I bought the train pan from Williams-Sonoma and made a chocolate banana cake. He really loved the cake and was excited thinking about it all day.<br><br>
Owen and Zoey started school yesterday. Owen is an old pro and seems to be doing fine. Zoey is really struggling I think she is doing well at school, but she is so exhausted when she get's out, that she is having massive meltdowns before we even get home. She needs a nap everyday and I just don't know what to do. If we give her a nap after school it is too late in the day and she doesn't sleep until ten. If we don't give her a nap, she is despondent for the rest of the day and truly unbearable to live with (today she kicked me in the neck as I was putting her in her bed). I feel like we are totally stuck. I am going to give it a few more days, but if things don't get better, I am going to call the teacher and try to find a way to get her a twenty minute nap after lunch (twenty minutes midday is seriously all it takes). I guess we'll see how it goes.<br><br><br>
Off to sleep. Eli slept in a crib from 9:30 till 6, only nursing once! Let's hope for a repeat.
 

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Hello, Heidi! Good to see you. I've been thinking about you!<br><br>
Jilly, I have a recipe for a yummy mango salsa (no tomatoes) that is awesome and a watermelon salsa I have never tried. If you'd like them, let me know! And avocado is a *feel good* replacement for cheese (meaning it kind of gives you the texture that cheese does, but certainly not the flavor). I also have a recipe for cashew sour cream that is tasty, but I see nuts on your list, too.<br><br>
Elizabeth has a dairy allergy. <a href="http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g56/Snoopyness4Ever/DSC01768-1.jpg" target="_blank">This</a> is what it did to her face. And here is a <a href="http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g56/Snoopyness4Ever/DSC01769-1.jpg" target="_blank">close-up</a>. This is just topical application -- I can only imagine what it did to her insides! She's also allergic to eggs and sensitive to wheat, chocolate, and blackberries. I'm totally right there with you on trying to avoid those offending foods in a party atmosphere! At least E is happy to have a slice of soy cheese on a sandwich made on gluten-free/egg-free bread... Too bad I'm not!
 

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Jilly--We have been dealing with food allergies... As for the dairy... you can use almond milk or soy milk... (although almond tends to be yummier) to replace the milk in recipes. The labeling vegan/kosher tends to indicate no milk proteins in a product... although watch out because even most fake cheese has casein (a milk protein).<br><br>
There are some good substitute ice creams.Watch out for any Chocolate stuff though because it can contain dairy.<br><br>
Anyways, we've been on an allergen free diet for over a year now, and even though some of the tests came back negative... I still see how some foods affect Lu. Last year we had him tested at a ND, for the IGG allergens... those came back with Wheat/Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Garlic... so we've been living without. His other tests (IgE) only tested positive for Dairy.<br><br>
PM me if you want some helpful resources. Another thing to consider is that some people can still do goat milk/cheese. We cannot, but thought I would recommend it.<br><br>
As for the taco ... we order Vegan Burritos (beans and rice and guacamole) tastes good. I would do the meat, except most times they marinate/cook it with something that includes garlic.
 
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