Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Photo Dump.

Here are a bunch of photos of stuff we have been up to lately.  We're getting back into a good routine and I'm trying to work blogging into it, too.  (Broken record, I know)

Trevor's Guard unit's family picnic
Trevor's Guard unit's family picnic
Trevor's Guard unit's family picnic
Trevor's Guard unit's family picnic
Being adorable
Babywearing and borrowing friend's wraps
Ed Sheeran / Christina Perri concert
Check up time!
Thinking she's cool at Gampa's office
First day at her new school (ECFE)!
Trevor's White Coat Ceremony
Trevor's White Coat Ceremony
Snoozin through the White Coat Ceremony
Take a guess...

I LOVE WATER IN ALL FORMS, even cold+rain
Playing at the park with friends
Sleeping at school
Exploring the nature center

*My* great aunt and uncle (so Myra and Niko's great-great) came to visit
More playing with friends (they really were there, just not in the photos...)
Dental school buddies
Dinosaurs!  (Check out those baby thighs)
Myra's first sleeve
Apple orchard, they just went for the wagon ride
"I'm driving the combine!" Close...

7.5 months old and I can finally sit on my own!
Local brewstillery had a fun event last weekend, went with my dad and a friend of his

There, all caught up.  Part of my problem with blogging is that I get overwhelmed when I get too far behind.  That's when these photo dump posts usually happen as a cheater way to play catch up.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Myra's First Food Challenge: Dairy.

Bottom line up front: Myra passed dairy!!

I don't even know what to do with myself.  Over the course of her dairy yogurt trial then straight milk, we started to see this moment coming, yet I still don't know how to put into words what's going through my mind right now.  I'm scared to call it official, incredibly relieved, optimistic this means she may have outgrown FPIES all together, trying not to get ahead of myself, and super overwhelmed thinking about the cooking possibilities.

Dairy was the first food that led us on this FPIES journey.  We noticed something very early on, but her symptoms were so atypical of 'normal dairy issues' it took a while to figure out.  I eliminated dairy from my diet while breastfeeding from 4 months until after we switched Myra to formula.  In that time, I tried putting butter on two pieces of toast in hopes that dairy wasn't the problem...confirmed.

Before you go feeding my kid, don't.  Haha, but seriously.  Dairy frees up a LOT of options for us, but she still has a laundry list of foods she can't have, including soy which seems to be in everything.  We are hoping to start a trial of that this weekend and, if all goes well, continue with the other failed foods, but it's a very slow process.  We are incredibly excited about this, but will continue to be diligent with recipes and ingredients until we have ruled out all of her FPIES trigger foods (hopefully SOONer than later).

I don't even know what else to say.  I think we'll see how she likes mac & cheese tomorrow!  I'll be doing cartwheels at the thought of being able to feed my kid mac & cheese while many parents of toddlers wish theirs would eat anything but.  HA!


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Niko at Seven Months.

What a treat for you all, two monthly blog posts for Niko in a row ;)

Getting these photos is starting to become impossible.  Outtakes below...
Niko hit seven months on Friday (9/11).  I don't have the patience to attempt to get his length on my own at home, but he's somewhere between 20 and 20.5 pounds.  He loves to smile, is getting on all fours and rocking, and so-close-but-not-quite-there to sitting up on his own.  Nothing has changed as far as he and Myra adoring each other.  I asked a friend when that might change, she said "when he starts taking her stuff," and that sounds pretty accurate.  The sibling stuff is new territory for me, just kinda wingin it.  I'm glad to have plenty of daycare/nanny experience under my belt.

We started some solids with him about a week ago.  We're starting slow, one food at a time with breaks just like we do for Myra.  We don't suspect he has FPIES, but we'll continue playing it safe until we can work our way to the top FPIES offenders.  If he does fine with those, we'll relax a lot more.  For now, we are only giving him foods she can have because feeding babies is even messier than feeding toddlers and we don't want to have to worry about her getting sick from eating his messes.  So far he has had squash and peaches, both in puree and solid (baby led weaning) form.  He approves.  Steamed sqaush seems to be his favorite.  

Niko is still waking up two times most nights, but I usually stay up until the first time (10:30ish) so he's only waking me up once and I'm generally not too tired.  He is forgiven.  He's pretty good about napping on the go if we have stuff to do in the morning.  With both kids, we keep the afternoon nap and bedtime pretty sacred.  Everyone is happier if we respect their sleep times, and we try not to mess with something if it's working!

I don't even know what else to write.  Niko is such a fun, happy, easy to please baby.  Last night we kept him out past bedtime for Trevor's unit picnic and we heard the most pitiful, hilarious cry in the car on the way home.  Neither of us could really remember the last time we had heard that.  Rather than figuring out what else to say, here are some more recent photos.

Thank goodness we have dentists in the family, poor kid is clueless

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