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Kayla, my oldest. She is 4 1/2 and is a sweet, loving and silly little girl. She took us 2 ½ years and 3 IVF’s to conceive. Kayla is allergic to dairy. We manage her allergy and work to balance her safety with giving her a normal childhood. Kayla loves to read books and play games - she amazes me every day.

Alysa, my youngest. She is 3 years old and is a silly little spitfire. She’s our monkey and loves to climb on everything. She was a “natural” baby, but it was only b/c of my wonderful doctors that we were able to stop an impending miscarriage. Alysa suffers from Acid Reflux Disease and sleep apnea. She may be little, but she has a big personality. She adores her big sister and is so much fun to be around. She keeps me laughing every day.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Almost Ready
Well, we're almost all packed for our trip to Ohio tomorrow. It's been a busy few days for me with organizing all the girls' things and most importantly Kayla's food. I am bringing just about all her food with me since she needs specific things with her dairy allergy. Makes for time-consuming packing and a LOT of extra boxes in the car. We have a mini van, but since my parents are coming with us, we can't fold the seat down. So we're tight on space. We got a roof storage container, so hopefully everything will fit nicely.

J is out there right now installing the dual-screen dvd player. I know that will be a necessity for the trip. It will definitely be an interesting drive. Think I can take some sleeping pills and leave the kids to J? LOL

I'm really looking forward to the trip, but I'm also a bit nervous. At home, we have all our safety nets and controls in effect so Kayla's allergy is a non-issue day-to-day. But being at someone else's house makes it front and center all day, every day. I trust my sister and I know she takes it all seriously and will do everything she can to make her home as safe as possible for Kayla. But it's still nervewracking - for all of us. I have a book called Cody the Allergic Cow. It's a book written by a Mom of a Food Allergy child. It's a very simple book that clearly explains the basics of a dairy allergy. Kayla loves it and I am hoping it will help as she gets older to understand her condition. My Mom brought it out to Ohio with her last week and has been reading it to Colin and Maddy. Last night, during her prayers, Maddy said that she asked for help in being careful with her food. She's 4 and it really touched me that it's on her mind to help keep her cousin safe. They're really sweet kids and I can't wait to see them.

And I also had to mention that my sister and BIL went way above and beyond and had their couches professionally cleaned. These are the reasons we feel confident enough to go there. It seems like it would be a no-brainer - you do what you have to to keep a child safe, especially when that child is family. But believe me, it's not as easy to find.

Well, there is a lot to do tonight and tomorrow. The girls also have their GI check-up tomorrow. Fingers crossed that they are both on the right growth track. I'm off to get some more packing done b4 I head up to bed.

I'll have computer access, but not as much time (ha - like I have a lot now?). I'll try to check in and post a bit... We have a lot to be thankful for this year!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!!

posted at 9:12 PM  

At 10:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best of luck for a safe and unenventful trip. I hope you and your family have a wonderful and reaction free Thanksgiving! It sounds like your sister and her family will do everything they can to keep Kayla safe. You are lucky to have a family member that understands and goes the extra mile:) Bless you all!!

At 9:56 AM, Blogger aiRah said...

even though we don't have thanksgiving here in Phils..

belated happy thanksgiving too!

have a nice day and God bless you.



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