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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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Monday, January 29, 2007
Busy Weekend
Well, I pretty much had not a minute to myself all weekend. So much for getting caught up...with anything. Craztm crazy.

My Aunt and her family came down on Saturday and left Sunday. So we were with them all day Saturday (they left my house at 10:30pm). And let me say, that is waaaaay past my bedtime. Especially considering that I was at a Pampered Chef party Friday night and didn't get home until 11pm. Also, on Saturday, my girls had a birthday party. This was a 2 hour event at a local kids' sport play place. It was a great place and they did a wonderful job with the party. The kids had a special class with fun obstacle courses and games. But most of the kids were older than Kayla. Now this didn't bother my girls and Kayla was in the thick of it all (so was Alysa). But...Kayla is not yet at the age to do well with structured activities. She kept trying to rearrange the obstacle corse. Luckily for me though she likes things lined up "just so". So her idea of rearranging, was making sure the cones and stars and whatever else was in perfectly straight lines. Alysa, wanted to go backwards through the tunnel and at one point, would not get out. Then there was the time she sat on the balance beam and would not move, as a line formed behind of her 10+ kids. Amazingly all these kids were so patient. Believe me when I said I really tried and wanted to get a picture of all these kids lined up behind her, but I couldn't very well make them wait that long. Those kids kept me and my Mom on our toes. We lef the party more exhausted than the girls.

And let me know also say that it was a party for one of my gf's kids who is too wonderful for words. She has been one of the best and most understanding with Kayla's allergy. I was planning on calling her the week before to touch base on the schedule, etc. Well, she called me last Sunday and left a message to tell me the schedule for the 2 hours and that she already talked to the place and it was ok, that when all the kids went into the party room for pizza and cake, my girls could go right into open play and not be directly around the food. She is really wonderful. So it was relatively stress free on that front. Of course, I saw one Mom (not a part of the party) walk into the play area with a cup of iced coffee that very obviously had milk in it. Now, I remembered reading on the paperwork I got for the place that they only allow water in the play area. And normally, I would be annoyed, but I would leave it be. But with K's allergy, I "tattled". The place was wonderful and told her to take it out of the room. Again, I don't like having to do these things, but these cups can spill so easily, especially with all the running around and active play. Plus, how many kids will think nothing of picking up a cup and drinking from it? They are so quick sometimes. I can't chance it. I was lucky the place was so wonderful and sweet about it. I never like doing these types of things, but they are things that, as a food allergy Mom I have no choice.

Yesterday, the girls and I went to my parents' house. It was a nice day, although tiring. So my plan today was to have a low-key day. Stay at home and get the girls back to their normal routine. Well, that happened, although Kayla would not let it be low-key. I was utterly exhausted to begin with and she is just trying my patience. Whatever she can do to drive me crazy, she does. So it's been a day of walking way a lot for me to keep my head on straight. But, we made it through the day. They are now upstairs in their cribs. So I'm hoping for a peaceful night and early to bed.

Any best on if that will actually happen?

posted at 4:54 PM  

At 7:47 PM, Blogger ChupieandJ'smama said...

I'm tired just reading all that. Glad the party went well. I got a chuckle out of the fact you "tattled". I would have too. I can't control a lot of situations, but the rules are the rules. Hope Kayla stops trying your patience and you have a more mellow week.

At 8:54 PM, Blogger Christine said...

Whew! You've tired me out! ANd that's saying something...

Glad it was a good, though full weekend, Doodle!

At 10:14 PM, Blogger Zany Mama said...

I find birthday parties to be very stressful re: food allergies, too.

I usually have to make a facsimile of what the party foods are so that Zane can have something to eat, but a lot of my friends call me to get help with the menu so that Zane can have everything (but the cake) at the party.

Friends who understand are priceless. Zane went to a birthday party recently where he could have every.single.thing. It was blissful.


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