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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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Friday, May 04, 2007
Exhausting Day
I took the girls to the Philadelphia Zoo today with my girlfriend and her 2 boys. Kayla had a blast, but Alysa was a bit on the tired side so she was very cranky and miserable most of the time. And she won't sleep in the stroller, so it was an interesting morning. I had a mini freak-out though. I took Kayla, Seth & Alysa on the train ride and when I was done getting Alysa situated on my lap, I turned and saw Kayla putting something in her mouth and chewing. I freaked out, putting my finger in there and asking her what she ate. She responds - "Oh, a pretzel". So then, as I'm throwing some of the chewed up pieces on the ground outside of the train, I asked her where she got it - as I'm silently praying that it was a leftover piece that she had from earlier. Nope - her response..."Oh, on the floor" as she points to the floor of the train. I was NOT happy and had to scold her about picking things up off the ground and eating them. Even though she's on the Zyrtec, I gave her a dose of Benadryl to be safe. Thankfully she had no reaction.

It was a nice day and I'm glad we went, but of course, it was a food allergen obstacle course, but we made it through. It really wears you thin to have to be so on guard everywhere you go. It can just suck a lot of the enjoyment out of it for me. But the bottom line is that Kayla really enjoyed herself.

Of course they both zonked out on the way home. And I had fun giving really breaking in my new camera. Here are some pics from our day...
Alysa after about 5 minutes in the Zoo.
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Kayla & Seth seeing the elephants.
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Alysa and her 1 excitement of the day - she's saying "Look. Look." She's looking at the Giraffes.
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Me and the girls.
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Kayla & Seth
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In the car sleeping (no I did not take these while driving).
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In other news - J spent the last 2 days replacing the walls to our pool. This was no easy task and took the help of his brother and a friend. The pool is about 25 years old and last summer I noticed a wall "caving in". Let's just say, it was a miracle they had not collapsed. Some of them fell apart when they took them out. Very scary, as it's a 10,000 gallon pool. But it's done now, so I can breathe easy. Here are some pics of the progress. These were taken with my old camera, as I didn't want them dropping my new one in the water. :)

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The one rotted wall>
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The pool with no sides.
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Kayla helping.
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One of the rotten walls.
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One of the brandy new walls.
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All done.
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That's about it for me tonight. I am completely beat.

posted at 7:05 PM  

At 8:01 PM, Blogger ChupieandJ'smama said...

Your camera takes really nice pictures! And high five to J and friends for fixing the pool. Can we come swimming?
What is it with these kids and picking up food off the floor and eating it? As if we don't have enough to worry about with the food allergies now they are trying to do themselves in. I hope that behavior stops quickly. I still ask Jason questions about "what do we do if we see food on the floor"? Glad nothing happend when she ate it. Too Scary!

At 9:39 AM, Blogger Jennisa said...

How nice to see a photo of YOU! I am a tad jealous, however, of your pool...

At 12:01 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

I agree - it was nice to see a photo of you! Sounds like the girls had a great time at the zoo even if mom was a little frazzled! I can only imagine how exhausting it must be to be on food-allergy alert at high-traffic places like the zoo! thank goodness she didn't have a reaction from the pretzel, that would have freaked me out!


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