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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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Saturday, May 26, 2007
Is It Saturday Night Already?
Ok - this has been a long couple of weeks, yet again it's going so fast. I'm still not feeling myself. Whatever I have going on, whether it's Lymes Disease or some mystery ailment is really wiping me out. Even J told me tonight, "No offense hon, but you look horrible". Yeah, thanks dear. Bet you all know why I married him now, don't you? It's been really had for me to be motivated lately. I'm exhausted and achy in my joints and would rather vege on the couch. But of course, 2 Toddlers won't hear of that. So...I push myself out the door every day so they can get their time outside. Today, I even filled up the kiddie pool with water and made their little days. Here are some pics of that fun...

Kayla had fun tossing toys into Alysa in the tunnel...
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Of course she saw Alysa was photo-worthy, she had to jump in too.
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Here's Kayla mid-jump and landing.
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Alysa was SO determined to carry all 3 of the soy yogurt containers.
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And I thought this was neat of Alysa throwing water.
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And what would my day be w/o a new video from my new favorite toy?

So to give you a clear example of just how out of it I've been, the girls had an appointment last Saturday (the 19th) with their Allergist. And, you know what? I totally forgot about it, well, that is until he called me at 10:15 that morning to remind me. Um, the appointment was at 10:00. Now for those that know me, know that this is TOTALLY unlike me. I'm never even late - forget not showing up at all. So he was gracious and rescheduled them for today. It all went well. He wants to retest Kayla's blood for the dairy allergy in August. Then he'll see her back the end of August (assuming I show up this time). If her blood results are good, he'll do the skin test and if that works out good, he'll challenge that day. Yikes. The thought of actually getting to a challenge is surreal to me. But I have 3 months to obsess over that. He gave me a clear emergency action plan to give to the Preschool. I have to reiterate again how much I like this man. His kids were running around the office and his wife and 8 week old were playing receptionist. He apologized at one point for his older kids. But I actually like it. We all see our docs in a professional capacity. It's good to see him as a human and most importantly as a father. Plus I know his older 2 have GERD (reflux disease), so he gets it on that level too. And he treats my kids as whole kids. He doesn't just stick to the allergies. He wants to see them in August as f/u to their allergies AND b/c he knows their GI doctor is having me take them off their reflux meds in June. So he wants to see how they're doing with that. It's good to know they have 3 docs looking out for them. The reflux trial is a whole other scary nightmare that I'll get into another day. But it all went well. Things stay as they are for now with their allergies, until August anyway.

Oh and in another monumental milestone in this house. After seeing the allergist, I gave the girls lunch and I got Kayla out of the kitchen first (our kitchen is typically gated off to them - started out due to Kayla's allergy). Anyway, I then thought, hey - now is as good a time as any to try Alysa with some cheese. I've kept her off dairy mainly to protect Kayla. But she finally stopped spitting up - at least she hasn't in 2 months. She ate almost an entire slice of american cheese. So far so good - although Kayla had cheese twice before she reacted to yogurt. So we'll see. I won't be putting her on milk right now b/c of Kayla, but if I can even get her to eat a slice of cheese daily, I'll be thrilled with the extra fat and protein and dairy. :)

Before I sign off, I thought I'd share a picture of my newest cake from my class. I am thinking of submitting it to the Cherrybrook Kitchen cake decorating contest. I really think I'll win, but hey, I won't know unless I try. Where most people can go buy Dunken Hines for $.97, I spend almost $5.00 on a single layer cake mix and for their birthday cakes I have to get 2 for their cakes. But they're allergen-free, so I don't complain. But a year supply would be awesome! :) Wish me luck.

The clowns were actually much easier to make than I thought they'd be.
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posted at 9:16 PM  

At 10:30 PM, Anonymous Christine said...

You are such a good mom,taking them to play outside and have fun enjoying their day. I hope you start feeling better soon.
Wow! Your cake looks fantastic. I'd love to learn how to decorate a cake.

Have fun this weekend!

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

Your cake is adorable!! I'd submit it if I were you :) The pictures of the girls are too cute. They are getting so big. I'm so excited for you to be trying the reflux challenge, and nervous too. I won't even think about the milk challenge. I'll just pray for now.
I really hope you feel better. I felt exactly like you a few months ago. It's either gone away or I've learned to deal with it. I did the same with Jasons ENT. I called in March to see when our appt. was because I knew it was coming up and the receptionist said "Um, it was January and you missed it". I've never done that before. I was so embarrased. I hope they figure out whats making you feel so horrible. My doctor just dismissed me and never did figure it out. I even thought I was pg at one point and took the test but that wasn't it either (I had mixed feeling on that one). Feel better soon. It's hard when mommy isn't feeling well.

At 9:46 PM, Blogger Mimi Lenox said...

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Thanks and peace!

At 11:34 PM, Blogger Jennisa said...

Your cake is really neat! My mother did a cake class when I was little, and I remember a barbie cake where the "frosting" part was her dress...it was very pretty!

Hope you feel better soon. Maybe YOU should go in and get YOUR blood tested...:) See what's going on once and for all!

At 12:43 AM, Blogger Jill said...

Oh, I'm worried that you're so tired. Maybe go have a blood test????

I do love this cake. You're so talented!

At 9:51 PM, Blogger Christine said...

forgetting the appt is totally not like you!!!

and i love the video and cake!


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