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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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Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Kayla's 3 Year Chek Up
Kayla had her 3 year old check-up yesterday. I can’t believe she’ll be 3 on Monday, but more on that next week.

Kayla weighed in at a whopping 27 ½ pounds, which puts in the just under 50% (she gained over 4 pounds in a year). Now for many this may just seem like she’s an average 3 year old. But for us, it’s amazing! Kayla was born at 8lb, 3oz in the 90% for weight and height and by 15 months of age was down under the 3% mark. Approx a year and a half ago, she was almost hospitalized due to her diagnosis of Failure to Thrive to get a feeding tube. All of this being direct result from poor eating due to her dairy allergy and her reflux disease. But now, a year and a half later, after tons of food allergy research, hard work on feeding therapy and Prevacid, she is a healthy weight and in a percentile we never thought she’d see. It was great to be able to answer her doc’s question of “How does she eat?” with “Super – no problems with her eating.”!

The rest of her check up went really well too. She did everything her doc asked of her and never cried. She did ask for eye drops though. Lately, she is into asking for eye drops, which I’m not sure why – but I know the day she gets them, she’ll stop asking.

I was able to get Kayla’s paperwork for school filled out as well as a prescription for the school’s epi pens. So now I just have to organize all my information for the meeting with the director and her next week. Miss Danielle – That’s her teacher. I can’t believer she has a teacher.

It’s been a much lower key week here. I actually got my whole office tackled yesterday. It feels so good to have finally accomplished that. I have to work on finalizing the shopping lists for Kayla’s party so that next week I can get all my shopping done as well as start cooking. Sunday, I plan on taking the girls up to my parent’s house. I’m going to have some fun time with Kayla while my parents take Alysa to THE ice cream place by them to have her very first REAL ice cream cone. Alysa is obsessed with ice cream cones. Even when she’s eating her little soy ice cream sandwiches, she calls it an ice cream cone. So I’m excited for her to experience the real thing. Of course, she’ll need to be hosed down b4 getting into my dairy-free car. But it will be worth it for her. I’ve told my Mom that I’ll let them take her if she takes my camera and takes TONS of pictures.

Monday, we’ll be heading to either Storybook Land or Sesame Place for Kayla’s birthday. She keeps changing her mind, so we’ll see what she decides on by Monday.

And we’ve had a breakthrough regarding Halloween. Kayla was not a big fan last year. She’s not into characters or other people in costume. So she is still scared of Halloween. The last few weeks, every time I’ve asked her what she wants to be, she’ll either respond with, “No I’m the Kayla” or “I not to do Halloween”. But…yesterday, she told me that she wants to be a Mermaid. And she told me this multiple times. So now I have to figure out how to make her into a Mermaid. Any suggestions?

posted at 3:03 PM  

At 4:21 PM, Blogger Jill@Who Could Ask for Anything More said...

It's funny how their birth weight can be so different from how they gain as they grown. My little guy was 7/7 when he was born and has barely registered on the charts for weight ever since. My husband's son, the one with all the food allergies, was nearly 10# at birth and now, at age 8, is 40 pounds...no where near registering on the charts.

At 7:14 PM, Anonymous Christine said...

That's great Kayla's doing so well.
Before Josh was diagnosed diabetic, he was a tank, within a couple weeks to a month he lost so much weight, and was so skinny, but now almost 4 years later he's finally starting to put weight back on.
I got Josh's paperwork finished took now I just need to meet with the nurse on Monday and the teacher that Friday. I'm hoping it will be a very good year for him.

At 11:03 AM, Blogger Christine said...

Maddy's going to be a mermaid too! We can brainstorm together.

I'm so happy about her Dr. appt!

At 3:48 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

sounds like a great doc appt! Kayla had to get shots and a blood draw from her 4 yr appt - she wasn't a happy camper that's for sure! And they were out of 1 of the shots so we have to go back in a month :(

Can't wait to hear all about the birthday fun!


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