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I am a Mom to 2 amazing and fun daughters and wife to a great guy and a wonderful father!

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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, January 19, 2008
Insanity Setting In
Four days...yes, 4 full days stuck in the house with a sick child - ok 3 with 1 sick child and 1 (today) with 2 sick children. Add completely sleep deprivation since Kayla has been up at least half the night every night with a fever and or a horrible cough. I'm exhausted, I'm cranky, I'm hungry and I'm so behind. And did I mention we need to go food shopping? I had plans this weekend - BIG plans. A birthday party today for the girls, a sleep-over at my Parents', which meant a date for me and J tonight and TIME. Time to do things around the house - time to run errands. Oh the bliss I would have felt. Instead, here I am, ready to crash, a pile of who knows what on my desk and around the house with an endless, sleepless night looming ahead of me.

But...there was one good thing that came of today. I decided to take Kayla in to the Ped today. She'd been sick for 5 days and this cough that came on Thursday has made her throw up twice from the force of it. I wanted to make sure it hadn't gotten to her lungs or anything (and she won't take cough medicine). I'm glad I did, I was told to give her Prednisolone (a steroid) for 2 days and it worked like a charm - so hopefully tonight will be a wee bit better.

But...while at the Pediatrician's office a flyer caught my eye. It was a flyer about a Food Allergy Support Group being formed in this area. Let me tell you it brought tears to my eyes. I have searched high and low on the internet for one. A group of people who live my life. Possibly with kids Kayla & Alysa's age. Ones with no extra explaining needed. One with people who understand. It was like a weight off my shoulders to know I could possibly have this. And the best part? It's being formed by Kayla & Alysa's allergist. So I called him - the first meeting is Wed, February 6th in the evening. Crazy, I know that this would excite me. But it does. I know from Infertility the power of being surrounded (either literally or over the internet) by those who understand. The feeling of belonging and the peace and support it can bring you is indescribable. And with our Disney trip (1 year from now) keeping me up at night already, it couldn't have come at a better time.

p.s. Wed, I thought Kayla was over her virus (I thought it was a 24 hour fever bug), and since she was fine in the evening, I took her to her first gymnastics recital. She was amazing. I'll be back tomorrow to post pics...

posted at 7:26 PM  

At 8:18 AM, Blogger ChupieandJ'smama said...

So sorry the kids are sick! I sure hope they feel better soon. It's tough on everyone, mommy too, I know.
I finally found a support group in our area too. It took me 2 - 2.5 years but I finally found one. It was a off chance random google search one day. Crazy, huh? They meet once a month, and it's nice to have other parents to talk to. It's small, but with the rise in food allergies, unfortunately, I'm sure we'll grow. Their website is www.fwfa.net

At 9:39 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

Sorry to hear they were both sick; hope they're feeling much better by now!

Sounds like you were meant to go to the ped that day so you could see that flyer! How awsome, I hope there is a lot of involvement with the support group!


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