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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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Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Bath Terrors
We have been really lucky with both girls that they have loved their baths. They may not have been too thrilled with them when they were newborns, but other than that, bath time has always been a fun event in our house.

As they have gotten older, they started to not like the stray hairs of mine that escape their hiding places while they are in the bathtub. And any fuzz that ends up in the bath tub? Forget it, I spend time trying to get the floating fuzz out of the water, which is no easy task.

As annoying as this can be, I would prefer it over the sheer terror that has overtaken Alysa in her last 2 baths. Her disdain for the “Mommy hairs” (as they call them) and the fuzzies has turned into full blown terror! When I gave her a bath last Friday evening, she saw a piece of fuzz, (which I could not find by the way) and went into a full blown panic attack. She was screaming and crying, completely inconsolable. She refused to sit down and was freaking out and screaming, “It’s going to get me!!!” over and over as she was trying to claw her way over to me and out of the tub to safety. All of this before I even washed her. So I had to do the fastest washing in history of a child who was trying to climb out of the tub. She was sobbing hysterically. It was very sad and pathetic. Once she was out of the tub, she was fine – she went and got her diaper for me and her clothes so I could dress her in the bathroom. Kayla? She took it all in stride and took a more leisurely bath.

I was hoping this was a one-time incident. No such luck. Sunday, when my Mom gave her a bath, she had the same terror-filled breakdown from a little piece of soap that had ended up in the tub after my Mom washed her. So again, her bath was a short one.

My question is this – how do I manage to find every last piece of stray hair before getting them in the tub? Even if I cleaned the thing from top to bottom every day, we all know how hairs can be stubborn. And with our bath matt suctioned to the tub floor, it leaves lots of little hiding spots for my hairs. They just lay in wait for poor Alysa to get in the tub.

I know Mom [*eyes rolling*] – “This too shall pass.” I just hope this phase passes quickly!!!

posted at 10:18 AM  

At 1:12 PM, Anonymous Kathy said...


No eyes rolling this time with a sigh of "this too shall pass". I witnessed her terror and felt helpless to help her. I can't ever remembering her freaking out like she did the other night.

Maybe a little project of her helping you to wash the tub out right before her bath? She might feel a little bit in control?

Good luck and keep me posted.


At 7:32 PM, Blogger Donna said...

bubbles to cover up the offending objects?????

At 2:41 PM, Anonymous Christine said...

Reminds me of Josh when he was the same age, used to do that to me. He'd completely freak out, if there was the smallest piece of lint floating, or UF(floating)O.

Katelyn is still scared of getting water in her eyes or ears, but Lindsay is my Waterbaby. She absolutely loves taking baths.

At 3:21 PM, Blogger All my love, Carmen said...

Wait until it dries and then take a vacuum attachment to it?
My kids have strange fears too. You're right, it will pass...but I know the feeling of desperation until it does.
I echo the other commenter's suggestion of bubbles.
I would also suggest liberal amounts of Valium (to be ingested by mom, not put in the bathwater)

At 5:55 PM, Blogger Typette said...

I like Mom's comment above.

I have to say though, i was the same way (a little more consolable though), and unfortunately --- it has helped in leading me to my fear of the ocean and what lurks in the water.

Try what you can to get her over this fear while she is young so it doesn't grow any bigger like mine did!

At 6:29 PM, Blogger Amy said...

Hi there!
I was perrusing through my dairy allergy blog when I happened across some OLD comments from last summer, and found yours.
So, w/o a lot of time, I gather that your allergy-girl DID indeed start preschool & is doing well?
My allergy-girl started this past Dec. & has survived too.
It is an aggravation that we do have to worry, but I've come to the conclusion that such is life.

Do you belong to an allergy support group where you live?
We joined ours last winter, I believe we're affiliated w/ FAAN & have a pretty big event coming up in a couple weeks - w/ Kyle Dane (heard of him?).

I will be 'back'! Take care!


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