Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Friday, October 11, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
So, for the last few days Desmond and I have been working on getting rid of the training wheels. At first he was having trouble pedaling and staying up. He was just too wobbly. So, I decided to take his pedals off and lower his seat all the way and turn his bike into a strider. The result was almost immediate. He was able to stay up for a little while and glide along. We have been doing that for a few days. Tonight after going up and down the driveway a few times and him staying up for ten seconds or so until the bike would come to a stop I asked him if he wanted to put the pedals on and he way super excited.
The very first time after putting on the pedals he did awesome! He started pedaling and just took off. I have a feeling he is going to want to do a lot of biking in the near future. I am super impressed with how quick he picked up biking.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Monday, September 16, 2013
Friday, September 06, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
We also celebrated Davin's 36th birthday. I got him a sodastream that's been getting daily use and some LuminAIDs which are really cool solar powered lights that we got to use that night.
Monday, August 05, 2013
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013
In addition to the thyroid we also discovered that I have an intolerance to corn, fruit, and the combination of grains and sugar. Ugh! I've been working hard to keep all soy, egg, and fruit/sugar combo out of Kaylynn's diet, and it's hard! Soy is in almost everything in a package. Now I'm also trying to avoid my intolerances so we often eat a few different things at each meal because it's hard to find a balanced meal with no soy, egg, fruit, grain/sugar, or corn. I've been a label reading fanatic and even asked for all the packages at the church lunch yesterday to verify what Kaylynn and I could eat. She could have certain chips and the hot dogs were okay as long as she didn't eat any fruit. I however was left with a hamburger patty on lettuce and water. Everything else had some form of corn in it (corn starch or corn syrup mostly). At least this should help me lose weight!
I want to give it a good try for a solid month avoiding my intolerances. Then I want to eat a bunch of fruit one day (my goal is July 4th) and go clean again after that to see how that one day of fruit affects me. The naturopath encouraged me to challenge the intolerance so I would know. My hope is I won't feel that bad, and I can decide to just keep eating it. We'll see. It's a grand experiment!
Last week I lost two pounds with daily exercise (got to get in at 6:30 in the morning, though) and counting calories. I also recently quit Target so that should help my energy, too, though we'll miss the income. I'm excited to have the evenings free, and we think that with extra income we wouldn't qualify for the kid's state medical insurance which is a huge money saver for us.
I like to take advantage of our free Saturdays, especially when the weather is nice. I looked up some local calendars for ideas and came across the Camtown Youth Festival. It was close, free, and geared toward kids. We decided to check it out and I'm so glad we did! It was a lot of fun and didn't cost us a thing. They had bounce houses, inflatable obstacle courses, vendors with free giveaways, crafts, face painting, petting zoo, a flea market, and of course the regular park playgrounds. The kids loved it and it was a great family day! I'll be putting this on the calendar again for next year.
Monday, May 13, 2013
I took her to the doctor several times and the first suggestion was maybe she was eating too many bananas so we stopped giving her those, but nothing changed. The doctor said there wasn't really a way to see if something in her diet was the culprit so I decided to eliminate dairy for a time though the doctor said that wasn't a good idea because she still "needed" the milk calories. I knew she could get healthy calories elsewhere so we cut out milk for quite awhile but still didn't notice any improvement.
In the mean time I did follow the doctor's recommendation of giving Kaylynn Miralax since we had to do something to help her go, but she started needing more and more of it. I knew there had to be a better way, so I finally made an appointment to see a naturopath.
Two weeks ago we had our appointment with Dr. Neale and I remember leaving thinking, "That's how a doctor's appointment should be." I felt listened to and the doctor really took her time with us. She made me feel confident that we could get to the root of the problem and fix it. Kaylynn's regular doctor just wanted to treat symptoms with medication and wasn't interested in finding the source.
We did a food intolerance test and I got the results last week. Egg, soy, and the combination of fruit and sugar appear to be the problem with Kaylynn's digestion. My first thought was that we don't eat much egg and soy, but really, it's in almost everything in a box or package! I'm totally focused on food now, reading labels and organizing the pantry and fridge. I've made my own bread and egg-free cake for her birthday. I'm also giving her a HMF probiotic. I'm excited to see results.
This past week I did notice that Kaylynn was sleeping more and seemed to be happier. She didn't complain of a tummy ache (a daily occurrence before) until today, and I know she had a little of the fruit/sugar combination at her party yesterday. Her constipation is better but not resolved quite yet.
There are so many people I know with food allergies or intolerances, and I've been glad not to have to deal with it at home. Well, now we get to experience that wonderful world. I think there will be lots of benefits overall with becoming more aware of what we eat and making more things from scratch. Here we go!
Thursday, May 09, 2013
This morning she and I had a tea party and I let her spill real water all over the table with a little bit making it in the cups from time to time. I enjoyed using my Czech tea set I recently pulled out that's just too pretty to sit unused.
Happy birthday, Kaylynn! We love you and the spirit you bring to our family!
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
One thing I like about when the kids are sick is that they are so snuggly. I can't remember the last time Kaylynn fell asleep on me when it wasn't nap or bedtime and even then it's fairly rare.
Little Miss Kaylie is just a handful of emotion and movement. She is always moving whether it's listening to a story, getting a diaper change, or eating - she's wiggling. I must say her dancing is very cute. She also loves to do whatever everyone else is doing and makes sure she's not left out. If she sees anything on the dinner table (from a side dish to a condiment) that she didn't see me serve to her, she'll ask for it until she gets it. She states her opinions loudly and sometimes I hear her using her frustrated mommy voice in which she ends her statement with a forceful, "Now!" What a nice mirror! She loves being a little mommy and carries her dolls around wrapping them in blankets or wiping their bottoms. Kaylynn is starting to talk in sentences and some cute sayings I notice are, "Oh, nice!" "Look, Des Des." "Come on." "Get up, Mommy." "Look strong I am," followed by squeezing her fists tight. I've also seen more defiance lately where she won't look at or talk to me when I'm correcting her and waiting for a response. She can blow up fast, but also moves on, flashing a winning smile quickly. She also has a knack for "changing the subject" when she's in trouble and it's so hard not to crack a smile. She is a rushing river that will take much patience and consistency to direct.
Desmond is best defined by: questions, questions, questions. I feel he echoes everything I say but just changes it from a statement to a question as if more explanation is needed. He's always thinking and gets this sideways squinty face when the wheels are turning. We're are working on getting him to accept parental authority even without a "Why?" being answered. He loves to figure things out and has developed quite a theory on how his digestion and elimination all work. Quite amusing! He likes to draw and builds LEGOs every day. A recent highlight was when Davin took him to the LEGO store and let him fill a bucket with miscellaneous pieces he picked out. He is starting to read and sometimes I have him read me the story at bedtime. Desmond is bothered by Kaylynn's lack of order and cried when she ripped her coloring page yesterday.
Davin is my rock. He's patient and consistent through the ups and downs of young children and a frazzled, overtired wife. He's been putting the kids to bed and cleaning up while I go to work in the evenings and I'm really looking forward to at least a couple evenings together this week!