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Mason!

Mason!

FYI: this was AFTER Mason had eaten a whole celery stalk. Aunt Pammy should be proud!

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ok, so I forgot to actually post this one-sorry for the delay 🙂

On Monday (June 15th) Maiya’s umbilical cord stump finally fell off! Generally it takes two weeks to dry out and fall off and I had read it could take up to a month sometimes, so of course when she passed a month and it was still there I was getting very impatient. Clint figured out that the dr. trimmed it so close that it wasn’t getting any air and was just sitting snugly in her belly button. After Clint messed with it so it could get some air it fell out the next day. Maiya can thank her daddy that she didn’t have to go to kindergarten with and umbilical stump still connected because I wasn’t about to mess with that thing!

This is exciting because now Maiya can have tummy time and work on strengthening her neck muscles. Mason likes to lay on the ground next to Maiya and show her toys and its just one of the cutest things! So far Maiya is game for tummy time-unlike Mason who acted like we were torturing him every time he found himself on his tummy.

Yesterday I was getting dinner ready and Mason was sitting in his chair at the table eating his dinner when out of nowhere he said “Mommy, you are the best cook in the whole world, even in outer space.”

(I probably shouldn’t reveal that this was a rare ocassion when I let him have boxed mac n cheese (organic of course) and all I did was boil noodles and stir in cheese sauce. Hey, I’ll take it! I’m sure he meant it for all the other meals I have made too.)

this one is a few weeks old but it still cracks me up:

I was saying good night to Mason one night and in an effort to stall Mason was asking me what all kinds of things eat. I try to give him the right answers but this is a harder game than you might think. Do you know what beetles eat? So after a bunch of questions that I managed to get right he asked: “Mommy, what do penguins eat?” Answer: Fish “No, mommy, they eat krill.”

ok, maybe he mixed up penguins with whales, but come on! Krill?! This is what happens when one of your favorite books is a kids dictionary. the books he likes are so educational that I find myself begging him, please can we just read a story?

I love this thing, it’s a Canon G10! Even Karyn can take good photos now.

It also takes nice video.

Tuesday was Maiya’s check-up for her allergy problems. Originally the dr. wanted to see her back in a couple weeks to see if she was improving. If milk protein was the only thing bothering her than she should have been fine or really close to being fine by this appointment. Unfortunately that is not the case. When I started eliminating milk from my diet she seemed to be improving, but after about a week of that she started getting worse-nasty diapers and now she was puking all over me a few times a day. It occurred to me that since getting rid of milk I was adding a lot more soy in my diet. It seemed like every time I had a lot of soy she would have a reaction. So, about 5 days ago I started tracking everything I ate and keeping track of what had soy in it for a couple days and then eliminating everything soy from my diet. Let me tell you, I thought it was going to be hard to give up milk, soy is in EVERYTHING. Seriously, I read somewhere that it is in over 60% of processed foods. When we tookMaiya to her appointment, the Dr. basically agreed with me that it is most likely a soy allergy also. It could still be an allergy to another food, or something else that we just don’t know about, but sinceMaiya is so healthy and not fussy soy is the most likely culprit. Apparently 40% of babies with a milk allergy also have a soy allergy. The Dr. said to try eliminating all foods soy from my diet for about 3 weeks and see how she reacts. When thedr . was telling me this I got the impression that she thought I was a little nuts for wanting to keep breastfeeding. She was very nice about it and just said “Well if you have a lot invested in breastfeeding…just so you know there is always this formula you could try.” This right here is where I realized I am a little nuts and terribly stubborn. You see, I thought I was secretly hoping that when we went to this appointment someone would tell me that’s it, you have to stop breastfeeding and put her on formula. I mean it would make all our lives a lot easier wouldn’t it? I realized when thedr . said “if you have a lot invested” that heck yeah I have a lot invested are you kidding me?!! Breastfeeding (at least for me) is no walk in the park. I won’t go into details in case my brothers happen to be reading this, but for real, if bottle feeding could magically offer every last benefit that breastfeeding does I would do it in a heartbeat, but that is why I am so stubborn. I know thatbreastmilk is the absolute best thing for my baby and if all it takes is changing my diet to keep it that way, then yeah, I have a LOT invested in this whole process and I have to at least try to make this work. Now, if we find out that it really is next to impossible to eliminate soy, or if changing my diet that drastically is affecting her health or my health, then yes, I will consider formula. For now I have to be strong (or nuts) and give it my best. And in the end, every extra day she getsbreastmilk she will be getting all of the benefits that go along with it. So far, it has not been as hard as I thought it would be. We already try to eat as many unprocessed foods as possible-meaning cooking from scratch, fresh fruits and veggies, and processed food that is all natural and with as fewingredients as possible. I am lucky to have two natural foods stores close and shopping there has made this change a lot easier. I went to a Kroger-like grocery store yesterday for a few things and after reading labels and checking out the selection there I realized that it probably would be next to impossible if I was still shopping at that kind of store. There is just too much junk to weed through there. I’m not gonna lie, I have my bad days where I just want to eat a gallon of ice cream and wash it down with some cheese and crackers, and it can even put me in a bad mood because of it (poor Clint, dealing with my food issues!), but in general I feel like we are eating much healthier and haven’t had to sacrifice too much. When this is all over with I think we will still be eating about the same, but I sure will be happy when I can renew my friendship with good ole’ Ben & Jerry.

too funny

too funny

I have a belly button, you have a belly button...

I have a belly button, you have a belly button...

This morning Mason was rocking out on his drums and when he was done I said “That sounds awesome Mason, you’re a good drummer.” his reply: “I’m not a drummer mom, I’m a rockstar.”

while Mason, Maiya and I were at the toy park today someone asked me:

“So where are you from? You have a very distinct accent.”

Yes I get asked that a lot. I am from Michigan, unfortunately I got asked that a lot when I lived in Michigan!

So Maiya is now 3 weeks old, and everyday I think of stuff to post on this here blog, and somehow everyday I have been distracted by something-that something usually having to do with one of three things: poop, puke, or feeding (which always results in poop or puke).

For the record, Maiya is a great baby and Mason is a great kid. We could not be more lucky to have such great kids and I am so excited for when they are old enough to play together.

Here is what has been going on with them in recent weeks:

Maiya eats every 2-3 hours during the day and naps a lot, and is still nice enough not to cry too loud in the middle of the night (I don’t think she has woken up Mason yet) and also to give me at least one 4 hour stretch between feedings at night which translates into about 3-3.5 hours of sleep at one time for me!Yay sleep! We have taken Maiya lots of places-for walks to the park, shopping at Target, drives in the mountains-things like that. When Mason was born we were terrified to take him anywhere. Now he was born in the fall so there was less to do and since it was flu season the dr. told us to avoid taking him out if we could, but now I know what Dad was talking about when he told me when we had Mason that we should just take him out, and he said once you have more than one kid you’ll get it. Ok I am admitting here and now just this once that Dad was right! Good thing he doesn’t use the Internet 😉

Mason was on his best behavior the first week and then last week when Clint went back to work Mason stopped taking naps (good timing punk!). This week he is back to napping, which I seriously thank god for every day, but he has moved onto getting into trouble for attention. He has taken his rock climbing skills indoors and is scaring and annoying me all day long. I feel bad because I know he needs attention, but he also is at the age where he needs to learn to listen when I tell him doing a forward flip in and out ofMaiya’s crib is dangerous-needless to say the kid spends quite a lot of time in time out lately. When he’s not getting into trouble he is being totally hilarious. I can’t believe how smart and funny a two year old can be! Coming soon to a blog near you: funny things that Mason tells me

Last week Maiya started having diarrhea and then I started noticing blood too. To make a long story short: after two doctors appointments: one to check her problem last Tuesday and the other her normal two-week check up last Friday the pediatrician thinks thatMaiya is allergic to milk in my diet. There is a 99% chance that if I am able to eliminate everything with the milk protein in my diet that she will be fine and will outgrow the allergy after about a year and there is a 1% chance that it is something worse and well we just won’t go there because its only a 1% chance and I worry enough just being a mom of two kids. Besides that she is very healthy. At her check-up she weighed 7lbs 11oz and measured 21 inches. I am pretty confidant that she only has a milk allergy because she is so healthy otherwise and doesn’t seem to be bothered by the goings on in her diaper that have beenfreeking me out. Apparently having a milk allergy even in breastfed infants is very common and really will affect me more than Maiya if we get it under control. The downside of this for me is that I CAN’T EAT ICE CREAM OR CHOCOLATE FOR A YEAR!!!! I am already without caffeine and alcohol. After reading off the list of things that I can’t have (cheese, butter, whey, casein, lactose, not just dairy free or lactose free or vegan foods because even they sometimes contain milk proteins) the pediatrician said “but you can havepopsicles”. Thanks lady! Needless to say on top of being so worried and stressed about Maiya’s health now I am stressed about not being able to eat anything but meat and lettuce. I sobbed on the phone to Clint when we got out of the office (yes, I have serious food issues) and he was nice enough to remind me that my life was not over, this is not that big of a deal, we could be dealing with MUCH worse, and that he would join me in this good food free diet. That is why I married Clint and love having a family with him. He keeps me in check and is incredibly supportive. So now a week later I am a little less stressed and am trying to embrace this new diet. I feel guilty for feeling sorry for myself, but what can I say I have been under a lot of stress lately and I do love food-I cracked. Grocery shopping is tricky, but luckily we shop at health food stores and try to eat as natural as possible so labels are much easier to read and I am finding that there are some decent alternatives to the foods I love. So far a week free from milk seems to be helpingMaiya, she doesn’t seem cured, but the dr. said it takes a few weeks to know if it is really working. So in a couple weeks we will have Maiya checked out and hopefully she will be doing even better.

So yeah long story short right, could you imagine if I posted the long version?!