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Yesterday was Maiya’s 6 month birthday. (Technically, she is 26 weeks, which in my book is 6.5 months.) On Friday she learned how to sit up on her own. Yay! Next stop crawling, and before we know it she will be borrowing the car…my mind can’t even go there yet. In my head Mason and Maiya will stop aging around 4 1/2. I can’t even begin to picture them as teenagers, but I bet they will still be cute, just with WAY more attitude. Anyway, Maiya is a happy little 6 month old with NORMAL POOP. She usually takes two short naps during the day, goes to bed around 8:30 and only gets up once to eat around 4 am, and then up for the day around 7:30 am. Sometimes she is really nice and sleeps through the whole night. (Those are usually the nights that Mason gets up to pee and then again an hour later to try and sleep in our bed.) I am sooooo thankful I have a baby that sleeps so well. Maiya is eating rice cereal, banana, and carrots so far. Her hobbies are bouncing in her jumperoo until she pukes, and then bouncing some more, and playing with her brother. The most exciting news is that Maiya cut her first tooth today!!! I was so excited I showed Mason and was all “Do you know what this means?! Soon she can eat cheerios!” Then I called Clint at work and Mason yelled in the background. “Maiya got a tooth, I am freeking out!” The best part is that when we come back to Michigan for Christmas you will be able to see her tooth!
Classic excuses to get out of bed at bedtime:
“Mom, I bonked my head on my bed.” “How did you do that? Your supposed to be sleeping.” “Because I was sleeping too hard.”
“Dad, I have a tummy ache.” “Oh really, where does is hurt?” Mason pointed to his throat!
“Mom, I have a tummy ache. I need some water.” “Ok, fine, here is some water.” After one sip-“Thanks Mom, that feeld me better”
“Mom, I heard the train and its giving me a tummy ache.”
Last weekend we went to Rocky Mountain National Park hoping to see some big horn sheep (they are my favorite!) and also to get a good family picture. Alas, the bighorn sheep have alluded us once again, but we got some great pics and well, its Rocky Mountain National Park so it was an awesome day. We wanted a good family picture to send with our Christmas card. Last year with all the craziness of Clint going to China and working for Boa in his “spare” time, we didn’t put a picture in with our Christmas card. For some reason that still bothers me, so this year we put in some extra effort to get a good one. RMNP has some special meaning to us that makes it such a great place for a family picture. We have been there with both Mason and Maiya in my belly. (separate times of course!) Mason, when we were just visiting Colorado and thinking what an amazing place it would be to live in, and Maiya right after we moved here when we were thinking how lucky we are to live here. There is something about all of the feelings involved in expecting a new baby-the excitement of the unknown, the anticipation of a new life, and the fact that I still can’t wrap my head around the whole process of having a tiny human growing inside your belly (yes, I took sex ed, I get that part) and then you add all of the feelings you get looking up at giant snowcapped mountains, the amazement that something so beautiful exists and the inspiration to lead a meaningful life that is bigger than just you. And then being there last weekend and seeing the mountains and our kids that are growing so fast, who amaze and inspire us every single day…well its all a bit overwhelming.
Ok, take a moment to puke from how cheesy I am sounding. Feel better?
I am saving the best pic for the Christmas card, but here are some that came close…
WE HAVE NORMALITY!!!!!!!!!!
Yesterday Maiya pooped and it was NORMAL! It was the first NORMAL poop I have seen since she was less than 2 weeks old (she is 24 1/2 weeks now). She has had poops that looked better than a bad one, but this actually looked NORMAL. It was thick, not runny or bubbly, and it was yellow, not yellowish or brownish or greenish or reddish. I will spare you the picture because I am really that nice.
So here is what has been happening with Maiya’s treatments and how we have reached normality. (I know there is a chance we could have setbacks and this doesn’t mean she is cured, but this is some serious progress here.)
At Maiya’s 8th NAET treatment things got a little more out there than the usual weirdness. First of all we treated DNA, RNA and heat. Honestly I can’t explain that one at all. Is she allergic to her own DNA and the heat her body produces? Maybe…anyway that is what we treated. At this point Maiya’s diapers have been back and forth-getting better and then sick again. We started Maiya on rice cereal the previous week and that didn’t seem to make much difference. Eve recommended that we give Maiya some Chinese herbs as a supplement to NAET. So we have been giving Maiya Gentle Warriors Belly Binder 2-3 times a day since then. It’s just a liquid that we give her with a dropper, don’t worry, she isn’t smoking it!
At Maiya’s 9th NAET treatment on Tuesday we tested Nut Mix 1 and 2 and Spice Mix 1 & 2. All of them were weak so we asked which was a priority. We treated Nut Mix 1-which is peanuts and walnuts. This is one of the allergies that I’m a little worried about because peanut allergies can be really serious. I have been avoiding all nuts and will probably keep avoiding them for as long as I nurse Maiya, and then we will probably avoid them in her food just to be safe. I had Eve do some “Magic 8 Ball” questions for me. We asked if Maiya was ready to start solid food. That was a yes. So then we asked if it should be peas-no, carrots-no and then bananas-yes. So Tuesday evening Maiya got to have banana with her rice cereal. Oh boy that was exciting! We also asked if Maiya could have formula. Since she is 6 months now I am heading into unfamiliar territory. I started weaning Mason at 6 months and although she eats MUCH better than he ever did I don’t know how much longer I will want to keep it up. So far I plan on doing it as long as I can, but it is nice to have options. So we asked if Maiya could have formula and how much, and she told us not 1 cup or more, but 1/2 cup of formula a day is ok.
So that is what we have been doing and two days ago Maiya pooped the biggest, nastiest, leaking out all corners, pool of poop in her belly button, had to give her a bath immediately poop. When I saw it leaking through her clothes all I could think was “Here we go again.” But this time it was different. The poop in her diaper was pasty and yellow. I was so excited that I saved it for Clint to see when he got home from work. Poor guy, I bet that was what he was waiting all day to come home to-an old, smelly, poopy diaper. Well at least I was nice and waited until after dinner to show him. Then yesterday Maiya pooped a completely NORMAL poop. And I saved it for Clint again. Today she pooped COMPLETELY NORMAL AGAIN! I can’t express how happy I am to change poopy diapers now. Yes, I know, I need to get out more! How do you make friends when all you want to talk about is poop?
I know what your thinking- NAET is FLIPPING WEIRD! because thats what I think, but all I have to say is “NORMAL POOOOOOOOOOP!!!!!!”
Well there’s nothing like 2 feet of snow to get you in the mood for Halloween. We carved our pumpkins the night before which worked out to our advantage because they were starting to rot and were easier to carve. We didn’t get Mason’s costume until the morning of-which worked out pretty nice because everything was on sale! Luckily it warmed up and we actually had beautiful weather for trick or treating. The snow was almost gone and it was nice enough to just wear a sweatshirt. Mason was a little freaked by some of the spooky decorations and people dressed up in scary costumes. At first every house we went to even if there wasn’t a single pumpkin on the porch he would ask “Is this house spooky?” After a while he started really getting into it and would run so fast to the next house that he would end up running past the house. He was getting really good at yelling “trick or treat!”, but he still doesn’t quite get the whole process. He wanted to go inside every house. Actually, one house he ran in and I had to go in to catch him! Maiya loved trick or treating. Clint and I took turns holding her and she was just kicking and laughing and squealing the whole time. The funny thing was everyone wanted to give her candy. “Ooooh she’s so cute, can she have something?” Maybe I am just around kids too much lately, but does that girl look like she should be eating a Tootsie Pop?