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Friday afternoon it was too hot to go outside so we decided to have a Teddy Bear Picnic. The decision went more like this:

Mason: We should have a picnic today, but not outside because there are too many bees.

Mom: OOOoooh!!! We can have a Teddy Bear Picnic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mason: A what?

So I had the privilege of explaining to Mason what a Teddy Bear Picnic was, and that when I was little, Grandma Gudenau used to make them for me and when Aunt Pammy and Uncle Matt and Uncle Neil were little I used to make the Teddy Bear Picnics for them. He was pretty excited. Especially when I gave him the job of inviting all of the stuffed animals in the house to our picnic and setting them up.

no bologna and cheese, but this will do

Stuffed animals need water too!

It was one of those fulfilling mom moments when you realize you are doing something totally silly and seemingly not very important, but you realize how much it makes your kids happy and in turn how something so silly can fill you with so much happiness and love that you are almost in tears it is that overwhelming. Yes, I have days where I want to crawl under a rock and pretend I am not having feelings that I hate being a stay at home mom, but days like Friday remind me that I never could have imagined being this happy or doing something so meaningful.

too old for mommy's help already

We listened to the Black Keys, had a nice lunch, fed the teddy bears, and had lots of fun. The best part was when Maiya crawled up to me with her blanky and laid on my lap for an entire song and Mason gave all of the stuffed animals blankets and pillows and he curled up with his blanky and we all had a few nice quiet moments.

I think the colorful monkey was at some of the picnics back in the 90's

crawl around, take a bite, crawl some more

I took a video-since I haven’t figured out how to freeze time yet…

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These are all old quotes from Mason that I had saved in a draft post. I don’t know why I have been hoarding them there, so here you go…

“Dad, You’re a pretty freeking cool guy!”

This is an old one from our travels to Michigan: I dropped a diaper (dirty, but closed and clean on the outside) on the ground at a rest area and asked Mason if he would pick it up for me since I was holding Maiya. He was about to pick it up and stopped and said “No.” I told him it wasn’t a poopy diaper and he responded “but Maiya still farts in it.”

Mom: Do you want to go to storytime tonight?

Mason: No. I don’t like the songs.

Mom: Why not?

Mason: They are weird. I just like books.

(ok, maybe I should let him listen to some kids music. but Mason and Maiya’s favorite band right now is the Black Keys, how cool is that?!)

Mom: What is going to happen when your hair gets real long? Mason: My hair will just keep getting cooler and cooler.

To Clint and pointing with his fork: Fork you!

“I want to be stuck in Easter forever!”

“I’m not a turducken, I’m just a weiner dog.”

“I’m not checking my blog. I’m just checking my e-mail.”

As we were getting ready for dinner. Mason and Maiya were sitting at the table. Maiya was crying. Mason says “So, there’s a baby crying over here. Does anybody know why this baby is crying?”

Mason was pretending to be a Mommy dinosaur protecting his baby (a small green puffball) from predators: with his hand held out like a stop sign he yelled: “STOP CREDITORS!!!! DON’T GET MY BABY!”

Believe it or not kazoos are hard to find when you are looking for them. Did you know that you can make a kazoo out of a carrot? Well I doubt that I could, but some guy on YouTube showed us how. Speaking of YouTube, we love it because it allows us to share these moments with YouToo!

This video is brought to you buy: “Mason and Maiya are both napping and I will pay for it at bedtime.”

Saturday is Maiya’s first birthday!. I can’t believe it has been a year already. It seems like yesterday she was a tiny little baby with a clean slate. Everything to learn and experience ahead of her. I know 1 year isn’t much in the scheme of things, but it just amazes me how much babies learn in their first year. I mean she can crawl up the stairs in the blink of an eye, feed herself with a fork, grab a crayon and crawl up to me and say “Draw.” What I am even more amazed by is that at 2 weeks old Maiya was having severe allergic reactions to what we thought was the milk in my diet. A baby that doesn’t even eat solid food was having serious reactions to the food I was eating(from breast milk). That right there was hard to comprehend for me because Mason has never had a problem with anything he has ever eaten and that kid has had quite the variety of food(“More sashimi Mom!”) So I tried eliminating everything with milk protein out of my diet, no luck. Soy, no luck. and on and on and on. Trial and error turned out to be a whole lot of error. As most of you know, we went against all recommendations by the pediatrician and tried NAET, or as we like to call it here “Voodoo Magic.” Let me tell you, well I guess I have in every post with that title, this stuff is weird. BUT, and this is a HUGE BUT, IT WORKS! It has been 6 months since Maiya had her first normal poop after doing 9 NAET treatments and she has been pooping like a pro ever since.

just me and my cat eon

I know, if you have been following this blog you already know this. Did I just miss writing about poop? Maybe… Actually we have reached a few milestones that I have been very nervous about ever since we stopped NAET treatments. Will we have to go back? What happens when she starts eating foods she was treated for? What happens when Maiya is a year old and she can have whole milk? I seriously believe that NAET worked for us, but in the back of my head I keep wondering how long will it last and what about when she is getting all of these allergens straight from the source?

Lately we have been putting the voodoo magic to the test. A couple of months ago I started giving Maiya yogurt. This was the first real dairy she had ever had and I started noticing that every time she had yogurt she would spit up. Not immediately and not very much. Just sometime during the day she would be crawling around and spit up a quarter sized amount and then crawl right through it.  Then I noticed a few dry spots on her legs that looked like they might be eczema coming back. And that was it. I stopped all dairy and decided to give it another month and try again. (Mind you she has been drinking dairy formula twice a day, and breast milk twice a day with no diet restrictions on my part and she hasn’t had any problems.)

just me and my blanky

So in the past few weeks as Maiya has been demanding more and more freedom by throwing temper tantrums if I don’t let her climb where she wants to, I have given her more food freedom. And oohhhh the poop talk begins again. Corn in her poop, peas in her poop, is that worms? oh wait I think that was an orange. Maiya has been eating cheese and yogurt, and pretty much everything that we eat. For dinner tonight she had turkey chili. I haven’t noticed any severe reactions to all of this new food, but there have been some signs that make me nervous. Little dry patches on her legs, tiny amounts of spit up, and red in her diaper that is still to be determined. First I thought for sure it was watermelon because she could eat a whole watermelon if you let her, then I decided it must be blood, then I remembered she had red pepper that day. So I am trying to keep my cool and trust in NAET. If there is still red in her diaper next week I will bring it with me to her 12 month check up. Oh what a glamorous life it is to be a mom-nose in poop every day and for fun you get to bring old poopy diapers and make strangers investigate it!

Today we reached the big milestone. Today I decided to replace one of Maiya’s bottles with a cup of whole milk. Here is where I realize that Mason-my difficult baby wasn’t so bad sometimes. He was always happy to try new things. I had zero problems weaning him, putting him on a bottle, switching to a cup, switching to milk. “What’s this mom? Oh ok, thanks!” Maiya on the other hand was not to thrilled about missing out on her afternoon bottle. She took a few sips here and there but mostly was not interested. And I was sitting there going “that is whole milk! do you realize how good that is? whole milk, not nasty formula, rich creamy whole milk!” She didn’t get the message. So long story short, we will try again tomorrow maybe with the milk in the bottle for now. Oh yeah I had a point here. Maiya has whole milk in her system! I have no idea how the next few days will go. I am holding my breath and will keep you updated…

just me and my mom