Archive | February, 2013

In Lakyn’s Words: Santa’s Beard, Cute Boots, and Feeling the Smell

28 Feb

An oldie from Christmas time, while talking to Lakyn about going to see Santa:
Me to Lakyn: Do you think Santa will be wearing red?
Lakyn: Yes, I think so.
Me: Do you think he will have a beard?
Lakyn: No, he will not drink that.
(She was obviously thinking about beer)

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Brandon to Lakyn: You’re so cute.
Lakyn: No I’m not. I don’t have my cute boots on.

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A week after her surgery:
Lakyn: “Momma, I can feel the smell” and proceeds to blow air through her nose. Since having her surgery, she’s finally realizing what it feels like to be able to breathe through her nose! I wish I had it on video, it was the cutest thing.

Lakyn’s Surgery: Tonsillectomy and an Adenoidectomy

23 Feb

I cannot even begin to describe how hard it is to watch your baby being wheeled back to surgery. It is even harder still to watch them suffer in pain, knowing you can’t do anything to take the pain away.

She did well throughout her surgery. Sitting in the waiting room for the 40 minutes it took to do the operation were the longest 40 minutes of my life. At that point the doctor came out and told us she did well and that when she wakes up they’ll keep her in recovery for 45-60 minutes to continue to monitor her. After that, then we’d be able to meet up with her when she was moved to a room on the 3rd floor. We waited 55 minutes.

The nurses kept commenting on how cute she was and that she was the perfect patient. I was so proud, we have such a brave girl! She didn’t say much when we joined her, as she was still super sleepy, but I think it’s funny that she did point out the triangles on the elevator while waiting to go up to the room. “See the triangles.” Her sleepy, groggy voice almost had me in tears.

 

We were at the hospital longer than we thought we would be. Lakyn had to meet certain criteria in order to be able to leave and she met them all except for going to the bathroom. We waited for 3 hours until she finally peed!

The day of and the day after were the worst. She was in a lot pain, didn’t want to talk, and didn’t want to eat or drink anything. It was so hard to watch. I felt really guilty for putting her through that. I totally regretted having the procedure done. Today is a new day though, and she’s acting much better. She still doesn’t want to drink anything, but it’s not as much of a fight as it used to be. She’s talking more and we’re starting to see more of her personality come through.

She’s got a cough right now, but we don’t know if that’s from the surgery or if she has what Rilyn and I have. We’re rocking some chest congestion and coughs, and my throat is killing me. That’s the last thing Lakyn needs right now, but we’ll keep her comfortable and drinking those fluids.

Also, I want to note that Brandon and I have noticed a difference in Lakyn’s voice. It’s higher-pitched than it was before. It sounds more baby-like to me, maybe even a tad whiney, but I know we’ll get used to it.

A big thank you to my amazing momma for staying with the littlest while B and I were with Lakyn at the hospital. It was comforting knowing I didn’t have to worry about both my babies that day.

And thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. I think we’ve turned a corner and it’s downhill from here (hopefully). We really feel so blessed to have so many great friends! Muah!

The nurses informed us that Lakyn insisted that Izzy wear the hospital socks. I love that kid!

Our Valentine’s Day

14 Feb

Holidays are so much fun as a mom! Am I right? We love a good holiday around here and Valentine’s Day is no different. Although, we do believe in letting others know how you feel every day of the year, life kind of sneaks up on you from time to time. You get busy, you eat dinner while taking turns bathing the kids and getting them to bed, you collapse in bed at 9:30, and you may or may not get out of your yoga pants and t-shirt.

Ever.

So I like having this one day set aside to make sure that I take the time to focus on them and let all my loves know just how much I adore them! And hey, the mister likes that I actually took the time to dress up for him!

Today was great! We started the day by giving Lakyn her valentines Daddy and Mommy made/bought for her. She got a card, candy hearts, a new book (she’s really in to Fancy Nancy right now), and some mystery message hearts. Rilyn got a new carseat toy. It may be the most annoying, jingly toy of all time, but hey, it’s Valentine’s Day! Little did Mommy know that Daddy also made her a card and a heart as well. It was a sweet surprise!

Lakyn wanted to wake Rilyn up and give her gift to her, so that’s what we did.

She loved it!

Throughout the day we painted our mystery message hearts, played with toys, read books, and left love notes on the bathroom mirror.

You know, the usual happenings of a typical Thursday.

Except I made homemade bread! Without a bread machine! And it was good! Since going dairy and soy free, I can’t purchase store-bought bread. I was finally craving a sandwich bad enough that I sucked it up, got over my fear of using yeast, and did it. And it was easy, and I’ll never look back again!

Plus, the house smelled A-mazing!

Oh, and I also made these.

We also made Daddy some valentines. Lakyn and I both made him a card, and we all collaborated on this…

Rilyn decided she wanted to give me a gift today, too. At six months old (in 5 days), she finally took a bottle! We’ve only been working on it almost every day for the last 3 months! She still acts like she doesn’t know what to do with it, but she successfully drank slightly more than an ounce today! Hooray!

Then Daddy came home with this! He knows me so well! I’m so thankful for a husband that takes into consideration my new diet and brings me something he knows I LOVE! This is probably the best V-Day treat he’s gotten me.

It’s cotton candy. If I had to tell you that, you and I should not be friends.

I’m kidding.

Kind of.

So we fed the kiddos their dinner and put them to bed. Brandon then fired up the grill and I got to work on the other dinner fixin’s. We feasted on grilled steak, roasted seasoned zucchini and yellow squash, homemade bread, and malbec wine while catching up on our DVR and sneaking a quick kiss here and there.

Too much info? Sorry.

Then we devoured those chocolate covered strawberries.

I couldn’t have asked for a better day. Happy Valentine’s Day y’all! Hope you had a great day!

 

 

 

 

Cravings

12 Feb

The cravings I’m having while dairy free and soy free are way more intense than any of my pregnancy cravings ever were. My God, what I wouldn’t do for a huge greasy slice of cheese pizza right now! With extra cheese.

Or Baskin Robbins’ mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Or queso.

Or ranch dressing.

Or fettucini alfredo.

Or a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting.

An apple will totally suffice, right?

DF Chocolate Cookies

11 Feb

DUDES!!!!

I’ve struck gold. Dairy free gold. And if I use the right chocolate, these could even be soy free. Double score for me!

Okay, maybe this won’t be a big deal to everyone, but it’s HUGE to me! Real quick, I suppose you need to know something about me.

I have an insatiable sweet tooth, more specifically, a chocolate sweet tooth. I get these cravings and I NEED chocolate. Stat. The problem is that a candy bar, or cookie, or even ice cream isn’t enough to fulfill it. Often times, the only thing that cures it is brownie batter.

Gasp! I know, raw egg and all. I’d always try other forms of chocolate first, but more often than not, I’d end up making the batter.

Enter dairy free and soy free diet. Exit chocolatey goodness.

So, back to striking gold…

Now that I’m dairy AND soy free, finding yummy chocolatey things to eat isn’t as easy as it once was. Forget about the candy bars, the M&M’s, the ice cream. I even have to be careful with chocolate chips. I’ve been researching and hunting for more dairy free things to eat and in that quest, I found these amazing cookies.

Believe me when I say amazing.

They’ve replaced my brownie batter fix.They’re everything I need from the batter: fudgy, intense chocolate, sweet. They look like chocolate crinkle cookies but are so much better. They’ve got a slighty hardened outside and an incredibly soft and gooey inside. They’re divine when still warm and still amazing the next day. I’m telling you, I’ve struck gold.

Plus, if I use the right chocolate, no soy as well.

Plus, no flour. Holla all you gluten-free peeps!

Plus, only 6 ingredients.

Plus, 72 calories a cookie.

That’s right, I said it. If ever there was a healthy chocolate cookie, this would be it. Dairy free, flourless, and healthy. Unbelievable? Believe it.

Go ahead, try them. You might like them.

Try them! Try them! And you may. Try them and you may, I say.

Sorry, the Dr. Seuss in me came out a little bit there.

 

Flour-less Dark Chocolate Cookies - recipe adapted from Picklee.com
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli for dairy free and Enjoy Life chocolate chips for a dairy and soy free version)
3 large egg whites, room temp
2 cups powdered sugar, divided (plus 1/2 cup for cookie coating)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 large  baking sheets with parchment paper. Melt 1 cup chocolate chips in glass bowl in microwave, stirring twice, about 2 minutes. Cool slightly. Using electric mixer, beat whites in large bowl to soft peaks. Gradually beat in 1 cup powdered sugar. Continue beating until mixture resembles soft marshmallow cream. Whisk 1 cup sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt in medium bowl to blend. On low speed, add dry ingredients into meringue mixture. Mix lukewarm chocolate mixture and 1/2 cup chocolate chips (dough will become very stiff). Place 1/2 cup sugar in separate bowl. Roll 1 rounded tablespoon dough into ball; roll in sugar, coating thickly. Place on prepared sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake until puffed and tops crack, about 9-10 minutes. Cool on sheets on rack 10 minutes.Transfer to rack to finish cooling.

DF and Me

6 Feb

DF is an abbreviation I’ve come to know well. It stands for dairy free and that is just what I have been for the past thirteen days.

Not that I’m counting or anything.

Why have I started another dairy free diet? Well, Miss Rilyn’s diapers have become more worrisome to me lately. She’s not fussy, is growing and developing the way she should be, and doesn’t seem to be uncomfortable, for which I’m thankful, but those diapers are not normal. I’ll leave it at that.

Like I said earlier, I’ve been DF for almost two weeks, this time being careful to cut out every. little. trace of dairy. I can read food labels like a pro!  While I’ve been good at keeping at it, I can’t say that I’ve noticed a difference in her diapers. After researching and talking with the pediatrician, I know that it can take a while for the cow’s milk protein to leave my system. I’ve also found out that 30% of babies with dairy sensitivities also have soy sensitivities.

So cutting out soy is my next step and I’m starting this weekend.

I’m holding back tears while I type this.

I love food so much and having a restricted diet is so hard for me. Oh, the things we do for our children! While I still need to research more recipes and ingredients, I can’t say that I’m not a little depressed about my new up and coming diet. While dairy was hard at first, I’ve learned that there are actually still a lot of things that I can have. I can still have my chocolate. And I can still have my bread. I just have to find the right ones.

Unfortunately, I’ve been finding that if a certain chocolate or bread doesn’t have dairy in it, its got soy in it instead. Bummer. I’ve yet to find a dairy free and soy free chocolate or bread. Of course, remember I mentioned above that I still have lots of looking around to do.

At this point, though, I feel like my diet will consist of grilled/baked chicken, fresh veggies, fresh fruits, and nothing else.

Except Dr. Pepper. Thank the good Lord above for DP!

If after a couple of weeks being dairy AND soy free, I still haven’t noticed a difference I’ll cut out nuts as well. If still no change after that, the pediatrician and I will have to go back to the drawing board. My main concern was whether or not having diapers like the ones she’s having for this long has caused any sort of harm to her. The ped said that wasn’t a concern.

Whew. Momma guilt faded a little with that!

At this point I’d like to give a shout out to my man. He’s noticed, as have I, that I’ve been cranky since going DF. I blame the constant cravings for all things cheese. Thanks for putting up with me Babe. Love you.