Archive | April, 2013

My 28th Birthday

29 Apr

This was the best day ever. We didn’t do anything crazy, no big party, no special date night out, but I spent it with my 3 greatest loves and it was relaxing and just perfect.

Yep, perfect.

The fact that there was cake was just icing on the, well…cake! :)

We visited the aquarium, had a peanut butter and jelly picnic lunch (I introduced peanuts back into my diet that day), drove around some of our favorite Kansas City neighborhoods, and then made diet safe pizzas for my birthday dinner. B and Lakyn even decorated a diet safe cake topped with a 2 candle since it was the only we could find and L insisted we needed one. She sang me ‘happy birthday’ no less than 10 times that day!

See, perfect.

A Quick Diet Update

19 Apr

Just some quick info on what’s been going on. And yes, I’m going to talk about poo again.

- Rilyn’s blood tests came back normal meaning she didn’t test positive for any allergies. Good news, yes. I know that intolerances can’t be tested, though, so we’re still at step one in trying to figure out what it is that’s bothering her. I feel much better about her growing out of whatever it is that’s bothering her, and that she won’t have to constantly check labels of food, and that she won’t have to feel left out of school and birthday party treats as she gets older. That’s been my biggest stresser in this whole ordeal. I don’t want that life for her.

- Her diapers did improve after seeing the GI. Much less mucusy, thicker, creamier. More of the consistency of peanut butter. Great news! Something I was doing was helping! Or maybe it was the probiotics? Or maybe it’s the addition of her eating more solids? We’re still not sure.

- After having “normal” diapers for a week and a half, I introduced peanuts back into my diet on Tuesday. I had one peanut butter and jelly sandwich (on my diet safe bread, so it’s actually about 3/4 the size of a normal sandwich) for lunch. Her diaper an hour after me eating the sandwich was slightly more mucusy than they had been, but still thicker and creamy. On Wednesday I had a spoonful of peanut butter, straight out of the jar :) , and again her diaper that day was more mucusy. Thursday, I again had a spoonful of pb and her diaper was the most mucusy they’ve been in a while. :/ I decided at that point to take peanuts back out of my diet. Sad panda.

Here’s what we’re confused about: A week ago she started having a runny nose, goopy eyes, lots of congestion. We thought it was allergies because the rest of us had been dealing with allergy symptoms as well, but now we’re not so sure that’s what it is. Maybe she has a cold. She’s SO congested! I feel like I’m constantly sucking her nose out, she can’t nurse well since she can’t breathe out of her nose, so we’re questioning whether the congestion she’s having is contributing to the mucus in her diapers. I know she ends up swallowing a lot of that gunk. :/

Regardless, I’m still taking peanuts out of my diet and will try them again once her cold/allergies have cleared up.

And today, Friday, her diapers are back to being “normal” which leaves me questioning whether her diapers could return to normal that quickly (less than 24 hours) if peanuts do bother her? So many things to question! It’s always a guessing game!

We’ll see what tomorrow brings.

Lakyn Kay: 38 Months

13 Apr

A little over 3 years ago we held you in our arms for the first time. A little over 3 years ago you taught us all about a different kind of love. Love that reached a whole new level, that was instantaneous and much stronger, a love that completely took over all our doing, all our thinking. A different kind of love that is impossible to put into words. You, Miss Lakyn, taught us all about a parent’s love.

These past 3 years have been SO much fun. Watching you grow and learn new things has been the most incredible journey, and it makes me really stinkin’ excited for the years to come! Your joyful, outgoing, and hilarious personality brighten everyone’s day and I’m positive it will take you far.

I still find myself looking at you, 3 years later, amazed that you are ours. I’m so thankful that you are.

At 3 years old:
- You weigh 32 pounds and are 38 inches tall.
-You are wearing size 3T tops and size 4T pants. They are usually big in the waist, but we need them for the length.  You’re wearing size 6 and 7 shoes.
-Your favorite song is Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
-Your favorite food is macaroni and cheese
-You love playing games on the computer and are learning so much from them.
-You love reading books! We read to you before you go to bed and you take books to bed with you to read before you fall asleep. Last night Daddy and I sat and listened to you read to yourself for about 10 minutes before falling asleep.
-You still sleep with Pinky and Izzy and usually anywhere from 5-10 books stacked on the corner of your bed.
-You love to read books and can recite a lot of them from memory.
-Speaking of your memory, it’s amazing!
-You make us laugh every single day.
-You just recently started pretend playing. I love watching you/listening to you play with your toys.
-We are proud of the wonderful big sister you are becoming.
-Your surgery to remove your tonsils and adenoids was a success. We’ve hardly had to wipe your nose since, you sleep much better, and you finally have an appetite. Maybe we won’t have to buy stock in kleenex after all! :)
-You are so eager to learn and I hope you never lose that.
-You are very dramatic. It’s very humorous at times.
-You love playing with sidewalk chalk and just being outside in general. You keep asking for a bicycle.
-’Miss Attitude’ is quite fitting!
-You occasionally talk in a british accent. We’re betting you picked it up from Peppa Pig, a british cartoon on Nick Jr. I personally love hearing it! :)
-You are recognizing some sight words, can read a few word families, can do some basic addition and subtraction problems, as well as some very basic fraction recognition. You’ve got your opposites down pat, can point out a word that we say on the page we are reading, you know that a word is made up of letters, and can point to each word as we read. You still like puzzles but we really need to get you some more difficult ones. I’m serious when I say that you’ll be smarter than me in about 5 years. And I can’t take credit for any of it. I’m glad there are great educational games out there!
-You are really into helping and I’m starting to see you become more interested in things I’m doing in the kitchen.
-Bathtime is still one of your favorites.
-You have one volume: LOUD!
-We’re entering the “No!” stage, the “testing the limits” stage, and the “Why?” stage all at once. You ask “why” no less than  50,000 times a day, I’m sure of it! ;)
-You love doing arts and crafts
-You’re hilarious and so very animated. You usually do not shy away from attention.

In Lakyn’s Words:
-Favorite Food: Mac and cheese
-Color: Black (This changes every time I ask her). When asked 3 minutes later she said blue. Yesterday it was pink.
-TV show: Pocoyo (I would say it is Team Umizoomi)
-Song: Twinkle Twinkle
-Thing to do: Play games on the computer OUTSIDE: bounce ball and play with chalk
-Best Friend: Mommy  <—- And my heart melts!

We wouldn’t change a single thing about you! We love you so very much!

GI Update

8 Apr

We saw the GI today.

Long story short: I’m continuing my elimination diet until Rilyn’s diapers clear up.

Bad news bears for me.

They also drew her blood to test for allergies. We figured we should just go ahead and do this to get as much information as we possibly could. We should have those results in a couple of days. And yes, I started crying as soon as they mentioned it. That’s me. I’m the mom that cries more than my kids whenever they get shots or have blood work done.

The doctor felt like we’re most likely dealing with a dairy, soy, or egg allergy/intolerance. It could also be a combination of them. Of course, it could be a different food, too. Only time will tell. He also said that I was not crazy. That mucus in the stools is not normal. He was encouraged that she’s gaining weight, happy, and growing well. We just need to figure out this diaper issue.

We go back in a month at which point we’ll talk about how her diapers are looking and our next step(s). If her diapers do start to clear up, then he wants me to add foods back in, one a week, but not dairy, soy, or eggs. We for sure won’t try dairy, soy, or eggs with her until she’s one.

I’m trying to look at the positives here, but to be honest, this diet is killing me. I’m finding it’s getting much harder the longer I’m doing it. My cravings have intensified in the last week. I just want a piece of cheese pizza. Just one.

And then a bowl of Panera’s mac and cheese.

And then a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream.

And then a warm buttered roll.

And then a beef and cheese enchilada with chips and queso.

Yeah, that’d about do it.

BUT! I have to stop complaining, stop throwing myself a pity party. I have to remember that I’m doing this for Rilyn and that it won’t last forever. I can do this, and I will do this for her.

I’m off to find recipes for a dairy/soy/egg free (that’s best case scenario, I could be adding more to that list) cake and frosting. She’s going to turn one in a little over 4 months and a birthday girl needs a birthday cake!

A Diaper Update and More Diet Safe Meals

4 Apr

I am still going strong with the diet and haven’t caved in or slipped up once! I have added corn back in to my diet, though. I did that after seeing the new pediatrician two weeks ago and her telling me to resume a normal diet because this was just the way Rilyn was. Being skeptical, I decided to start with one food at a time. Corn was first, because if I’m being completely honest here, it was the hardest. Corn is in absolutely everything. I am so grateful to be eating corn tortillas and chips again!

And lets not forget about my Dr. Pepper! I was missing my DP like whoa.

So, that puts me at no dairy, soy, wheat, gluten, eggs, fish, shellfish, nuts, and beef. While I’ve been doing okay with the diet, I have some super hard days. Days that have me crying while making dinner because I can’t make what I want, days that I just wish I didn’t have to make dinner and we could get take-out or eat at a restaurant (can you believe I’ve made all of our meals every single day for over a month now?!), days when I just want to be able to make cupcakes with my biggest little and set her free to decorate them however she wants. I suppose I could still do that, but I don’t trust myself with cake batter and frosting laying around. If I got any on my finger I don’t know that I’d have the willpower to not lick it off.

And then there are the days I bring it on myself. Like when I walk down the cookie or ice cream aisle, or when I think about the red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting that I’d like to be eating for my upcoming birthday rather than the banana “ice cream” I’ll likely make instead, or when I think of the meal I’d love to make Brandon for our anniversary but know that I can’t because it’s not “diet safe”. Those days I have to snap out of it and remind myself that it isn’t going to be this way forever, and that I’m doing all of this for a VERY good reason.

Moving on to what’s most important: Miss Rilyn’s diapers are still the same. We haven’t seen blood since Friday, but the mucus remains. Brandon and I have gone back and forth about going to see a GI specialist. We knew the wait list was long (2 months) to get in to see one, but we also didn’t want to go see one and talk about testing if everything was going to turn out fine and it end up that this IS just how our child is. A few days ago, though, a friend from college that works in a pediatric GI office contacted me about getting Rilyn in within a week if we wanted to (feeling so grateful for her)! We took that as a sign and Rilyn has an appointment on Monday. I’m nervous and anxious, but I’m ultimately looking forward to having someone that specializes in this take a look at her, and for being able to have peace of mind that I’m doing all I can for her. She’s still as happy as ever and growing too fast for my liking! You know I’ll keep you updated.

Here’s what I’ve been eating lately. If you’re interested in recipes for any of these, please let me know. I’m happy to share! Also, these pictures are terrible. Sorry Charlie.


ground turkey chili

mint chocolate shake (using frozen banana as the ice cream)

my momma made pork chops, potatoes, and green beans

ground turkey and bean tostadas. Yum-o. homemade shell, too! and, yes you do see cheese on those bad boys. but it’s dairy free and soy free and definitely nothing like real cheese.

rice pasta with a garlic avocado cream sauce. this is by far my favorite diet safe meal. 

teriyaki chicken with quinoa. never in all my years did i think i’d ever make my own teriyaki sauce (diet safe of course. made up of balsamic vinegar, orange juice, olive oil, water, and pepper).

Now if I could just figure out a good dessert recipe that’s dairy, soy, wheat, egg, and nut free!

….and fish free. I’m not up for trying a dessert with fish in it.

Rilyn Ann: 7 Months

1 Apr

Please stop growing so fast! I can’t handle it!

-You are 16 pounds, 8 ounces
-Wearing 6 month and 6-9 month clothing
-In size 3 diapers
-Your tongue is always sticking out, and you drool so much! You soak your clothes and bibs faster than any baby I know.
-You are transferring objects between hands like a pro
-For about the last week, you’ve been giving us 5-6 hour stretches of sleep at night! Finally! Please keep it up!
-You only take a bottle for about a couple minutes, and only on days when you feel like it. It’s hit or miss at best.
-You are eating rice cereal, green beans, peas, and pears. You don’t seem to like pears.
-You are scooting backwards and within the last week have started pulling your knees underneath you while pushing up on your arms. You’ll be crawling soon.
-You LOVE to pull your sister’s hair.
-Your diapers are still the same. We’re taking you to see a GI specialist in a few days. Hopefully we’ll get some answers.
-Your favorite activity is to sit you on the floor and put a basket of toys in front of you so you can take them all out!
-You love it when people clap
-You’re starting to wave with your right hand
-You’re beginning to give kisses
-You are saying da-da, ba-ba, and na-na sounds.
-Still our happy, smiley girl!