Archive | October, 2013

Pumpkin Patch 2013

31 Oct

Here’s our trip to the pumpkin patch this year, in pictures.


Diet Update

30 Oct

There’s a reason I don’t allow myself to get excited/my hopes up for the outcome of certain things. Its my way of sheltering myself in case its a huge letdown. I should have known better, but things were going so well with adding foods back into my diet and introducing them to Rilyn. I guess I just got carried away. Regardless, it all came to a halt tonight.

Rilyn reacts to soy. She hasn’t had any directly which means her intolerance is strong enough that she’s reacting to soy in my breast milk.

I’m on the verge of tears. It’s been 8 months since I’ve had any trace of dairy. No milk, no ice cream, no butter, no cheese. And up until recently, I hadn’t had any soy since March. This week we intro’d soy back to my diet and tonight Miss R’s diapers were back to the way they once were. If she’s reacting to soy, my hopes are not high for dairy. In fact, there is no hope. None. I’m 99% sure dairy will be a no-go.

Cue the tears.

I’ll be fine in the morning, but tonight I just need to have a good old fashioned pity party.

I miss pizza. I miss being able to make casseroles. I miss chinese food. I miss baskin robbins. I miss not having to read the ingredient label of every freaking single item I put in the cart. I miss not eating out at restaurants/date nights with my husband. I miss not having to shop at 3 different grocery stores every week.

I will NOT miss our grocery bill being outrageous.

I will NOT miss the constant worrying over cross-contamination, or about Rilyn finding foods she can’t have.

It’s been hard, but what’s another few months, right? Surely I can handle a year without Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and desserts. Right?

It’s been hard but I’m trying to look at the bright side: at least I’ve added fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, beef, gluten, and eggs back. And of course, I’m helping Rilyn. I’d do anything for that munchkin.


Eventually I’ll be able to enjoy all the previously mentioned, but until then there’s Enjoy Life brand chocolate and coconut milk ice cream.

And I’ll be avoiding the food boards on pinterest.

Rilyn is One!

19 Oct

*This post was written two months ago. Some things may be completely different now.

You’re a year old! You’re ONE! You’re a toddler!

This year went by fast. Every mom says that, but it’s so true. I feel like just yesterday I was BEGGING for you to come out of my tummy! This year has been an adventure, for sure. I thought I knew everything about being a parent already, but you quickly taught me that no two children are alike. In fact, you and your sister are polar opposites in a lot of ways. You taught me that what worked for your sister does not always work for you, that a momma’s intuition is usually always right, and that sometimes you just have to worry about making it through today. And you taught me that that’s okay.

You also taught me not to doubt myself, and that I’m a heck of a lot stronger than I give myself credit for.

Thank you for that.

I’ve loved watching you grow and learn new things. I love how happy you are, how giggly, how smiley. You are our affectionate one. I love that you’re a cuddler, but only for a few seconds and then you’re on your way to play. I love that you’re strong-willed and I hope you learn to use that for a successful future. I love how much you love your Daddy; how excited you get when you see him. That when you wake up in the morning, “dada” is the first thing you say while pointing to the door. I hope you always know just how much he loves you. I love that you are so fascinated with your sister and I hope that you always look up to her.  I love that you very much prefer to be held by me. I hope you always want me to hold you. Even when you’re 15, 22, 35, 47, 56. Because I’ll always be here. For you and your sister.

This year wasn’t always easy, but it’s always been worth it and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. We love you so very much and can’t wait to see what this next year brings!

At 12 months you are:
- 18 pounds, 11 ounces (14th%) and 29.5 inches (50-75th%)
-wearing size 3 diapers and 6-12, 9, and 12 month clothing
-you love chicken, turkey, carrots, sweet potato, blueberries, raisins, and cheerios, but sometimes you just pick at your food not really wanting to eat much.
-you do great drinking water out of a sippy cup. The second I put milk in it you want nothing to do with it.
-you love to dance to music
-you love to swing
-you love your bath, but HATE having your hair washed
-you hate socks on your feet. You must get that from me.
-you constantly pull your bows and clips out of your hair
-anything and everything goes straight to the mouth. I’m constantly finding you with a magnet, a piece of chalk, paper, toys, rocks, etc in your mouth. I’ve even found you with a roly-poly in your mouth. Yep, sure enough. Gross.
-your favorite place to play is sister’s bed
-you are standing on your own for 3-4 seconds before sitting
-you’ve taken two steps to me on three different occasions, but i still feel like it’ll be a bit before you’re walking. your feet are just so tiny that they don’t give you much to balance on!
-you are saying dada, ba for bye, na-na for night night, and uh-oh.
-you love to play with anything that has wheels, balls, and Lakyn’s dollhouse and play kitchen.
-much to my dismay, you are not a book lover. I’m still holding out hope this will change.
-you still sit with your ankles crossed. so ladylike!
-you love giving high-5′s and blowing kisses
-you play so well on your own
-i’m happy to say the “flapper” lives on with you. we called lakyn’s wave the “flapper” and you wave the same way. it’s my favorite! you wave when people leave and when I say, “it’s time to go night night”. You also wave when you’re tired, letting me know it’s time for bed.
-you sign “more” “eat” and “sleep/night night”
-you have one tooth

We love you, sweet Rilyn Ann!