Archive for March, 2007

Little Mommy

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Lauren is a very good mommy to her toys. She puts a few very special ones in her sling or wraps them in blankets and carries them around the house to take care of them. Her current favorites are “Doggie” – a stuffed reindeer that Aunt Alanna gave to Lauren for Christmas (those antlers are really just an extra set of hands on his head if you ask her), “Rabbit” – a floppy bunny from a family friend when she was born, and “Light the Queen” – a red Playskool car that has a strange resemblance to Lightning McQueen from the movie CARS. Light the Queen is a $1 store toy, something we picked up on the way to Hawaii to play with on the plane, I figured $1 toys wouldn’t be a big deal if they got lost.

She takes these toys and stuffs them in her sling, and yesterday she asked me to help her put the sling on her back, since I carry Elliot there when we are out in the neighborhood and taking the bus to the aquarium. I helped her get Light the Queen back there, and she did this little hop-jiggle-dance to help him settle down and go to sleep. She’s also very careful to wrap them in her playsilks and blankets, and carries them carefully around and talks to them.

This morning I overheard her talking to Queen, she said “It’s ok Buddy, I gotcha,” which is a clear echo of Ryan’s “It’s ok Buster, I’ve got ya.”

We’re all sick here too, ugly colds that are slow to start and slow to leave. I’ve been feeling cruddy since Friday, Elliot since Sunday, and Lauren since yesterday morning. Hopefully it’ll be a shorter cold for them than it has been for me. A week of yuck is no fun.

In happier news, we’re going to Ohio next week. I’ll be flying in on Thursday 4/5 with both kids (wish me luck!) and Ryan will drive in on Saturday with the van and the dog. We’ll be in town through the following Sunday, when Elliot and I will fly home and Lauren will drive with her Zoe-doggie and Daddy. Poor kid will be without her DVD player though, as it was stolen when someone bashed in my van window a few weeks ago. It was $180 to repair the window, it’ll be at least another $180 to replace the DVD player, and the worst part is they ate my cookies! They also snagged my cell phone charger and Ryan’s wiring harness, as well as all the cables and accessories to the DVD player, but left behind a checkbook, some cash, and some very expensive car seats. And *grumble grumble* they ate my cookies!

Tough Guy

Monday, March 26th, 2007

Elliot wants to hang with his Great Gncles in the garage for Easter.

MILK – it doesn’t do Lauren’s body good

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Our house has been dairy, soy, and peanut free for a long time, with the exception of cheese and ice cream that Ryan keeps hidden in the fridge. I made Lauren some soup for lunch two days ago – creamy tomato from Trader Joe’s, which was moved here from Ohio in a box, and we’ve had for a long time on the shelf. Since everything in the house is dairy free, I didn’t check the package ingredients. We’ve had creamy tomato soup before that is dairy free, though it was a different brand.

In any case, this creamy tomato soup is a milk based soup. Heated, with some veggies and noodles for Lauren, she had maybe 3 bites of it before I realized the problem and stole her bowl back (which made her rather angry I might add!). So in total, maybe 1 tsp. of milk-based tomato soup. And within a few hours she was telling me her stomach hurt, after dinner she had terrible gas, the type that makes frat boys proud. The next morning she had a foul diaper that Ryan described as “just not right” when he cleaned her up. She has also been having terrible behavior issues – hitting, screaming, unable to nap, restless at night, etc.

It’s not been a fun couple of days here. She hasn’t had any dairy exposure since she climbed up on Nona’s table and had a finger full of “yummy that ice cream good!” soft butter from the butter dish. People keep asking me when I’m going to give her milk, telling me that she must have outgrown it by now, but honestly, if a tiny bit of milk-based soup makes her have abnormal bowel movements, stomach ache, and behavior and sleep problems, why would I even think of giving her some milk in a glass?

Been busy!

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

We’re getting out and about and around the town. Lauren has a new haircut and a new baby sling, she does this adorable little bounce dance when she has Rabbit in the sling to help him sleep and be quiet.

We’ve also made our travel plans for Easter. It looks like we will all be in Ohio from the Friday night before Easter and staying for the entire week after Easter. Like a mini Spring break, except it’ll probably snow and we plan on spending the time cleaning and painting the house.

Lauren loves chocolate coconut pudding – it’s dairy free, and I let her shovel it down when I have the time to find more coconuts to make it. Elliot is gaining weight like a pro, he’s at least 13.5 lbs at only a month.

See you soon!

Cousins

Friday, March 16th, 2007

Ella and Elliot haven’t met yet, but we had to compare them anyway. Looks like he’s a bruiser!

The stats: she is 10 days younger (2/24/07), she was 36 weeks gestation, 6 lb 13 oz at birth. He is 10 days older (2/14/07), 41 weeks gestation, 9 lb 10 oz at birth. In this picture (taken the same day) she is abotu 8 lbs, he is about 13.5. Steel cage match anyone?