Apr 28

Fri '17

Letter to Jadzia: 5 months old

Jadzia 5 months old

Happy 5 months baby girl! I’m pleased as punch that you’re growing up and putting so much joy into our lives.

You started off this month with your second round of immunizations. You did better with the needles than the first time for sure! Luckily no fever or anything either. Sorry for the pain baby, but it’s for the better.

You came down with your third cold of your life this month. So much sneezing and stuffy nose time. At least it passed within a week.

Sleep still isn’t so great. As previous months, you are up anywhere from 3-6 times per night. We are going to have to do something more drastic in the coming month in hopes of getting you to sleep longer stretches. Everyone is super sleep deprived around our house. However, you’re napping regularity in your crib and doing well at that. I think we had 1 day where you napped 3 hours! Yay.

The Easter bunny paid you a visit for the very first time. You actually slept through all the egg hunting that your sister did, but at least you were awake during Easter dinner. Next year I’m sure you’ll love collecting all the eggs with Ezri.

We had ourselves an all girl week this month because your daddy had to go away on a business trip. You were a lucky girl as we went over and visited your grandma and grandpa every night that your daddy was gone! You got lots of cuddles from them. You didn’t even make strange with daddy when he came home either, so that’s a bonus.

You are interacting and laughing at your sister so much. She loves to entertain you and can’t stop kissing your forehead. You think it’s funny when she does silly things. Whenever you cry, Ezri says, “Oh no, don’t cry baby” to try to make you feel better. She will often bring you a toy as well.

Grabbing things into your mouth is your favourite thing and everything within your reach is fair game. I can no longer eat while holding you because you want my fork, food, water glass, etc…basically everything that is near you. You love to try to get it all towards the vicinity of your mouth. Heck, you’ll even suck on the table edge if you can get close enough. You must be teething.

Two days before you turned 5 months, you rolled over!!!! You went from front to back with purpose. You’ve since done it about a dozen times. We are so proud of you. Hoping that rolling back to front will come soon too!!

Baths are a nice way for you to relax before bed time and you are really enjoying the water lately. It makes me excited to get you into a swimming pool! I hope you’ll grow a great love for the water.

The months are sure zooming by, but I am loving every single minute that you’re in our lives.

Love forever from your Mommy

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Apr 19

Wed '17

Sick babies

My poor baby is sick. Ezri started off with a runny nose last Wednesday and then preceded to keep us up most of the night. She wouldn’t stop crying and whining. None of our usual tactics to calm her down would work. Peter and I were actually quite worried as we had never seen her act that way before. We actually moved downstairs and watched TV for a bit in the middle of the night. Never has that happened before. Finally she passed out for a couple hours, but it didn’t last long. As Peter had to work, my Mom and I took Ezri to the clinic Thursday morning, just to be safe. We wanted to rule out anything we could. Luckily, we got in to see the doctor quite quickly so there wasn’t too much waiting. There wasn’t much to be done and we were sent home with instructions to try to help her feel better.

Now, it’s been a week and Ezri is still sick. She developed a terrible cough over the weekend and we know her throat is sore. She is very cranky whenever she has a coughing fit. She refused to take any medication for days, but finally took some last night and today. She only sleeps a couple hours at night and then is up coughing and whining again. Naps are barely an hour long before she’s up crying again. It’s been a tough week for sleep, what with being up with Ezri AND Jadzia more than 8x per night.

Ezri has never had a cold this bad before. I am hoping it’s not something worse than just a cold. I’m always worrying. If her coughing is still this bad by Friday, I think we will take her back to the clinic. Thank goodness for our wonderful health care system.

Of course Jadzia has caught this cold as well. She only seems to have the runny nose part and a tiny cough. She’s definitely in better spirits than Ezri is. I am hoping she will recover soon too.

It hurts my heart to have my babies sick. I feel so helpless. Hoping everyone becomes 100% once again very soon!

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Apr 10

Mon '17

Gluten free?

Ever since having babies, I haven’t really blogged about just “me.” Although, babies and kids are now my entire life, I thought I’d write a post about something that is going on with just me. Sadly, when going over different topics in my head, everything I could say seems like I will be complaining. Ah well, I still feel like I need to get stuff out. So I am choosing the biggest change in my life right now.

For the past 2+ months, I’ve been feeling quite ill, on and off. I get nauseated quite often and have been having tummy/food processing issues. It occurs mostly at night and it’s been awful. I have been to the doctor twice already and both times have been told to take some probiotics to try to regulate my system. I have been on the probiotics for over a month and still no improvement. I feel okay for a few days and then crappy all over again. It’s a vicious cycle and I am really getting tired of feeling sick. Between Jadzia getting up 4-6 times per night and then feeling ill at night, my sleep is horrific. I am not feeling healthy or rested at all.

Of course I worry that something more serious is wrong with me. Oh you know, cancer and terminal illnesses go through my mind constantly and those thoughts are not helping me get better. They stress me out even more, which is also a bad thing. I am grasping at straws as to what is wrong with me. I’ve lost over 12lbs in the past 2 months (without trying to lose anything) and I’m at a loss for what could be wrong.

I’ve decided to try anything to feel better. What’s the harm, right?! So this week I was researching and thought that I would try going gluten free for a little while to see if that makes any difference. If it doesn’t, at least I will have ruled something out. I know a lot of people have stomach issues when it comes to gluten and maybe that’s my problem too. It would be weird for gluten to all of a sudden to start bugging me, but maybe it has something to do with being pregnant and my hormones. Things in a woman’s body change so much during pregnancy and post-pregnancy.

I want crackers

So I am learning now that there is gluten in almost everything I like to eat. I look in my fridge and freezer and all I can see is carbs and wheat! It’s in so many sauces as well. I am reading labels really carefully. As much as I want answers, I really don’t want to be gluten free for life. It will be a huge challenge to constantly be on the look out for gluten in everything I eat. Food allergies really do suck! However, if I do feel better after cutting out gluten, then it will be worth it because the past 2 months have been torture. Anyway, I am on day 3 of gluten free right now and haven’t noticed much of a difference yet. I am going to give it a good month (I hope) before I give up.

If the gluten thing doesn’t work out, I might try cutting out dairy for a bit and see if that works. Again, it would SUCK to have a food allergy, but worth it if I feel better.

Does anyone else consume a gluten free diet? Care to share any pointers, recipes, anything?! THANKS

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