Sunday, January 31, 2010
First up is something called Sambucol. This is a common brand name for an elderberry extract, which is a natural immune booster. This is a staple in our house, for all of us, not just Fish. Natures way makes something similar, the name doesn't really matter the elderberry is the important thing!
Second is Chestal for Kids by Boiron. This is a natural cough relief and it help to loosen the mucus. We just bought this for the first time today, and am very impressed. Fish was coughing nonstop last night and earlier today, but after she took the chestal, no more cough!
Last but not least is a product by Hylands (makers of every mom's favorite teething tablets!) named C-plus Cold Tablets . These little tablets are taken to stop or ease runny noses. I was most sceptical of this product, but believe it or not after taking it for half of a day, no more runny nose!
Any product that makes my little Fish feel better makes me happy, especially ones that work with her dietary restrains, and don't simply mask the symptoms! Have any cold remedies or products you swear by? Share the wealth!
Monday, January 25, 2010
Me: Yes bubby's hungry.
I take the bottle out of his mouth and start to burp him.
Fish: Guh -Girl Pup-py! (okay so she said his name clearly in 2 syllables... not puppy)
Maybe we need to work on the idea that Puppy is a boy and she is a girl a little more!
Friday, January 22, 2010
Some exciting news is Fish is now a proud egg eater and we are just started trialing yogurt today! She is having so much fun trying new foods!
Look for pictures of the splinted/ casted foot shortly!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
First up is eggs, and she had "mmmm aaaes" for lunch today. I will keep you posted on how the trial goes!
Monday, January 18, 2010
AND... if bringing joy to kiddos and thier families isn't reason enough to help, Project Linus is also participating in the Disney Give a Day, Get a Day campaign!
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Loretta's Famous Easy-Peasy Brownies
3/4 cup cocoa
1 cup butter or non dairy margarine
2 cups sugar
1 tsp Vanilla(if you want it to be GF make sure this ingredient is GF, it should say if it is!)
1 cup Flour (either all purpose, or your favorite GF blend. Do not use just one straight GF flour like rice flour. One store bought blend we like is Pamela's)
- Preheat oven to 350
- grease 9 x 13 pan
- Melt butter in a large bowl, add cocoa and mix until smooth
- Add sugar, eggs, and vanilla-- mix until well blended
- Add Flour, mix again
- Pour into pan, bake for 20-25 minutes
There is an icing recipe that goes with it, but quite frankly that is a bit too much work for me! A little powdered sugar on top does the trick. I also add about a cup of chocolate chips (we use enjoy life brand as they are top 7 free!) and voila! So good!
Sunday, January 10, 2010
But it is OKAY. It is okay to yell at God, it is okay to be pissed, what is NOT okay is closing up, walking away, pretending that everything is how it always been when clearly it is not This is where I am. The pissed level is slowly going down, the why question is too. I am beginning to see that all of this just MAY be for good, not necessarily for Puppy, but for me. For my character. For the zookeeper and I's relationship. Maybe God has taken me to the point where I can hardly see straight just to get my attention. And my attention He has. I'm trying to get on board, but at least I am moving forward.
Friday, January 8, 2010
NO MORE BOTTLE!!! Today is day FIVE with no bottle! She still pitches the occasional fit but she now gets "milk" in a sippy instead.
And the piece de resistance... HER NEW POTTY! She won't use it, but she sure like to be "nake" to try. See the dot inside it, yup, that is all of the pee she has shared with her potty... but the floor has seen much more!
And just for good measure, one picture of her enjoying the snow with the zookeeper!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Fish is looking great health wise, and has an allergist appointment next week to make sure we are ready to start trialing gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, fish, and nuts. We also were told she needs to get feet/ankle braces to help correct over pronation. So that was on the agenda today, off to the orthotic specialist to get fit for her new "special socks". (http://www.surestep.net/smo.php) We should get them in a few weeks, we will be sure to let you know how it goes!
Puppy also has had his fair share of things going on this week. He of course had physical therapy(PT, as he does every week), and they are very pleased with his gross motor progress. After his PT he was evaluated for Occupational Therapy(OT), to try to put a halt to his lack of tone in his oral motor skills. He will continue to have OT every few weeks until he gets older and can participate more in exercises. Speaking of his oral skills, that is the spot that his neurological issues are showing up the most as of now. He has uneven tone in his mouth, as well as issues controlling his tongue. His doctors are hopeful that through therapies as well as osteopathic manipulation he will regain some of the control, but have warned us that this is one area that is rarely regained when lost during stroke. What does that mean for puppy?... he most likely will have a long road of speech difficulties ahead of him. We are remaining hopeful as he seems perfect to us!
And I will leave you with a quote... from Desperate Housewives of all places. Never before have I heard something as perfectly summed up what I feel as a mom, especially of a child with special needs.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Which brings me to my dilemma... gluten free bread SUCKS! I don't care what you say, I have yet to find a bread store bought or homemade that actually tastes good. (and things with chocolate or chocolate chips do not count!) And to make it homemade is a true feat, especially since I don't do recipes, or baking for that matter, very well. Add to this making it gluten, dairy, soy, and egg free also the challenge become almost impossible.
Enter my Christmas present...
The Wolfgang puck programmable bread maker with a gluten free setting! I am quite excited to start playing around with different recipes and hopefully find one we like. The details of adventures in bread making are soon to come, as unpacking it from the box and clearing the counter was all I could handle today!
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Maybe one day the dream just may become a reality... but until then I'm looking for practice!
And now a bit about us...
I am married to my lovely husband, "the zookeeper", and together we have two beautiful children Fish and Puppy.
Fish was our first, a little girl with so much energy and joy that you simply melt in her presence... or pull out your hair! She has been our "teacher" with allergies and all things sorta- crunchy. We have learned through necessity and continue to learn as she grows. As with all firsts she has been our guinea pig with our beliefs and practices on child rearing, and to her we will be forever grateful.
Puppy is our second, our miracle boy. After an uneventful pregnancy, and a fairly uneventful delivery, our baby boy came out "dusky" ( a medical term...meaning gray), and started a 16 day journey through the NICU and medical terms and conditions I had never before even thought about. This scary list all boils down to two things "strokes" and "brain damage". We sit with baited breath waiting to see what comes of these things, as only time can truly tell. He is making leaps and bounds in development, surprising his doctors with every bit of progress he makes. We thank God for our baby boy and (not always willingly) place him in His hands.
We love. We laugh. We fight. We fail. We get back up again, because we are parents, and that is what you do. We pray. We grow. We LIVE.