Sunday, October 25, 2009

Rainy weekend

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This weekend Mya got to meet Dr. Z and they both fell in love. She said she's a good, healthy baby but that she needed one needle to get her vaccines up to par with the canadian ones and Mya did so good that she didn't even cry when the doctor pricked her little leg. Being the star she is, she got the star treatment and got weighed and measured as well (that is always my favorite part!). Any guesses as to how much she weighs now? She's a whopping 20lbs on the nose and 27 inches! Getting a precise measurement proved to be difficult because Mya didn't understand why we wanted her to lay still on the paper rather than have her crinkle it up in her tiny, little hands.

We also got to spend some time with Suzanne this weekend which is always a plus because it helps keep my Suzanne meter up and Mya never says no to a little Suzanne love.

We all went to Mic Mac to run some errands and me and Adam have decided that next year we should get our christmas shopping done in august. The amount of people who are at a mall on a saturday at the end of october is astounding! It instills this constant feeling of anxiety and stress that's only alleviated by leaving the mall. Christmas shopping is going to be fun!

Little Mya update: She has 3 (three!) teeth now! Her two bottom ones are through and she's working on one of her top ones! Her smiles are extra cute now with her little teeth poking through.

Oh! One more thing, if you have 20min to spare and want something interesting to watch, you should check out www.storyofstuff.com. I found it neat.

Bye bye for now!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Halifax weekend pt. 1

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Adam has an inservice to attend this weekend so we'll be heading to Halifax thursday after school because he has to be there for friday morning. I'm going to use this trip to Halifax to finally take my baby to the doctor seeing as she hasn't seen one since we've been back in Canada. I sound like a bad mommy but it's better to take her late than not at all, right? Plus she hasn't been sick since we've been back (if you don't count the lactose intolerance and eczema) so she hasn't really NEEDED to go to the doctor anyway. I'm just taking this opportunity to get her registered, allow Dr. Z and Mya to get acquainted with each other, and to give the doctor a chance to get to know Mya's short medical history (ie. vaccines). I think I'll also bring up the random discovery of eczema on her scalp since that came out of nowhere and I don't entirely know why it's there. My child is proving to be more and more high maintenance everyday! haha...!

Next weekend we'll be making another trip to Halifax to show off Mya's Halloween costume and so we can stay at Nana's before leaving on our big trip! I'll have lots to blog about while I'm away/when I get back. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Thanksgiving in Cape Breton

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This year we spent thanksgiving in cape breton with the conner clan. It was a full house with auntie elisa, grampie conner, monica, chance, dani and baby blake...and of course, the three of us! Mya seemed enamored with her new buddy blake (even though she was so big next to him, she could've probably had him for breakfast):


It was also grampie and monica's first thanksgiving as grandparents:


There was good food, good wine, good people. Everyone had a good time. I would say it was a pretty successful first thankgiving. So good in fact, i think we'll celebrate it next year too! Although, my favorite part of the weekend had to be this:


video

It's just too cute not to share!

In other mya news: she finally cut her first tooth and it's about time! I've been waiting patiently for this tooth and it has finally arrived! Now we just have to wait for the other 9 or so to come in and we'll be all set! Her crawling is coming along nicely as well. She gets up on all fours and lunges forward but doesn't move her arms. It's very cute to watch and i've tried getting a video of it but some things are hard to get on camera.

Our trip to Alberta is coming up soon! In a little over 2 weeks we'll be on a plane to the other side of the country. I've been obsessively making lists to avoid missing or forgetting something. Lists of things to pack, lists of things to buy before we go, lists of things to remember to put in the carry on rather than checked luggage. I don't think i'm going to like traveling alone with an infant, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

19 more days!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Lactose intolerance anyone?

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This is what your kitchen counter looks like when your child is lactose intolerant:

It would appear that she's lactose intolerant based on her reaction to her old diet and her non-puking reaction to her new one. We have no firm diagnosis from a doctor, but we've eliminated her old formula and stopped feeding her products that have milk products in them (ie. baby cereal, baby mum mums) and in turn, she's done her part by keeping the throw up at bay.
It started a couple weeks ago. She would throw up everytime she breastfed, but it didn't concern me at first. Then she was throwing up after she ate, everytime she ate. Coincidentally, she got a bottle of formula after each meal but I knew it couldn't be the fruit/veg I was feeding her because we were smart about introducing solids by only giving her one at a time and not starting a new one until she had had one for a few days in a row. And it couldn't be the formula because she had been drinking it since we came back from England and she never had a problem with it before. I couldn't seem to figure it out but I knew that the throwing up wasn't normal since it came out of the blue and since it happened everytime she ate. She wasn't showing other signs of being sick; she didn't have a fever or diarrhea or a tummy ache. But then, I was talking to my mom one day and she said "maybe she's lactose intolerant." Hmm...now, there's a possibility that hadn't occurred to me. I started researching symptoms of lactose intolerance in babies online and found this list:

-showing signs of reflux
-is unsettled and unable to sleep (everyone knows we've been trying to get her to sleep through the night for months!)
-has excessive wind
-frequently vomits up whole feeds
-raised red blotches on the skin (also, eczema is a common reaction to lactose intolerance)

That last point really stood out to me because she's had red, rough blotches on her cheeks (along with the other symptoms) for a little while now but it didn't worry me because she's had them before and they've always gone away with time but these ones have stuck around for longer.


























With this new information fresh on my mind, I went to the pharmacy to ask a pharmacist what he thought (I didn't think it was serious enough to wait in out-patients with her and our family doctor is in Halifax). He suggested trying a lactose free formula to see if it made a difference. Luckily, the brand of formula we had been using for months makes a lactose free kind (I was glad, because I had reservations about giving her soy and because I didn't want to have to transition her onto another formula altogether). That night she had her first bottle of lactose free formula before bed and presto! no throwing up! she even drank the whole thing which is something she hasn't done in a long time. I now realize that it was probably bothering her stomach and she therefore didn't want to drink more. We've given her other foods on their own, without formula, to see if she's able to eat some products with milk in it. But unfortunately, skim milk powder is the second ingredient in nestle cereal and the third of four in baby mum mums and neither agreed with her stomach. It resulted in changing her outfit, or my outfit, or both.

So, this is the second day we've been puke free! I went to the store this morning to stock up on fruits and veggies to prepare for our trip to cape breton this weekend for thanksgiving. Without cereal, she's eating a lot more fruits and vegetables and I've become a puree making machine! Hopefully things will stay where they're at now and she'll eventually grow out of it. For now, all we can do is just keep the milk products away and maybe reintroduce them later down the road.

Gotta go make sweet potato puree! Ta ta!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

A good day was had by all

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Well, today was wonderful! I got to spend the whole day with another adult and have adult conversations and not once have someone cry or scream at me! I got to wear clothes that didn't once get drooled on or thrown up on and I even wore a bra and deodorant like real, everyday people! I think Mya enjoyed her one on one daddy time as well, but I'm glad she gave me a nice big smile when I came through the door at the end of the day. I like to think she missed me, cause I missed her lots. Adam even admitted that it was a lot more work than he thought it would be and that was without doing laundry and house work on top of it. He now thinks that his job is easier. While I was hanging out in Halifax we went shopping and I got her some cute leg warmers and barrettes.

Her hair isn't long enough yet to hold the barrettes in place though. Hopefully it'll grow in thicker soon because it's getting longer but she needs more to hold stuff in it!

Ok, time for bed. Tomorrow I'll have my girl all to myself again! ♥

Friday, October 2, 2009

I need a break!

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Sunday can't come soon enough! I'm planning a trip to Halifax all by myself on Sunday. That means, no baby, no husband. I'm going to hang out with Suzanne and spend the day doing things that I like to do without arguing with someone over where to eat, or how late we're running or listening to someone cry because they're tired of sitting in the back seat. I realized today that I haven't had an official break from the baby since she's been born. Well actually, since I found out I was pregnant (cause for 9 months I was with her everyday as well). I've had the small recess here and there for maybe an hour each time, but never a real break. I think I'm overdue! I think it's necessary for me to be a better mommy and for me to retain my sanity. She'll be spending the day with her dad and neither he nor she has ever had to endure a whole day alone with each other. It should be interesting...too bad I won't be here to see it! Haha! Don't get me wrong, I love my kid to death and I would jump in front of an oncoming train for her but sometimes her cries are like nails on a chalkboard. I feel bad just saying that but I know I can't be the only mom out there who thinks/feels this way. Perhaps I'm one just brave enough to say it.

So, come on Sunday! Only two more sleeps!