Friday, May 31, 2013

The big 3-0

I turned 30 on April 29th.  I am blessed to have been given 30 wonderful years, but it is a bit depressing to be out of my 20's.   I had a great time celebrating with the family.  They always make me feel so special!

Monday, May 13, 2013


Last month we moved Alex into Mary's room.  Lucy now has the crib in our room (even though she doesn't sleep in it), Mary got Alex's toddler bed, and Alex got a twin bed from my aunt Cindy and uncle Mike.  It was a pretty easy transition, and Mary had no problem going to a toddler bed.  They do talk and play around a lot after we put them down at night though.  Hopefully it will decrease in frequency and duration after the novelty wears off.  Mary has been a bit more fussy lately, and I think it's because she is not getting enough sleep.

Alex doesn't take naps everyday anymore, but I make him stay in the now-playroom for an hour or two while Mary takes a nap.  Some days he comes out looking pretty tired though, and one afternoon he actually fell asleep on the couch.  I had to take a pic, because my kids usually don't fall asleep anywhere except their beds.

These guys are best buds.  One morning they were cuddling on the couch while watching a show.  They kept changing positions, but Mary kept her arms around Alex the whole time.  So sweet!

Alex loves to teach Mary things and correct her mistakes.  Sometimes it's Mary doing the correcting though. As I have mentioned before, Alex is fascinated by space, and a few of his books are older and still include Pluto in the list of planets.  I  tell him not to include Pluto, but sometimes when he is rattling off the list he forgets and Mary is quick say, "No, Alex.  Pluto is a dwarf planet."  It's too funny :)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Eczema issues

For an unknown reason, Mary's eczema is worse than ever, and I have scheduled an appointment with a dermatologist.  I am hoping he will be more helpful than her pediatrician and will suggest something other than steroid cream.  Despite being bad for the body, steroids only take care of the symptoms.  I need to figure out the cause, and am starting to consider that it might be diet-related.  From what I have read, gluten and dairy are the most common culprits.  My kids live on gluten and dairy products, so I hope she doesn't starve if she has to be put on an elimination diet!  Luckily, since so many people are allergic to these things, there are lots of alternative products available.  So I guess it won't be hard to find things for her to eat, it will just be a lot more expensive! I also think she may be allergic to something in the air, as she has had a runny nose for over a month now.  I may take her to an allergist as well to see what we can find out.  It doesn't bother her terribly, but I do catch her itching from time to time, and new spots have appeared on her body.  Hoping to get some answers and relief for her soon!