2016 Memories Take 1

2-12-16

R2: if you had to lose a finger or toe which one would you pick?
Me: Probably a pinky finger, they get used less often.
R3: If I had to pick something to lose it would be my hair, not like an arm.., I’m gonna need those!

2-18-16

R2: When we get a dog can we get two? A brown one AND a black one? I read last night that black dogs are the least likely to be adopted.
Me: That’s true, most black dogs are put to sleep.
R1:WHAT? WHY? What’s wrong with black dogs? People are racist!

Almost 2

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R4 is so much fun. I can’t believe she’s already turning 2… I’m having a bit of a case of the feels about it. She’s our last. So all of these first are our last firsts. It’s hard.

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She talks a ton now, having recently experienced a surge in her language. One of my favorite things about this age is how she says “ah” before every word and it can me I or I want. She LOVES dogs and gets so excited, making a big O with her mouth, whenever she hears one bark. She also loves to see big trucks on the road when we’re traveling (which we do often due to R2 going to B’ham for her braces and R1 going to Atlanta for OIT) and yells truck (guck) whenever she sees one.

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Ry = Yi Yi
Raeghan = Yay Yay
Ries = Dies (Ries with a D)
Baby = Dady
Lollipop = lalalala
Potty = Tee

She also says outside, Mom, Dad, Elmo (Eh-oh), Wiggles (she wiggles her shoulders and says boo) and Ew (eeyoo).

She’s become a bit of a picky eater, kind of a let down after all the stuff she ate her first year. She’ll almost always eat rice, yogurt, bananas, and blueberries.

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She loves to help the big kids and I do things around the house. She usually refuses to be fed, preferring to do it herself. She LOVES babies of all kinds and almost always has a doll in her arms. She also likes to play “mom and dad” with most anything: cars, silverware, blocks, little people. She has them talk to each other in her gibberish and throws in a Mom and Dad here and there, it’s adorable. She also likes to drop her pants and shake her butt saying, “booyee”!! She loves to swing, saying “I hi” and will swing the entire time we’re at the park. She loves her Mum mum’s (nursing) and still nurses about 4-6 times a day and would do so more often if I let her, LOL. She gives hugs and kisses and high fives and fist bumps. She sleeps on her own pillow, something the others didn’t do until they were older, when she’s done nursing she rolls over and crawls up to her pillow.

She’s amazing and smart and funny as all get out. We couldn’t imagine life without her.

First OIT Appt

We drove to the Atlanta area for R1’s first OIT (Oral Immunotherapy) appointment in which he worked up to a dose of 3mg (or 1/300) of peanut flour in water. A wonderful friend of mine let us spend the night with her the night before so we only had to drive one hour to the hospital the next day.

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R1 got a total of 11 doses, he did so well that the Dr skipped a few, increasing a little more quickly than planned!

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In between doses, which were every 15 minutes, we played. I went to the Dollar Tree beforehand and bought a few things and wrapped them so he would have something to do. His baby sister and cousin provided some entertainment, too.

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We were there for about 4 hours total. It went really well. For the most part we were pretty bored, which in OIT circles is considered a good thing.

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Around the second to last dose his stomach started hurting. Dr A suggested a banana and I coaxed him into taking a few bites. It helped but the next dose made it hurt again. But luckily we were where we wanted to be so we just observed for an hour and then went on our way.

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This is the bottle. We fill it with water, shake it and dose every day. We go back mid-January (the doctor is out of the country for the holidays) to updose!

December Week 1

R2 got her new reading glasses

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We went to AL a day early so we could spend extra time with B.

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We went to the mall to check out the Stride Rite going-out-of-business sale and scored two awesome pairs of shoes for R3 and R4. R4 was in heaven in that store. We walked in and she exclaimed, “SHOES!!” and then sat on the bench and took her shoes off. The big kids brought her pair after pair to try on and she strutted around the store in each pair. When it was time to go she was NOT putting her old shoes back on… so she left wearing a new pair. $30 for two pairs of Stride Rite shoes is not a bad deal!

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Then B paid for her to ride the carousel because her little heart was broken (and she hadn’t napped).

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After the mall we went to the park but didn’t stay long because it was getting colder by the minute as the sun went down.

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Friday we went to UAB for R2’s appt and then drove home. We got home just in time for R1’s basketball game and then we went to see the hockey game.

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November Notables (FB Posts)

Nov 18:

R4 tried to nurse from R1!!

Nov 23:

R2 said she would forfeit her 4 things for Christmas (something want/need/wear/read) if she could have one of those plastic figures to put in the yard to decorate. This kid.

Nov 25:

Remy loves her El-o panties so much she has to wear them outside her clothes, too.

Nov 27:

Remy just told me “No, ma’am!” when I took the seat out of the van that she was trying to sit on.

R1 is playing Halo with R4. He shot her and she fell down. She pointed at the screen and said, “Uh oh, ee dead.” This is what happens when you have a big brother.

Nov 28:

Decorating the tree…
Raeghel: It needs more lights!
Chris: No, it’s fine.
R2: You don’t understand.
Chris: I do understand, you have an obsession.

Possibly Pursuing OIT (Oral Immunotherapy) for R1’s Peanut Allergy

About a year ago I learned of this amazing new therapy that could desensitize R1 to peanuts. In case you don’t know he has a life-threatening allergy that we discovered when he was 18 months old. I’ve been researching and reading and asking questions for months now… and trying to talk R1 into it. He doesn’t want to do it. Part of it is fear and part of it, I think, is that he doesn’t have enough foresight and life experience to understand how this allergy will impact him more and more as he grows older. The ramifications of doing more without us around to make sure he’s safe, of trying to date (la, la, la) while navigating this allergy, the list goes on.

I found a doctor that specializes in OIT – he’s the nearest one and is 4 hours away. I called his office yesterday to ask a few questions. The woman I spoke to called back within 2 hours to answer them and then Dr. A called me HIMSELF today, from his cell phone. I asked him my questions about how/whether to proceed with the new allergist we are seeing tomorrow. He gave me a list of what to ask for and said to get back in touch with him when we have the test results so he can compare the new info with the old and we will go from there.

Now to convince the boy to do it. Prayers for peace.

R4’s First Library Book

We go to the library on a fairly regular basis. R4 has recently taken more of an interest in books although she prefers to read them herself rather than let any of us read them to her. Yesterday at the library she grabbed a book, walked over to me and in her jibber-jabber asked me if she could get a book. I said, “You want to check out that book?” She nodded. I said, “Okay.” And she said, “Yay!” and ran off. :) It was adorable. Heck, pretty much everything she does is adorable. Before we left I explained to her that the book she picked wasn’t a book for her and led her to the board books. She picked Sandra Boynton’s But Not the Hippopotamus and took it herself to the check out and then carried it to the van. She’s since read it on the potty every time she goes. Be still my heart. This child. She’s just amazing.

Silly Girls

R3 has an Ariel cup and told R2 to guess the color of Ariel’s eyes. R2 starts naming colors and R3 keeps saying no. R2 says, “black” and R3 says, “No, that would just be creepy!” LOL

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R3: I don’t know, but I just don’t think Scooby Doo is the right thing to watch when you’re sick.

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1-16-15

R3: Mommy, Ry said to read my book somewhere else or in my head but it’s no FUN when I read it in my head!

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10-24-14

r3: I want a punch buggy.
G: Why, they only fit 4 people!
r3: Well, it will be me, my husband and 2 kids.
Me: You’re only having 2 kids, huh?
r3: Well, if I have more I’ll just get a bigger car!

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9-18-14

On the way to the beach yesterday the kids noticed the McGuire’s bus…

r3: Did you see those people?
T: Yeah they’re not real.
r3: Mommy are they real?
Me: No, honey, they’re mannequins.
r3: But the driver WAVED!!!

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8-28-14

r3 to R4: I love you baby, I would never hurt you. You are my precious! I would never drop you off of a cliff that was twenty hundred feet high. If you fell off a mountain that was twenty hundred feet high I would jump off and save you. Because I loooooove you!!!!

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7-28-14

r3: Mom, what can I do other than draw and eat bacon all day?

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12-31-13

r3: They didn’t say “Welcome to Moe’s” when we came in!
Me: Hmm, I didn’t notice.
(another couple walks in and they all yell “Welcome to Moe’s”)
r3: I don’t think they like us!

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12-13-13

r3 is packing her bag to sleep over at Tara’s. She’s having a conversation with her stuffed animal, who is insisting it won’t fit in her bag.

r3: Yes, you will fit, believe in yourself! I believe in you!

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12-10-13

r3: Mommy, I’m still hungry but I don’t want to get up.
Me: I’m sorry, what are you going to do about that?
r3: (being all sweet and giggly) Are you thinking what I’m thinking?
Me: Probably not.
r3: Would you please be a GOOD mommy and go and get me something else to eat?
Me: I’m a pregnant, sick mommy and you’re on your own.

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9-24-13

r3: I’m an artist!
Me: you are, huh?
r3: Yes! I can paint you a horse…after you draw it.

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8-25-13

r3: This is my doctor bag. In case someone is bleeding, I can give them some hand sanitizer.

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A Week with J

J: Am I going home today?
Me: No, tomorrow.
J: *sad, pouty face*
Me: But you said you wanted to stay here forever and never go home.
J: *HUGE smile* Oh yeah, I forgot!!!

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“Aunt Christi, I want to Remy to give me a kiss but every time I open my mouth like this (demonstrates open mouth) she puts a puzzle piece in it!!”

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J has taken R2’s place in TKD class. She LOVES it. Yesterday they learned to break paper with their fists. My phone wigged out and I didn’t get this on video but when J broke the paper she flung herself into R3’s arms, wrapping her legs about R3’s waist and they squealed and spun. It was awesome.

My baby is one…

:( This year went by so very quickly. It’s been so neat to watch R4 change into the awesome little person that she is but it’s also hard as she is very likely our last baby.

We had a great party with friends and family, she looooooved her cake!

R2 went with Seester when she left and J stayed here, it’s been a fun few weeks.