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.

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.

Constantly Amazed (R4 is 6 Months!)

Our wonderful little bundle is now 6 months old!

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It blows my mind but Remy wakes up mostly dry every morning and FILLS the potty. There’s maybe one pee in her overnight diaper! I haven’t changed a poopy diaper all week! She goes in the potty first thing in the morning.

She’s just so wonderful. Her siblings fight over who gets to hold her, potty her, change her diaper – they’re still mesmerized. Everything she does is adorable!

What EC Looks Like Here…

I did EC for a short time with both R2 and R3 but didn’t stick with it. This time I did more reading and gave it a shot, and almost quit again until I realized that even though I tend to be an all or nothing person, it IS possible to do EC part time. I figure I’m not the only one like me so I wanted to share how EC is working for us to encourage others.

Honestly the only time I’m consistent is every time she wakes up. I put her on the potty first thing in the morning (she FILLS IT UP!) and after every nap. There are other times when I can tell she’s getting ready to poo that I put her on and am sometimes successful in catching but, really, I don’t know what her cue is, if she has one. I’m busy with 4 kids, getting ready to move, then we’ll be home schooling… so I’m not going to beat myself up about “not being in tune” with her. I know when she’s hungry, tired, etc and that’s enough! LOL

The way I see it, EC is a chance for her to be more aware of her body and be used to the potty when she’s ready to be done with diapers. :)

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Even the big kids get are into it!

Sweet Kids

R1: Mommy, I think Daddy needs you.
Me: He’ll call me if he needs me.
R1: But he’s throwing up! He needs you!
Me: Adults don’t really need anyone when they throw up.
R2: What? Why NOT?
Me: Because we’re adults, we can handle it. There’s really not much anyone can do.

They’re so confused as to why I didn’t jump up and run in to help like I do when THEY are sick. <3