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!

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!

2 Months Old!

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I can’t believe she’s two months old already. Time truly does fly by. We are all SO in love with our sweet R4, she’s a joy. She’s pretty laid back but also makes sure her needs are met. She’s not very fond of the car, especially in the evenings so we stay home after 4 or so, but I don’t mind. She loves to be worn and rocked – her big brother loves to wear her for her naps. She coos and talks to Daddy more than anyone else. This week she has discovered her hands and makes funny faces when she sucks on them (if you see us please refrain from touching her hands, it makes Mommy a little nuts ;) ).

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We’ve seen the Chiropractor at least once a week since she was born and it has made such a difference. She’s still got some kinks to work out but progress is definitely being made. How I wish I’d known the magic of the chiro when R1 and R2 were babies!

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Oh how we love the faces this baby girl makes! She’s quite entertaining.