Last week we had new windows installed in our bedrooms upstairs! Our previous windows were in horrible shape, so it's a relief knowing that it's finally done! Since the window guys (or as Bobby called them "Daddy's brothers" were working upstairs, I didn't have a place to lay Ilya down for her nap. It took me awhile, but I finally got her to go to sleep on the couch. I laid her down and went and grabbed my huge camera (I miss my IPhone camera so much!) and in that short amount of time, she woke up again. I'm glad I at least caught a cute picture of her laying down for 2 seconds. Eighteen month olds don't typically stay still for that long.
Our kids aren't the best eaters. They prefer kid-friendly food and not weird stuff. (They have their mother's palate. Ha!) I made Bob a tart cherry pie one evening and Isabelle kept asking if she could have some. She asked if she could have some before bed. She asked if she could have some for breakfast. She asked if she could have some for a special treat if she stayed in her bed all night. I was really surprised she wanted some so badly. We also had some leftover raspberry Danish that a friend had given to us and Bobby wanted some of that. I had to take this picture because I couldn't believe they were eating this stuff! They loved it!
Speaking of Isabelle and eating.....yesterday Isabelle had her appointment for the Lactose Breath Test and meeting with the dietician. She is NOT lactose intolerant! The dietician also said that since she hasn't had any problems with stomach cramps and such since removing eggs from her diet, that there is no need to remove any more items from her diet at this time. (I don't think I mentioned on my blog that her blood work had revealed several moderate food allergies. In addition to the almond allergy revealed through a skin test, she's allergic to egg whites, wheat, corn, shrimp, dairy, peanuts, and sesame.) So, we are thrilled with that report!
As mentioned before, Ilya loves to climb. I thought it was so cute that she was looking at this little book. Goofy sweetie.
Monday, March 16, 2015
I was thinking today about the stages each of my children are in right now and I have to say that I think all three are in such different, but fun stages. There's just something extra special about each of them at this time in their lives and I want to remember these times as much as I can.
Isabelle is 4 and just delightful. She is getting so big and so easy to care for. She is such a big helper to me and she's just very sweet. She can be a pistol, too, but she has such a caring heart. She is so sweet with Ilya, and she's always wanting to comfort Bobby after he's gotten in trouble. She has a great imagination and I love to watch her play with her dolls. Anything can pass for a doll. Even a bag of flour! Here are a few sayings she's said recently:
- Isabelle: Mommy, when I grow up I can get married. Me: Oh yeah, who are you going to marry? Isabelle: I want to marry a prince like you did.
- Isabelle: (pretending to talk on a calculator) Hello, Daddy? Mommy is sad. Can you bring her some skittles then her will be happy."
- Isabelle: "Bobby, when I was a little boy I got to wore your shirt. Then I turned back into a little girl and I said 'Whew, I'm free!' and I got to wear my dress again."
- We are trying to teach Ilya new words. Isabelle: Ilya, can you say eggs? Bobby: Ilya, if you say Batman I'll share my skittles with you.
- Bobby: Mommy, can you carry me upstairs? Me: Sure, I need my little boy! Bobby: I need my big mommy, too.
- Me: Bobby, come here. Isabelle: He can't. He's in timeout. Me: Bobby, come here! Bobby: I can't. I'm in timeout. Aba's in charge!
- Bobby: Thanks for holding my strawberry, Ilya. I'm so proud for you!
- Bobby: Hey, Tiny. Bobby: Hey, Big Guns.
- Baba (bottle)
- Bappa (grandpa)
- E-ya (her name)
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
My mom bought the kids their Easter outfits and I can hardly wait to see them wear them and get a nice family photo shoot done! We are ready for spring and green grass around here.
I searched for hours online for a cheap, modest yellow dress so that I could match the kids. I finally came across Rosewholesale.com and was very pleased with the selection and prices. I've never ordered clothes online before, so it was interesting. The dress was delivered internationally within 5 days and with shipping only cost $19. I still can't believe it.
I am trying out abcmouse.com for Isabelle and Bobby for free for 30 days. It's an educational website that supposedly is very helpful at teaching little ones how to read, etc. Bobby knows and recognizes the alphabet, but Isabelle does not. We don't get much past the letter B before she forgets it, so I have been a little worried. She is so good at memorizing songs, etc, but I'm not sure why she has a hard time with recognizing letters and numbers. She is loving the "school" lessons that she's been doing for the past few days. She asks me if she can do some more school when she finishes her lessons. It's kinda neat to watch her navigate through each activity. Bobby likes his lessons, too. They often sit together and help each other. I had to laugh when Bobby didn't want to take a break so he could use the potty chair. Instead he put it on the table. Good grief!
Last Wednesday I took Ilya to the doctor because she had had a runny nose for two weeks and she just wasn't kicking it. They checked her out and she also had an ear infection in her right ear. They prescribed an antibiotic for her and said to give it to her for 10 days. Monday afternoon, she woke up from her nap with a few spots on her cheeks. By this morning (Tuesday), she had 12 little pimple-like spots on her face and neck and a few in her mouth, but nothing on her hands and feet. I took her to the doctor this afternoon, and in the short amount of time she also was getting some on the bottom of her feet. So, she has hand, foot and mouth disease. She's been more fussy than normal and isn't sleeping well. Poor baby!
As for an update on Isabelle, some of her bloodwork came back and she has several food allergies. She has moderate allergies to egg whites, corn, wheat, dairy, shrimp, and sesame. She has a mild allergy to peanuts. These are all in addition to her almond allergy. She has a lactose breath test scheduled for the 18th and we will meet with a nutritionist that morning, too. For now, the GI specialist only wants us to cut out one item at a time from her diet. So, for the past two weeks, we have not been giving her eggs.