Monday, April 30, 2007


Today is Adam's first day in his new position, so today was also the first day of daycare. Addie hasn't been to daycare since before Lily was born. Lily has never been in daycare. I alternate between the high of thinking what great socialization this is for the girls, and the low of thinking how they're going to contract every major illness on the planet. I completely lucked out finding a place that would take both girls part time. Most daycares in our area will only take the wee ones full time. Addie's age they're fine with taking part time, but there's such an excess of infants and 1's that they will only take them full-time. Two of my good friends bring their kids to this center, so I feel good about that also. I called the daycare this afternoon and both girls napped well and seemed to be having a great time. Lily actually napped on a cot! Well, they both did, but Lily is just 13 months old!!!! She napped on a cot like a big kid!!!!!!! Oh man, I'm not ready for this! Like. A. Big. Kid. The sweetest thing is that the daycare ladies put their cots right next to each other so they wouldn't be sad. Normally they separate the little ones from the big kids, but in Addie and Lily's cases they made an exception. So sweet.

I learned something this weekend. Scraping the cheese off a pizza and giving Lily the toppings and crust isn't good enough. She has the mother of all diaper rashes again. Lily has blisters on her bottom. Actual blisters. Dang! Someday I will figure out not to test the limits.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Oh Man!

How stupid am I? Seriously. I can not beeelieeeve it. (said in Leo's voice from Little Einsteins)

Microwave popcorn has butter on it. Yes, it even says "Contains, milk." on the package. In bold.

So those mysterious diaper rashes Lily was continuing to get even though we "both" weren't eating dairy? Duh. At least I know enough not to feed her popcorn yet.

So this combined with my multiple knitting disasters this week has caused me to seriously doubt my intelligence. Honestly, when will I learn? I have at least one skein of yarn that I think I will burn. Unfortunately it is acrylic (which I normally hate and won't buy) so it won't even burn properly. It will just melt and smoke and be very very nasty. It figures that this stuff would live on to haunt me. ARRRRGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007


Lily is blowing a great big kiss to our new little friend Fianne. I just cannot stop gushing about how cute Fianne is. I got to see her and her mommy in the hospital today. Wow, what dimples. I don't think Erin knows how badly I wanted to take the little peanut home! I desperately want to post a picture of Fianne, but have decided that it is not my decision to make. I'm not sure I would be crazy about someone else posting a picture of my kid on the internet. She is a sweetie though, you'll have to take my word for it.

We're going back to ECFE tonight after a long absense. No particular reason, we've just been busy on Tuesday nights lately. I hope Addie does well, she was a bit of a drama queen earlier today. She ended up going down for a very early nap because she just broke down into tears whenever she heard the word "no." Poor Kelli (babysitter this morning while I went to visit the awe-inspiringly cute Fianne) just didn't know what to do with Addie. I know she felt badly because she kept hurting Addie's feelings. Unfortunately everything hurt Addie's feelings today. Hopefully she will be in a better mood this afternoon!

I'm feeling optimistic that we're making progress on the potty training front!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Welcome Little One

My friend Erin had her baby yesterday; Fianne Marie Makela was born Sunday evening. She's 8lbs and a few ounces (I forget exactly how many, I was driving and talking on my cell at the same time), 19 inches long. I get to see little Fia (I'm voting for that as a nickname) tomorrow morning and I'm so excited!!! I love babies. I love their little squished up faces and squinty eyes. I could not be more happy for Erin and Damien. Erin is the sweetest, most loving person I know and is an awesome Mommy to Katie so I know she's going to be a rock star with this one too.

Wedding Bells

I knew it would come someday, I just didn't realize it would be so soon. It appears that our baby has grown up without us realizing it. Addie announced yesterday that she would be getting married.

I (bad Mommy that I am) asked who she would be marrying. I didn't realize she was seriously dating anyone.
Addie unhesitatingly said, "Daddy." "No, Pwince Charming."
Ahhh... the imagination of a two year old!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Product Review

Road's End Organics - Dairy Free Shells & Chreese (not a typo)

Today I made some regular Mac & Cheese for Addie and Adam and some Shells & Chreese for Lily and I. Lily ate it like it was the best mac & cheese she's ever had. Which to be honest, it probably is since it didn't make her tummy hurt or give her acid burn on her bum. As for me, well, it's not mac & cheese that's for sure. It doesn't have the slightest cheese taste. It's more of a garlicy oniony creamy taste. Not bad, just not what I was expecting. Who knew that the dried processed cheese food that I always made fun on API making during marching band practice was actually a dairy product? (You probably have to be a Boycevillian to understand the reference and since Addie is back on my lap I really don't have the time to explain.)


Hey thanks guys! I can't officially declare a winner since I don't know who posted about jaberwalkie... good blog though. I have my suspicions... probably the person in my life who makes me drive out of the way to visit Cady cheese despite his wife and one child not being able to eat anything that comes out of there. I also realized that one of the knitting blogs that I visit has a daughter with food allergies.

Here's a sweet picture of 3 out of the 4 of us on Lily's birthday. Unfortunately Addie was ear-deep in birthday cake so she wouldn't come out to pose with us. Right now Addie is sitting on my lap wanting to "press the buttons." Ooops, she pressed the space bar too much.

.;lhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhii mmmmmmmmmmy nnammmme iss AAddie

There you go, Addie's first blog entry.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Just Chillin', Reading to my Baby

It's the Baby-Baby, reading to her baby.

Lily's favorite things are:
1. climbing (especially onto chairs)
2. eating
3. snuggling
4. blowing kisses
5. reading
6. saying "tickle, tickle, tickle" as she reaches out to touch someone or something.
7. dropping something and saying, "uh oh"

Milk Allergy Blog anyone?

Ok, I have spent an inordinate amount of time over the past week looking for a blog about being Dairy-free or having milk allergies. I can find nothing worth going back to. Maybe I'm too picky. Maybe it's because I don't really care if the person is vegan and wants me to plant a tree for every piece of meat I've ever placed in my mouth, maybe it's because I really want a blog written by a mom about her kid(s) who have Milk Allergies, maybe it's because I don't want a blog about just recipes, yeah, maybe I'm too picky. I just want a blog I can relate to.

I broke down and bought cheese for Adam the other day. He was getting kind of sad about the no cheese thing. Not like he is suffering all that much. We had pizza the other day and I made two different types - one regular for him and one Amy's Organic without cheese for Lily and I. I also fully believe that he eats dairy while he's at work so I don't worry about him suffering overmuch. (I'm sure someone will comment about how deprived he is!!)

So... the person who finds me the perfect dairy allergy blog gets... (drumroll please).... white, squeaky, perfectly salted cheese curds from Cady Cheese. (I know how to use bribes, I'm a mom.)

Edited to add: I've turned off the comments on this post. The spammers are driving me nuts.

Friday, April 13, 2007

No Leave Mommy

We have a major case of the "Clingys" at our house this week. Addie came home from Grandma and Grandpa Argh's and she has wanted to be attached to my hip.
I get a lot of "No leave me Momma."
"Me come too."
"I miss you Momma." Oh honey, I missed you too!

Addie has also just wanted to be held and rocked a lot. I'm sure it's just because she missed us and missed being at her own house. I admit I'm taking every opportunity I have to rock her. Rocking Addie has been few and far between lately so I'm going to enjoy it while I can. I know that too soon she will be too big to be rocked. Although it would be nice to be able to use the bathroom without a little helper!

We're headed down to Grandma and Grandpa Dude's this weekend. We'll go down to LaCresent for Tyler's birthday party on Saturday. Addie will probably have so much fun that she'll forget to be clingy.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Miss You Baby Girl

Addie is staying with Mona and Boppa Argh for a few days. We left her there on Easter Sunday and they'll be bringing her back on Wednesday morning. Our house is so quiet!

So far Addie has gone to breakfast at Perkins, possibly gone shopping at Target for a new potty(not entirely sure about that) and gone to play at a park. My guess is she's having a great time getting undivided attention. Addie will make Boppa read countless stories and have Mona nurse her sick baby whale back to health.

I think Lily is trying to figure out where Addie has gone - she hasn't quite been herself today, very cranky and clingy. Every time I put Lily in the high chair she flings herself around and throws a tantrum. The problem with 1 year olds is you just don't know what the problem is. Is she not feeling well, is she just not hungry, is she so hungry her tummy hurts? What?

Things I have accomplished with only one child at home:
-We had our taxes double checked by H&R Block
-I came home and e-filed the taxes we had already finished
-Made a Creative Memories order
-Talked to Addie on the phone
-Read other random blogs that I haven't read in awhile
-Talked to Darla
-Left messages for other random people

Yet to do:
-Put away baby clothes
-Sort clothes that don't fit the kids
-Sort my own clothes that no longer fit.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Climbing: The Series

See Mom, it's way more of a challenge if the boxes actually shift under your feet. Look out Mt. Everest, here I come!

Climbing: The Series

She's up and over. This is hardly a challenge anymore... what could possibly be next?

Climbing: The Series

that's one determined child!

Climbing: The Series

Then, you see your child balanced precariously on the baby gate, using the holes as toe holds.

Climbing: The Series

This is how it starts, an innocent look out the window at newly fallen snow...