Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Fun in Arizona

Man I miss Arizona. I miss family. It's hard being so far away, but this is the closest we've been since Todd and I got married 7 years ago. About 3 hours and 45 minutes will get you to my mom's house and another 45 to Pinetop. That's with no potty breaks though. Heh. That rarely happens.

The kids had so much fun at Nana's house on the big swing. We had a small birthday "party" with family Saturday night and it was such a blast. Adam and Tiff came up too for Jocelyn's birthday and it was so much fun seeing them. It really makes me miss everyone and I wish we lived closer. Right now Todd's job is ok but if anyone knows of an office looking for a kick-butt dentist let us know! Hahaha!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Picture overload

Errm...yeah. So it's been awhile since I posted any pictures of my beautiful kids so I think it's long overdue. Yes, a picture loaded post. You can shout "hooray" because I know you were thinking it. Ok then, I guess this is just for me. And no photography criticism please...these are straight out of the camera, I'm too tired to photoshop (plus I'm really not that good at it) I know there is a serious white balance issue here.

I have to say that this is probably my favorite picture of my kids because it really shows how much they love each other. Although they don't always show it, this picture captured their love and it makes my heart melt. Dallin is an amazing big brother with a big heart and a sweet spirit. I'm so grateful for him.

So silly and so fun!Because she's so beautiful when she's asleep. It doesn't happen often. She's not a good sleeper.

Dallin was letting me try out my new camera on him.

And that's it for me because I've got to get my rear to bed. See...I'm trying to lose weight. The "baby weight" is stubborn and won't come off so I've been going to the gym for the last 6 WEEKS at 5:30 AM (yeah you read that right) for an hour on the elliptical. And you want to know how much weight I've lost? 4 pounds. Not happy. Weight watchers can kiss my shoes. I'm trying South Beach.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

You know...sometimes my heart just breaks...

I was reading a friends blog and her daughter (about the same age as mine) was eating a huge cupcake from a bakery. It made me sad for Maddie, who will never be able to eat a cupcake from a bakery, or a donut from Krispie Kreme, or a regular birthday cake from Safeway. Of course none of these things are healthy but to never even be able to have that treat, it just made me sad for her.

For those wondering, Maddie has a severe gluten intolerance or Celiac disease. We had her tested in May and found out that she also had a severe malapsorption issue, which is why her little self only weighed in at 21 pounds. Since taking her off gluten in May, she has gained a whopping 3 pounds, which in toddler pounds is a LOT. She's still very petite at 24 pounds and 32 inches she's about the size of an 18 month old but otherwise you'd never know she's different. She's so smart and talks like she's 13. Oh heavens we are going to have a blast with her as a teenager.

At church we've had to bring her gluten free bread for sacrament. Nursery presented a challenge but the leaders have been wonderful. They HAVE to wipe her hands before she eats. I bring her a special snack. Every once in awhile she gets glutened and it's very obvious but for the most part they do an awesome job.

As a mother you don't want your child to suffer. From the time Maddie was VERY young I knew something wasn't "right". I felt very proud of myself when I finally decided to do the testing (we went through an independant lab because the doctor's didn't believe there was any problem).
I'm glad we have answers. It's not easy (a lot of the time it's a huge pain in the rear) but it's worth it.
But it makes me sad. I'm scared to send her to school. People don't understand "gluten sensitive" like they understand "peanut allergy". She won't be able to have birthday cake when it's another child's birthday. Even some ice creams have gluten. She can't trade food with other kids because it could be cross contaminated. I try not to think of the "stuff" she'll miss out on because it really breaks my heart. All of it is food related, which is silly but our society is very focused on food. You don't realize it until it's taken away. No pizza parties, no sub sandwiches, no flour tortillas.

But I'm so grateful it's not anything worse. Her "problem" is taken care of simply with diet. That's it. No medication, no special exercises, nothing. Just diet. And it's so worth it to see your child respond the way she has. The difference is astounding.

She's an amazing little bug. She's sleeping on the couch behind me (we have sleeping problems with her, but that's not related) and giggling in her sleep. I tell you what, there is NOTHING cuter than that. And I'm so grateful for her.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Happy Birthday Dallin!!

My buddy is 5 today! I can't even believe it. More coming tomorrow when I'm not so tired. I got up at 5 this morning to go to the gym (and yet, I'm STILL not losing weight *sigh*).

Be back later :)