Gluten, Gluten, Gluten

We were trying out gluten with Payson again. He’d been stealing gluten here and there (almost daily) for about a month and hadn’t had diarrhea as a result. I figured it was only because with the diet I had been giving him his intestines were so healthy and balanced that he could handle little amounts of gluten for a short period of time but, Allan thought Payson was healed and that we should try giving him gluten regularly to see if that was true.
I said it couldn’t hurt to try out gluten in a controlled, monitored way.

I kept a record on my calendar for the past few weeks and only in the last two days has he had tummy troubles. This is exactly what I thought would happen… that his healthy system would take a few weeks to be slaughtered by gluten before the issues would start. And that’s what has happened.
I’m currently not eating gluten (which I’ll blog about sometime soon) so we’re eating gluten free together.

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Eczema and Allergies

What? You’re so excited that I’m blogging an update about Mr. Payson and his allergies?! Wow, I had no idea you were so curious!
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So Payson has definitely had some changes in the allergy “department” the last year-ish. He can now tolerate cheese and butter relatively ok. If he drinks straight cow’s milk or a LOT of cheese and butter he still breaks out in eczema rashes but even then, they’re not too, too bad. Photobucket

This is the worst it’s been in a while. And that’s because he drank a whole cup of milk AND has been stealing a ton of cheese. haha. I’m not really sure how to keep him from cheese besides locking the fridge. And that seems silly. I told him, if you want to keep having eczema rashes then that’s your decision. Photobucket

He never complains about eczema and doesn’t even scratch at it. So, I suppose he’s made his decision. Photobucket

He is still very allergic to gluten, though. Now more than ever. A crumb of gluten has him spending half the day on the toilet 🙁 Photobucket

A Chocolate Cake Kind of Day

Gluten free, of course.
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Payson was pretty happy to help me make the cake. Especially because none of his sisters were around. Just him and mommy.
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They both thought it was funny to sneak tastes of the frosting.
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So once they were done with their cake I unbuckled them from their boosters and washed their hands and then was cleaning up the mess. Meanwhile, they both ran around the to the other side of the table where the cake was and helped themselves to more.
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And of course big sisters had some when they got home from school.
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Rash. Allergies. Suck.

So we started giving Payson a little dairy because every 6 months or so we’re supposed to try a small amount to see if he’s outgrown his allergies. We tried gluten a few months back with horrible results! Definitely allergic to that and probably always will be 🙁
So anyway he didn’t have a reaction 3 days later (with gluten he has horribly diarrhea three days later) and then 4 days, 5 days, 6 days, 7 days!! But, what he was getting was…
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A rash! Just like when he was a baby. It turned into really bad eczema all over his thighs and butt so… dairy is still out. Which is such a bummer I can’t even talk about it. That glorious week of only avoiding gluten was… heaven! But… tearfully we’re back to his strict diet 🙁
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Slathered in hydrocortisone cream.
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The Last Week and a Half!

Looking through my pictures makes me happy. I haven’t so much as looked at the back of the screen at my family’s pictures during the last two weeks so uploading them and going through them is a lot of fun!
I have never been so busy in my entire life. I thought public school would simplify things and it has but more stuff has piled on. I can’t imagine ever being caught up with life anymore.

I try to grab my camera at least a couple times a day and just snap pictures. I’ve been trying to capture little things that I will want to remember when I’m older but it’s hard to remember to do it.

There are hundreds of times every week where I think about going and grabbing a pen to jot down a funny phrase or saying or thing one of my kids did. Then I forget. Which is just so majorly disappointing because they’ve been so freaking funny this week.

One thing I do remember is we were all sitting on the couch talking, Payson was sitting in my lap, and randomly he says to me, “Mom, a pogo stick?!”
I looked at him and laughed and said, “What? A pogo stick? What are you talking about?” And he cracked up and said, “A pogo stick!”

And then I was laughing about it with Allan and like twenty seconds later he said something else totally unrelated with as much enthusiasm and we all laughed again. And he wasn’t trying to be funny, he just lives in his own little world and blurts things out whenever they cross his mind.

I really wish I could remember the other two random things he said that time!

Anyway, I’m going to go ahead and just post all the pictures I’ve taken and talk about them a little bit.

The day after we got back from Texas I dropped Brooklyn off at school and gave the other three sticker books to play with while I attempted to catch up on laundry. The catching up on laundry has yet to happen and the sticker books are now in the trash after they made the world’s largest mess all over the house with them 😛
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Payson’s new bowel regime. lol
Miralax, probiotic, liquid vitamin, tummy stimulant.
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I started taking pictures for a day in the life post on this day. It was last Tuesday I think.
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Ember hangs out in the tub while I do Brooklyn’s hair. Otherwise she’s off around the house eating and choking on everything in sight.
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It’s our new “thing” to let the kids play my ipod while I do their hair. It keeps them mellow and makes me want to hurt them less 😉
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With my house a wreck and hundreds of wedding pictures to edit and about a million other things going on the TV has been on all day every day! I wish it was a better babysitter. My kids get bored of it pretty fast, though.
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Ember has been clingy. To say the least.
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I look awful 100% of the time these days.
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The kids’ typical breakfast is a burrito with eggs, sausage and cheese. Payson gets the sausage and eggs and then hashbrowns as well. The girls eat hashbrowns, too. And they all get orange juice.
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Payson screams and throws fits a lot. He’s worse than he was at 2 years old and I feel like throwing him out the car window most days.
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Most of the time there isn’t even a reason he screams. Or the reason is because he wanted to wear shoes. Or because he didn’t want to wear shoes. Or maybe because he just likes hearing himself scream.
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Brooklyn complains when I drop her off from the car. She wants me to walk her in and out of school every day. I would, I do most times, but sometimes it’s freaking hot and I hate Ember getting all sweaty and beet red when Brooklyn can walk over to the air conditioned car!
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School has been awesome for her. I am in love with school. lol
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Payson’s fit didn’t end at the school. This particular tantrum lasted a good hour.
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If the little kids didn’t have a chance to in the early morning because they woke up late, they eat their breakfast when we get home.
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And I didn’t take any more pictures until lunch time that day. Sierra loves when I pack her lunch in her lunch bag like Brooklyn gets every day.
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Ember got into my journal and ripped out a few pages. She loves all the effort I put into keeping our family’s memories recorded.
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I bribe the kids with my ipod a lot. A very lot.
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This day he wouldn’t be quiet at all and wasn’t throwing a lot of fits, just was bored and Sierra wouldn’t play with him. I had played with him a ton that day so in order to steal some time to edit those darn wedding pictures I let him play the monkey game, as he calls it, for a good hour. Until my ipod died, along with my peace and quiet.
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Sierra got a paper out of my desk to write a note. You can see my fat free pringles there and that I was working on John’s pictures.
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We were all bored and restless so we went outside to play in the sprinklers.
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I gave Payson a bath because he stunk from being outside. I gave Sierra and Ember one just after.
I wrapped him in a towel and let him go in the living room while I changed Ember’s diaper. I totally forgot about him and when I came out five or ten minutes later he was reading a book on the couch. Naked. Luckily he didn’t pee!
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We have this little wall we sit on while we wait for Brooklyn to get out every day. There’s a small tree and a little bit of shade to escape the 110+ heat.
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Speaking of heat, I was told recently that this August has been a record high for heat. It has been pretty relentless. 114 yesterday!
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Ember and I play in Sierra’s room sometimes. Sierra’s room is pretty baby safe and Ember loves it in there.
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Probably because there are so many new (to her) toys to play with.
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She’s the first of my babies to like stuffed animals. She loves them. The rest of my kids only liked them once they hit 2 or 3 years old.
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We have movie nights sometimes.
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The girls get movie theater butter popcorn. Payson gets kettle corn because it’s dairy free.
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The movie this night was Cinderella.
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On the weekend Allan came home from South America. That was awesome!
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Ember spends all her time chewing things.
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Sierra rediscovered her makeup purse from her birthday and spent some time making herself over.
The result was… well, let’s be honest- frightening.
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Though it was 112 degrees at 7pm we decided to play outside anyway. It was suffer through the heat or annoy the hell out of each other in air conditioning.
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I didn’t think it felt that hot. Ember’s cheeks didn’t even turn pink.
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Allan got home while we were still out there. When Sierra came up to him his eyes got big and he said, “Well Sierra I think you’re pretty without makeup.” lol
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I have a ton of pictures on my other memory card. I’ll post them tomorrow!

Payson’s Gastroenterologist Follow Up Appointment

and how Brooklyn’s first day of school went.

Brooklyn’s first day of school happened to be the day Payson had a follow up appointment with his gastroenterologist. After we dropped her off at school we went home to get a snack, feed Ember, blog (haha) and have baths and we were off again.

I wasn’t expecting much out of the appointment. Payson’s tummy troubles have been confusing for all of his doctors. We get answers here and there, mostly through my trial and error with his diet at home, and pieces of the puzzle seem to fall into place. Then something unexpected happens and we’re all stumped.

(Let me add a warning before I go on: Payson has intestinal allergies; there will be much talk of bowel movements in this post.)

Payson was super excited to see his doctor. All of my kids love visiting the doctor (and getting shots, too! Weirdos!)

He was so adorable and looked so tiny when he was getting weighed and measured and having his blood pressure checked.

For the record he is 30 pounds even, 3’1″ and has low blood pressure. For Payson and all he’s been through these statistics made the doctor happy. He’s in the 25th-50th percentile (my smallest child! but is growing consistently)

The doctor asked me a bunch of questions and started the physical exam. When he was feeling Payson’s abdomen he told me that I might be surprised to hear this but that it felt like Payson was constipated. He could feel stool in his intestines. He had me feel Payson’s tummy as well but my gosh I couldn’t feel anything. I don’t know why but I can never feel anything doctors ask me to in abdomen exams! I’m like… uh, it feels like a belly and… uuuhhh… nope, I feel nothing to indicate anything… I can’t even tell what are intestines vs. anything else. lol

So anyway he had Payson get an x-ray right then and said he’d call back in the next hour or two with the results.

I went to Costco next and that’s when the doctor called back. He said he was shocked by the results based on Payson’s history… Payson had 2 1/2 feet of his intestines full of hard stool!

I had to get some laxatives and stool softeners and start him on a regimen that day. I’m still quite shocked about it because he’s had diarrhea and mushy stool for months and months. He poops consistently, daily, but I’ve heard before and the doctor told me as well that it just takes a little gap or hole for the softer stuff to squeeze through.

So my diarrhea boy is on adult strength laxatives. Crazy!

I have a lot of questions for the doctor and the doctor switched our 6 month follow up to two months from now. I can’t wait to get in and talk to him about everything. I’m curious to see how Payson’s bowel movements change or react during the next two months.

It’s all SO weird! I can’t figure this child of mine out. The doctor (very experienced, skilled gastroenterologist) is puzzled, too. It’s hard with Payson not being able to discuss his symptoms. To just go by diarrhea, that doesn’t always correspond with gluten intake, is difficult. And by not correlating I mean, every single time Payson gets gluten he gets bad diarrhea, but sometimes even with a “perfect” diet of whole foods he gets diarrhea, too.

So if anybody read that it might be boring but for my sake I had to write it down. On my public blog I was cutting back on detailed posts so as to not bore people but this is my personal blog and it feels amazing to be able to go on and on about things I want to be able to remember some day!

Payson getting his measurements:

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Sierra and Payson goofed off while waiting for the doctor.

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It’s been amazing having “only” the three little ones during the day. They are work for sure but not being argued with every second of the day is amazing. I feel like an entirely different person mentally.

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They laid down and I sang them a rock a bye baby song and Payson pretended to burp occasionally and I’d act surprised and he’d crack up. He’s been doing this since Ember was a newborn because back then I pretended to give him a bottle and rock him like a baby and then I burped him. He fixated on the burping thing and has loved this game ever since! lol

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Waiting for Payson’s turn in the x-ray room.

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Doesn’t he look so tiny? My baby!

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His little baby bones. He’s so tiny!

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We bought his laxatives at Costco and then went straight to Brooklyn’s school. I got there fifteen minutes early (well, 35 minutes early actually but I breastfed Ember in the car for a while) and they have the gate locked so we had to wait in the 105 degree heat! It suuuuuuucked!

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The principal finally opened the gate and we all shuffled in to go wait for our kids. I found a sorta shady spot and we sat for five minutes before the bell rang and…

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Brooklyn came out…

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And was happy to see us 🙂

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I had wondered if she would tell me all about her school or if I’d have to ask her a bunch of questions.

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She walked right over, grinning.

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And started talking really fast telling me everything about her first* day!

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I held my camera off to the side as I listened to all the details.

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It was so fun hearing all about her experience. She’d had the best day ever and was super excited about it all.

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It was almost exactly like I’d thought the whole thing would go. The first day, the first pick up, her experience… none of it could have gone any better!

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Such a fantastic thing for our whole family.

To be able to have a break to regroup mentally to respond in a positive way to this girl’s energy is invaluable for both of us! lol

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And Sierra, she is having a really rough week. She was jealous, so jealous, of Brooklyn’s school preparation and then birthday! Oh boy has she felt left out! I wanted to do something special for her this week but getting ready for Texas** this weekend has taken up every bit of spare time!

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We’ll have her first week of school soon though! It’ll be awesome!

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*Brooklyn’s second day of school went just as well as her first day. She really, really, really loves school so far. Best decision of the year! 🙂

**We’re leaving for Texas tomorrow for my brother-in-law’s wedding. We’ll get back Sunday night, I’ll start blogging again next week!

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Life is so great right now. I work just as hard as I ever did before but now I’m getting stuff done, everything done, every day!!
My house is clean, my family is fed, my errands are taken care of, my children are taught, played with and feeling loved. It feels like some kind of miracle.

I never took pictures during school time before because stepping away from the table to grab my camera ruined the flow of the lesson too much. Now… I am free to snap as many pictures as I want to and I’m not interrupting anything 🙂
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Brooklyn now doesn’t mind Sierra joining her for school time at all. In fact she encourages Sierra to come over and listen with her.
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I’ve even been giving Sierra paper to write down problems and answers as the videos go on. She also did a site plan for a garden during the science lesson.
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Ember joined Brooklyn on the computer chair during a particularly easy science lesson.

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Payson likes watching Brooklyn’s school videos from time to time as well.

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While Brooklyn did her school work the little kids and I read Silly Sally (by request of Payson, it’s this week’s favorite) five or six times in a row. Every time we read it I try to find neat new things to point out and talk about in the pictures. I do that with every book since he really, really loves reading a book over and over and over again.

After reading we acted out Silly Sally walking into town backwards and upside down by doing wheelbarrows. I held the kids’ feet while they walked on their hands. It was really cute!
Then the kids used the wall to try to do handstands.

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For their scrapbook I got a picture of them together with the book.
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I laid down on the floor while they were doing handstands to nurse Ember (I was tired) and Sierra ran and got her doll and laid next to me with her shirt up and her doll at her nipple. haha, so cute.
Payson then ran for his baby as well.
After all the babies, real and not, were fed they took their babies for rides and walks.
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Payson has always loved dolls; I’m glad I got him his very own last year. He loves his baby.
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Payson randomly asked me to carry him in the carrier before dinner so I strapped him on.
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Ember was so cranky that I ended up wearing both of them.
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I cooked most of dinner like this.
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We were holding up two fingers to show that two kids were on mommy 🙂
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After dinner we walked to the neighborhood park again. I’ve been loving the bit of exercise and the fresh air. Until it gets too hot to, I’m going to walk with the kids to the park every day. (The park is a quarter of a mile away)
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The kids love our walks. We have the best talks and tell fun stories to each other while we stroll.
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Ember looks around quietly the whole time.
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The three older kids brought their babies to play. Payson was melting my heart walking down the sidewalk with a baby in one arm and elephant in the other.

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Brooklyn stopped to watch ants scurrying about.
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I didn’t take pictures while they played because I was holding Ember and talking to a woman who lives in my neighborhood. I did snap this one on the way home:
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The next morning (Saturday) Allan, Ember and I hung out on our bed.
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Allan was doing a little bit of work since he’s pretty busy this week. Work trickles into home time at the end of the month.
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Ember doesn’t suck on binkies, she just uses them as toys.
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Allan mowed the grass in the backyard. Our grass is finally green again! Yay for summer grass.

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The big kids played ring around the rosie.
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The kids tried to help out a bit.
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We made a quick trip to the store for eggs and some other stuff. Ember happily smacked Allan’s face while we waited in the checkout line.
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When we got home she sat there bored while we put the older kids to bed.
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And that’s when the camera got put away. haha

I’m so excited for tomorrow. I can’t believe how happy I am. Waking up to a mostly clean house makes me feel so much more happy to work hard. I worked hard before but now I work hard with a skip in my step 😉

And I’ll add, because life cannot/will not always be roses and sunshine, something I’m struggling with a lot right now.

Payson and his digestive issues.
I know- surprise, surprise.

It’s gotten really bad lately. He can’t have anything besides plain meat, eggs, bananas and rice milk, otherwise he gets diarrhea. I have an appointment with his specialist in mid May. I’m hoping I can get some answers. I have no idea what’s going on in those bowels of his.

He had diarrhea so bad yesterday that he got an angry red rash all over his butt. It bled in four places 🙁
He screamed at the top of his lungs while I changed his diaper before bed. I felt hysterical myself. I hate dealing with this. I wish my child was normal and could just eat food.

His rash is almost gone today. Heavens do I have some strong love for desitin.

The Sweet Sight of… Failure?

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That bottle made one kid very, very happy.
“I love my bobboo, mommy. Thank you for my bobboo, mommy!”
The GAPS diet strictly states no grains.

Do I know what I’m doing? No, not really. I’m completely confused, emotionally worn out, and mostly just wanting my boy fed and healthy. Is it really this difficult to feed a child?

There have been so many hours, days worth of hours, spent researching, thinking, planning… all to be met with failure at every turn when it comes to this boy’s digestive system. We’ve been to 15 doctors. Three of those were specialists. We’ve spent thousands of dollars and had so many tests. I’ve read every article and book I can get my hands on about food, allergies, digestion, etc. It has long, long since passed the point of overwhelming me.

I do think the GAPS diet would heal Payson’s intestines.

I don’t think the GAPS diet is meant to be Payson gorging himself on meat and refusing everything else. I doubt that will heal his intestines. I can see it killing him. haha

He turns his nose up at vegetables he used to love; probably out of stubbornness for having his treasured bottle and rice chex taken away.

But for his entire life he has been deprived of things that everyone around him has. His sense of food security has centered around rice for over a year. They were always Payson’s foods.
A bottle of rice milk and rice chex were big staples to his diet. He’d eat plenty of meat, vegetables and fruit too, for sure. But the fillers… the comforters… that rice milk bottle and those rice chex.

To suddenly take away both was probably the wrong move.

I just want my boy to be healthy; I want his diarrhea gone and his body to get the right nutrients. I also want him to be emotionally healthy.

So I’m doing pretty much the GAPS diet plus brown rice milk. I figure that’s better than just carrying on like we were before, which wasn’t working. But I just can’t take away his bottle yet.

If his diarrhea comes back I’ll slowly transition back to full GAPS. And even if it doesn’t the plan is to get him eating GAPS foods more regularly so that eventually (hopefully by his third birthday this summer) he can do the full GAPS diet in a healthier way.
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You know how “they” say having kids help prepare meals will make it more likely that they will try new foods?
So not the case with my kids.
But helping is a lot of fun anyway.
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My three little girls.
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PhotobucketAnd that’s all there is to this little post. Nothing exciting but I’m trying to update every day again.

Allergies are Brutal, New [Old] Schoolroom!

Sierra snuck a cracker from the table a couple days ago during snacktime. She then brought that cracker back to the table an hour later and left it there.

Why? I don’t know.
What was the result of this random action of hers?

Oh Payson taking a bite and having terrible diarrhea, that’s all.

Boy was I mad. I plan snacktimes during parts of the day that I can watch the girls and make sure Payson doesn’t take food from them. I put their dishes away and lock the pantry and wipe down the table and chairs when they’re done to prevent him from getting food he can’t have.

I’m really tired of changing diarrhea diapers. I’m tired of using ten wipes and wearing plastic gloves and smearing on inches of desitin six or seven times a day. And then the laundry, as if I don’t have enough laundry already.

It’s annoying, exhausting, frustrating, gross, sad, and just unpleasant in every way. Any day he’s having a reaction is automatically a challenging day for me. I am moody and frustrated and have to work very hard emotionally to just take care of the mess and comfort Payson (who is understandably in pain) and try not to let him see any foods that day because he will inevitably ask for apples or broccoli and be very sad when I say no.

Any fruits or vegetables when he’s having a reaction cause worse diarrhea.

*sigh*

His diarrhea is finally gone today after having only rice and meat for the last couple days.
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Yesterday I was cleaning my house, as always, and feeling overwhelmed by the stuff everywhere. I was especially feeling moody about the schoolroom (or lack thereof) situation. We’ve been using our front room and it’s just not working. Payson gets into stuff in there all day long and he is destructive. I need a room that I can lock when we’re not doing school.

I decided to move the schoolroom back into Sierra’s room! It was a big job because Sierra’s room was now going to be the schoolroom and playroom. First I gathered all of the toys in the entire house (where did all of these toys come from?!) and then I sorted them into boxes by category. Barbies, petshops, doll stuff, tea party toys, legos, blocks, etc.
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We’d (I’d) been working for at least an hour when Brooklyn tells me, “Mom, it looks way messier now than it did when we started.” I laughed and told her, “Yep, that’s the funny thing about organizing, it always looks worse before it gets better.”
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The kids did help a little bit. They managed to pick up a full box of stuff while I filled every other box.
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Ember watched from her bumbo.
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Every time I stopped to talk to her or sing her a little song she’d break out into huge grins and laugh.
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And she also sucked/chewed on her thumb a lot. Though I’m very sad to say that the thumb sucking yesterday was a total fluke. She woke up seconds after I posted that last post and besides one other ten minute nap, didn’t sleep again until 9pm!! Yes she stayed up from 7am to 9pm with only two ten minute naps! It was… weird. And hard for me to get stuff done!
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Payson was unhappy that I was cleaning. He doesn’t like me doing stuff. He likes me giving him attention. He sat on my lap most of the time I organized the toys. Which is fine, but he kept whining for more toys to hold and I can’t very well work and clean while holding a toddler who is holding ten toys!
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Most of the afernoon looked like:
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But I sure do loooooove him ♥
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Then he asked me for a bottle. Which he calls bobboo.
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And I said, “You want me to stop cleaning and make you a bobboo??” And he looked at me like, stop talking and get your butt in that kitchen.
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And this, well, I don’t know actually.
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And then I was so so so tired and Ember was so so so tired and cranky so I breastfed her while the kids watched TV and I did some lesson planning for math.
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I use post-its to write down what we’re going to do. I love post-it notes.
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And I thought since Ember fell asleep and it was afternoon and she had been up for 6 hours that she’d take a nap. But no.So I put her in the wrap to get a few things done.
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And she was very happy about that. She loves to be worn in the wrap.
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And I took a picture with my new camera remote.
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Ember loves when I rock her in the wrap.
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I then finished organizing Sierra’s room.
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And brought the little kids in to play while I hung up stuff on the wall.
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Payson was in the best mood ever! I was surprised by how excited he was. He loves that he has his very own area (the storage shelves there behind him) and that the girls aren’t allowed to touch it!
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He really loves puzzles.
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I was playing peek-a-boo with Ember and Payson joined in. He always does this with his face while playing peek-a-boo.
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Ember, tired, watched and gave small smiles occasionally.
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Then got ahold of her sister’s skirt. Yum.
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And that was all I took pictures of yesterday. Which brings us to today. School was so much better in that room!!

Payson played happily with his toys and puzzles while I taught the girls. Usually no matter what toys I bring out for him he tries to get into their school stuff.
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Allan was home from work for the morning so I snapped a picture of us together before he left.
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By the time I’d done the girls’ math and spellings lessons Payson had created quite the mess.
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While Brooklyn wrote down word questions I was asking her, Payson sat on my lap and played with his puzzles some more.
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Photobucket The last thing I took pictures of was Brooklyn memorizing her poem.
We read it together a couple times and then Brooklyn reads it out loud by herself. Each time she does I erase a word until she remembers the whole thing by herself. She’s really good at memorizing stuff but I knew this way would be even funner and it really is 🙂
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The poem is from First Language Lessons and goes:Work while you work,Play while you play;This is the wayTo be happy each day.All that you do,Do with your might;Things done by halvesAre never done right.
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Costco, Horses, Allergist, Gluten-Free Store, Filiberto’s, and WalMart

in 11 hours.

Payson had an appointment with an allergist yesterday afternoon.
My friend, Arjhana (the “jh” is silent; uh-ronna) told me about a gluten-free store in the same area of town so we decided to get together and run a few errands and then she’d go to the allergist with me and my kids.

The first stop was Costco for rice milk and to pick up pictures. I also got lunch there for my kids. The girls got pizza and ice cream, Payson got a hot dog without the bun and a berry smoothie. I didn’t take pictures because I’ve taken a hundred pictures in Costco 😉

After Costco we went to where Arjhana keeps her horse, Riley.
Arjhana’s been “into” horses since she was very little. She got her first horse at 14 and has had one (or two) ever since. I met her when we were both 15 and rode horses with her quite a bit all through high school.

The girls were excited to see the horses. Payson was scared and cried every time I set him down. Near the end he finally got brave enough to walk around on his own.


Arjhana and Riley 🙂


Arjhana thought it would be fun to give the girls a little ride. The girls were excited. Sierra’s been in love with horses since she was a toddler. They’re her favorite animal.
And Brooklyn, Brooklyn is head over heels in love with all animals. She asks for a pet almost daily. She was thrilled to be able to ride a horse!







Sierra’s turn.






And we even let Payson sit up there for a few seconds!

He thought it was fun for a couple seconds. After that he cried to get down. lol

It’s been 7 years since I rode a horse! It brought back a ton of memories getting in the saddle again.

And of course a snap of Arjhana… I don’t even think I could adequately portray her obsession with horses using words.

After visiting the horses we had to get to Payson’s doctor appointment.

The wait was LONG.

And the appointment itself was a HUGEHUGEHUGE waste of time. I suspected that before hand but my gosh I wish I’d saved the gas money, hours of time, and $15 copay and never went!

I am so sick of doctors and talking allergies. If you suspect your kid has food allergies just do the elimination diet. If they have a reaction you know they have an allergy… FREE and EASY! It’ll save you hundreds of dollars and HOURSHOURSHOURS of time!!!!

After the hellish doctor appointment (did I mentioned the wait time was close to 2 hours????????) we went to this gluten-free store. It was a really crappy store for me, all it really had was shelves and shelves of premade mixes and I like to make things from scratch (saves so much money!)

I did buy some coconut milk since I was out.

Arjhana is doing a gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free diet for her lyme’s disease so she was looking around a lot more than me (she doesn’t like cooking from scratch so all those premade mixes were awesome for her), my kids were getting ansy to get out of the store so we went for a walk.

Arjhana came out fairly shortly and joined us for a group shot.

By this time all of us were hungry again so we stopped at Filiberto’s (LOVE) and had dinner. It was delicious! Mmmm.

Payson was having a taco and started choking on a piece of tortilla. I leaned him down and pounded his back and he coughed up a chunk (not even very big, no wonder I never give my kids tortilla chips!). He was pretty hysterical from having been scared (poor thing) so I just held him for a while. He was covered in food (of course) and after our cuddle fest I was too! It was even in my hair. Refried beans in my hair. Lovely.

He calmed down and started reaching for food right away (hungry bugger) so I gave him a bite of refried beans (which he LOVES) and he started screaming and pulling the food out of his mouth. Weird! The beans were room temperature so I have no idea what that was all about. He had some chicken right after that and was just fine and then a minute later he ate the refried beans right up. So weird.

I gave him a sip of water and he was really happy about that. He chugged it down, spilling the entire cup on both of us in the process.
It was ice water. It COVERED us. I was actually shivering. And I looked like I had peed my pants. And I was still covered in his taco and beans.
So lovely.
I stripped him down and rolled his clothes up. I wiped him down and Arjhana watched him while I took my girls to go potty.

The restaurant Filiberto’s is not somewhere you need to tip but I left a big tip because I felt awful about Payson’s mess. I like to leave the table clean. I was a waitress as a teenager and really cleaning up messes is a part of the job but it still sucks! lol

After that exciting experience eating dinner we ran into WalMart because Arjhana needed some makeup for a girls’ night she’s throwing tonight. I bought some clothes for me and Payson (pjs) and changed in the bathroom, left the store, drove Arjhana home, and then drove to my house, got my kids in bed, and plopped down on the couch and watched Law & Order!