Sunday, May 22, 2016
We made a trip down to St George in early April to visit Grandpa and Grandma Crawford. We love it down there that time of year. The weather was beautiful, and the kids had such a great time with their grandparents.
*Not pictured, Levi who slept it :)
Monday, February 15, 2016
Ella had a follow-up EGD the beginning of February. She hasn't had one since October 2014 so she was definitely due. They were basically checking to see if her esophageal biopsies were free from eosinophils (allergic blood cells). She has been off of all milk, egg, oats, and peanuts since November 2014 so we were really hoping for good results.
She was really brave and did great. Primary Children's does such a good job that it really makes things easy for the parents. We had an anesthesiologist that I use to work with back when I worked there YEARS ago, which was really nice. He let us take her back to the endoscopy suite and hold her while she breathed the gases and started to fall asleep. Her GI doctor is a doctor that I use to work with when he was in Medical School, so it was fun to go there and still feel like I had some ties 10 years later.
She woke up great this time around, super calm and relaxed once we got there to hold her. The most traumatic part was the nurse tripped over her IV and pulled it out right after she woke up. There was blood everywhere and Steve said he thought the nurse should have been more careful. I cut her a lot of slack since I've done plenty of dumb things like that as a nurse.
We got her biopsy results back, and they were great. She had 3-5 eosinophils in her biopsies, compared to around 35 last time. We are scheduled to go see her allergist at his next available appointment (7 whopping weeks later) to discuss the next step, but from what he told me last time I saw him, it will probably be reintroducing egg. So it will be reintroduce, scope, if it looks good reintroduce another eliminated food, and repeat until we find the causative food or foods (hopefully just one!!!)
She had this same grumpy expression for the first hour after waking up. Then all of a sudden she snapped out of it, guzzled her juice, and we were out of there. She kept talking about what a fun day she was having with Steve and I. Poor middle child has to have a medical procedure to get any quality one-on-one time.
Friday, January 8, 2016
Jack and Ella started their first day of Primary with their new teachers. This will be Jack's last year in junior primary, which is mind blowing to me. He is loving Kindergarten and all that the school experience entails. He is doing really well in school. He is reading and writing so well, and I love how he comes home and shows me his math homework in French. He's always been a social creature, and continues to be one. When I go up to the school to volunteer, I'm amazed by how he not only knows the kids in his class, but also many of the kids in the other Kindergartens. His favorite thing at recess is playing basketball. He's growing up so much and is such a good boy. He is still my most difficult child to parent. He is determined and stubborn and smart. All things that will serve him well in life if we can somehow get it channeled in the right direction.
Ella started CTR 4 last week. She loves Primary so much and is so cute to watch in there. She sings all of the songs by heart and with all of the actions. She is definitely a middle child. Always trying to keep the peace with everyone around her. She is very independent and compliant and sweet. She is a dream to parent. It's fun to parent such different personalities. Ella is always thinking down the road. The other day she asked me if I would save all of Levi's baby clothes for her so that "when she has a baby she doesn't have to buy as much clothes". Ella is taking a dance class this year and is doing incredibly well at it. She is very detail oriented which makes her a great little dancer. I didn't sign Ella up for preschool this year. With all of her food issues I didn't want her to constantly be in negative food social situations. There will be plenty of time for that when she's a little older and understands a little bit better. She has been fun to have around this year. We try to make it to story time at the library each week and do some things around home to make up for it. Ella is a true joy to be around.
And then there's Levi. He is seriously the happiest guy. He is 16 months now and is so busy and so fun. I love that anytime I start laughing he laughs with me. He just goes around being happy and doing his thing (which is always getting into something). So I have to stop him quite often from running with knives, playing in the toilet, eating dog food and he does not appreciate that. He has a head banging problem and always has bruises on his head as a result. I have tried ignoring this behavior, which isn't working at all, so now am moving on to physically picking him up every time I see it coming on. It's going a little bit better. But other than that he is absolutely no trouble. He is a great eater, great sleeper. He is talking so much. Right now he can say mom, dad, Ella, owie, binky, blankie, baba (bottle), me, hi, bus, opey (open), up, and I'm sure there are more. Owie is my favorite word he says, that and Ella. He knows the animal sounds for horse, cow, dog, and duck. He runs everywhere and is so fast. He now walks down the stairs instead of crawls which makes me so nervous. He really loves his mom, which is awesome because the other two quite obviously prefer their dad. Levi is just the best kid and we sure love him.
And lastly a little picture from when we went sledding with the cousins after Christmas. I got a new camera for Christmas and am very slowly figuring out how to use it.
Monday, February 10, 2014
In no particular order....
|We had Christmas a few days early with Steve's parents since they were heading to Texas.|
|Jack was excited about his new book from Grandpa and Grandma|
|Steve and I got new satin pillowcases! Photo credit to Jack haha :) This was one of Ella's last days with her binkie! Poor baby!|
|Christmas morning excitement! Santa came!|
|Jack got his "Mike the Knight" castle he asked Santa for. When he opened it he exclaimed, "I can't believe it really came true this year."|
|Ella got a new baby which was an instant favorite.|
|Grandpa winning Ella over by giving her some treats at cousin Larsen's homecoming.|
|She's not so sure about her new cousin, or his cow hoof cup.|
|The kids decorating cookies to leave for Santa on Christmas Eve.|
|Ella didn't want to sit on Santa's lap when we went to meet him at this Christmas tree lot, but she did like looking at the camels.|
|Snow day! Ella loved all of our December snow storms this year!|
|Daddy and Ella at Zoo Lights on Christmas Eve. We usually have done extended family stuff on Christmas Eve, but this year it was just the four of us. It was cold, but we took hot cocoa in a thermos and had a blast.|
|Grandpa Boyd and Grandma Mary got our family a fish tank for Christmas. We had 4 die in the first week (thanks to our rocking New Years Eve party) but have since kept 3 alive for over a month. Go us :) The kids looooove them!|
|Jack and Tyce shoveling our steps during a snowstorm. Thanks boys!|
|Christmas morning snapshot before digging into the presents. We sure love these two and recognize them as our biggest blessing in life!|