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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Happy Birthday to the Babe!

Today is the Babe’s second birthday. I know it is cliche to say, but time really does go by fast. Her big bash is on Saturday so for today we are celebrating with at trip to Sweet Frog (frozen yogurt). Nothing says happy birthday like an ounce of low-fat frozen yogurt covered by 10 ounces of candy. Truthfully, she’s probably just have fruit but AJ is on to it in the candy department. He is all about creating a dirt sundae. The last two years have been anything but dull since she arrived and we are so blessed to have her in our lives. These are some of the lessons she has taught in a way that no one else could have gotten through to me.

1. No two children are alike. (I know everyone says that, but do you really believe it until you experience it?)
2. Listen to your child, even if they can’t talk yet. Oftentimes they are trying to tell you exactly what they need.
3. Patience (Yeah, I haven’t totally mastered this one yet, every day is a lesson).
4. Go with the flow. The Babe does not seem to thrive on routine for every aspect of her life like her older brother, which was especially challenging in the feeding department. (My husband probably would disagree that I have embraced this, but hey, I try).
5. You are/should be your children’s biggest role model. They watch and ultimately mimic everything you do from what you eat to what you say.

A Night to Remember

There will be so many first in our kids’ lives. I personally live to whitness and experience every one possible with them. Last night the Babe suffered through her first upset stomach (to put it in less gross terms). This is one first I hoped would never happen, but knew the odds weren’t in our favor given that she is almost two. I suppose we should be thankful that she made it this far without having to experience the horrible feeling of nausea and everything that follows. A parent’s first response it to just do everything you can think of to make all the hurt go away and the second is to help the little one get better as soon as possible. In our house we weather the stomach bug with a lot of TLC, patience, Lysol and diet. This begins with nothing to eat or drink until we are sure it is not coming back out again. After a little time has passed they can have some clear liquids and if they tolerate that well, we’ll move on to some dry, bland foods (crackers, toast, etc.), maybe some applesauce. But this is a very slow process, at least taking all day before moving on to foods that are easier on the stomach (plain chicken, cereal-without milk, pasta with a touch of butter). I will even admit that I am so freaked out by vomit, I will even be careful with what she eats at least half another day just to be safe. Granted this is for a mild case of illness, if she was unable to keep anything down or if symptoms remained for more than a day, I would absolutely have her on the way to the doctor. Hopefully the worst is behind us and by the time she wakes up tomorrow, this day of really gross illness will be long forgotten.