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    GL at the allergist, Mary! I totally hear you on the belly fever. Heck, I think mine might even just be BFP fever. I need some "just add water and get lines" tests.

    Cari - cool decorations!

    Katie - I hope the headache clears. ITA you should check your BP if possible.

    AFM: everything's fine. I had to get up early for the appointment, though, so I'm pretty exhausted. And Alex just did a stealth poop. Boo. His last 3 have gone in the potty but since there was no warning I get to change a poopy diaper.
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    Mary: LOL you crack me up with your belly fever After Brekke was born, I immediately missed being pregnant. This time, not so much (even though I had another great pregnancy & delivery). I'm sure it'll creep up on me once I get back in shape though

    Katie: sorry your body is so sore (and boo to the headache!). I felt way less achey with this pregnancy than my first other than my stomach muscles since they got stretched even further than last time. I did go through some little spurts of pain though so hopefully that is all it is & you'll feel somewhat normal soon!

    Cari: that is so creative & adorable! Love it! I bet you are quite the fun teacher

    Lauren: I wouldn't stress it. Sounds like he is picking up on words & pretty soon he'll really get in the groove of acquiring new ones and actually adding them to his vocabulary. Brekke's talking goes through spurts of improvement where she'll seem to be stuck then suddenly she'll improve out of nowhere overnight. If it makes you feel better, my friend's 27 month old twins only say like 5 words still

    Virginia: sorry about your DH working so much That makes life tough. But LOL to what Raymond said! The other day, it was like early afternoon and Brekke started asking for Dad & I said he was at work, to which she responded "Get him."

    Sorry I'm not posting a lot. I lurk, but it takes so long to do personals so I'll start & then get sidetracked and not make it back. Dane is doing great still & is sleeping in his room now. He sleeps 6 hours or so the first stretch of the night which is awesome(!), but when he wakes up to eat, he wants to be awake for like an hour so that isn't super fun. Usually it's around 5:30 when he falls back to sleep and since his room is at the front of our house where the sun shines in (I need to get curtains) & cars drive by, he's up by 6:30 no matter what, so I've been pulling him in bed with me once he falls back to sleep to keep him sleeping longer. I must admit that I'm really enjoying the cuddles He is just so sweet!

    Brekke had her 2 year well-child appt on Tuesday and it was UGLY. She started crying the second I started undressing her & didn't stop until we left. She had to get one immunization too so that didn't help. Poor girl. Thank goodness we don't have to do another dr appointment for her for a year.

    Well, I have some flab to lose so I'm going to go feed Dane and take the kids out in the stroller before it gets too hot.
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    Ughhh... We're home from the allergist. He tested positive for milk, wheat, and peanut allergies. It's nuts because the kid is a milk FIEND. I've complained about how he drinks too much milk ALL THE TIME. He lives on cheese and yogurt when he's not drinking milk. And now... Nothing. He is to avoid all milk, wheat, and peanuts. We have two EpiPens to keep on hand in case of severe reaction, but she doesn't think he's really at risk for anaphylaxis. I hope she's right, as that would scare the CRAP out of me. I'm happy to have the epipens on hand, but I just hope I never have to use one. She said to withhold those foods for several months, then try to slowly weed them back in one at a time and see if he reacts. She said he still may grow out of the allergies and she'll retest him at an older age with a different type of test. So after that, we went to Bob Evans to eat... And lo and behold, his face reacted horribly. Hives all around his mouth and down towards his neck/ear area. He ate some of my home fries (are they fried in peanut oil? no clue), ketchup, egg (tested negative for egg allergy), and some of his milk. Yes, he tested positive for milk allergy, so it very well could have been that. But I also find it odd that with as much as he drinks milk, he would just randomly have such a reaction. Or was he already prone to more of an allergic type reaction since his body was already dumping histamine in response to the allergy tests? Who knows? I'm going to see if I can find if Bob Evans uses peanut oil to cook their stuff. So anyway, by the time we got home, his eyes were red and watery and he was sneezing also. So he got some benadryl. He tested negative for environmental allergies and multiple other food allergies... But wheat and milk are such a huuuuge part of his diet. And avoiding peanuts just sucks. But it is what it is.

    I'm a little nervous because his reactions are becoming a lot more frequent and they get a bit worse each time. She did say she doesn't think he's as risk for anaphylaxis, but I'm not taking any chances... I'm going to duct tape the epipen to his body or something, hahaha. Gotta figure out how to keep it handy at all times. We got two, so I guess one for home and one for the diaper bag. He has a couple refills too, so maybe I'll get a refill sometime just so I can have a few more floating around... Better to have too many than not enough!

    After all that, I went to the grocery store. It was SO depressing. I bought him some wheat-free pasta, animal crackers, pretzel sticks. it took a while, but i found some hummus that wasn't made in a facility with milk or nuts.... so many of them had that warning. lots of fruits and veggies. and... soy milk. fun fun.

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    Mary, I cannot believe Sean is allergic to milk and wheat! Peanuts I get, but it amazes me that he's been eating those other things for so long and hasn't had a reaction... Poor guy. I really hope he outgrows them. How is he liking the soy milk? I HATE that stuff, so I can only imagine how he'll react since he loves his regular milk.

    Cari, amazing room!! I can't wait to see this years!

    Virginia, glad everything turned out well!

    Ash, get those blinds pronto! lol. Though baby cuddles really are the best. Awwwww!

    Katie, I agree - check your BP! A headache that won't go away is one of the first signs of BP problems...

    AFM, just about nap time! Yay! I need to do floors, but I think I might blow it off. Again. haha. I just don't wannnnnna! *whine* I'm about to O and kind of in a crabby mood, so I think I might just take a nap and/or watch TV. haha. Messy house? Whatever.

    Okay, someone is getting super tired! Yay weekend!


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    I'm not sure yet how he feels about the soy milk. He hasn't downed too much of it... Not sure if that's because he dislikes it or just isn't thirsty. I think he's going to start drinking a lot more water. He takes a multi-vitamin daily... I'll have to check it for calcium/vitamin D content if there's a chance his dairy intake is going to tank.

    I will say that his face has turned red from eating bread and butter before... I just assumed it was a skin reaction because he smeared the butter on his face. I guess perhaps there was more to it than that.

    But yeah, he drinks milk ALL THE TIME. We go through 2 or more gallons per week! Loves cheese, loves yogurt. Soooo.... I think the role of the milk allergy could be pretty small. But at the same time, it is the nature of allergies to get worse with subsequent exposures... His reactions are getting more frequent and more severe each time... So to play it safe, we're eliminating all 3 like she said, for now. We'll try again in a few months like the doc recommended, and see what happens. She'll re-test him in a year. I'm hoping at that time to find that he's at least okay with milk or wheat... I'm still holding out hope that he'll outgrow all three.

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    That is so weird, Mary! After your previous posts, I'm not surprised about the peanut one, but milk? That's bizarre. I hope cutting them out for a few months does the trick. I've talked to a lot of moms whose kids outgrew milk and wheat allergies.

    Lauren - definitely take it easy. You're TTC next cycle, right? Get all the rest you can now! The floors will wait.
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    baby boy 10.25.13 @ 41+0 8lbs 15oz, 21.5"
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    Yeah, the milk one really threw us for a loop. I'm still not really sure what impact it has since he constantly is eating or drinking something dairy. Can it really be THAT bad? But... Considering he's having reactions muuuuch more often suddenly, I'm just going to go with it and withhold it for a while. It sucks though... He loves it so much. I work with a vegan... I'm going to put her to good use for ideas on good non-dairy dairy items. I also have some friends with celiac disease, so they're giving me suggestions on wheat-free foods. So anyway... Fun times. I just hope I never have to use the epipen on him.

    Oh here's something... So I decided to ask this doctor what her thoughts are on avoiding the common allergy foods while pregnant. She gave me a TOTAL non-answer!! Grrrr. She basically told me that the studies don't show a real link between the mother's diet and the baby's development of allergies... And that if he's going to develop an allergy to a food, it's probably going to happen regardless of whether it's in my breast milk. But that avoiding it in my diet could delay the reaction to an older age, so his body is better able to process what's going on. So yeah... Great non-answer.

    ETA: Just looked it up on the bob evans website and they cook in soybean oil, not peanut... so the only things on the allergy list sean ate when we were there were his milk and some butter... both dairy. and his face blew up... hmmm...
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    Oh, and I just have to add that I officially disagree with the "too clean" theory for the increase in allergies... I always really thought there might be something to it, so I let my kids get dirty, I don't carry around hand sanitizer, etc. I let them be exposed to things. Yep... It didn't help, LOL.

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    Mary - Glad you have some answers! I find it so crazy he's allergic to dairy, of all things! Have you thought about coconut milk? Maybe he'd like that over the soy. Owen looooves coconut milk!

    Virginia - Glad everything went well for you and it's all clear!

    Ash - I agree with Lauren on the curtains! Best investment we made into Owen's room, hands down! I did almost two months of getting up at 4:45am until we finally got the blackout curtains for his room. They help with the noise, too! Glad to hear everyone is doing well!

    Lauren - Are you TTC next cyle?! ME TOO! But I am still about a month out yet because I just got AF yesterday. So, next AF should be around Sept 22nd and that is when we start! Maybe we'll share a BB!

    Katie - I hope you're feeling better! That headache sounds miserable!

    Amanda - That is so crazy it's going to take you that long to get an appointment! When I had all that crazy spotting last month, it took my OB a week to get me in, and I thought THAT was torture! But I agree, maybe this is your new norm? Hopefully you'll get some answers sooner rather than later!

    AFM - Nothing too exciting here at the moment. Staying busy with Owen and the like. I read and stay up to date on everyone every day, but I just never take the time to respond! I need to get better about that.

    I have a bachelorette party tomorrow night for my friend (the one I'm photographing the wedding for! In 2 weeks! ) and I am being such an old lady about it. I don't know, the idea of being around a bunch of sloppy drunk girls at 1am isn't my idea of fun anymore, if I can even stay up that late! Haha. And yeah, I'm totally not spending the night at the hotel, either. I am THAT stick in the mud, now! Oh well!
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    Jen, we're either TTC next cycle or the Oct. cycle. My AF won't start for another 2 weeks, so really whether we decide to TTC this month or next I could end up on the same BB as you. I never really stuck with my old BB, so I might just kind of stick with whatever one you're at, regardless of whether I get my BFP. No one says I'll get it my first month, afterall! I'd rather have a common mommy friend, even if I'm off a little bit. My other BB (on a completely different mommy site) has a couple mommy's like that and it never seems to be an issue, so hopefully it'll be the same way with us if we're w/in a month of each other! Obviously if we're months and months apart I won't do this, but just a month I figure we'll get way with it. *grin* Are you getting super mega excited to TTC??!!??!! I AM!!!! I'm just really excited to feel a baby moving around in my belly again - that was definitely the highlight of pregnancy before!


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