Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Goodbye Summer

Hello! Been awhile since I blogged. A lot going on...and summer is quickly slipping away :(

Celiac Update:

We went to the pediatric GI last week and she only tested P&E (Luca will be tested at 1 year). Dave took Ella in first at the lab and she was not happy about getting her blood drawn and he basically had to restrain her. So he volunteered to take Perry in as well...but she was a trooper! She didn't cry at all, except when the nurse switched vials (they needed 2 vials) and the tube clotted, so some other nurses came in the room as well. Other than that, she did great! Anyway, we found out on Monday morning that they are NEGATIVE...they do not currently have Celiac. They could still end up with it later in life, like me...but at this point, we just need to watch out for symptoms. The GI doc did not want to do DNA testing because that could lead to issues with our insurance if they do carry the genes for it. I would like to know...but I guess we'll cross that bridge IF we come to it.

As for me, I hit the 1 month mark of living gluten-free. We celebrated with some Taco Bell :) It served double duty though because we wanted to see how sensitive I was to the gluten at this point. I didn't get sick, but my tummy was definitely upset. I'm guessing I really did have Celiac for the last 6 years that I thought I had IBS because it was the same kind of feeling that I've had all those years. My bone density screening came back fine. I'm supposed to be taking all kinds of B12, Calcium, and Iron supplements but have been slacking. My next GI appointment is October 2, so I really should get those levels back up. I hate pills.

Perry & Ella News:

P&E are talking up a storm lately. I wish I could list out all the words they say, but I know I'll forget some. I'll do my best...ball, fishy, sissy, da-da, ga-ga (grandma/grandpa), baby, cup, car, pretty, purple, dog, ba-ba, thank you, hi, bye, balloon (Ella says ball and Perry says something that sounds like goon), slide, seat/chair. See, I know there's more than that and I'm forgetting them. I really should write them all down...bad mommy. Oh and notice "ma-ma" is still not on the list. Oy.

Ella has returned to the nursery. On vacation, they slept pretty well together in the same room so we decided to move them back in together. They do pretty well. I think it's even helpful for Ella to see Perry lay down and go to sleep. Although sometimes you can hear quite a bit of laughter coming through the monitor. Who knows what they are up to in there. We can't quite get both cribs in the video monitor to see what's going on. Nothing but trouble, I'm sure.

Mother's Day Out (MDO) starts the Tuesday after Labor Day. P&E will be going to "school" once a week from 9 AM to 3 PM. They will get to meet and play with other kiddos their age, take art and music classes, and learn all kinds of fun things. It will also give me and Luca some good one on one time. Open House is Tuesday night (the 28th) so that should be fun. I already bought all their school supplies and added some Clorox spray and wipes in their bags as well ;)

They got weighed and measured at the GI's office. Perry is 25 pounds 3 ounces (25-50th%) and 34.5 inches (75th%). Ella is 24 pounds 10 ounces (25-50th%) and 32.5 inches (25th%). We knew Perry was taller than Ella, but didn't know it was by 2 whole inches!! I'm sure those measurements aren't *exact* though.

Luca News:

Luca is getting SO BIG! He was also weighed and measured at the appointment. He is 16 pounds 5 ounces (95th%) and 25.25 inches (90th%)!! I might think there was a mix up at the hospital if he didn't look so much like Dave...and the fact that he was the only baby while we were there! He is growing out of almost all his newborn and 0-3 month clothing already and is in a size 2 diaper, almost ready to move up to a 3.

He is also sleeping through the night more consistently. He sleeps about 8-10 hours at night and is taking 3 naps during the day. Still not on a rigid schedule yet, but we're getting there. He also LOVES to stand. He has been bearing weight on his legs for quite some time now and will even stand on his own up against the couch for awhile. He has also rolled over twice (from back to belly). And he loves to smile, coo, and laugh. I think he's one of the happiest babies I've ever met :)

Other News:

David and I had our 5 year anniversary last Friday. This also marks the 5 year anniversary of living in our house. Hard to believe it's been that long already. This will be our 6th Christmas here and our mantel went from 2 little stockings to SIX (if you count Riesy's). Wow.

Not much else going on. Trying to plan a vacation for Christmas...probably skiing. Although P&E won't be old enough for classes, like we had hoped. Maybe we'll take them tubing or sledding though.

Hope everyone is doing well and thanks for checking in on us!