Friday, August 24, 2012

Oh, and did I mention the hand? How could that have escaped mention here?

 I don't want to jinx it, so I won't give you the details of our sleep schedule last night. All I'll say is that it was much, much better than it has been for the past two weeks. And I'm hoping for more of the same.

I was intrigued by Stephanie's mention of milk sensitivity. Someone else mentioned that too, but in relation to the acne on his face. This lady called it "milk rash". The thought of my baby being allergic or sensitive to milk makes my head spin. I hate soy formula. HATE. We are also huge fans of the dairy industry and their products in this household. I suppose I will have to research options and talk to the doctor. *Sigh*

It is the end of a rather stressful week...the first full week back to babysitting with my sleep schedule all screwed up. Interestingly, adding an infant to the mix has not been hard at all...except for the fact that I'm sleep-deprived, everything else is basically the same. I think it gets easier as the other kids get older.

Babyhood this time around is less hectic, but maybe that's because I'm taking it day-by-day and not getting overly concerned about his milestones. I couldn't wait for Olivia to (fill-in-the-blank). With Marty, I'm kind of just taking it as it comes. It's nice.

I'm also not putting nearly as much pressure on myself to get things done. So the baby thank-you notes are several weeks in the making. So we have eaten soup out of a can more than once this week. So Olivia's bathtub is so dirty that she has had a "stand-up-bath" every day for the last week. We are all still alive and relatively clean and well-fed. It is OK.

Speaking of Olivia's stand-up-bath...there's another reason that she's doing that instead of, say, showering (which would be an even easier way to avoid bathing in a dirty tub). She managed to fracture a finger and jam another one at Local Theme Park last Saturday. It is in a splint until next Tuesday, when they will put a cast on it for a couple of weeks. (Luckily, she injured her left hand, the non-dominant one, or we'd be in big trouble.)

I have a feeling that if she were, say, twenty years old, they would just tape her fingers together and tell her to keep them dry. Instead, they are giving her a full cast, likely because if they don't she will continue to use it and damage it further. Because there's no stopping this kid.

Example: Olivia does this Spiderman hanging trick off of the rope that hangs from our playset. She holds the rope and hangs upside down with her feet touching above her on the rope. Her playmate learned how to do it and was showing her the other day. Not to be outdone, she did the trick too...with one hand.

Kid is going to have a freakishly strong right hand when this whole thing is over.

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

Is this Olivia's first broken bone? Emmy broke her wrist last spring. Not fun, but not that big of a deal, either.

Olivia's personality reminds me a lot of Silas. It always makes me smile to hear stories about her.

When Silas was an infant, he had the excema/ rash on his face (and maybe his chest? I can't remember now). He also was congested, but in an odd way - it was never anything I could clear out of his nose, but he always sounded stuffy (that part actually started right away). That, along with being fussy/ not sleeping, was how we first identified his milk sensitivity. Because there is a 25% percent chance he would also have had the soy allergy (and it turns out he is also intolerant of soy, though at the time I was just playing it safe) we went straight to the hypoallergenic formula. It was best for him, but the stuff is like liquid gold. If you do have to use it, look for it on e-bay. We ordered it in bulk from almost half price.

Silas still does not tolerate dairy, but I don't know how common that is. I know several other friends whose children could not handle dairy as an infant (it has more to do with their little systems than with an actual milk allergy), and can drink it now with no trouble. Emmy, too, needed to avoid dairy as an infant, but at 18 mos old, eats it all the time.