Thursday, April 16, 2015

Reese Lost Her 1st Tooth!

April 11th, 2015 - Reese finally lost her 1st tooth! Reese noticed her tooth was loose while we were camping over Spring Break and she got so excited!

Her permanent tooth started rising behind her loose tooth despite it not falling out yet. So we began wiggling it daily to try and get it to loosen so the dentist wouldn't have to pull it. An apple finally got the tooth loose enough for me to pull it out!

When I pulled it out, she didn't even realize I had gotten it! I smiled really big and got all excited for her. She said "what?!", felt in her mouth and said "wait! where is my tooth?!" I am so glad it didn't hurt and it actually came out without a dentist's help.
She made sure she brushed the tooth nice and clean for the tooth fairy! We put the tiny tooth in a bag so she could hold onto it easier. 

She was so excited! She immediate went and set up her tooth fairy pillow on her closet door!
The next morning Reese jumped out of bed and yelled "the tooth fairy came!" The tooth fairy left her a receipt and $5 dollars covered in her magical fairy dust!
After we got back from a morning playdate with her classmate I took a quick picture on my phone of Reese with her traded goodies!
Can you see the Tooth Fairy's magical dust?!

She was so proud and over the moon with excitement!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Georgia Rae - 10 Months Old!

April 12, 2015 - Georgia turned TEN months old!
I am seriously in denial that her 1st birthday is approaching! It is crazy to think she will soon be standing on her own and walking.

Eyes: Blue

Clothes: 12 months
Diapers: size 4
Nursing: About 5x a day
Weight: 18 pounds
Teething: Still 8 chompers with some molars trying to rise

Solids: This girl LOVES avocados & guacamole! She can also put away some peas! She is still eating everything I am eating with the exception of any nuts/honey. I introduced her to Plain Coconut Milk Yogurt this past week and she really liked it! 

Milestones: She's clapping, waving, giving high 5s & open-mouth kisses, crawling, pulling up, standing while holding on, & saying new words!

She is already crawling so much faster since this video was taken on April 10th. 

Sleep: She goes to bed at 5:30pm. I dream feed her at 10:30pm and she sleeps all night until 6:45-7am. I feed her and put her back in bed. It's 50/50 if she will fall back asleep and sleep till 8:30am or if she is just up for the day. If she's up for the day, then I get her out of her crib around 7:30 when the other girls are up and ready for breakfast. She takes one nap at 11:30am until about 1:30/2pm. I absolutely love her sleep schedule! She naps at the same time as her sisters, goes to bed early, & sleeps all night!

Playtime: Now that she is crawling she is so much happier! She can get to the toys she wants and enjoys crawling into her sisters' rooms to play with them. It is more of a struggle now to constantly be watching what she has found to put in her mouth. It is a learning curve for the big girls as they realize she is getting into their stuff :) 

She loves to chew on these wooden alphabet blocks!

Personality: She can truly melt my heart with this huge smile! She is very ticklish, especially at her collar bone. She gets excited when she sees the dog! 

Her hair is growing and at the perfect length to stick straight out!
She thinks it is hilarious to be splashed with water in the tub! 
Her laugh has been so rare due to her GI issues & pain that it just melts my heart every time I hear it! She does seem to be getting happier with each passing month. 

Signs: "milk", "hi", and she's starting to sign "more" & "all done"
Speech: "Mama", "Hi", "Up", and she says "Emma" but not on purpose. We think she has said "Dada" but we can't get her to do it again. 

Concerns/Updates: We got scheduled with a GI specialist for their 1st available spot (based on her case ranking)...which isn't until June 10th. I wanted to laugh it is so far away but I can't do much about it. 

Last month she was positive for blood in her diaper. For the past month I have not eaten any restaurant food at all. We will be rechecking another sample very soon. If it is positive again, I will have no reservations about seeing the GI specialist. 

She is currently on her 3rd dose of antibiotics for a persistent ear infection. She will be evaluated this week by the pediatrician and may have to be seen by an ENT (along with Reese for the same issue). 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Stitch Fix Review {Fix #5}

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It's here! My April Stitch Fix arrived a day later than originally estimated (shipped from CA). I did not peek at what was being sent and I think I like it better this way! 

For this fix I requested: Stylist Rachel again, Spring color/transition pieces, staple pieces like white skinnies, denim jacket. Nursing friendly, no dry clean. The silver necklace I pinned or no accessory at all. 

I think I stopped reading my personalized note when it said Rachel wasn't with Stitch Fix anymore. I was really disappointed to read this because I feel like Rachel was just starting to figure me out. 
The items I received were:
  • Kut from the Kloth Callie Denim Jacket, size S ($78)
  • Papermoon Mirsilla Lace Detail Knit Top, size S ($58)
  • Pixley Ivy Petal Print Blouse, size S ($58)
  • Dear John Finnegan Roll Cuff Chino Short - Pink, size 4 ($48)
  • Pixley Potina Checkered Lining Cardigan, size S, $68
Sorry, my pictures are rushed this time since I had to hurry to pick up my daughter from school. I didn't get as many detail photos this time. 

Kut from the Kloth Callie Denim Jacket ($78)- Keep
Kut from the Kloth Callie Denim Jacket

I did actually pin this to my style board so I am not sure why Ashley said it was different than what I pinned. The comment I had written on the pin was that I wanted a medium and it price matched to Zappos and Macys prices. Ashley did not see the pin nor my comments for it. She sent it in a small and without price matching. I contacted Stitch Fix customer service to ask if they would price match it to my provided links.
Kut from the Kloth Callie Denim Jacket
I took some unofficial iPhone pictures and asked the Stitch Fix B/S/T (buy/sell/trade) board what they thought about the size. 
Kut from the Kloth Callie Denim Jacket

Everyone agreed this size fit despite my request for a medium. The shoulder seam and the sleeve length are right. The denim is super soft, light weight, and has stretch! The shorter length of this jacket fits my short torso perfectly.

They approved my price match request so I am excited to say this is a keeper for $69.50!

Papermoon Mirsilla Lace Detail Knit Top ($58) - RETURNED
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I didn't even need to try this one on ... I knew I wouldn't wear it due to the gold accent. So here it is for those who want to see the detail but I didn't even bother trying to style this top. It's also too boxy for me. It was a soft, sweatshirt type knit material which was comfy. 
Close up of lace detail with gold chain
Not sure how many times I can write it down ... I DO NOT like gold. It's that simple. I love silver! It is written in my profile and my previous Stylist, Rachel, knew this. I am bummed I am having to start over with a stylist. I  didn't even consider this top.
Pixley Ivy Petal Print Blouse ($58) - RETURNED
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I had seen pictures of this top floating around on Pinterest and had mixed feelings about it so I never pinned it myself. It is not something I would even pick up and try on. I think I am scared of big prints but not unwilling to try them. It is navy and they suggested black boots...why do I struggle with navy and black together?!

I do like the cut of this top (split neck, tab sleeves) and it is a lightweight material. 
I just don't love the colors. Mainly the orange/coral color in it. It actually fit a bit loose. I would have loved to have received some white skinny pants to try on with it. Other people seem to like this top on me but I just don't love it. I don't see myself wearing it enough to justify the purchase. 

I debated this one so much until I read the tag which said "DRY CLEAN". And with that the decision was made - returned. 

Sorry Ashley, but a mom of 4 littles is constantly covered in slobber, spit up & snot. Dry clean is not feasible for my daily life right now. 

Dear John Finnegan Roll Cuff Chino Short ($48) - Keep
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These shorts come in several pinstripe colors and I received the pink pinstripe version.
I just so happen to have pink sandals to match! I asked the Facebook B/S/T board opinions on the length for a mom of 4 but everyone said they were perfect and not too short. 
I think it looks adorable paired with the denim jacket!
I hadn't pinned any shorts yet, but the way these days are already heating up they were a welcome surprise. The shorts are a keeper!

Pixley Potina Checkered Lining Cardigan ($68) - RETURNED
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I had asked if the Pinson Drape cardigan in my last fix came in a different color and in the smaller size, which it didn't. So Ashley sent this one. It is just like the cardigan I bought from Fix #3 but in a different color and the size smaller. It would have shown better with a colored shirt under it but I was rushed for time.
The pros: it is soft, the colors are me all the way, the smaller size fits better than the one I bought.
The cons: It had a messed up stitch that would have to be fixed. I tried to pull on the white thread but it cinched up the seam so I left it alone. I would have needed a replacement item on this one and to me it wasn't worth going through the hassle.
I really didn't want to buy something I already bought in a different color since it's not really a staple item. There are so many other versions of black cardigans out there, I don't need the same one. Plus, we are already reaching 80+ degrees in South Texas and I just don't feel like I will get use out of this right now. I do like this cardigan and probably would have considered it if I hadn't bought the Potina Brushed Plaid version already. I'd be interested in an open cardigan with pockets.

Overall, for having a new stylist this time who missed my "no gold" and "no dry clean" preferences and didn't even see the denim jacket I pinned she did pretty good. I am keeping 2 items and would have kept the black cardigan if didn't own the navy one.

I am glad I sized down for this fix. I am going to make sure I reiterate my no gold/no dry clean preferences again since my stylist has changed and may change again.

My total cost for this fix:
Shorts $48 + Jacket $78 - $20 styling fee applied = $106 + $ 6.89 tax = $112.89 with an added $8.50 credit to my account for price matching = $104.39
I still have credit from Christmas gift cards so my actual cost was $0!

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Easter Bunny 2015

We managed to go visit the Easter Bunny despite all 4 girls being on antibiotics at the same time!
I am impressed we had no tears x 4 little girls! I for sure thought Georgia wouldn't like the bunny at this age.

Our four beautiful little chicks!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Georgia Rae - 9 Months Old!

March 12, 2015 - Georgia turned 9 months old while camping in the Davis Mountains!
Eyes: Blue
Clothes: 12 months
Diapers: size 4
Nursing: she is nursing about 5x a day now
Weight: 17lbs 14oz
Teething: She still has 8 but she is working on some molars.

Solids: Georgia is eating everything I eat now! It makes things so much easier now & I love it. She LOVES guacamole, spaghetti, turkey, blackened chicken, noodles with alfredo sauce (dairy-free of course)! We had started with just egg yolks but since she was allergy tested and we know she isn't allergic to eggs she is now eating eggs. She even had her own little omelet while camping! 
She regularly eats whole plain cheerios, almond milk pancakes, peas & diced carrots, bananas, & blueberries. She isn't a fan of broccoli yet and I think it's texture. She self feeds efficiently and currently dominant left-handed. 
Milestones: She is now waving "hi"!! I also got her to clap on cue but she hasn't repeated it since. Still no crawling but she is figuring out how move around. She can scoot and spin around while sitting. She can go from sitting to laying on her stomach. She really wants to be crawling and I can sense her frustration when she pushes up on her arms but doesn't move. She's starting to tuck her knees under her now. She will get there although she may be standing first!

Sleep: I am able to put her down for nap and just walk out of her room. She takes one nap a day (she self dropped the 2nd nap months ago) and although I wasn't a fan at first, all my kids nap at the same time now! She regressed on sleeping through the night from our week long camping trip. I think she is starting to get back into routine now that we are home. 

Playtime: It's all about entertainment at this point! She wants to play and be involved. 
She wants to rotate toys frequently and dislikes being bored. She will be so happy when she starts crawling and can self rotate toys. 

Personality: She can really light up when she wants to!

This is what happens when you ask Daddy to put sunscreen on a baby!

She lights up so much when she sees her sisters when she first wakes up or when Reese gets home from school! She loves them so much and wants to be around them for play. 

Camping at Balmorhea

This girl is seriously ticklish! I am able to change her mood just by tickling her :) She still has stranger anxiety and won't let many other people hold her. 

Signs: She still signs "milk" and is waving "hi". She understands "eat", "more" and "all done" but isn't repeating them yet.

Georgia had her 9 month well check this morning. Here are her current growth stats:
Weight: 17lbs 14oz (43%)
Length: 28.5 inches (77%)
Head Circumference: 18.5 inches (99%)

She grew 2.5 inches since mid December and her head is back on the growth curve!

Issues/Concerns: It has been an emotional morning for me. Georgia tested + for blood in her stools again this morning. I took a diaper to the appointment just in case she wanted to check and give me reassurance. We went through the entire appointment talking about when to introduce dairy around one year, increasing her reflux meds since she isn't therapeutic anymore, etc. The pediatrician tested the diaper for me right before we were ready to leave. She walked back into the room and said "she's positive".

I think my jaw hit the floor. I was shocked. I think she was shocked too. Either my food was contaminated with milk protein somehow or she has some other GI issue going on that we haven't figured out yet. We briefly discussed the next steps: repeat diaper check in 1 month and go ahead and scheduled the GI work up.

It wasn't till I was driving home that the emotion hit me. I have been so disciplined with this dairy free diet. I prep my food first, wash my hands after helping my kids with theirs, cook dairy free meals and yet we are right back to square one again.

My baby is bleeding and in pain...again.

If she was contaminated with milk, then it will take another 4-6 weeks for her to clear it again. If this is something else, then we are probably looking at having to scope her with sedation. I have decided to not eat food from any "allergy friendly" restaurants now. I can't trust that food isn't being contaminated by other items.

When I got home I started bawling. I just don't understand this. I thought we were so close to being over the hump. I just want answers and a happy, healthy baby!