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Jul 15, 2008
Picture: This is what happens when you raise a kid on health food and they get ahold of a Coke! Bad mom, that soda is NOT on the reflux diet.
UPDATE: Isaiah is now 12 and off meds! He is doing great, eating again and hopefully will be catching up in the growing department. I am still in the "hoping it sticks" phase, but we're so happy that he's better!
OT rant
I'm feeling grouchy today. First of all, I'm still catching up from our trip! We had a great time, but my step mom can be difficult and this trip was no exception. I love her dearly, but she just doesn't 'get' my kids! Frankly, she favors Sarah (who is sort of shy compared to the others and doesn't 'bug' my stepmom) and she isn't all that nice to Isaiah or Rachel. She doesn't say much at all to Isaiah, and most of what she says to Rachel is correction (nagging might be a more appropriate term). Isaiah and Rachel are just intense, busy, inquisitive little people who are extremely sensitive to their environment and to other people's feelings, and my stepmom doesn't understand them at all. They are well behaved, but they want to ask questions and examine things and discuss everything they see and (sigh) take things apart to understand how they work. They pick up on her disapproval, and then try extra hard to make her happy...which irritates her even more! I felt terrible because she was picking on Rachel and being very critical of her the whole time, and I only said something the last day were were there. I should have stood up for my kids earlier! She was critical of our parenting and said so several times. I wanted to yell at her! She has 2 kids of her own, but she's never raised kids with dietary sensory issues, weird learning quirks and IQ's that are off the charts. It ain't easy! My kids are great and they are happy and they are social, but they don't really fit the mold that she is used to. I was proud of them because they were nice, kind, respectful and well behaved...I place a higher value on the nice part apparently than my step mom does. At any rate, it made me really sad for my kids and I realize that I need to learn to stand up for them...and for myself...way more than I usually do. Then, we got home and had to start dealing with family issues on dh's nephews had been in town 3 days when we got home and will be here for another week or so. My sil's birthday is close to mine, so they decided to have a party for us the day after we got back...which was very nice. However, both my SIL and I can't have wheat, so I was asked to bring our birthday cake. I made the cakes (no food in the house, a mountain of laundry from the trip, a yard that looks like a jungle...and I'm baking?!?) and brought them, which was Ok. However, the only food they had besides the cakes was hamburgers and some raw vegetables as an appetizer. Seriously, a hamburger patty (with no bun for me, Isaiah and my SIL) and some raw carrots was it! It was a pool party so the kids had been swimming all afternoon and they were starving. They fed the kids last, and there was only one hamburger per kid left...3 of the 6 kids could easily have out eaten the adults, so they were all very unhappy. Sigh. Halfway through dinner someone causally mentions that my youngest nephew had been running a 'slight' fever since he got here (at the time 3 days ago). How high, I asked. "only" 102 to 104 degrees! What?!? They were all sure it was just an allergy. I am no longer shocked at how terrible my dh is about health issues...apparently in his family you have to be having a seizure for a fever to be a problem!!! I told my MIL that fever like that is not due to allergy and if it goes on much longer she really needs to take him in. I can't believe my BIL and SIL felt OK about leaving him here for 10 days and driving back home when he had a fever of 104! So finally last night late she took the little guy in to ER. He has pneumonia! At least now he's on meds and will hopefully be feeling better soon. I just fervently hope that whatever he had that led to the pneumonia isn't contagious and that my kids stay healthy. Sheesh! To top it all off, my MIL and Dh and I are sort of in the middle of a cold war, religion wise. She is very angry with us because we decided to change churches about 3 years ago. We are very happy with our new church and very involved with it, the kids are absolutely thriving and I feel for the first ti me that we are where we belong and we are making a difference. My MIL is furious, blames me for it, and has been treating my badly ever since. She seems to be engaging in a new campaign to get us back to the old church, which is really not good. I dont' get it...2 out of 4 of her kids don't go to church at all, one goes but admits they don't get anything out of it...and *we* are the ones who are getting the flack? Sorry to rant....I am just a little irritated with family right now. I don't understand why people can't just be happy that you're happy, and leave it at that!
Jul 15, 2008
Donnessa, mom to Halley born 3/10/07
Reflux (mostly) resolved at 14 months
and Addison born 8/17/09. Currently exclusively bf and on 7.5mg Prevacid
What a couple of weeks you've had!!! I don't have any good advice, so I'll just send soothing vibes your way. ***hugs***
Jul 15, 2008
Maggie is now 3 years old and reflux free (knock on wood). I still check in some to see how everybody is doing :) Hugs to all!
I understand...I really do. Not the exact issues, but I have plenty of relatives that want you to live the life they have laid out for you.

When me and Morgan have gone on our little trips during dh's vacation, my mom fussed at me about leaving dh home with Mags. I said "WHY CAN'T YOU JUST SAY I'M GLAD YOU HAD A GOOD TIME. DON'T YOU KNOW IF HE DIDN'T WANT TO DO IT, HE'D TELL ME. WHY DO YOU WORRY ABOUT HIS HAPPINESS SO MUCH?" Yikes. I have a hard time not shutting my mouth. I need to give you lessons, lol.

Jul 15, 2008
Tracey, mom to Katie diagnosed with GERD at 3 week.
I'm sorry you guys were so misreable. Hugs!
Jul 15, 2008
Melissa - Mommy to Sebastian, born 9/28/07 @ 7 lbs 7 oz and 20.75 in. At docs at 12 months: 27 pounds and 32 in! Good grief! GERD - currently on Prevacid suspension (liquid equivalent of 45 mg a day). Allergic to dairy, soy, eggs, wheat, all treenuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, peas, sesame, bananas, barley, coconut, dust, dust mite, dog, cat, latex. Seasonal allergies. Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS). Neocate only - no solids - until further notice (drinks and loves water, too). Loves his doggie, our rescued Treeing Walker Coonhound, Louise, even though he is allergic to her. Louise will make your doctor a homemade pie if you would like her to. PHOTO: We couldn't do a cake on Sebastian's birthday, but that didn't stop him from tossing around the contents of a big bowl of popcorn! He now tries to eat it when we play with popcorn, so no more of that game.... :(
Good grief. I feel for you. Also, nothing like baking your own cake because someone else can't be bothered to treat you on your OWN birthday. But whatever...

Would you like me to send a bag of dog poop to your stepmother? You can send it from The "poopoo platter" sounds appropriate (and can I tell you I LOVE the Hawaiian joke here???).

As for the poor kid with the fever, I am wondering if someone kidnapped my in-laws and sent them out your way. They sound like lovely, responsible parents.

At least you were able to write an entertaining post about all of this!

BTW - still waiting on blood tests results for Celiacs...
Jul 15, 2008
Picture: This is what happens when you raise a kid on health food and they get ahold of a Coke! Bad mom, that soda is NOT on the reflux diet.
UPDATE: Isaiah is now 12 and off meds! He is doing great, eating again and hopefully will be catching up in the growing department. I am still in the "hoping it sticks" phase, but we're so happy that he's better!
LOL about the PooPoo platter! I could have brought that over to the least then we'd have had a side dish! (Oh, I am so bad....) Sorry to hear you're still waiting on those results! Sorry also that your little man is still suffering after the darn bananas. It seems like sometimes when your gi system gets knocked it can take so long to bounce back! I hope that he's better soon.
Jul 16, 2008
WOW! You are much stronger than I am. I probably would have checked into the looney bin. I agree that it would have been nice for someone else to make the cake!!! We just got back from vacation and I was completely overwhelmed at our return. Your kids sound wonderful. Hopefully things will get back to normal soon and you can enjoy the summer.
Check with your
doctor first!