Tuesday, April 30, 2013

End of a long month

Little squish turned 2 last week.  She is a wonderfully bright child, and I have been blessed every day since she entered my life.  



We had a nice little party for her, I'm glad I went through with it.  She had 4 friends over.  The cake was a huge success.  Sadly, I did not get a good picture of it before we cut into it.  The frosting turned out perfect.  I did 1/3c coconut oil 2/3c Earth Balance Soy Free Spread, cocoa powder, goat milk, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar.  After it was all blended, I let it sit and get very soft, then whipped it a 2nd time and added more sugar.  That helped with the grainy texture of the coconut oil.  It tasted just like butter cream frosting.  Very rich and delicious.   

This month has been so up and down with J's ANG stuff.  We were told our insurance coverage would be seamless, and it hasn't been.  We still can't get signed up for TRS.  And now it almost doesn't matter at this point.  J will be going active on the 13th of May and we'll be enrolled back in TriCare Standard.  He's going to be gone for 6 months :(  He's got to go to tech school to retrain into a new job specialty.  He's leaving very, very soon.  He'll be about 6-6.5 hours away.  Because of the length of the course, it is counting as a PCS, and the housing is very much up in the air.  It's very likely that he'll have to rent an apartment while he's down there.  The kids and I can't really just up and go with him.  We're hoping we can visit every 6 weeks or so, but we'll have to see.  The upside to all this will be that he'll be PAID while he's there.  Which is better than sitting at home unemployed, burning through our tax refund.  He'll get the first half of his sign on bonus when he's done with his training, which will give us another chunk of money in Nov. or Dec. to help offset future unemployment.  I'm worried about how B will cope with daddy being gone, more than anything else.  She is very much daddy's girl, and she's entering such a difficult age anyway.  We've all gotten so used to having him home all day with us, this will be a huge change.  We've been fortunate to not have any long separations since the kids came along.  Once, he was gone for 6 weeks, about 3 years ago.  This is gonna be hard.  

Monday, April 15, 2013

One Week

In one week my baby will turn 2.  It is amazing how quickly she has gone from being a baby, to being a little girl.  She's incredibly conversational now.  And has lots of toddler drama.  Drama of a different sort than her brother usually had, too.  She has a melt down any time she falls, or gets a bump, hates to get her hands dirty.  That stuff  never phased R.  She LOVES to go places.  "Go car, go car!  Pants, shoes, go car!  OK!"  She's wicked smart, already counting and learning colors and recognizing a couple of letters.  She picks up so much from her brother.

I've invited a few of our new friends(!!!) over for a party on Sunday afternoon.  I'm excited about that.  For quite a while I was really bummed, because we had such a nice party for R's 2nd, and just didn't anyone at all to invite for B's.  But in the last month we've finally made some friends that I felt confident enough to invite over.  I'm hoping to be able to have the party outside and let the kids play in our back yard.  We have such a nice screened in back porch and deck, it would be awesome to be able to entertain out there.  She's getting some good birthday loot too.  And I've already done a test run on her allergen free cake, and it was fairly successful.  The frosting may need some tweaking, but she loved it and that's really all that matters.  I did a vanilla cake with chocolate frosting.  Since Easter she has developed a real love for chocolate.

Friday we went back to the GI for B's test results... they all came back normal.  Which is great and a relief, but we're still sorta scratching our heads about what might be causing her issues.  She had gained a whole pound in 3 weeks, which was also great, and the GI said he didn't feel like there was anything medically wrong with her and that she seemed really healthy.  We've had a lot of trouble with the Miralax and trying to find a good dosage.  He did tell me that if we wanted to stop the Miralax and try just juice, we could see if that wasn't easier on her system.  And unless we had any other problems come up, we didn't have to come back for any other tests or follow ups.  Sooooo, I dunno.  She does love juice now, so I've been letting her drink several ounces a day.  This really grates against my grain, because I was very, very anti juice when R was a toddler.  But she could use the extra calories as well as the laxative effect.  It's hard for me to let go of the worry that there is something wrong though.  We go for her 2yr WCV one day later next week, so I can discuss everything with her pediatrician.

We also got released from the allergist for 6 months.  The Clairitin is working to prevent the hives, and I seem to have gotten a hang on how to cook for her to avoid her top allergens.