Spring Break

I finally have a bit of time to write a blog post now that this week is spring break. Since I’ve started on FB, I’ve been able to post there more since it doesn’t really take any time, and I can post pics from my phone.

Our family has been so busy in the last couple of months. I have to say I am looking forward to school being over for the year. I love my students, but the paperwork and planning is killing me. I hope if I decide to go back next year, it will be at least a little easier since I have one year under my belt.

My kids will be starting swim team at the Coast Guard base next week. It should prove to be interesting. I’ve never seen competitive swimming for 5-year-olds, so it may be a spectacle. The weeks between now and the end of school will be a pain because there’s practice twice a week and “meets” on Saturday. I don’t think the meets start for a few week, though.

Here are a few pictures from a couple of weeks ago. I can’t believe my kids are getting so..old. They don’t look like little ones in pictures any more!😦 Most of these were taken the day we went to sign the kids up on the base for swimming. There’s a nice lake area near the pool, so I took the opportunity for some long overdue pictures.

Kids being silly.

They could be bookends!

Honestly, I don’t know where she gets this.

Ok, that’s more like it. Thank you.

Here’s at our church’s Easter egg hunt. They were really too busy for pictures. There was candy to be had, after all. Binh wasn’t into having his picture taken at all this day.

Well, that’s about all I can muster for now. There’s lots of laundry to fold, so I’m off! Check in with me on fb if you’d like updates more often!

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Home Sick

No, not homesick, but home sick. My kids are both sick today, so all of us had to stay home from school. I still had to go in early to my school and drop off plans for my sub (which meant dragging my little ones with me ), but most of the day I’ve spent cuddling, there there-ing, etc. Neither are just terrible, but I can tell they aren’t 100%. There was no fighting to speak of, so I know they are both in a weakened state!

I think Binh may be able to go back tomorrow, though he has a cough and a somewhat runny nose, but Ava took a little nap this afternoon and seemed pretty warm when I woke her up. She’s also really pale, which is so sad because she has her daddy’s fair skin anyway. So now she’s more like translucent! tee-hee.

I hate missing school. I feel like I’m playing hooky or something, but I also don’t want to send my kids back to school too soon and possibly infect others. What do the rest of you in the working (outside the home) world do?

I Bit the Bullet

Ouch. I finally bit the bullet and joined Facebook. I want to stay in touch with people, but this last semester has proven that finding time to blog just isn’t as easy as I’d hoped whenever I’m working. So, maybe fb will help out with that. I have to say, I still find it a bit creepy. I mean, it shows when you just go on and update any sort of thing, like when I edited it to read that I love the Red Sox or whatever. Weird, I’m just sayin’.

I will still post the majority of photo posting and things of that nature on this blog, but if you’d like to be my friend on fb, just let me know. I warn you now, it’s no more exciting over there than it is here!

New Toys

I thought I was a good girl this year….

Guess someone else thought so too.🙂 Thanks, Ash.

Ava’s Medical Appointments

I got a lot of questions about what’s going on and why we’ve had tests done at the hospital for Ava. I wanted to let all my friends know that there’s nothing terribly wrong with Ava, and she’s not “sick” per se. I just don’t want all of her medical past out there for everyone to see. I also password protected this post because it’s really all about Ava and her GI issues. If you’re not into hearing about loose stools, this may not be the post for you.

Ava was diagnosed with a dairy protein intolerance at 6 months old. The poor thing was having terrible diarrhea, but no one (read=doctors) really wanted to listen to me because they thought I was some overly anxious new mom. If you know me, you know I’m not a person that has these types of issues. I’m pretty even, never getting overly worried or excited, in good or bad times. Finally, I showed up at the doctor one morning for open hour and told them I wasn’t going anywhere until they told me what was wrong with my baby. They refered me to a pediatric GI specialist and that’s where we got our diagnosis.

Fast forward 5 years. Ava is better than she used to be, but far from what I would consider normal. She often has stomach cramps and loose stool. Some weeks are better than others. I know dairy still has an effect on her, but I’m not sure to what extent or whether is the dairy protein or lactose. She now has a complete aversion to most dairy.

What was starting to concern me is that I feel like her growth has slowed in the last year. I know that kids’ growth does slow as they get older. I don’t expect her to be growing at the rate she was when she was 2. Ava was always in the 95% or higher for height and weight when she was younger. She’s been falling on that scale since she was about 3.5 years. Again, I don’t expect she would stay in the 95-98% her whole life, but I know some of our friends kids’ have pretty much stayed at the same level as they’ve gotten older. Even someone like Binh, who isn’t even on the scale has his own trajectory that he’s stayed on. Ava has fallen over time to the 50% for weight, and her height is only slightly higher. She seems thin and she’s not exactly the most active kid where she would be burning all these calories.

I took her to a GI specialist here on Wednesday. She confirmed that Ava is thinner than she likes to see for her height. She did an x-ray and ordered blood work and a test for Celiac disease the next day at the hospital. So that’s what we’ve been up to. So far, the x-ray showed she has a lot of stool that isn’t moving (I almost don’t even see how that’s possible, but I saw it for myself), and the test yesterday confirmed that she doesn’t have Celiac. Now, we’re waiting on the blood work and to see what to do next.

So that’s where we are with Ava. She’s happy, smart, and funny as anything, but she has tummy troubles. Pray that we are able to find some resolution for that.

Quick Pics

I said I’d try to post some Christmas pictures while I’m off of work. Well, Ava had a Dr’s appointment that morphed into a long string of events that left me with less free time than I expected this week. The doctors had us do some labs at the hospital all day yesterday and today. So far, I know nothing more than when we started this whole thing, except that she does not have Celiac disease. Thank goodness, since pasta and pb&j sandwhiches are some of the only things I can get her to eat! Her blood work should be back in the next few days. Hopefully we’ll know more then.

In the mean time, here are some very quick pictures I took before church on Christmas. There were about 20 other families who also wanted to take pictures at our church’s Christmas tree, so these were literally a few quick snaps.

Hope your family had a Merry Christmas!

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