Its been another long week!!! Phew!!! So glad its finally over, I'm exhausted! So much has happened its insane!!! Aaron and I are ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS on the go or in a rush! We spend so much time in the car and are always rushing in or out. Well mid-week we had a MAJOR crisis! And I was totally freakin' out!! To keep a long story short, my lil pumpkin slammed his pinkie finger in the door!!! To be honest, not even sure how it happened!!! He was walking slightly in front of me as we left the school and his hand must of been partially on the door when it closed (this is my best guess) and he was saying, "Open the door." I didn't understand what he was talking about or why we needed to open the door so I looked closer and realized his little pinkie was stuck between two massive doors!!! AHHHH!!!! Oh my goodness!!! I pulled the door open slowly and his finger slid out looking like a flat pancake. He was in soooo much paid, he's experienced so many things and this was a cry that I have NEVER heard before! I almost started to cry too! :-( But I knew that if I did it would only make things worse! "Ouch, ouch, ouch was all he was saying!" We grabbed a bite to eat and he let me put a cold towel on it to help with the swelling. That night he slept a particular way so that his pinkie wouldn't hurt. But after a few days it seems to be like "new" again! He hasn't complained about his pinkie at all! However, he likes the idea of wearing a band aid on his finger!

Dear Aaron,

I just want you to know that I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!! My lil pumpkin has grown up and is technically no longer a newborn/infant/toddler now you are a PRESCHOOLER!!! I can't believe it! We've had a rocky year and no matter what you seem to always have a smile on your face. I guess its all in your name...the meaning of Aaron is "mountain of strength" and let me tell you that is EXACTLY what you are. When I am weak you are strong! And that stomach of yours, I don't know what to say about it! You can be so sick for a brief minute and then next thing you know you're back to running around with all of the other kids. Nothing knocks you down and I hope as you continue to grow, learn, and thrive that you stay true to that! I love that you are independent and want to do EVERYTHING on your own! It amazes me how you pick up things so quickly, you are so SMART!!! That mind of yours works..works...and works!!! I love your lil quirky personality, you are such a character! You are my angel, and I LOVE YOU with ALL of my Heart <3 "Everyone has an Angel, given to us from the start, trust and faith is what we need, to hear them in our heart." ~ Unknown ~ 

A Mother's Love

A Mother's love is something
that no on can explain,
It is made of deep devotion
and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it
or take that love away . . .
It is patient and forgiving
when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters
even though the heart is breaking . . .
It believes beyond believing
when the world around condemns,
And it glows with all the beauty
of the rarest, brightest gems . . .
It is far beyond defining,
it defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret
like the mysteries of creation . . .
A many splendored miracle
man cannot understand
And another wondrous evidence
of God's tender guiding hand.

Bath time = Play time

Aaron and I have a pretty good evening routine. I pick him up from the daycare, we drive home he has an after school snack and then we usually 1) go to the park or watch a little TV and play with toys while I make dinner or 2) hit the gym...well I hit the gym and Aaron hangs out in the Kids zone while I sweat it out LOL! Anyway, no matter how hard he plays during the day he for some reason (I'm sure all children think this) believes that Bath time = Play time! But what it really means is Bath time + Bubbles + Toys = Wet Mommy!!  No matter how his day ends up he enjoys his bath time minus the part when I wash his hair and he gets water in his eyes for nearly 5.2 seconds! Its funny how when we go to the pool he's the first to dunk his head under water but in the bath tub its a totally different scenario...soapy water :-(
my lil bath monster

Keepin faith...

Last night was such a LONG DAY/NIGHT!!! I hadn't been to the gym in a few days and I had already decided that morning that I was going to the gym no matter what! The gym is my outlet and it relieves all the stress and worries that build up in my mind/body/soul! Initially I did not feel like working out but as always once it was over I felt GREAT! So after a 2 mile run and a 45 minute spin class I was beat!!! Got home and made some dinner for Aaron and put him in the bath tub. After he was all clean and ready for bed he started to cough a lil...well the cough was then followed by dry heaving...so immediately I told him to stop. Aaron's body is accustomed to vomiting, so it doesn't take much for him to vomit. A cough, a crying episode...anything can trigger it. And of course the obvious eating foods that he's allergic too. Dry Heaving + Whining = Vomiting (NO GOOD)!!! He tried to get it under control but a minute later it all came down. At first it was only a small amount then it was everything...pretty much breakfast, lunch, dinner and the cup of milk he had just drank before getting ready for bed. I was sooo exhausted and he was all clean, so at first I was upset with him because he had to be cleaned up and so did the carpet!! After he was all done I felt horrible for him...he's lil face was red and he was crying :-( So I cleaned him up and scrubbed the carpet in about 4 different places...oh the joys of motherhood! LOL! After putting a brand new set of pajamas on him I wrapped him up in his blanket and we laid down on my bed. He looked so pitiful, and I felt so bad! I was about to breakdown and cry and then he looked up at me and said, "Mommy, applesauce please!" All I could do was laugh! After all that vomiting the first thing you want to do is eat! LOL! We went down stairs and I watched him eat not one but two containers of applesauce! That boy can eat! :-) Sometimes I feel like he will never grow out of this problem! I pray that things get better. He has an endoscopy scheduled for the end of next month to see how his EE is progressing! I really hope we see a change...for the better! I don't know how much longer I can keep him on this elimination diet but I'm keepin faith. With the support of my family and friends and the one above I know I'm in good hands. I'm very thankful & blessed! Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6

Its been a short/long week....but Why?

Its been a SHORT but LOOOONNNNGGG week! Oh my goodness! Kids went back to school on Tuesday and Mr. Aaron started his first week of Preschool! Awww, I'm so PROUD of my lil guy! He's required to wear a uniform now that he is in Preschool and he put on his shirt and pants and said "I'm BIG!" Lately, he has been questioning EVERYTHING & ANYTHING!!! Why? Why? Why? "Mommy, where are we going?" My response, "to school." He replies, "but Why?" And its even funnier that he uses hand gestures along with it! He is something else! He definitely keeps me on my toes!!!

Aaron with his favorite Monkey "George"

I got Aaron this monkey when we stayed in the hospital back in November 2010. He got really sick after he had his 1st endoscopy. He loved it back then and he still loves him! He has to take him EVERYWHERE!!! Since he's going to preschool now I told him that the monkey is going to have to stay at home. "But, why??" "Why, Mommy? I'ma miss him!" he said. Oh the joys of growing up! When I was younger I remember having several toys/dolls that I HAD to have with me 24/7. One in particular was Bitty Baby!! I loved that doll!!! She smelled just like a new baby!! :-)

Me & Aaron at the Hospital back in Nov 2010 <3


There are SO MANY resources out there for parents that have children with allergies! In the past couple of months I have found a ton of different things to help with Aaron's allergies. Different types of snacks and activities. Its amazing how far we have come, I know when I was growing up food allergies weren't as common but today 2011 Peanuts is bar far the most common and SEVERE allergy that children have. As a matter of fact, schools are now even taking caution and are not allowing other children to have snacks with peanut ingredients. My newest go to site is Allergic Living they actually have a magazine that I have subscribed to. They offer so many things its almost ridiculous! Check them out!

My Lil Helper

I've been fortunate enough to be blessed with a child that ENJOYS cleaning!!! To be honest, I think Aaron has a slight obsession, yep OBSESSION with vacuums and brooms! As a matter of fact, at his current Daycare/Preschool they had to purchase a small dirt devil for Aaron because of his obsession with the vacuum cleaner. So while they vacuum he runs behind them with his lil mini vacuum cleaner! :-) I guess he gets it from his Momma! My mom told me that when I was Aaron's age I would clean all the time, she didn't like taking me to other people's house because I would always try and clean up! Hey, having a clean house isn't a bad thing! LOL! I just hope he doesn't grow out of this habit! I love that he's always willing to help me clean up. It makes me laugh when he sings the clean up song while he puts all his toys away. He's too cute :-) Enjoy the long weekend! I know I will...even though I have to work :-/ Gotta make the best out of it!

There he goes!

Got Milk?

Got Milk? Since Aaron is allergic to cow's milk, he's been drinking soy milk (SILK Vanilla) for almost 1 year now. And he loves it, can't seem to get enough. "Momma Mommy, Milk!" "Milk, please!!!" Is what I hear 30x a day! Well, little did we both know that we would be switching to a milk supplement!? After Aaron was diagnosed with EE we met with a Nutritionist who informed us that the best possible way to decrease the amount of mucus in his throat and to ensure that the vomiting ceased would be to put Aaron on an elimination diet. What?!! An elimination diet? Seriously!! He's allergic to cow's milk, eggs, peanuts, and fish, he is already on an elimination diet!!! UGH!! So she proceeded to tell me that in addition to the food that he is already allergic to that he should avoid eating the follow: wheat, soy, and green beans. Don't ask me why green beans are on the list but they are! LOL! He had several allergy tests prior to meeting with the Nutritionist which included a prick test and a skin patch test. So if it caused any type of rash/skin reaction then it was crossed off the list! Immediately after she told me the foods that would be eliminated I panicked! SOY!! Aaron drinks soy milk EVERY SINGLE DAY!!! What am I going to feed him!!!???? The Nutritionist reassured me that although his diet will be very strict it can be done, she said that she would provide me with all the information and resources I needed so that Aaron would have a healthy diet. The first thing we discussed were his milk substitutes, she told me that he could drink Oat, Rice, and Hemp Milk. I was familiar with Rice milk because I had tried to give that to Aaron when he was younger but that was no good. She suggested I try Hemp Milk…yep, Hemp Milk! Hemp milk is a GREAT milk alternative for those that cannot tolerate cow's milk! So I gradually switched Aaron over to Hemp Milk, and he loves it! It is available in Original, Vanilla, and Chocolate flavors. Of course Vanilla is his favorite :-)  Our brand of choice is below!