Oct 31, 2012

When it rains, we bathe!

The storm called Sandy has devastated other parts of the world including our close neighbours in the US.  One surrogacy family had a tree fall and chop into their home allowing the rain in and the family hold up in the basement waiting out the storm.  Very scary times but glad to report they are all ok and now working on the damage to their home.  Here at our home we had the very high winds and rain...lots of rain for 5 days now.  It sucks - cannot take Cailyn out to play, couldn't get to the pumpkin patch for the every popular baby girl in the patch pic etc, but we are safe and dry so....we bathe!

Oct 27, 2012

Hand foot and mouth!

Life can be challenging sometimes, and I am one tired out momma.  Firstly we had Mark and his muscle enzymes, but thanks to our naturopath and 6 hours of IV therapy, the levels have returned to normal and Mark is back to normal.  Then, Cailyn acquires Hand Foot and Mouth Disease!!  Poor little lamb had the blisters in her mouth, throat, on her toes, hands and bum.  The best we could do for her was Advil and try to keep her hydrated.  She would wail in pain until the Advil kicked in.  I am happy to report that the worst of that is over and she is almost back to normal.  We are fortunate that nothing that has come our way has been chronic or tragic and for that we are thankful.  As grateful for the recoveries I am, I am also very tired. I have played nurse, housekeeper, full time employee , mom and wife for a month straight 20 hours a day for the last few weeks and feel caput!  I hate to moan about it, but this is the one time in my life I am complaining.  I happily took on these challenges, almost robotically so.  Today I am just reflecting on the last few weeks and look forward to the better days starting now!

Cailyn's vocabulary continues to astound us, and daycare as well.  Every day her baby bulletin highlights her words and how she uses them.  She now also know how to count to 7 which seems pretty impressive for a 14 month old to us.  Her personality is BIG - she is socially out there- she says hi to everyone and anyone.  She is a cheeky monkey and knows right from wrong and tests that boundary on a daily basis.  Her smart little brain works exceptionally well and she knows that going into the cupboards is a no no (despite the pics below), as is entering the buffet cabinets where the whisky is kept - that's for mommy!  She sings a song in Polish (Tosi Tosi), knows all her sesame street characters names and can pick up a foam letter and usually tell us which letter it is.  She loves to kiss, and kiss she will - books, people, stuffed animals, the couch cushions, the wall.... you get the point.  Now, she has mastered blowing kisses and it is the cutest thing to see!

The weather is not looking good for trick or treating - mostly rain in the forecast.  Not sure if Cailyn will get out this year, or ever get to the pumpkin patch for the classic pictures.  If not, we have next year (hopefully sickness free), and of course the obligatory Santa pictures will soon be taken.

I am very grateful for my little family even through these hiccups.  Without them I would have nothing and be nobody.  I have overcome substantial challenges in life and this was more a trying time than a challenging time, and I would do anything for these two!

Here are a few pics of her from the last weeks

Reading a book with mommy

Enjoying her purse from Nik and Lisa

Silly girl with her foot up on the table!!


Riding her indoor 3 in 1 bike/stroller in the house on a rainy day with a few of her close friends!

Oct 15, 2012

Thanksgiving (not so much) & Pajama Day

Canadian Thanksgiving was last weekend and I was supposed to host it.  On the Wednesday before Mark became sick, diagnosis....influenza.  Our house and Mark were on lock down.  His flu symptoms started to improve but by Sunday he was in horrific pain and could not use his muscles at all - his hands were claw like, so we made a trip to emergency.  The hospital discovered that his CK (muscle enzymes) were at 6 times normal!  He was on IV's and pain meds and was discharged after many hours of treatment.  Follow up blood work has shown the levels are now almost 8 times normal.  This is a dangerous enzyme to have running so high and we are not sure what is next. For now, Mark is extremely weak and tires very easy.  We are hoping to get this sorted as soon as possible! 
Daycare is going very well for Cailyn, and since we can log onto web cams whenever we want we know that she is doing very well and treated very well.  She is happy to be their, and last week they had pajama day (an easy morning for mommy during the chaos of daddy's health).  This week she gets to carve pumpkins , next week is Crazy Hat day, cookie decorating and another blessed pajama day.  The daycare is just awesome and we are so lucky to have gotten Cailyn in there.  The educators are all very nice and attentive to her needs.  Our daily baby bulletin keeps us completely up to speed with her days, including any notation of things like runny pooh's, milestones and how well she ate.  They take her cow's milk allergy very serious and we are very thankful for this - and they even supply meal alternatives on the days where there would normally be dairy in the meal (like mac and cheese).  It is a great feeling to know that the level of care and commitment to her growth and development is on par with what we give at home.
Cailyn says so many words now it is hard to keep track.  As of today daycare noted her saying THANK YOU at lunch.  She loves to use her words and we are super impressed with her vocabulary at such a young age.  She says shoes, socks, thank you, hi, bye, bottle, shovel, Ernie, Zoey, Cookie, Elmo, Telly, hello, cat, Kombat, daddy, mommy, strawberry, go go, walk walk, four, six, three, toes, foot, Tori (her friend), bobchia (grandma), gajee (grandpa), uh oo, and on and on. It is very impressive since Canadian standards say that 5 words by 18 months is on track. 
Mark and I often have very sentimental moments - feeling just so blessed to have this little miracle in our life.  We are eternally grateful to Dr Shivani and her team and of course our surrogate Sumita.  Sumita passed on an amazingly strong immune system to our little girl and this certainly tells us just how healthy Sumita is and what a wonderful job she did of taking care of Cailyn in utero.
Cailyn is also very fortunate to have an amazing aunt in my sister Christine.  My sister has been a godsend during these last two weeks with Mark's health.  When I needed her she dropped everything to help.  Mark and I are very grateful for her support and we love her to bits!! Cailyn is also very fond of her aunt which just warms our hearts.
Pajama day

Chillin' by the window on pajama day

Eating raisins at home after pajama day
Big coat!

First art work from day care

Babushka - this kid loves to have things wrapped around her head!

Another head wrap - ala Arab! (notice the scattered Sesame Street dolls every where)

Hanging out in grandma's veggie garden

Enjoying the fall blooms in our yard with daddy
Hanging on the couch with daddy having a cracker

Classic trouble!!!
Another head fetish - thanks to Kim in Australia for providing this beautiful flower head band

Classic Cailyn - always has a Sesame Street character close to her.

Bye bye high chair, hello booster seat!