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!


  1. Counting to 7 at her age - amazing! I think you created a genius.

  2. The counting is really impressive, and she is so cute!

  3. She is getting so big, Love the vocabulary and love the photos. This too shall pass and then you will be into other stuff. It goes by in a minute so enjoy ti all everyday tired or not, crabby or not. You have a beautiful family. Glad Mark is feeling better as well. Love to all. Kisses all around.

  4. Cailyn truly is impressive -- seems like she's advanced both physically and verbally. So glad everyone is feeling better; hope you're going to get some mom's time away to relax and recharge your batteries. But I have to object to one thing -- even without Mark and Cailyn, you'd still be a warm, wonderful person, so please remember to take good care of yourself, too.

  5. wow! isn't she just so adorable! :)

  6. Sorry to hear about foot and mouth... Orion got it too a few months back from daycare. It was not pleasant but it seems it is quite common. Love your updates, I haven't posted in awhile because you hit the nail on the head... so tired and it seems like every other week there's something from daycare. Last week I got a gastro attack bug from daycare for the second time in as many months. LOL I love the "trouble" and "big mess" pics, I can totally relate!!!

  7. Gosh, you guys are in the wars - take care!! Love the photos (as usual). So glad to see the handbag in use.


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