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!


  1. wow, mark's illness very scary. I will keep him in my thoughts for a speedy and complete recovery. Glad to hear that Cailyn is thriving in her new daycare.

  2. Your day care is fantastic - I asked Nik what the boys ate when they started care last week and he forgot to ask. So much easier when it all the info gets sent home with you!!

    Hope the Mark mystery is solved very quickly. And yay to Christine for being a great sister - again.

  3. Love the headband Cailyn. She definitely is an advanced talker, Milla was too. Seems funny to hear them talk so little. Hope Mark is better soon x

  4. Love all these photos. I hope Mark feels better real soon. Maybe enzyme is elevated because of flu virus. Let's hope it goes back to normal.

  5. Cailyn is so cute and that is incredible how many words she has in her vocabulary! I hope Mark gets better soon.

  6. Awesome pics and update on Cailyn.
    Hope Mark gets sorted out quickly!

  7. I hope Mark feels better soon! Scary! Cailyn just keeps getting cuter! So happy the new daycare is going so well. In case you didn't know early verbal skills are the best prediction of intelligence and Cailyn is definitely an advanced talker!

  8. Kerrie my computer was messed up so I couldn't comment before. I want you to know I am praying for Mark. Please update us as to how he's feeling.

  9. Poor Mark, I hope he gains strength and gets much better very soon. Cailyn is amazing saying so many words! So glad she is loving daycare, love the head scarf fettish!!!

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