Category Archives: Pregnancy
I can’t believe it’s been over a year since my last post! That is WAY TOO LONG! Time to play a little catch up….
We had an awesome dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free Halloween party for Squid and some of his allergy and non-allergy friends. They had an amazing time (even though Squid REFUSED to wear his Olaf costume).
My husband had a surprise back surgery because he woke up one morning and couldn’t feel his foot. He had drop-foot for weeks and after several doctor visits, we discovered that his L4, L5 vertebrae were practically rubbing each other because of the lack of a disc. He ended up having a L4-S1 spinal fusion while I was 30 weeks pregnant. Needless to say, if something hit the floor in our house, it stayed there until Squid picked it up for us. Last week my husband was finally able to walk on his heals again. I know it sounds small but it’s a pretty big deal.
We welcomed “Tank” to the world at the end of January. The ultrasound tech told me that if I made it to my due date, he would be over 9lbs. Yeah… he was 6lbs, 15oz. He may have started off tiny, but at 9 months old and 20 lbs, he’s a man baby now. Big ol’ Tank.
Squid celebrated his 3rd birthday with a bike, a bounce house, and a wacky cake. Delicious!!!
We felt the call to move from the city to a small town about 2 hours south. Everything about the experience was God sent. He made it so easy! My husband had a job offer before we made it home after the interview. Our city house sold before it went on the market. Our rent house was the first one we saw. We attended one church that immediately felt like home. Bonus: We’re closer to grandparents. Amazing! Simply amazing how it all came together… but more on that later.
Squid started a new “school” at our church. It’s actually a Mother’s Day Out program but he doesn’t have to know that. He LOVES school! He loves learning. He’s such a people person and he’s fitting in so well.
Squid is down to only dairy and egg allergies with no sensitivities. He’s been cleared to try shellfish but with everything going on (and his constantly runny nose of allergy season), we’ve decided to wait. He sees the allergist again in a couple weeks.
We’ve been in some impossible situations where there is no way we should have survived with out a reaction. Maybe he’s grown out of the contact allergy? We shall see!
As for Tank, he’s showing no signs of food allergies so far.
Due to particular events of our past, my husband and I decided to have testing performed for chromosome abnormalities in our new baby. We asked the doctor and discovered the test we did with Squid was no longer available BUT there was a new test that included trisomy 13, 18, 21 (downs syndrome) and gender abnormalities called Harmony. It is a simple test performed from a sample of my blood. Completely non-invasive and our baby had completely normal test results! Long story short, we got to know the gender of our baby at 11 weeks instead of waiting until 20! Haha!
Now we had to decide what to do with this juicy new information that nobody knew we knew yet. Being huge baseball fans, there was only one logical answer…. BASEBALL GENDER REVEAL!
I started with a Pinterest search which led me to a photograph blog with a brilliant idea. After digging deep into her comments section, I finally composed a plan of my own (which was very similar to hers). Here we go…
You will need:
- Hollow plastic ball
- Holi Powder
- A sharp object to cut the ball open (I used a razor)
- Electrical tape
- Paint brushes
- Rubber gloves (optional) — I’d recommend gloves if you’re busting the ball the same day because the powder can stain your skin.
- A skilled man to hit the ball after you pitch it poorly (or is that just me?)
I bought balls and holi powder (the colored powder used for color runs) from Amazon. I cut the balls in half by making a starting point with a knife and then finishing it off VERY CAREFULLY with a razor. After cutting a few, I realized that the balls basically tear down the seam once you get them started. I made several balls so we could make sure it would break open properly and that I could pitch it appropriately. Okay, okay, so maybe we just wanted to watch some extra colors explode to see what it would be like.
SPOILER ALERT: it was AWESOME!
Filling the balls turned out to be a fun task….fun if you like being stained with color. I filled four for practice (yellow, green, pink, blue). I found the easiest was to not make a huge mess was to balance one half on the electrical tape inside a grocery bag. When I dumped the contents of the holi powder pouch into the ball, it was a little too full but it stayed stacked nicely (once I got my system figured out on ball 3). I then place the other half on as best as I could and taped it with a single layer of electrical tape. Don’t worry if you get it on you, it washes fairly easy from clothes and takes a few washes for skin depending on the color. It smells awful though!
After mastering the fine art of powder balance and ball taping, I then painted the ball solid white. Yes, the ball was already white but it was a little transparent. You could definitely see pink vs blue. The paint created a nice seal around the tape that would have otherwise leaked out powder and spoiled the surprise. Plus, it covers up the hideousness of black tape on a white ball. All I’m saying is, don’t skip out on this part. Painting the ball is totally worth it. I just used my regular acrylic canvas paints and they got the job done nicely.
After adding some finishing touches, the ball was ready to go!
We found out the gender the week we were set to leave for Colorado on vacation with the family. How perfect is that?! We decided that it would be great to take our creation with us and reveal it there for the family. Turns out it’s not an easy task to find a flat spot on a mountain but we made it happen.
We found out at the end of May that we are expecting our second child. Naturally everyone has the same question.
“What if your second child has food allergies?”
That’s a big WHAT IF question that I don’t really have an answer for right now. What if it does? Well, I guess we will have to learn, grow, and adapt just as we did with Squid. Hopefully this time we will be able to identify the red flags sooner than the first. I feel that God will not give u
s anything we cannot handle. I’m just going to enjoy my pregnancy and deal with allergies IF they arise.
Pregnancy updates: I’m currently 12 weeks. Haven’t had much morning sickness with this one but headaches and fatigue are another story. Guess that comes with chasing after a 2 year old. The worst part of this pregnancy is the DAIRY cravings! We’re a dairy free home and all I want to do is eat a block of cheese. *sigh* Oh well. Until then, Goodbye first trimester!