Saturday, February 24, 2007

my child has spots and the doctor is a quack.

Still dealing with the seemingly unending drama that is Kaelin's belly. I posted before about her rash .. we're going on 2 weeks here and no change. It's getting ridiculous.
After the two puke episode that ocurred the other night I decided to take her in to the doctor. Of course, our doctor was off so I took her to someone else in the practice.

It was a super productive visit.
Me? Sarcastic?? Never.

The doc looked at her tummy .. and thought it looked like a reaction that a lot of kids get from strep. I reminded him that the last time she broke out like this and we brought her in the doctor said the same thing (again .. not our doctor .. I'm beginning to think there's a consipracy against us at this practice) and they tested her .. negative. I then told him that a few weeks later we met with our regular pediatrician and she said she didn't think it was a viral thing .. maybe a food allergy. That's when I discovered that Reese (who had the spots then too) was really allergic to ketchup. (We have since discovered that while she is allergic to regular ketchup, she has no reaction to organic ketchup .. a girl after her mommy's heart)
He stuck by his thought and ordered a test. Fine. Whatever guy.

I then noticed that the spot where I had rubbed a Nilla Wafer on her back (while she was prancing around nude in the exam room and mommy was trying to quiet the little howler monkeys with cookies .. I'm not proud) had started to break out a bit. I told Mr Man about it and his reaction was "hmmm .."

"HMMM??" What the heck is that? He didn't even come over to look .. just said, "well, her throat looked a little red so let's test for strep" I wanted to shake him.

Hellloooo?!?! I just .. why can't you .. her back is ... Nilla wafer ... aaarrrggghhhh.

SO .. the evil nurse comes in and gags my child to get the darn sample for the strep test. We wait 10 minutes .. all the while with Kaelin making endless overexaggerated gagging noises which was very entertaining to her sister to me... and lo and behold .. the test was negative.


After all of that we are back where we were before we walked into Dr McQuack's office.

I'm sticking to my food allergy theory. I now have eliminated all possible trigger foods from her diet .. which is super fun trying to get her to eat now since she only likes foods that are possible allergens. You should see the song and dance show I have to put on at lunch in order to take her mind off of what's on her plate (or what's NOT on her plate) It's ridiculous. I hope the neighbors don't catch me in the moment and call a neighborhood meeting about that crazy Burdette girl.

It may be a corn allergy .. or more specifically, an allergy to high fructose corn syrup .. I am fairly certain she's had corn in the past with no reactions but with twins it seems you only retain mere glimpses of days past.
It's really kind of scary what HFCS is in .. I had no idea it was hiding in some of the foods they eat. We mainly stick to an organic diet around here (much to the dismay of daddy's wallet) but a few regular things were in the kitchen .. like the ketchup .. Nilla Wafers .. and a bean soup (SOUP!) that she had a few nights ago.
ICK! Luckily the organic versions of these things seem to steer clear of the additive (which is soooo unhealthy for you even if you take the allergy thing out of the equation).

Fingers crossed we figure this out soon. If all else fails I suppose we'll be looking for a good pediatric allergist. Although, I'm beginning to think that Dr Mom is the only one who has a clue.

Friday, February 23, 2007

false alarm

Yesterday I gave Kaelin a slice of apple. She held it up proudly and exclaimed, “APPO!!” So cute. I gave her another slice for her other hand. Again, she held up her arms .. then she said, “TWO APPO!!!”
When the heck did this kid learn to count??
Of course she looked very pleased with herself.
Momma went home to google the college tuitions of Harvard and Yale.

Today I tried the counting thing again with her. I help up a book and she pointed and said, “book!” Okay. I held up a second book … she pointed at the other one and said, “book!”
I asked, “How many books does mommy have?”

Kaelin’s response?


uh .. okay .. guess I’ll have to put away the eary admissions forms for another day.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Febuary 18th

PSA: I will stop apologizing for not updating more .. I realize that i am starting to sound like a broken record. I’ll just say this and hope you all understand … “I have twins.”

Okay .. now on to the updates.

The girls are growing up so fast it scares me. Kaelin loves to dance, karate kick her leg (complete with the obligatory “hiiiyaah!”), and is talking up a storm. She is way ahead of her age as far as that is concerned .. already has about 40 words in her vocabulary .. quite the overachiever. She laughs at everything and is an extremely laid back, ‘go with the flow’ kind of girl.

Reese has started to talk more and more and has also started to use more sign language which is adorable. She loves to “sing” along to songs she knows .. her favorites being “Twinkle Twinkle” and the theme song from her Signing Times DVD. She is our runner .. which when you witness her actually take off you can’t help but wonder if she is truly meaning to move that fast or if her feet just go and the rest of her gets pulled along for the ride. She most certainly gets her grace from her momma!
She has THE most infectious smile that will light up any room.

We signed the girls up for Gymboree classes a while back. They LOVE it there. Reese is all about climbing and trying to imitate the older kids, while Kaelin will go up and down the slide endless times and chase the boys around the room. We got the premium package which means that we can come and go for any of the classes, at any of the locations, instead of being tied down to just one day/time .. which is a neccessity in my opinion when you have twins. This way we can just pick up and go as the mood strikes. We are also allowed to go to two free play times during the week where they can just play on the equiptment on their own.

I also signed the girls up for .. gulp .. SCHOOL!!! Well, okay .. not really “school” but a one day a week Mother’s Morning Out type thing starting in August. I’m ALREADY a mess about it. I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like to leave them there on Fridays from 9 to 12. Luckily, my sister’s little boy, Cooper, will be in their class so A)They will know someone there .. and B) Mommy will have Katie to drag her out and calm her down at Starbucks. I already forsee that the days when I don’t have Katie to keep me sane during that time I’ll most likely be hanging out in the bushes outside the window .. not good.

On a brighter note, the class looks amazing. It’s a great school .. there are families that drive from other parts of the city just to get their kids in classes there and they have a great reputation. The girls class will have two teachers and only 6 or 7 kids. They will have circle time, stories, art projects, playground time .. blah blah blah … big fun. I think it will be good for them .. and will also start to prepare them for a prek program in the future. There is a Montessori school right next to our subdivision that looks great for that .. I will be taking a tour soon to make sure it is a good fit for them. Crazy how early you have to start the ball rolling when it comes to all of this. I had no idea!

We have been dealing with some mystery illness here for the past two weeks. Kaelin has a strange rash on her stomach and an obnoxiously runny nose. No idea what’s causing it. No fever so I wasn’t that concerned .. started looking into allergic reactions to foods and household cleaners .. normally I am a tad over the top about organic stuff .. but it ocurred to me that I had cleaned the rug in the family room with some Resolve High Traffic Foam a few weeks back after the girls threw up (at the same time! Gotta love twins!!) on it and the smell … ick. SO .. now I’m keeping her to a diet of “safe” foods and have taken the rug out to see if she gets better (and keeping me fingers crossed that she doesn’t start walking in circles due to her brain being poisoned by carpet cleaner!!)
Last night she woke up at 11:45 and threw up. Poor thing. She got to sleep in bed with Mommy and Daddy after that. At 1 am she threw up again. Not fun. I called the pediatrician and set up an appointment for tomorrow for them to look at her and see if they can figure out what’s going on. I’m fairly certain that we’ll get the usual “hmm .. I don’t know .. that could be anything” response .. but giving it a try anyway. Nothing like seeing your little one suffering through something and not being able to help. Of course, in the grand scheme of things, I’ll take this over what some parents have to go through .. so I suppose we’re some of the lucky ones!!

Here’s hoping we have a puke free night and can get more than three hours of sleep!!