Wednesday, July 31, 2013

~*30 Days of Thoughts: Peants, Egg, and Soy! Oh My!*~

We suspected Food Allergies (FA's) early on with Peanut and when Donosaur showed the same symptoms we looked right at FA's.  
Her big brothers shorts...that are pants on her!

She's our wild child and we love her!

Peanut was recently retested for her FA's and while the SPT (Skin Prick Test) was slightly inflamed (smaller than the positive control but larger than the negative control) the Allergist called her cured and sent us on our way to Food Trial her allergens at home.  She did caution that we should use benadryl, epi pen or call 911 if we needed to! Nope, didn't make me nervous at all!

We quickly added soy oil and lecithin back into her diet with no problems, we have yet to reintroduce true soy, though. 

Next, we wanted to try peanuts. The Allergist recommended that I make cookies with peanut butter added in and give her small ones. 

I gave her a small cookie and waited an hour. Gave her another one and waited an hour and she seemed fine, again. So, I gave her a couple while I fixed lunch. 

I heard her clearing her throat, clearing her throat, coughing....coughing...."Mommy my belly is on fire! And, my throat hurts". 

Hoooo-booooy! Yup, ok, I would call that a FAIL! 

Her reactions always include what I call "personality changes". She becomes extremely whiny and irritable. To the point of crying and screaming non-stop. She has diarr. and stomach pain.

The throat issues, though? That is new and extremely scary! Especially considering the Allergist claimed she was no longer allergic!

I called the Allergist and it was suggested that we give her a few days off then try again! After speaking with other FA Mom's I was informed that ALL food trials should be done in the office!

So, we are done with trialing food at home. Peanut is still allergic to peanuts and that much is clear. I will not be trying soy or sesame anytime soon. 

As for Dono? He is severely allergic to egg! He is too young for the Epi-pen so we need to be very careful with egg around him and in my diet (or his).

Food allergies are real. They affect two of my children that I dearly love. I take their health and safety very serious. Please, never shake your head or think that it isn't something serious. Too many children have died from reactions to not take it serious. 

Psalm 119:50
My comfort in my suffering is this:
    Your promise preserves my life.

Monday, July 29, 2013

~*30 Days of Thoughts: Day 5*~

Do you celebrate a "Gotcha Day", Family Day, or other celebration of receiving your child/ren into your family? 

When I say "celebrate" I know that while we are overwhelmed with happiness, the child/ren coming into our family are overwhelmed with grief and sadness, tinged with excitement. There are ends to relationships that, while severed in word and deed, must be respected and honored and honestly, those relationships never truly end. There are first mothers and fathers and extended family that will always think of the child they are forever separated from.

The first time we met our boys from Detroit it was arranged for them to come to our agency's reunion picnic. It was safe and neutral territory for the boys to eat some grub and run around like little boys should on the playground. All the while the social workers were near to help them adjust, answer our questions, and give the boys familiarity amidst the chaos.

We fell in love with our boys that day. Yes, there were many behaviors that we expected to see. Many negative behaviors that came from a place of extreme fear. There has been much healing since that day.

Each year we joyfully return to the reunion picnic. For us it marks a beautiful beginning and a respectful end to their time in foster care. We do something small for the day of their adoption finalization but for us...for our family...the most joyous day we choose to celebrate is that first day we met...while they didn't become O'Dells that sweet day, legally, they did become our sons in our hearts.

This years picnic we brought 3 more priceless treasures with us!

Its a long walk back from the bathroom and Anabanana got a piggyback ride!

Tired Anabanana

Never think our older children do not love all the littles...they live for this!

Preparing for a game.

Looking for mom in the crowd of parents.

There's Mom!

Making sure I haven't moved. My cautious, sweet one.

The games have begun.

Later in the day J.J. and the boy in yellow enjoyed playing soccer together.

A smile from J.J.!

My sweet boys!

Treasures from many families!

Red Light Green Light with water!

This is my absolute favorite pic!

Luke 1:68
“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
    because he has come to his people and redeemed them."


Saturday, July 27, 2013

~*30 Days of Thoughts: Day 4*~

These two girls have finally hit a regular rhythm.  While they each have their really rough moments they go right back to being the best of friends!

I was holding my breath for a few months at the beginning of the process. Both girls have very strong personalities and they truly needed to figure out how to talk to each other. 

Expressive language for a 3 yr old is really just emerging and using feeling words is something learned over time. Logically, Ana-banana, also, had the added difficulty of not having English as her first language.

Tugging on the same baby blanket...and Peanut has Ana's babydoll.

They are the best of friends, though, these two....and when I hear, "Look, Ana!" I have learned to look quickly because it usually involves Peanut's crazy stunts like couch jumping, cat dragging, and other mischievousness!
Killing me with cuteness!

 James 1:9
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,  

Thursday, July 25, 2013

~*30 Days of Thoughts: Day 3*~

He's 6 and sassy
smart and classy. 

He likes math and numbers,
phonics just encumbers.

Always one to be helpful
(when doing penance for being spiteful.)

Curiosity killed the cat
he's learning all about that.

His mind always wandering and wondering.

He's quickly learning about that thing called trust,
that grace, love, forgiveness, are a must.

Ephesians 2:8-9
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  not by works, so that no one can boast.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

~*30 Days of Thoughts: Day 2*~

We had a great time at the fair!

It was hotter than blazes, in fact, it was so hot even Moolisa had to soak her feet!

 We ate really yummy, crappy-for-us food! Hello, its the fair and I have no problem feeding them crappy food at the fair! I thought we were going to have to send our China blessings to a rubber room when they kept asking where the Elephants were...since we WERE planning to eat Elephant Ears! 

There were pony rides on heat exhausted ponies...Actually, they were pretty fresh and chipper. They do a good job of rotating them out. 

Loving the hats on the girls!

Then I had to FORCE my children to mount a camel! Ok, the chica went on easily but her brudder...not so easily.

I rode a camel as a kiddo and it was the coolest thing ever...but when your filled with fear over everything doing something crazy like camel riding will either make or break the trust in a relationship.

In the end he trusted me and despite the sourpuss look, he thoroughly enjoyed himself! He needed that victory point!

Then we posed for family pics...awww so cute....

But the smell wasn't the best.

Hubster thought I was funny!
Carousel fun!

Ana-banana's first photobomb!

Peanut still being peanut. 

Dalton seeing just how high it goes.

Sheer delight!

Psalm 37:4
Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.