Of one sort and another 🙂
Max and i had our first weigh in this morning, on our self-imposed healthy eating lark. I lost 2lbs in a week, added to the 2lbs i lost between Xmas and New Year. So i am completely thrilled with myself 🙂 It has made such a difference to have Max being so religiously supportive and helpful, it has really inspired me to do well through the day, knowing he’ll go to the effort of cooking a low-calorie dinner. Thanks darling 🙂
We’ve spent the week trying to cut down on Amelie’s cow’s milk intake – nothing was likely to happen instantly because i don’t have my head round it, feel quite ambivalent about it and generally wasn’t organised. But we swapped her cereal milk for goats milk and i didn’t give her any cheese or buttermilk spread. I tripped up a few times and Max was even less on the ball than i was, and more sceptical, but we probably knocked 80% of the cows milk out of her diet.
2 days in she was no longer sneezing up huge quantities of snot and she wasn’t coughing at night either, first time in a long time. The itchy skin hadn’t gone, but the last 2 nights did seem marginally less distressing for her, especially given she’d been bathed. She slept better and seemed very slightly more relaxed. We’d been making sure she slept earlier too though and trying to concentrate on giving her more attention, so we were still sceptical.
Last night she had ice-cream at tea. By bedtime her face was up in a nasty red rash and she coughed through the evening. Hmmm… we thought. Max tested it again tonight with a yoghurt; red rash on her face again. So i think that we’ll probably have to go with that giving us a bit of a clue and work a bit harder on eliminating the milk. Bit of a drag, to say the least, but it has to be done. Can’t decide if i am relieved, pissed off to have to deal with it, or horrified with myself i took till she was getting on for 4 to spot it 🙁 I’ll leave my ‘bad mummy beating’ for another day. 😉 Luckily i have a book (thanks Jan) and my bestest friend in the entire world has a lactose intolerant child, so she has drilled calcium and iron into me today and told me lots of useful things. I’ll head off for the gp this week and see if we need to get a dieticians advice as well.
Weekend has been lovely, my favourite sort of weekend all round. Yesterday was the tax, of course, but appreciated the fact that Max gave me time to go and get on with that. Can’t remember what else we did, not a lot, but nice family time anyway. Managed to upset Fran thoroughly with a sad Irish fairy story, with the consequence that she had nightmares about Max dying. Ooops 🙁 Other notable event was Josie taking Max a story at bedtime and demanding it was read to her. She is so funny, such a communicator. I still get such a buzz out of my communicating tots, so very different to how the first two were. Or how i was with them then. Or something!
Today was my official birthday; we have a family habit of celebrating them the weekend before, mainly due to the fact that i find celebrating most of the girls’ birthdays on the day quite hard, and the habit has spread to me and Max. This meant i got given my completely fabulous portable photo printer which is just great. I’m so looking foward to having photos around the house again; online is good, but it is lovely to just be able to print one out and put it somewhere 🙂 Girls also gave me a decorated pot, some niknaks and handmade cards, which i appreciated enormously.
I went out in the morning and managed a relaxed walk into town (exercise) to get this and that. Managed to be very frugal on refunds/swapped goods and cash left in bottom of bag and only used my card one out of 4 times. Pretty good 🙂 I could get into this! Back for some playing and “Robots” viewing (I’ll reserve judgement till i’ve seen it all!) and then the big two and i went out swimming. They did very well tonight, both doggy-paddling about a good bit and then floating on their back with a float for a pillow and practising kicking. Had a lovely time.
Anyway, all of them are very much looking forward to this weeks socialising and getting to know some new people. So am i 🙂 And then i daresay i’ll be able to relinquish the diet for a little while to eat some celebratory cake on my birthday on Tuesday 🙂 The weekend bodes well too, with a meeting between me and my two very best friends in the whole world, through 20 years of standing now, getting our children all together for the very first time. Can’t wait 🙂 Roll on this year please.