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Days 9 & 10 – Coat Closet & Toys

We haven’t gotten much sleep the past 2 nights – between Irelyn waking up more often (I think I can thank her 3 month growth spurt for that), Kaden wetting the bed (cleaning a mattress at 5am while Irelyn is crying in the other room is not the way to start the day) and me having very creepy dreams whenever I do manage to sleep, I couldn’t drag myself off of the couch after the kids went to bed last night to post (I was also finishing the 3rd and final book in the series I’ve been reading).  I’m really hoping we all sleep better tonight.

Anyway, here are my before & after pictures of the coat closet:

The only thing I actually ever open this closet for is the vacuum.  The only item of mine in the closet is my winter coat…which I couldn’t zip over my belly this past winter, so I haven’t touched this closet since we moved in.

Day 10 – toys (day 1).  I’ve decided not to post the before pictures until the room is done.  I forgot to take a picture before I started moving things around, so it looks like I let my child live in a complete mess (not true, we clean it before bedtime, but it amazes me how quickly he destroys it during the day).  I’ve gotten half of the organizing finished.  All of his toys will soon be in labeled baskets/boxes and on a shelf (that I’m going to have to steal from Irelyn’s room).  Day 2 of my toy organization is on Wednesday, so I should have the after pictures to post then. 🙂

Well, I’m going to make a decision I’ll regret while I’m wishing for a second cup of coffee in the morning (although I’ve accepted my dairy free diet, limiting my caffeine intake is one part of breastfeeding I’ll never enjoy) and I’m going to stay up a little longer and enjoy the peace and quiet.

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Dairy Free

Irelyn had her 2 month checkup this past Wednesday.  She is now 11lb 9oz (up 4 pounds since birth), 22 1/2 inches (grown 2 inches) and her head circumference is 15 1/2 (1 3/4 inches).  Her doctor said she’s growing perfectly!  She’s been smiling, cooing and trying to laugh for the past few weeks – she’s always giggling in her sleep, but she can’t quite figure out how to do it while she’s awake.  If Kaden gets too loud while she’s trying to “talk” she has started yelling/squealing and Kaden claps his hands at her if she cries for too long (more than 30 seconds).  They’re going to be a handful as they get older.

After some issues with Irelyn’s dirty diapers, her doctor said that she most likely has a milk protein allergy.  Since I’m breastfeeding, I have to eliminate all dairy from my diet to see if it fixes the problem.  Unfortunately, just about every food I love contains dairy (chocolate, cheese, mashed potatoes, a lot of breads, ranch, coffee creamer, cereal…and once again, chocolate).  So I’m starting a list of recipes of my favorite foods that are dairy free.

1. Mashes Potatoes

2. Ranch Dressing

3. Buckeyes

4. Nutella

5. Pasta E Fagioli (mostly for the sauce…I can only find one brand of dairy free sauce at Walmart and it’s almost $3.00)

And here’s a list of dairy free substitutes!  I’ve also pretty much fallen in love with this blog.  Every one of her recipes are dairy free & she has TONS of chocolate recipes.

I obviously have a junk food problem so I know this new diet will be a good thing 🙂 I’ve eaten more fruits and vegetables in the past two days than I had in a week and my 3 year old is slowly accepting the fact that there isn’t much junk around for him to eat now (although he has definitely made me aware he’s not happy that his cookies disappeared from the snack drawer).

Well, we’ve got plans for the night and I should probably get things around before both kids decide naptime is over.