The Tooth Fairy Will Not Visit Anymore!

I’m not trying to be rude. Honestly, the tooth fairy is welcome in my house but it was made clear last Thursday that she will not be visiting our house anymore. The exchange of words between my daughter and I brought tears to my eyes. My daughter leaped from my bear hug to grab a pencil. She was eager to write a letter to the tooth fairy for the last time. What did I do? I grabbed my iPhone to take a picture so I could document the moment. Then, I fell into my pillow to shed tears.

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As I laid there in my pillow, I thought back to this moment 11 years ago when my daughter’s first tooth finally popped through her gums. She was a late teething baby and I remember the moment clearly when that little white tooth finally popped through the skin. L and I danced around for what seemed forever. Happy tears were falling from my face. Fast forward 11 years and I am crying again because all those little baby teeth that finally came through the gums are long gone. She will soon have all her permanent teeth.

Isn’t it crazy how milestones come full circle? The tooth fairy was the last bit of childhood that I was clinging to before both of my beautiful girls leap full force into their teenage years. Long gone are the days when I would be awaken to the sounds of the girls squealing in delight about how much the tooth fairy had left them under their pillow. By the way, the tooth fairy has really inflated her surprised. 50 cents has now turned into $5.00. Parents with toddlers may want to make a mental note.

L will always be my baby girl. It is a fact of life that she is growing up. It is cliche, but children really do grow up too fast. I’m off to go hug my girls tight. They will always be mommy’s girls!

We have great news…. #EosinophilicEsophagitis

Did you hear that? That was the entire family shouting with joy. Why are we shouting? You will need to watch our latest vlog as we share big news in L’s eosinophilic esophagitis journey!

My New Favorite Water Bottle

I gave up soda a little over a year ago. I only drink a cup of coffee in the mornings, water throughout the day, and a cup of hot tea at 3:00 p.m. You are probably scratching your head about the 3:00 tea time. This is a time that I look forward to each day while I am at work. My bestie, Nan from AMomBlog.com, lives many states away from me so our 3:00 tea time is a way for us to stay connected. We lift up our mugs to our google chats and give a virtual cheer/toast. It’s great.

Back to the subject at hand, my new water bottle. This water bottle travels every where with me. I do not leave the house without it. It is stuck with me for life. The bottle is this good, friends.

Corkcicle Water Bottle

My coworker showed me her corkcicle and I started drooling. Not really, but you get the point. She had me at first look.  The bottle was immediately fast tracked to the top of my wish list. Luckily, my husband was paying attention and told me to go pick out my Christmas present. My first stop was our local Hallmark to purchase a corkcicle bottle. This turquoise color had me all goo gaa, but alas I couldn’t use the bottle right away. The bottle was wrapped and put under the Christmas tree. We roll in our family by buying our own presents. At least you know you will always love your present. Ever since I locked lips with this bottle, we have been best friends forever.

My water stays cold and ice will even stay in the bottle for over 25 hours. This I know because I put the bottle to a test the day after Christmas. It’s a great bottle and I highly recommend it as well to encourage you to drink the recommended daily water intake. You can put hot beverages in the bottle. My personality requires a bottle for my water and a bottle for my coffee. No mixing bottles allowed so therefore I cannot comment on hot beverages in the corkcicle.

Go ahead and take a peek at their products on the Corkcicle website. You never know, you may find a color that you fall for fast.

Best Homeschool Winter Experiment

What happens when you throw boiling water into below freezing air? You will have to watch our recent homeschool winter experiment.

We are hoping for a cure in 2017!

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Our matching bracelets from Keep Collection are my favorite. It is our daily reminder to never give up hope on a cure.

We survived the holiday season. I didn’t bake any traditional Christmas delights or any Christmas meals. We focused on spending time together as a family and remaining positive. We are coming up on a year of L’s initial food impaction that led us to her diagnosis of eosinophilic esophagitis.

I wasn’t quite sure how we would make it through the first year, but we did it with God’s strength, prayers, and encouragement from friends in the EoE community. Going into this health journey, my mind was swirling with so many questions. Now, I am able to help other families. We obviously do not have all the answers as L has yet to confirm her first safe food. She has her fifth scope this Thursday to determine if we can for sure say pears is a safe food. Going into this scope, I’m remaining positive that she is going to have a clean scope. L has not had any major reactions or symptoms, so we are believing this is going to be a good news scope.

Food trials are hard. You get into a safe zone of no symptoms and want to just stay there because of fear of adding new foods and the symptoms return. Our goal is to try and add more foods this year. L has tried a couple foods but didn’t really make it past day 5 or 6, so her allergist confirmed we should just stick with one food trial at a time instead of trying to double up on foods. The sad news is a endoscopy has to be used each time to confirm or deny a safe food. Hopefully with research this year, there will be an easier way to check on the esophagus. Each time L has an endoscopy, she has to be put to asleep so you can imagine her anxiety about scope days.

We will let you know how the scope goes on January 12 and figure out which food we will trial next. L has almost lived on a prescription formula to keep her alive for a year. My  husband mentioned to me tonight, he doesn’t know how she continues to drink the formula (usually 7 to 8 boxes a day). The formula does not have a great smell, but with her endurance and strength, she drinks to boxes.

I continue to say she is a such a strong and brave child!

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