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Finn turns 5 next month.  In our state, that means that they expect him to start Kindergarten in the Fall.  So they send you a letter reminding you of that and giving you your choices.  In the school district we live in, we have these choices:

  • His assigned school, which teaches a “Core” program.  It’s the only elementary school in the district that does this.
  • A Montessori-based Kindergarten, which has a tract that stays Montessori through Grade 8.  This is at 1 elementary school in our district.
  • An International Baccalaureate (IB) program, which is available all the way through high school.  This is at 1 elementary school in our district.
  • A normal/regular/standard school that the rest of the elementary schools use.
  • A private school (religious or otherwise)
  • Opting into another public school district
  • Homeschooling
  • Waiting a year til he’s 6 to decide.

Right now, we’re waiting a year to start Kindergarten.  For a variety of reasons, this is the right choice for him.

But, man, all the choices!  Let’s say I rule out other districts, private school and homeschooling (which we haven’t ruled out, but let’s just say) — that still gives me 4 educational options in 1 school district.  4!?!?  I’m appreciative of having choices, but geesh!

When my mom wanted to enroll me in Kindergarten, it was simple.  What’s your assigned school? That’s where you went – all the schools in that same district had the same curriculum.  Sure, you might prefer a different elementary school because you knew of the principal or the location was better, but there wasn’t a difference in how the material was taught.

Choices are good.  But they also cause analysis paralysis!

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Someday I’m going to forget all kinds of things.  I hope I don’t forget these things.

  • Finn (age 4) sings song so proudly.  At the beginning of this school year, he hated singing time at both church (Awana) and preschool.  The teachers made him stand with the group, but he didn’t have to sing or do the movements.  When asked about it, he said it was “too loud”.  He’s slowly coming out of that, but even in the beginning of the year when he hated singing time, he was learning the songs. And he’d come home and just randomly start singing them.  It’s fun!
  • Finn also tells great stories about how things have come to be.  He’ll tell me all about something he’s built with blocks.  Always an elaborate story.
  • We were going to the movie theater the other day and I asked Finn about the rules.  His answers: “Don’t Hit.”  Okay.  “Stay in your seat.”  Okay.  “And if anyone gets on the roof of the van and they want to ride up there and they beat on the top of the roof like it’s a drum, we should tell them to get off.”  What!?!
  • When Stephen (age 3) falls or something and I ask him “Are you okay?”  He always answer “I’m okay.  I’m fine.”  He always says both phrases and in the cutest voice.  (He voice is still baby-ish.)
  • Sam (almost 2) is so observant.  Call it being Kid #3, but for months now, I only need to mention something and he’s all over it.  I can just casually say “I’m going to go get the mail” and he’ll bring me my shoes.  If the baby spits up and he sees that I don’t have a towel, he’ll go get me one – without me saying a word.
  • He’s also always watching his older brothers and mimicking them.  They start dancing – he will too.  If they sit down for lunch, he will too.  If they start running around all crazy – he will too.

But I do think the thing that I’ll miss the most is right after bathtime – especially when a kid has gained confidence in their new walking skills.  I think I’ll miss seeing little naked baby bottoms running down the hallway to their bedroom.  Is that weird?  It’s weird I know.  But seeing a kid who is just so tiny but fully capable of walking is fun. And seeing them run is even more fun.

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And the results are in!

And the results are in on Finn’s food allergy/sensitivity testing.  (In case you’re wondering, we did an Organic Acids and IgG testing from Great Plains Laboratory on Finn a few weeks ago.)

The results?

  • He has a pretty decent bacteria problem in his digestive system.
  • He also has a little bit of a yeast problem in his system too.
  • He has a moderate sensitivity to egg whites.
  • He has a low sensitivity to: casein, whey, egg yolk, cow’s milk, cod fish, cashews and yogurt.

Some of those things are related like casein is the protein found in cow’s milk and yogurt.  And egg whites and egg yolks can never really be completely separated.

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So…what does this all mean?  The answer has 3 parts:

#1: Remove the irritants from the system:

We’ll be removing more things from his diet.  Namely, eggs and casein products (milk, cheese, yogurt, sour cream, ice cream).  We’ve already been gluten-free for a month as well as having eliminated food dyes, artificial flavors, preservatives and a lot of fruits & veggies that have salicylates in them.  Those things (well, not the gluten free) is the basic tenet of the Feingold Diet that we’ve been on since end of October.

#2 Add good stuff back into his diet:

His behavior has been much better (by that I mean a lack of big meltdowns and outburts and he shows more impulse control), we’ll be able to start adding in some things that we originally took out.  Hello tomatoes!  Hello cucumbers and pickles!  Hello bell peppers!  Hello berries!

It’ll be a long process though.  Since his tests came back all clean for those items, we feel good about re-introducing them.  BUT…we still want to re-introduce them one at a time just in case there is a reaction that wasn’t caught on the tests.  And it can take up to 4 days before you see a reaction from a food.  It’s not like his hair will automatically turn purple once a tomato hits his lip.  Instead, the food will get into his digestive system and his body will start to react to it over the next couple of days.  A bad day on Wednesday could have easily been caused by something eaten on Monday.

Our doctor actually recommends waiting a week between introducing new foods.  We’ll see how it goes, but whether it’s 4 or 7 days, it’s gonna be a while before we have a bunch of new foods into our life.

Tomatoes are first though.  Pizza! (Though, no cheese sadly.)  Sloppy joes!  Salsa!  BBQ!  Spaghetti!

#3 Fight the bacteria!

Probiotics to the rescue!  A heavy dose.  A really heavy dose.  Our goal is 50 billion cultures a day.  Yes, 5-0.  Yes, billion with a b.  I was shocked when our doctor recommended it.  But we won’t get there all at once.  We started mid-last week and my goal is to be at 50 by the end of this week – assuming he continues to tolerate it.  We’ll likely stay at 50 billion for a month or so, then back it down to a maintenance kind of dose.

We’ve decided to hold off on treating the yeast problem.  It wasn’t that severe and you can really only medically treat it with an anti-fungal, which isn’t too kid friendly.  So we’ll limit his sugar intake and hope the yeast dies off as the gut gets stronger.

Is this permanent?

I hope not.  For 6 months we’re going to:

  • Do the milk-free and egg-free life.
  • Limit sugar as much as reasonable.
  • Treat heavily with probiotics, then continue a maintenance dose.
  • Continue with the chiropractic care (I don’t think that will be for 6 more months – just a couple heavy-duty).
  • Treat him as if he has a leaky gut and add in fermented foods, switch to organic food as much as possible/reasonable/budget allowed, make our own bone broths, and changing to grass-fed beef.

Then in 6 months, we’ll test again and see what the results tell us!

 

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Christmas Program 2016

Finn had his first Christmas program tonight.  Brought tears to my eyes – not in a good way.

It was essentially a really short church service where the kids came into the sanctuary, lined up in the front, (posed for pictures), sang 3 songs, a pastor gave a really short message and then the kids sang 3 more songs.

In the ‘pose for pictures’ part, he did okay.  Not great as he kept trying to block parents from taking pictures of their kids.  He kept hug-wrestling the boys next to him.

But when the singing started, he did better.  He mostly stayed in his place, but he didn’t sing.  (He has this thing with singing in a group – says it’s ‘too loud’).  He didn’t do many of the actions to the songs either, but it wasn’t too bad.

During the message, things started to go south. He tried to leave the front, but the teacher stopped him and she sat with him in her lap and he stayed there.  Great.

During the 2nd group of songs, it went really far south.  Texas south.  Mexico south.  Brazil south.  Tried running away again.  Wouldn’t stay in his spot.  Distracted others.  Random-but-luckily-not-too-loud outbursts of other words.

When it was time for the other kids to file out, he then refused to go.  Went all “spaghetti” and wouldn’t move.  Wouldn’t be moved.  Eventually, I went and got him.  Needless to say, we skipped the cookies afterward.

I knew that he had been having a bad day, but wanted to stick with the Christmas program.  If I don’t give him (reasonable) situations to obey and perform, then I’ll never how he’ll do.

We’ve been on the new diet for 8 weeks now.  Been seeing a Chiropractor for 4 weeks (12 treatments).  We have some really good days.  And a few good days in a row too.  But then there will be ‘something’ that will happen and we’ll have 2-3 bad days as if he’s reacting to something.  We just can’t identify what the something is.  It may even be somethings.

Sigh…makes the date complete as our washing machine died today unexpectedly.  Had to replace it.

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So, here’s how our Halloween went this year:

About 2 weeks before Halloween:

  • Stephen wanted to be Thomas the train for Halloween.  So I ordered him a costume in time for him to open it for his 3rd birthday.
  • Finn kept changing his mind on what he wanted to be.  I got all kinds of answers: mashed potatoes, a super hero, a bad guy, a monkey, a puppy, a bad guy who eats people (what!??!)  I finally pinned him down to a super hero lion because we already had a lion costume and I’d just make a cape.  He picked red for his cape.
  • Sammy was going to be either Tigger (from Winnie the Pooh) or a puppy, depending on the weather.

1 week before Halloween:

  • It was Stephen’s birthday.  He opened his costume.  Unimpressed.  Still said he wanted to be Thomas though.
  • I made Finn’s cape.  Didn’t do that great of a job, but he liked it.

1 hour before Trick-or-Treating on Halloween:

  • Finn put on the lion costume.
  • Stephen refused to put on the Thomas costume.  “I don’t want that.”  So on went a puppy costume that he also got for his birthday.
  • So Jeff put the Thomas costume on Sammy.  Fit great.  He refused to wear the neckerchief thing and the hat.  Kept ripping it off. Oh well.
  • Ben got put into the dalmatian costume that we had.  Very itchy costume so it was on just long enough to take a picture.

30 minutes before Trick-or-Treating on Halloween:

  • Finn said the lion costume itched too much.  But he still liked the cape.
  • So we debated if he could go trick-or-treating with just a cape.  We nixxed that idea.
  • But we didn’t have another costume that fit him.
  • We went down to the basement to grab another lion costume that I had planned on giving him for Christmas.  But now he no longer wanted the cape.

 

So..here’s our picture:

(Not a great shot, but it’s the best I got!)

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And here’s Finn in the costume-he-really-went-Trick-or-Treating-in:

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Now that I’m a stay-at-home mom, I attend a women’s Bible Study on Tuesday mornings.  They have childcare, so the boys go with me.  In typical ‘Jayme is out in public with 4 boys’ fashion, I always use my double stroller for the 2 youngest and Finn and Stephen are learning to walk by the side of the stroller.

I had just picked up 3 of the boys, heading to the 4th boy’s classroom when I passed 3 other women in the hall.  After I passed them, I heard one of the gals say “That woman [me] that we just passed has 4 boys really close together and they’re all CLONES of each other!”.  I chuckled because it’s kind of true.

Now I’ve never been very good at the “he’s got your eyes!” game that people play with babies, but I have thought that Finn and Stephen looked alike as babies.  But then Sam looked different when he was born, so I thought we broke the clone machine.

Then Benjamin was born and looked like Sam.  But as each week goes by, I really think they’re all starting to look alike.  They’re personalities are different, but I think we definitely have a specific look going for us.

Here are pictures of them all at 13 weeks old:

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First Day of Preschool!

It’s Finn’s first day of preschool today!

I did the obligatory first-day-of-school pictures last night since Jeff was home and then I wouldn’t need to be rushed.  Besides, it was the night of his Preschool Open House, so maybe that really is the first day of pre-school?

As usual, Finn stayed perfectly still while I took his picture:

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Here are my favorites:

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