1. Rosalind is (sort of) toilet training! Yeah, I don't really care either for when people publicize this kind of thing, but I'm a little bit excited. I'm not super consistent (I know, I know), and sometimes we only do it about half the day, or just when we're in the house, but it's going okay. Sometimes she does that thing toddlers do where they lie about needing to go so they don't have to stop playing, but that's okay. We're using training pants that still allow her to feel wet, so she knows right away when she's had an accident, and I'm confident this will help her learn a little faster because she's got to get tired of wetting her pants eventually...right...? #noob Anyway, she loves her training pants (they didn't have white in her size so we got these patterned ones). I also got her some real underwear and she keeps asking to wear it but I told her she has to be ready. She's excited. We will see.
|Deer + dinosaurs|
|For all those people who keep asking if she ever cries: yes.|
|And I love his outfit.|
6. So, remember how I mentioned I had that cancer scare when I found that huge lump in my abdomen? Well, we finally (sort of) got answers on that. It turns out that you have lymph nodes in other places than the ones I knew about (duh), including the abdomen. In fact, you have lots of them there. This is partly why your gut health has so much to do with overall health. Anyway, I have at least one lymph node in my abdomen that is constantly enormously swollen. It's not as creepy as it sounds. The problem is, it's only swollen because something is aggravating it, and that's the real question. They drew 5 vials of blood and checked all kinds of things-- for celiac, for pancreatitis (again), for elevated white blood cell count, and for 45 different food allergies, and I think a couple other things (I am not looking forward to this doctor bill, that's all I can say). I was beyond relieved especially to hear that my pancreas is fine, but pretty surprised to discover everything else came back clean as well. What?? They offered to refer me to a GI, but considering I have seen almost every half decent GI in Utah County (and one in Salt Lake), and they are all clowns (except the one in Salt Lake), I decided to pass on that. I have been seeing GIs since I was like...14. And I know what they will say: it's idiosyncratic, it's a syndrome, it's [insert fancy term here that basically means they have no idea]. So I'm trying to make some changes myself. I'm starting a stronger probiotic, and I'm going to try making a few changes to my diet, which will be hard, because I already eat fairly well-- when I feel well enough to eat-- and the things I'm sensitive to, besides sugar, are considered "healthy" things. So we will see. If I really decide to get into this, I might do a longer post on it. But trying to get well has been a lifelong struggle for me. I jokingly call myself the runt of the litter (it helps that I'm also 3-4 inches shorter than all my siblings). If I can get into a good wellness routine that really makes me feel good physically & emotionally, I will be very happy. Oh, and if anyone has any tips (I can't guarantee I haven't already tried them) on improving long-term gut health, I am open to them :)
7. On a similar note, I think I've decided to go more chemical-free in my body products. I've been mulling it over for a while, and with a handful of questions to my sister, and a lengthy conversation with one of my sisters-in-law, I have a handful of new (inexpensive!) products I'm excited to try. I might do a longer post on this topic as well, if that interests anyone.
|Another cute baby picture because babies|