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20130617-212053.jpgNiamh Riding Her Bike Like A Little Speed Demon

20130617-212221.jpgHarper Off In Her Own World

20130617-212333.jpgDeclan In One Of His Brief Moments Of Day Sleep

Niamh – We were having a good week until Wednesday came around. I’m not sure what happened or why the attitude reappeared but it was most unwelcome. That being said every day you show in big and little ways what an amazing big sister you are. You love “your” twins with every fibre of your being and would do anything to make them happy. At the true centre of your being you are a beautiful little girl who loves others and wants to make the world happy.

Harper – This week your reflux got worse and your cows milk allergy made itself clear. You were improving on the new formula, things were improving that I didn’t even know we’re a problem until they were no longer there. Then all of a sudden you couldn’t keep your formula down and when we started using thickener you stopped sleeping and became very unhappy. It took getting better to allow your allergy to come to the surface.

Declan – What an eventful week for you. Last week ended with yet another allergic reaction and a visit to the Royal Children’s Hospital. This week saw, FINALLY, a diagnosis of cows milk allergy. With a new formula improvements were immediate. Both you and your sister slept through the night, the whole bloody night, and this continued all week. Unfortunately the new formula was very thin and the vomiting and pain from your reflux came back with a vengeance. With reassurances from the pharmacist we started using a thickener that supposedly did not ave any cows milk protein. The pharmacist was wrong. After every feed a bright red rash would cover your face. We ended up compromising by using less thickener but now both problems are present just lessened. This coming week will begin with a call to the paediatrician and some changes.

Last week I loved the 52 week post from Rebucado A’Cido. Fun at the park, daddy hugs and back lighting. Just gorgeous.

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20130612-231650.jpgFairy Niamh And Her Sidekick Banana Bear (Kinder Share Bear)

20130612-231747.jpgBeautiful Harper Snoozing Homie Style

20130612-231848.jpgDeclan In The God-Sent Swing Fighting Sleep

Niamh – We have had such a great week together Miss Thing. Laughs, private jokes and adventures have all been a part of our week. I have lost count of the number of times you have told me you love me and I have to say “Right Back At ‘Ya Kid”. You’re on a roll with the funny face pulling, I love the dicky eye! This weekend we visited your cousin and as per usual you acted more like siblings, bickering included. I’m sure it’s because you are so close and love each other so much!!

Harper – Another week where my gorgeous baby girl just takes it all in her stride and smiles her way through the week. I think it would take a lot to ruffle your feathers my girl. You have developed an admiration for your big sister and you watch her everywhere she goes, and everything she does. It’s so heartwarming to watch. You give the best love eyes and I adore being on the receiving end of them. Those and your amazing hugs!

Declan – Yet another allergic reaction and this time a trip to the Children’s. You have been scaring the living daylights out of your mummy. This time there was facial swelling in your cheeks and above your top lip, you looked like you had a duck bill for a mouth! Then you became hoarse and couldn’t get sounds out (that’s when I started to panic just a bit) but the worst was the instant rash that just appeared on your face and your torso turning bright red. The doctors have no idea really what is going on but are now listening to me and we’re thinking cows milk allergy. We have a script for a new formula so we’ll see if that helps you improve.

Last week I loved the 52 Project blog from Life,Love and Syntax. Gorgeous little Quinn in an amazing black and white photo. Not only does it speak to the rock chick inside me (and all the memories stages bring) but I am so jealous of how amazing a photographer Rebekka is!

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20130606-101845.jpgNiamh Pulling Her Go-To Funny Face

20130606-102139.jpgHarper Enjoying Her Bath – Little Water Baby

20130606-102238.jpgDeclan Talking To The Shadows

Niamh – We have had a great week this week. After a little bit of advice from those that care about us , and who could see I was struggling, I have gone back to my usual parenting style. I am ignoring those that say I am too tough on you, too strict, and those that tell me I have to be gentle because of your world changing since the twins have arrived. It’s the best decision I could have made. You still have your off moments but they are now only moments, and we are again enjoying our time together.

Harper – You have been a little unsettled this week, for you anyway. I think your brothers discomfit and pain is affecting you too, you hate to hear him cry. You are really a happy little girl and your smiles are so infectious. You always wake up with a grin and love eyes for us all. Your favourite “game” at the moment is to lie on our chests and roll off to the right. It makes you grin like crazy and I am sure you would do it for hours if nap time didn’t intrude.

Declan – You are still struggling along and this week you have given your mummy and daddy a big fright. Your dermatitis has calmed right down, however your skin is still dry. The vomiting is not quite so bad but your sleep is still terrible. Saturday afternoon when you were having your bottle I noticed you were beginning to swell around the eyes. I raced you down to the local health centre (as it has an emergency care department) and you were taken straight through. By this stage your face was so swollen you could hardly open your eyes, your eyes were red and looked like I had socked you one, your dermatitis appeared out of nowhere, you were wheezing, your tongue was swollen and your lips and under your chin were too. I have never been so scared in my life. It was definitely an allergic reaction but we don’t know what to. You had a milder attack Sunday night and none since. We are now waiting for blood test results as the lactose intolerance ones were negative. Stay strong little man.

Last week my favourite blog was of gorgeous little Sage over at Fields Of Sage. That fluffy hat, those soulful blue eyes. Such a beautiful photo.

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