All On Our Own

Well, American Thanksgiving came and went. We didn’t celebrate it because we had already celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving in mid-October. There is a lot to be thankful for this year. A brand new, beautiful baby girl. A warm house and a loving family. What more can a girl ask for?

Yesterday, I had a mini-milestone with Lily Bean. You guys will all think this is very silly, but hear me out! Well, Dave (Daddy) has been home on parental leave ever since the month before Lily was born. Canada gave him the parental leave because I wasn’t a resident yet, so I couldn’t get maternal leave. Well, since then, he’s been at home with us, and been there every single day, all day, with Lily, especially when I’m at work. Because of this, he’s seen all the milestones, the laughs, the giggles, the big things and the little things that Lily has done. Because of this also, he’s been very protective about his little baby girl. Lily can’t go anywhere without him. Seriously. Everywhere we’ve gone, we’ve had Daddy with us. Into Washington state to visit my friends, Daddy was with her, too. To the park, Daddy went with us. To the store, Daddy went with us. To family events of course, Daddy went with us. I hardly ever get any one-on-one time with my little Baby Bean outside of the home (sometimes we each take off on some errands and leave the other parent at home with Lily Bean).

Well, yesterday, for the first time EVER (EVER!!), Lily and I went out by ourselves. Granted, it was just to the doctor’s two blocks from our house, and it was only for an hour, but I was ecstatic! Dave hemmed and hawed and finally said he’ll let me take her to the appointment by myself. Hhehe. He’s very cute about how protective he is of his little girl and his wife.

So there I was, I buckled her into the car seat, took off with her, took her out of the car seat at the doc’s appointment, and went to see the doc with her all on my own. It was so cute. I love all the attention I get when I’m with her. Everyone just flocks to her and talks to her and tells me what a beautiful girl she is. It was so sweet.

When my sisser gets here, we’re going to take off without Daddy to do lots of sight seeing and shopping around Canada. Maybe I can even convince him to let us into Washington again to see some friends too!

It’s a lot easier now, too, to take her anywhere, since she’s big enough for me to hold her in a different position in her sling. Her cute little legs hang out and she just completely relaxes against my body. She looks and looks around, taking in her environment. And when she’s tired, she rests her cute little head against my shoulder and just relaxes. I love my little girl.

Lily still has a bit of the eczema on her cheeks. It’s really stubborn, those spots. Her shoulders and her legs are clearing up nicely. We found out she’s allergic to Burt’s Bees baby lotion. Who would’ve thunk it, huh? She doesn’t have anything that’s chemical-based. Everything I use on her is completely organic and natural and non-animal tested and non-toxic and all that good stuff. Of course, while this helps in the allergenic category, it doesn’t eliminate the fact that babies can be allergic to even natural ingredients. So whatever’s in Burt’s Bees, she’s allergic to it. I had put some on her arms and legs the other week, and within an hour her whole body started burning up and going red, breaking out in hives. I gave her a warm bath immediately (after freaking out for a bit with Dave), and washed the lotion off of her, and put some more prescription cream on her. It went away in a few hours, but dude, that scared the heck out of me.

So now, the doc has made a referral for us to take her to an allergy-specialist pediatrician right here in town. End of December, we got an appointment for it. We’ll figure out once and for all what she’s allergic to. Dr. M. said that most likely, she’s going to grow out of it, as a baby’s skin is very sensitive. Lily just happens to have overly sensitive skin. I think she got it from me. Poor baby.

However, no fever, no breathing problems, no scars. It appears to just be surface allergies, so that’s good.

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Congrats on getting out with just Lily! It’s fun and easy once you get used to it. I Hope Dave lets you guys come into the US soon! You can come to play group! Or if you need to do some work, I can take her for a little while and she and Corbin can have a play date!

I am TOTALLY envying your play groups. I want to come to one sooo badly! I figure that sooner or later, I’ll be able to take her across regularly without Dave. That may be when she can walk, though. Haha!

WTG on Momm/Lily Time!
I love the picture of her in her sling!
thank goodness it’s only the skin allergies and nothing more serious, big relief.
I’m glad you had the presence of mind to wash off the lotion, I usually panic and forget what the most logic step it for a bit before it comes to me. LOL
Good luck with the new specialist :o )

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