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Allergy Appointment

Haley had her first Allergy appointment yesterday. It went really well. Her doctor Dr. Tiñana was really nice, actually listened to me explain her symptoms and episodes.

We did 2 tests for wheat and egg. I didn’t need the dairy one because that was going to definitely show up as a positive. So I thought I’d save her from an additional scratch test. We will be getting blood drawn to determine what component of dairy or the percentage of the component of dairy Haley is more allergic to. The same with egg we’ll have to do a component test since she tested positive for egg on the scratch test.

She did really well with the scratch test and didn’t cry.

Good news is that she’s NOT allergic to wheat. So we don’t have to keep her gluten free anymore. She wasn’t a 100 % anyways more like 90 percent but we’ll be letting her have more and just watching her skin since she has pretty bad eczema.

We did get a prescription for 2 epi-pens for her dairy allergy.  We don’t know how bad it can get if she accidentally were to eat a piece of cheese or drink some milk. We’ve never let that happen and luckily she’s in a pretty controlled environment that it’s less likely to happen but still it’s better to have then not.

I’m hoping she’s not in the Casein category of the Dairy allergy and in the other were there’s a possibility she can outgrow it, and she maybe able to eat it in baked goods.

Next up will be the blood test which we will be doing here soon.


10 Months!

We’ve made it 10 months breastfeeding! Yay! The goal is a year and I’m pretty sure we’ll make it.

Really after 3 months it became so easy. We definitely don’t have to wash a lot of bottles, and it’s always ready. The tough part is that she needs it to go to sleep and she wakes up multiple times at night. Something I wasn’t use to after being spoiled by Caleb at 3 months of sleeping through the night. Luckily she falls right back to sleep but I can’t tell you when I got more than 4 hours straight sleep. I get asked sometimes about when am I going to stop. We’ll I plan to stop pumping at work once she turns a year, but I’ll need to wean myself from the pump gradually which I don’t think will be to difficult. I don’t mind nursing her when were together after the year, to me she’s still a baby. I hopefully will start to slowly wean her and hope to fully wean no later than 18 months. I believe she has a dairy allergy so she needs my milk definitely for a year. She’s never had formula beside the first 2 days of her life in the hospital and that was through a sns feeder not a bottle so she wouldn’t get confused. So momma’s milk it is then.

Photo of the 10 month old girl


Caleb’s 6th Birthday Party

We kept his party low key this time and Star Wars themed. He had a blast and the food was good.

Here are a few pictures.




With Easter coming up I thought I’d share my traditions in my immediate family. (Artis, Caleb, Haley and I only)

So….. I celebrate Easter but then I don’t do everything that most people do when celebrating.

I don’t:

  1. Buy my kids easter baskets with goodies in them
  2. Dye any eggs
  3. Buy them a easter outfit
  4. Care if they take a picture with the Easter bunny

Why don’t I do the stuff above?

  1. They don’t need more goodies
  2. Too much mess and no one eats the boiled eggs
  3. They already have nice outfits and I don’t make this a super special holiday
  4. All the easter bunnies look super fake and it’s just not real

I do:

  1. Buy Cascarones for them to break
  2. Hide eggs for them to find with candy
  3. Eat BBQ

Why do I do some things?

  1. It’s fun
  2. It’s fun
  3. And I like to eat

That’s all.

7 Months!

7 Months of Breastfeeding with no end in sight! Hope to make it to 1 year!

3 months today

I made it. I made it to 3 months breastfeeding. It wasn’t easy but I did it. If you make past 12 weeks I believe it gets better and easier. Thanks goes to my husband who helped tremendously with Caleb this summer, without that help I don’t know if I would have made it. Next goal is 6 months.


8 months tomorrow…

It will be 8 months tomorrow since my grandma has passed. I truly think about her quite often and usually it gets me emotional. I miss her. I have very fond memories of her…mostly her cooking in the kitchen in her one of many aprons. She use to make us tortillas with butter, or fideo when we were little, or how when going with her to work at the bank how she’d clean the kitchen while watching her tv novelas at the same time.

When I had Caleb 5 years ago she was still in relatively in good health. She waited all night at the hospital for me to have my baby and didn’t leave till she got to see him. This time she wasn’t here and it made me sad. I know she’s in a much better place now and hopefully viewing us from above. Miss you grandma. – Jessica

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First work week back

My first week back is coming to a close. I work a half day tomorrow as I usually do on Friday’s. Somethings have noticeably changed as I knew they would of course with a new baby. They are also all positives!

  1. I get up a whole hour earlier at 5:30 a.m. instead of 6:30 and I of course fall asleep earlier…I’m pretty sure I fell asleep last night before 9 p.m.. LOL I’m now on-time to work everyday.
  2. I have a pump calendar entry twice a day to remind me to pump. I’ve needed a reminder sometimes I can forget if I get caught up with my work, and also I make sure to not schedule back to back meetings so I have the time to pump.
  3. I’m pumping just enough for little one each day with a few extra ounces. I get to nurse her during lunch time.
  4. I get home 30-45 minutes later than I use to…I nurse her when I pick her up.
  5. My awesome mother-in-law is pace feeding Haley and she’s doing great at not getting overfed as some breastfeeding babies can get overfed by using a bottle.
  6. I meal prepped this week lunches and dinners and all we had to do was warm up our meals.

I hope it continues to go well. – Jessica

The Story of Us

Many people don’t know this story. In fact I’m not sure who knows actually. So let me think back to what year it was probably the end of 2005. I’m bad with dates. I believe it may have been Nov. time when I started talking to Artis. When I say talking what I really mean is emailing via myspace. Yup myspace. I met Artis via the internet. At the time I just thought ..oh he’s cute, I’ll add him as my friend and get to know him. Little did I know that he worked at the same place I did. (Del Mar College) I worked for I.T. and he worked in the Writing Center as a floor supervisor in the Writing Center. Literally two buildings across from me. We even had a mutual friend. Lol. Funny how life works. We’ll be married 8 years come this December. 

5 Weeks In

Two Pregnancies and two different kinds of delivery methods. Having done both c-section and VBAC my doc asked me on Monday which I thought was better. I immediately said c-section. Well, only because I had a fourth degree tear and it seemed like my recovery took longer and pain level lasted way longer. I told her that maybe after I completely healed I’d change my mind. What helped was the padsicles I made via Pinterest – webpage reference . That greatly reduced my swelling.

This time around I’m breastfeeding, with my first I tried but I found it to difficult and gave up. This time I was more determine and had more knowledge so I’ve been successful. We’re exclusively breastfeeding. I wouldn’t say it easier in fact it’s way harder  (IMO). You don’t have the connivence of having your spouse help in the middle of the night to help feed the baby…unless you’ve have extra milk pumped. Which I do but I”m saving it for when I go back to work so I try not to use it when I don’t have to. Sometimes I feel like there’s never a break from breastfeeding only when she’s sleeping, when she’s awake I think she’s always hungry. It requires patience but we also have bond.

Caleb my first baby was formula fed and I don’t feel bad about it either. He’s a healthy 5 year old boy now and although we had to go through different formulas before finding one that he didn’t constantly spit-up with.  I think either way you go is fine, and whatever works…well works.

Haley is 5 weeks and growing, I can tell she’s already not as small as when she was born. Time flies so quickly I got to cherish every moment as she continues to grow. She smiles at me sometimes when she’s awake and it’s the best. Big brother Caleb, loves her to pieces and tells her often everyday.

Thank goodness Artis is off this summer to help me, without him here, I don’t know if I’d be this successful at breastfeeding, and I’d definitely be more sleep deprived. Luckily Haley is such a good baby she’s sleeping 5-6 hours straight at night, then up for an hour or 2 to feed and change and fall back to sleep, then down again for 2-3 more hours. Caleb started sleeping through the night at 3 months, I think she maybe the same. I hope as that’s when I go back to work. I would love to be able to get that much sleep.

Well….I’ll input another entry soon….see y’all later.