Saturday, September 20, 2014

Allergies, boo!

So we went to Akureyri yesterday so that Felix could get an allergy test, and the verdict is in! No eggs, dairy or peanuts for either of us (at least until he's weaned, and then I shall celebrate with a peanut butter milkshake - is that a thing? It should be.) Prepare for some food related whinging over the next couple of months. Also, hit me with your favourite dairy free desserts, I am mostly craving sweet treats.

Anyway, I'm glad we know what's going on, and hopefully we can help make Felix feel better. It was a bit of an ordeal having to go to Akureyri, but such is life. I've met with this particular paediatrician a few times now, and I always come away feeling kind of crap, like I've disappointed her or something? I think it probably has something to do with her phrasing (and my translation thereof). I mean, yes, his eczema is pretty bad, but when she looked at him she said his skin was 'not good enough', which seems to be a bit of a trigger phrase that just makes me feel terrible.

What else? There's been this weird fog cloud hanging around the fjord lately, I think it's somehow related to the volcano in the south. It's supposedly not toxic or anything, just makes the sky a bit strange sometimes. Henry has a bit of a cough at the moment, and I'm not sure whether it's illness or a bit of a sensitivity to whatever is in the air. Hopefully it'll pass soon.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Photo-filled Santorini post!

Many photos, few words.

The view from our apartment!


Breakfast is hard!




On a boat!

Bride and maid of honor!

Uncle Jesse, Henry and Eva the beautiful bride!



Father of the bride!

Husband and wife!


Henry found a praying mantis at the reception, and it was the highlight of his life so far.

Vicki's sister Kerry took this awesome family photo of us - it's the first one where Henry looks happy! My favourite part is Felix's little finger poking Henry. These dudes are the best.

So yeah, we had a fantastic time! The food was awesome, spending time with family and friends was amazing, and the wedding was absolutely stunningly beautiful. The boys did great with all the traveling and meeting people, and I was so proud of both of them. Of course they each had some minor meltdowns when things got a bit too stressful, but hey, who didn't? I think I'll probably leave it there for now, might do a bit more sharing later.  

Monday, September 1, 2014


Felix had an appointment with a paediatrician from Akureyri the other day - she came to the local hospital though, so that makes life easier. Anyway, she gave me all the normal advice for eczema, plus some stronger steroid cream, and instructions for both of us to cut out dairy completely. I said that I'd been trying to cut down and she kind of laughed and said no, if there's any dairy protein at all in your system, he's getting it. So I have to stop half-assing it, and read ingredients lists for stuff like milk powder. Booo!
It's definitely made me more mindful of what and when I'm eating, and I realised that I tend to nibble on food constantly throughout the day. Must invest in some delicious snacks! I had a mega craving this morning for cheese, so I made hummus which was a pretty acceptable substitute? I think I wanted rich flavoured + proteiny, so it was perfect. Unfortunately I'm not eating nuts, either, or that would be the perfect solution to all my snacking woes.

Oh yeah, but on the plus side, she said Felix was allowed to have wheat, which I'd been avoiding up until now. I gave him a pile of Cheerios, and he fell in love. He doesn't quite have the fine motor skills to pick them up individually, so he just grabs a handful and mashes them into his face with glee.

What else? Not sure if I already told this story, but when I told Henry that he would have to dress up for the wedding, he said he would like to be Spiderman. Not sure how we'll go getting him into formal wear in thirty degree humid heat (also we don't really have proper formal wear, just a button up shirt and some nice pants. Hope that'll do!)

We fly out to Santorini tomorrow! Felix has gotten himself a nice cold to have on the plane, nothing like a sick baby as an excellent travel companion. We've nearly finished packing, just have to sort out a few odds and ends today. I thought that I was being sensibly relaxed about it, but it turns out I was procrastinating. Oops.

Anyway, I think we're all ready to go, and it looks like the volcano is keeping itself busy without interrupting flights. Fingers crossed it stays that way!