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The winner is…ME!!!

I can be fairly egotistical. When it comes to my blog, I am so proud of it that I can help but brag about it. Just recently, thanks to some good friends spreading the word about this site, the amount of daily views has skyrocketed, as has the amount of fans on my Facebook fan page. I have been given heaps of ideas for blog topics. Thank you to all!

But I am writing this post because I have something new to brag about…I have been given the Kreative Blogger award!! The very lovely, A Morning Grouch, sent the award over (don’t be fooled by the name!)

It’s a great feeling knowing that people are enjoying my little rants and mindless dribble!

Now, there are stipulations in behind accepting the award. I have to reveal seven things about myself, and pass the award on to ten other bloggers. So here we go:

Revelation 1: I am scared of the dark and the ocean. Both fears started when I was about 15 years old. The fear of darkness started when I thought that someone was walking up the side of our house, and standing outside my bedroom window for about six months. I used to hear leaves crunching up the side passage, stop outside my window, and the walk back after about half an hour. I never had the guts to peer out, but was so scared I started sleeping with a screwdriver ready to stab anyone who came through the window!

 The fear of the ocean started around the same time, but have no explanation as to why. I used to love swimming at the beach. All of a sudden, if I couldn’t see the bottom, I would panic and not go any further. My husband thinks I’m weird that I never want to go on a cruise ship because of my fear of the ocean.

Revelation 2: I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It hurts like all buggery!! An IBS attack is more painful than labour (and I have had four of those…two of them had no pain relief!) Pork triggers that attacks for me. I would give anything to be able to eat  roast pork, or sweet and sour pork…but its not worth the pain!

Revelation 3: I’m a massive Joss Whedon fan. I love all his shows, obsessive really. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse, Firefly….love ’em!

Revelation 4:  I’m a huge fan of historical romances. Julie Garwood is my favourite author, you should definitely check her out. “Ransom” is by far her best book, it was the first one I ever read. She also does modern-day thriller/romances.

Revelation 5: I completely, 100%, believe in ghosts.

Revelation 6: I was heavily involved in netball. I played, I coached, I umpired. I was better at the latter two. I did all three at a regional level regularly. As a player, I was average. I used to play up to five times a week, as a defence player. Wing Defence was my best position. The teams I coached always did pretty well. I was also picked to go to a state umpiring camp once. I was the youngest person there, at the age of thirteen. I miss netball. I stopped getting involved due to work commitments, then kids came along. Now, pregnancy messed up my Achilles heel that I probably wont be able to play again.

Revelation 7: I am ashamed to say I was insanely obsessed with Twilight. I honestly don’t know what came over me. Usually, hype turns me off a movie or book. I have never become so obsessed with anything in my life. It was all I talked about for months, I could not put the books down and I scoured the internet for any goss I could get. I’m am now proud to say I have been completely rehabilitated. I still enjoy the books and movies, but I can now shut the book, turn the tv off….and forget about it!

OK, on to my recommendations for the award. You definitely need to check out the following blogs:

Random Ramblings of a Stay at Home Mum

Canadian CF Mom

Whatsaysyou

Rantings of a loon

Alissa Anderton

A Morning Grouch (yes, I’m sending an award back!)

Mommy Confessions

Mommy Ramblings

These aren’t really blogs, but you should check them out anyway:

Funtastic Early Childhood Ideas

Learning for Life

Again, thanks for taking an interest in my crazy life!

Bella 🙂

tummy grumbles

Last night was not the greatest of nights.

The “little one” (as he gets called in this house) was restless all night with an upset tummy. I have no idea what caused it.

I have forgotten to mention in other posts that not only does he have CF, but he is lactose intolerant…or dairy intolerant? It hasn’t been 100% figured out yet as soy is the only thing he can tolerate. Over the course of, at least, six months, we have tried goat milk, oat milk, rice milk, lactose free milk etc. You name it, we tried it. Soy is the only thing he can tolerate.

It started off not being able to tolerate milk, but once we figured out about the soy, that was fine. Then he couldn’t tolerate cheese, then yoghurt. We have him settled on all soy products now (but OUCH!!! It’s pricey!)

 About 2 months ago, he stopped tolerating chocolate as well, so he is chomping down “Sweet Willy Dairy Free” chocolate, which was actually recommended to us by one of our cleaning clients, whose daughter also has allergies. It doesn’t taste too bad, kinda like a cheap, almost dark chocolate you get from the stingy relative at Easter.

He is still able to tolerate regular dairy butter, at this stage. He is also able to eat processed foods that have milk in them (this kid could seriously give the cookie monster a run for his money!!) But he isn’t much of a cake eater….cake is for smooshing!

It has made life interesting trying to boost the fat in his meals as soy doesn’t quite have the same fat content as dairy. The last time we saw the dietician, there was talk of getting some sort of additive to help boost the fat content of the soy, but they were wanting to do a bit of research, as most of the ones they prescribe are dairy based. I think at this point, they aren’t terribly concerned, unless his weight drops. At the moment he is staying fairly steady between the 45th and 50th percentile for both weight and height…which I’m pretty happy about. Apparently height can be stunted, and older CF-ers tend to be a bit scrawny (but remember, they have only figured out the high fat diet in the last 5 years ago, so “the young one” should never be like this)

But having dairy has the same effect as not giving him his enzyme tablets before he eats (those little “goodies” that help him digest his food), he becomes grumpy, then bloated and gassy, then loose. Not a pretty picture!

But last night…I honestly don’t know what was going on. He becomes loose at the drop of a hat. But he had only pooped once all day (sorry…too much information again, I know!) but was bloated, grumpy and his tummy was grumbling like crazy.

It was probably 10pm before I could successfully get him to bed, and had to get up to him every hour or so. When he gets like this, there is next to nothing we can do for him except give some pain relief and hope it works. Last night he was lucky, we happened to have some Pain Stop (for non-Australian readers….its a ripper pain-killer!!!) for some dental pain my partner and I have had (don’t worry…its ok for children!)

He has been grumpy today, a little more argumentative than usual for the little red-head (Trust me, he has the temper to match the colour!)

I don’t know if he ate something he shouldnt have, or if I messed up his medications somewhere along the line. CF sufferers can get constipation easily, but that’s not the young one’s style….he tends to go the other way, so neither of these theories really make sense.

Im just hoping it not some sort of bug :-S