Family Friday (vol. 52): Summer Days

I can’t believe how quickly the summer is going. That’s always the case, but it seems especially so this year. Thankfully, I wrapped up work a bit early today so that my parents and I could take the girls to the beach. The public beach, or “the big beach” as Shea likes to call it. We haven’t had an actual beach day this year other than one feeble attempt at our small, rocky beach a few weeks ago.

Sand and children – woof. But it was worth it. We needed it. This week was pretty dreary.

And not dreary in the sad sense or the weather sense, but the sick kid sense. Shea spiked a fever over 102 F on Tuesday morning and then had some bowel ISSUES to accompany the fever. After a very long wait at the pediatrician and dealing with OTHER body fluids, Tuesday couldn’t come to an end fast enough. Unable to find a sitter for Wednesday, I stayed home with Shea as she was not allowed to go back to daycare until her fever had been gone for at least 24 hours. Let’s just say I clocked 17,000 steps that day and I didn’t leave the house. She wasn’t sick-sick beyond Tuesday and she’s now back to 100%.

Interestingly, the pediatrician recommended juice while she was sick. I understand the hydration factor and not wanting her intaking a lot of dairy, but this suggestion goes against what I believed about juice and the gut. Anyway, I gave her juice for the first time and honestly, I feared that she would LOVE it. To clarify, I gave her 50/50 juice and water (may have been more like 60% water, but you get the idea). While she liked it alright, she’s still Team Milk. Try rationalizing with a sick 2-year-old that she can’t have milk until she feels better. TEARS.

We also have successfully potty trained. I repeat, WE HAVE SUCCESSFULLY POTTY TRAINED! The real test: diarrhea in public. She did great, poor babe. And she’s really enjoying all the “jelly beans” (Reeses Pieces) – 1 for #1 and 2 for #2. 😉

Piper has officially quit breastfeeding. She has no patience for a let-down which is sad. I miss it already. While my supply is quickly tanking, I’ll continue to pump and between pumping and what’s left in my freezer stash, we should make it to nearly a year. That said, we have gone to formula in the middle of the night because mercy me, I cannot and will not be warming breastmilk in the middle of the night. Heck-to-the-no.

Last weekend we went blueberry picking and had an absolute blast. The girls really enjoyed it. Piper decided she liked blueberries that day, ate her body weight worth, and has been pretty indifferent towards blueberries ever since. Blueberry burnout? Piper has taken fondly to cheese (#1 in her heart), corn, broccoli, banana, and chicken sausage. She doesn’t seem to be a fan of things that are cold and/or mushy, like avocado or mango. She seems to like meat pretty well and along with everyone else, LOVED the Mustard Maple Pork Tenderloin (bomb.com) I made last week.

Piper is starting to take a stab at talking – she can almost say “uh oh”. She likes to give high-fives and shake her head “no”. She continues to be obsessed with her duck lovie and her left thumb (just like her big sis).

Next up, peach you-pick and at least one more beach day before summer is done. We’re also dedicating both girls at our new church next weekend, so we’re looking forward to that. Slow down, July and August, can you be enjoyably hot and not this swamp water business? Thankyouverymuch.

Be well,

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