Saturday, September 27, 2008

Training to help out in chores.

Laetitia loves to do "adult" stuff and that includes helping us out with the household chores. One of her favourite activity is to put the laundry into the washing machine. Here my little darling is hard at work.

And maybe, just maybe, if she earns enough pocket money from doing chores she might be able to afford herself some decent shopping and be a young fashionista? :p

Monday, September 22, 2008

An allergic reaction.

We had a little scare this evening with Laetitia having an allergic reaction to either the cashew or macadamia nut she had while we were having apperitif with Anne and Nico at our place. It started with her saying that there's something on her tongue/in her mouth and then she started complaining of some discomfort. It quickly led to her vomiting and then saying that her stomach hurts. For a while, I thought she might have eaten something bad but when she started scratching and then her body started turning red and hives developed I quickly realised it's an allergic reaction. It's a first so we immediately called the SOS doctor helpline. The paediatric doctor has a wait of 2hrs so we asked for a normal doctor. At the same time, Etienne called my father in law (a doctor) to ask if there is anything specific we should do. After determining it was not "life-threatening", we just tried our best to comfort Lae and distract her from her discomfort. Anne and Nico took their leave to allow us to deal with Laetitia in peace. Poor little one was in so much discomfort.

Finally the doctor came, prescribed some medication which Etienne had to go get at a 24hr pharmacy 20 mins away, we gave Lae the medicine and she quickly fell asleep as it was pass 10pm and she was totally exhausted from the ordeal.

The thing is I had given Laetitia food containing some nuts (hazelnuts, pecan, walnut, almonds etc) but she never had any reaction. I guess this time it was a whole nut that's why. Anyways, we will be more vigilant with nut products going forward.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Back home and back to daycare.

Finally it's "la rentrée" (back to school). In France, almost everything shuts down in summer especially in the month of August. Shops are closed, schools are closed, and even daycare centers are closed. The French would take the opportunity to go on long holidays during this time. Etienne took three weeks off and Laetitia spent 3 weeks with her grandparents and the last week of the holiday with us in Paris. I was initially worried that Laetitia would need to readjust getting back to the daycare but nope, she was excited to go back and there was no problem at all. In fact, the caregivers were so sweet to call her the darling of the garderie, telling me she is very well behaved. So, now that Laetitia is back to the daycare, I can rest in the afternoons.

Last weekend we attended a wedding just outside of Paris and I managed to snap a couple of photos of her in the garden smelling the flowers and along the side of the swimming pool with her papa.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

It's a......

We went for our regular doctor's visit today and she did a quick scan to show us how the baby is growing. She then asked if we want to know the sex and we said YES.

So, she looked and went, oh, there's a little "zizi" (penis in cutey kiddy French). So, yes, we are having a BOY! Now the big thing is finding a name.

In the meantime, I am still mightily tired and am in need of a nap EVERYDAY. The vomiting has more or less stopped but the nausea has not. Some nights, I need an hour of burping in bed before I finally get to sleep. Well, it should get better right?