She's all shiny in that picture because I put olive oil on her pasta. Kids her age are supposed to get 50% of their calories from fat, and with dairy out of the picture, I have to get creative sometimes.
I'm going to be taking Cordelia to an allergist to figure out if she's actually allergic to dairy and to see if there is anything else we should be avoiding. She has eczema on her legs and it's itchy enough that she's scratching until she bleeds through her clothing, so we really want to figure out how to make that go away. Her face eczema seemed connected to the dairy in her diet, so maybe her leg eczema is from some other allergy. I just hope it's not grapes. I don't think she can live in a world without grapes.
The other thing I talked to the doctor about was how Cordelia isn't talking. At 15 months, she has no words yet. She'll echo back a few things and she has reactionary words (like "Uh oh!" when she drops something), but she's not independently using words and at this point, that makes her a little delayed. Since this is not my first time at this particular rodeo, it's all much less confusing and scary this time around. The doctor wants us to go ahead and book her an appointment to be evaluated at Kennedy Krieger because the wait list is about 6 months. I'm also going to have someone locally evaluate her. I'm hoping by scheduling all these things, she'll start talking the week before the appointment just to mess with me. That's what she did about walking. Until a week and a half ago, she wasn't really walking and honestly, I was getting concerned about it. She just wanted me to get a good, frothy panic going before she decided that she was done with crawling.
|Naked sock wearing baby: Your argument is invalid|
Maybe she's just taking the whole "copying the older sibling" thing to a new level?
|Accept no substitutes for the original crazy one|
As on update on my whole saga of back pain, I have an appointment for early Friday morning with an actual doctor this time. I'm hoping he can go over my MRI results (and the radiologist's report) and answer my questions.
The other thing I'm doing is getting a referral for a neurosurgeon. These things take time and I'd rather have the referral already processed and an appointment made so I can reduce my waiting in pain time as much as possible. This may mean I'll need to make a day trip to Johns Hopkins, but they take my insurance there so if you're going to have a doctor look at your spine, that seems like it'd be worth the drive. This is all assuming that steroid injection next week doesn't work and fix me completely. My optimism is on vacation right now, and I'm happily residing in the Land of Pessimistic Planning.
Did you copy your older sibling? I did when I was younger and that's how I know so much about comic books and the source of my Street Fighter (Sega!) skills.