Saturday, June 28, 2014

17 Months Old!

I didn't do pictures with the blocks today... but we had family pictures taken... so the pictures are from that! :)

Colby is a little stinkerpotumus! He loves having attention and knows that he is cute! 

The biggest news from the past month is Colby can EAT MORE FOOD! He has eaten tomatoes, citrus, and carrots with no reaction! He has also had dairy baked and cooked into things and have no reaction! A huge change from even the tiniest bit of dairy in something covering him in hives and effecting his breathing! (When we get back from Chicago next week, we will try cheese and yogurt!) And he LOVES to eat! He has started to climb into his high chair when it's getting close to meal time and asking for food! And he normally eats more than Kyle and Emily do!

Colby is still nursing at least twice a day, some days more. Always after lunch and before bed, but he also sometimes does in the morning still. If he doesn't in the morning, I pump and he gets breastmilk in his cup.

Colby's vocabulary is slowly expanding, but he still doesn't have a huge list of words that he says. He is very good at listening and understands pretty much everything we tell him though!

Environmental allergy wise, Colby is still allergic to everything. If we forget to give him is zrytec in the morning, he normally has a running nose by lunch time. Hopefully by the time next summer comes around, these will improve!

Colby loves to do whatever Kyle and Emily are doing. He normally plays right along with them. He loves to play cars with Kyle and babies with Emily. He also LOVES to color and wear stickers! He also does an okay job helping pick up toys and put things away.

Colby also likes to go to time out... When he does something wrong and we tell him to go to time out, he normally runs with a big smile on his face. Not the most effective punishment right now, but hopefully he'll eventually realize it's not a game and he's in trouble!

Colby still only has four teeth and no signs of any others trying to come in.

He's still wearing mostly 12 month clothes, with a few 18 months thrown in. Most of his jammies are 18 months though.

Schedule wise, he's still pretty much the same. Up around 8:00am, and then breakfast and play/adventure until lunch at noon. Then nurse and down for a nap. Most days he sleeps for about two hours. Dinner around 5:30, and then nurse/bed around 7:00pm. He is doing better sleeping through the night... as long as he and I don't have any gluten.

Colby is a grandpa's boy, just like his big brother! One of the few words he actually does say is "Granka." He loves looking at pictures of Grandpa and is always sure to point him out and let everyone know who is in the picture!

Most of the time, he's a very happy little boy! 

Saturday, June 21, 2014


Someone has some news to share...

He's a little excited...

Kyle and Emily are too...

We are expected baby number FOUR!

You can read through all the stuff below if you want, but here are the highlights...

  • My due date is January 24 (Four days before Colby turns two!) 
  • I'm pretty miserable between the nausea, the throwing up, and the exhaustion. 
  • We are all very excited!

May 19

You can barely see it in the "regular" test... but we have two positive (and one broken) pregnancy tests! That can only mean one thing... Eubank Baby number four is on the way!!!

We've only told a few people, but in the next few weeks plan on telling most of our family and such... if Kyle and Emily don't beat us too it! Last night in a meeting with teens (our Chicago Team) before youth group Kyle randomly said "Mommy, there's a baby in your belly!"

May 22
Yesterday my parents came over for dinner, so we put a big brother shirt on Colby. It took them a while to notice... and when they did..
"Does Colby have on Kyle's shirt?" - mom
"No, it's his shirt." - Brent
"Does it say big brother?" - mom
"Yes." - Brent
"Oh." - Mom
A little while later we asked Emily to explain Grandma why Colby had on a big brother shirt... then she got it! :)

May 28
Apparently in the first trimester of pregnancy, I ALWAYS get a horrible cold!

June 1
After a trip to the doctor and a few days on antibiotics, I am finally feeling better. I still have a nice cough... my my throat is no longer on fire and my ears don't feel like they are going to pop. And now, "morning" sickness is in full swing... And the belly is slowly starting to sick out a little bit...

June 6
Emily likes to talk to the baby. She often asks me if she can, and then lifts of my shirt and whispers things to the baby.
Yesterday Emily came into the bathroom when I was throwing up. When I was done, she asked to talk to the baby. She said "Hey you, stop making mommy spit up! She trying to grow a big belly so you have room to play in there!"
I don't remember if it was yesterday, or the day before... but I was resting on the couch because I was exhausted and she came up, lifted my shirt and started talking to the baby. She said "Hey baby. I love you, and mommy and Kyle and Colby and Daddy love you. Please stop taking mommy's energy. She need to play with us. When you done growing and come out of there, she'll play with you too. Mommy is lots of fun to play with, as long as your good. She'll probably just feed you boob for a while though after you come out! When you get big, you can play too!"
I love "seeing" (or hearing) the world through the minds of three year olds!

June 10
I had my first OB appointment this morning. All went well. Talked to the midwife for a while and she wanted to do an ultrasound to get an accurate due date since my periods haven't been regular (because of breastfeeding). Luckily, they could get me in for an ultrasound shortly after my appointment was over, so I didn't need to go back.
We have a healthy little blob with a strong little heart beat of 138 bpm. The ultrasound gave an office due date of Jan 24th, so five days later than it would have been based on my last period.
All is well... and we go back in about four weeks for another check!
Colby seemed to enjoy the ultrasound picture when I showed it to him. He kept wanting to look at it and would point to it and then to my belly. :)

June 11
This morning Kyle and Emily keep telling me its dark in my belly and the baby can't see. They also keep asking if they can hold the baby in case the baby is afraid of the dark!

June 13
I am so sick of throwing up! I've been okay during the day (just exhausted) the past couple days, but as soon as I lay down to go to sleep at night, the nausea hits me like a ton of bricks and I puke and puke and puke some more. Maybe I should try taking a zofran before I go to bed and see if that helps!

June 14
This morning I went to get the blood work done that my OB ordered. Emily went with me to the lab. She was so concerned about how much blood they had to take and made sure to hold my hand the whole time so that it didn't hurt. Then she was a little upset that I only got a piece of tape and gauze and no band-aid or sticker!

June 19
And my belly has popped out! A few days ago I decided that most of my regular jeans were to tight, so I packed them up and broke out the maternity pants... and I'm not quite 9 weeks yet.. I think with Colby I was about 10 weeks when my pants no longer were comfortable...
Emily keeps telling me the baby is growing because my belly is getting bigger.
Colby loves to attack my belly and give the baby kisses! He also thinks he has a baby in his belly.
Emily is convinced the baby is a girl. Kyle is convinced the baby is a boy. One of them is going to be disappointed!
I'm feeling pretty miserable. I am exhausted. I am having a hard time falling asleep. And when I do fall asleep, I wake up after a short bit to pee or throw up. The zofran is sometimes helping with the throwing up, but I am still nauseous most of the time.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Cheeser Face

This kid....

You tell him to smile... and he does this...

You tell him to cheese... and he does this...

Sunday, June 15, 2014


Grandma is ALWAYS bugging for a picture of all three kiddos together.... Before church this morning they were all sitting on the couch together nicely, so I got the camera out. So... here ya go Grandma!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Re-Introducing Foods!

Colby had an appointment with the allergist today.

We've heard and read lots of stories about kiddos having a crazy list of food allergies, then being diagnosed with celiac's or gluten issues, and then once the gluten is all out of their system, their food allergies go away. So we asked...

The PA said that we could test again, but she's not sure the test results would be much different. But, after much discussion of Colby and his issues, she did feel comfortable giving us the okay to try to slowly re-introduce things into my diet and see if he reacts. If no reaction through breastmilk, we can try re-introducing the food to him!

So.. the plan... slowly put dairy back into my diet. At first, with it baked and cooked into things...

After that, we'll slowly try cheese and other dairy if he doesn't have a reaction...

Monday, June 2, 2014

Maybe Celiac's Disease?

Colby had is follow up with his GI doctor today.... it was supposed to be two weeks ago, but have to be rescheduled.

We've talked with the nurses twice and apparently info hasn't been relayed correctly. There is much less confusion after actually talking to the doctor day.

So.. here's what we found out...

The first pathology report showed some inflammation and slight damaged in the intestines biopsies, but not enough to confirm celiac's disease. Because of this and the "sort of positive" blood test, the doctor sent the biopsies to U of M for a second opinion. The second opinion confirmed the first.

But this still doesn't provide us with a clear answer.

The doctor explained that because Colby is still breastfed, this could give us a false negative. Breastmilk helps protect and repair damage very well. (Yay! Breastmilk!!)

We also talked about the possibility that not enough gluten actually got to Colby's intestines because when we were trying to fill him full of gluten, he kept throwing it up.

But... we do know that Colby is greatly benefiting from a gluten free diet. He is thriving! He's gaining weight and growing like crazy. He's eating... and eating... and eating! He has gotten his "spunk" back!

The few times we has gotten gluten since we've gone gluten free, he has been miserable. He screams and screams. He curls in a ball and then arches his back. And screams some more.

So, the doctor is debating between a diagnosis of Celiac's Disease and Gluten Sensitivity. His recommendation to keep Colby gluten free and try a gluten challenge at some point down the road.  So the current plan is to stay gluten free until Colby is three years old, and then attempt a gluten challenge. (He said he would trust our judgement as to when we want to do the challenge. If we decide to do it sooner than three, he will support that, or if we want to wait longer, that's fine with him as well!)  When we do the challenge, we will introduce gluten back into Colby's diet with the hopes of him being able to eat it for three weeks or so, and then test him again for Celiac's disease with blood work. Depending on what the blood work shows and how Colby responds to gluten in his diet will determine where we go from there.

He said it's important to get an official diagnosis at some point due to the other health issues that Celiac's can lead too.

For now, we are going to assume that he has Celiac's disease and hope and pray we will find out differently down the road!