1. I saw my first lunar eclipse the other night!
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2. I’ve been doing a lot of studying about celiac disease. We were concerned that our youngest child had it because he isn’t gaining weight. Celiac means that gluten (found in wheat, rye, barley and contaminated oats) attacks the small intestine, causing a number of different problems. One of the problems is that the body is unable to absorb nutrients. We thought this could explain our baby’s lack of growth. Blood work showed he had antibodies and the gene for celiac. But I could tell the doctor (pediatric GI specialist) wasn’t too convinced of it. However, she said we needed to find out for sure because those with celiac disease have to be completely gluten-free for the rest of their lives! We took our little guy to Children’s Hospital to have an upper endoscopy which required full anesthesia. She took biopsies of his esophagus, stomach and small intestine. The whole procedure took about 7 minutes, and he was only "out" for about 30 minutes. It’s so amazing what they can do today! We are so thankful that the results showed no evidence of celiac disease. However, we still have to figure out why he’s not growing. He has very little appetite and so much energy. I think he simply doesn’t eat enough and burns off everything he does eat.
3. We are expecting our sixth baby! This will be the longest in-between babies yet. All our others are 16-18 months apart. But this one will 23 months apart. I’ve been so sick and exhausted–which explains the lack of blogging much lately. I’m about to enter the 2nd trimester and am hoping to feel better soon!