Henry's doctor called with the results of the allergy test. Everything came back negative. hmmm... The doctor thinks that Henry had giardia for a very long time and it has caused some damage to the small intestines. She thinks over time the small intestine will heal itself. We can take him to a pediatric GI for further testing to continue to search for a more concrete answer but have decided that we will wait it out for a while longer. We have decided to keep Henry on a dairy free diet for a few more weeks to see if it helps (so far it hasn't). Henry continues to gain weight, he is generally a happy, loving child who is thriving.
Yesterday Rob and I heard Henry squealing in the family room. His happy and hurt squeal sound the same so we weren't sure what was going on. Igor popped up from the family room saying, "I'm tickling Henry's feet and he likes it!" Then Igor vanished and we heard the squeals once more. My sweet boy is learning to love his brother.
It's time to say good-bye to spring and hello to summer. It will be 90 degrees for the next few days! Henry and I spend about 5 hours outside each day. We go on walks, play in the yard, look at flowers, watch caterpillars and the clouds in the sky. Yesterday Henry and I were watching the clouds and I felt an intense sadness for Igor. When he was this age he was still in an orphanage, rarely if ever let outside, never hugged or held. I am so grateful that Igor is our son and is here at home with us.
Henry and I have been very busy planting seeds and watching them grow. Henry loves to water the plants and feed them sand. Henry has discovered the rain barrels. He loves to collect water in his buckets and wash his scooter and wagon.
I am working on a raised vegetable garden. I think I will net the entire area to protect it from deer, rabbits, squirrels, turtles...