We spent Easter this year with Andrew’s family in Charlottesville. It was a beautiful day and we ate at Guadalajara, probably the most amazing Mexican restaurant to ever exist.
Logan has now decided that all proteins suck, cow’s milk and soy alike. So we’re onto the semi-elemental formula (Similac Alimentum), which hopefully will clear up his tummy troubles. If the Alimentum doesn’t do it we’ll be looking at elemental formulas (Neocate/Elecare) which are ridiculously expensive1. Hopefully it won’t come to that, most babies with intolerances to proteins do just fine on semi-elementals. It’s usually babies who have actual allergies to the proteins that need full elemental formulas, but Andrew’s family history of allergies, asthma and eczema2 worries me slightly.
What I find funny in a I’m-going-to-punch-myself-in-the-face kind of way is that I was stupid careful with Claire. Sticking to a delayed schedule of food introductions, watching for all signs of formula reactions, fretting about everything that went in her mouth until about 10 months3 and up until her recent grass episode she hadn’t displayed any sort of allergy issues. Due to this unnecessary worrying I decided with Logan I was going to be more relaxed about all of it. Ha. Ha. Ha.
Logan, in his three months (in two days) has already had two reactions to pollen that resulted in ER trips and is intolerant/suspected allergic to milk and soy protein. I’d say it’s time for a bubble.
It’s also time for you to go check out Anna @ Aflux, she’s rad and giving away free Zoya nail polish. Which in my book puts you right up there with Oprah and Jackie Onassis. Not quite Madeleine Albright or Hillary Rodham Clinton, I’d have to see how Anna looks in a pantsuit on that one.
$150/week-for-formula-dammit-is-this-baby-really-worth-it ridiculously expensive. ↩
Pretty much his entire immediate family suffers from all three, including him. ↩
When I argued with a doctor about allergies and genetics/epigenetics and he was all, “just because the father’s family has these issues doesn’t mean we should be concerned about her”, and I was all “WAT?!” ↩
I don’t like to talk about politics. That’s not to say I don’t I have opinions about politics, I do (rather strong opinions, at that). I just don’t like to talk about them. In high school my twin sister and I were in model UN and debate club, we talked about politics with anyone who dared to bring the subject up with us. I’ve cooled considerably since then, I just don’t have the time and energy anymore to go in circles with some one when it’s evident we’ve reached an impasse. That’s not to say I refuse to budge on my opinions.
I’ve been wrong before (many, many times) and I’ll be wrong again. If you can prove me wrong, please do. It’s okay to be wrong, but refusing to admit when you’re wrong and resisting the opportunity to learn and grow. Well, that’s just wrong. When a politician admits they’re wrong (last time I use that word, promise, sort of) and changes their stance, it’s called flip-flopping, and no one likes flip-floppers. Much better to close your eyes and cover your ears and continue to vote along party lines as you always have than to realize you made a mistake and work to correct it.
A few things, though, that I am not wrong about (in my opinion, that is, because right/wrong is relative, which is why arguing about it is so futile) and my opinion will never change on are domestic issues, such as health care, women’s rights, education, environment and welfare.
Continuing resolutions are used by the US government when they can’t agree on a more permanent appropriations bill that is supposed to span our fiscal year (FY), which is October 1st through September 30th. Since the beginning of FY 2011 there have been 6 continuing resolutions passed, the last of which expired on April 8th and caused the government shut down fervor. In the last hours of Friday, April 8th the government was able to reach a budget that will last FY 2011, but no one is really happy with the budget (it’s called compromise, they’re not quite sure what to make of it) and they’re already turning their heads towards FY 2012.
You see, everyone wants to cut spending, and they’re willing to do it anywhere. Except for that $20 billion we could save over 10 years by cutting tax subsidies to oil and gas companies. No, let’s just cut the money spent on things like the EPA ($1.6 billion), what do they do? I mean besides prevent companies from cutting corners and causing devastating disasters. How about another $327 million from family planning (Title X)? According to the Guttmacher Institute (a leading institute for advancement of sexual and reproductive health), every $1 spent on family planning saves tax payers $3.74 on further expenses. So by cutting $357 million we’ll end up spending $1,335,180,000. Awesome, good work everyone, way to save money. Oh, wait. Hmm.
That’s only two examples from the continuing resolution that was announced by the House Appropriations Committee on February 9th, which cut funding to 70 programs. Programs like HUD Community Development Program, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and WIC. Some people might write this off, those are programs for poor people who don’t want to work and just want to live off of the taxpayers’ dollars. Poor people suck, they’re probably all on drugs and defrauding us anyways. You know what else sucks? Clean water. No one needs that, which is why it’s totally cool to cut funding to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. Take that clean water, and while we’re at it, eff you safe food! Talk about lame, the Food Safety and Inspection Services needs to go. And there are still 62 more programs beyond the preceding that received cuts. National Institutes of Health, Poison Control Centers, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance, Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies. These aren’t things that taxpayers really need, right?
This isn’t about feminism, environmentalism, classism or any other “isms”. It’s about a government caring more for corporate welfare than the welfare of the people. Placing the burden to support oil and gas companies (which an ex-CEO of Shell advises needs no support when oil is above $70/barrel, and it’s over $110/barrel as of April 8th) on the backs of the taxpayer who is already paying ridiculous prices at the pumps is like asking asking your neighbor to pay your rent when they’re already feeding you. Kind of fucking ridiculous.