Several months ago, Sophia informed us that she wanted to be a pirate for Halloween. Most of Sophia's 3-year-old girlfriends were going as princesses or fairies, so I got a lot of questions about how Sophia had made her costume selection. I believe her pirate obsession began last year when she watched a DVD about "Madeline and the Pirates," and then there was that "Max & Ruby" episode where Max was playing pirates. Ever since, she's been "hooked" (I just couldn't resist the pun).

Cassidy did NOT choose to dress up and was somewhat disgruntled when I stuffed her into a hot, yellow, fluffy bundle of cuteness. We weren't sure if her costume was a duck or a chick—the top half had a very duck-like bill, but the bottom half didn't have webbed feet. Chick? Duck? We decided she was either a "chuck" or a "dick," and for obvious reasons we went with "chuck."

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Pirate Sophia pilfering candy from the Cat Lady. Check out the totally rad Obama pumpkin.

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Pirate Sophia & Pirate Pumpkin

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Liam, Sophia, & Kaitlin eating their loot.

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Pirate Sophia & Cassidy the "Chuck"


So much cuteness I can't even take it. Did Sophia see my pirate ship pumpkin that I carved? I'll send a pic!

Hi Amy,

Just found your blog on a search of "scd diet + breastfeeding" on google. I'm inspired by your story. I have ulcerative colitis and have been flaring on and off since I was diagnosed 1 1/2 years ago. I flared throughout my pregnancy, was hospitalized for a week, and then gave birth 7 weeks early after a placental abruption. Anyways, my daughter is 8 months old and healthy as can be, but I am still flaring. I'm thinking of trying the SCD diet, but not sure I'll get all the calories/nutrients required to keep breastfeeding. Are you still breast feeding Cassidy? Had you talked to your doctors about this at all? Thanks for any help you could offer.

Sincerely, Audra



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