July 21, 2008
July 20, 2008
Lots of gorgeous old growth forest...those trees were just amazing. We hiked along the White River most of the way to the falls where we had a picnic lunch with everyone and headed back. Eventually, we as parents will get used to hauling extra little girl pounds on our backs, but I'm happy A. Lee is getting to the age where she wants to get out and explore on her own! It was a gorgeous morning.
We headed from there to our friends' Shelley and Shane post wedding celebration. They were married in May, in Missouri and most of us couldn't make the trip due to newborns, so it was nice to be able to celebrate them with Conco friends!
July 17, 2008
My other little baby girl loves smoothies so much (this is how I sneak in every single possible fruit I can, since she won't eat fruit) that she's forgotten how to just eat yogurt. Whatever works, right? Hooray for Trader Joe's bananas and cream. Tasty!!!!!!!!!!!
Life is good.
July 15, 2008
July 14, 2008
July 11, 2008
Any and all suggestions are welcome. I'm hitting up Trader Joe's and PCC in Issaquah at some point this weekend for a whole new nut free shopping experience.
We're also allergic to dogs/cats. Anyone need some wiener dogs? Those are obviously not as severe, and no, we're not really giving up our doggies, but I think my poor child's eczema has been related to Willie and Molly her whole little life.
Anyone need some Johnson & Johnson products? We've gotta stock up on some different soaps, too. Yes, tree nuts can be used in soaps/lotions.
Save your cetaphil and eucarin coupons for me. I'm gonna need 'em.
July 8, 2008
I know I am not the only mother that has ever had to endure a food allergy or an allergic reaction. I have watched my nephew suffer from food allergies, as well as seasonal ones, including asthma, eczema and breathing treatments galore....and now the poor baby has to get shots, but they keep him from being miserable and that is what is important.
So far, we've been in the clear with only mild dust/pollen allergies (seasonally) and eczema (seasonally, as well). I breastfed for 14 months w/A. Lee and followed all of the food introduction rules, and if I'd been sitting where Scott was, I would have let her munch on the healthy treat, myself.
It was Friday, 4th of July (thankfully, at Pine Mt. Lake, they do the fireworks Saturday evening, so she didn't have to miss the show), and I was either breastfeeding Miss S. or in the shower...kind of a blur...while Scott was feeding A. Lee her dinner of mac-n-cheese. Gamma had bought a bunch of yummy healthy treats for us all at Costco, and offered A. Lee a sample of Mrs. Mays Black Sesame (which she spit out) and Cashew Crunch, and she ate only one square of the cashew crunch. THANK GOD.
She was super fussy, b/c we didn't nap this weekend with vacationing excitement and I took over feeding her outside on the porch. She finished her little bowl of mac-n-cheese with me and then I noticed her lips and all around her mouth beginning to puff up, swell and turn white. I immediately asked what the culprit could have been, and gave her the only antihistamine I had with me, Loratadine, which is Claritin for children and held her until I could get a hold of my sister.
My sister, A.B. works as an E.R./Trauma nurse, and has dealt with H.'s allergies for as long as I could remember. She calmly explained what to do and sort of guided us through what to expect in the next half hour. I sat with my baby in my arms watching her swell, and scream that her tummy needed a band-aid and then she passed out right there in my arms. For those of you who know A. Lee, you know that my child doesn't curl up and go to sleep...that was the scariest part. A.B. said it was her body's way of shutting down and preparing to reject the food. Sure enough, thirty seconds later she violently threw up everything in her little stomach and broke out into hives all over.
We had already sent our friends to the store for benadryl topical when she first started to swell, and had to send them back for children's benadryl per my sister's advice. For future reference, (in case this ever happens to you), you can split an adult's benadryl in half and give to them, b/c the dosage they need is 12.5 mg. Our poor friend, T. was begging the folks at the Groveland Market (Main St. Market) to let us in for the benadryl b/c they were closing up to go home to their families. Thank God T. carries cash...that was the only reason they let him in (well, that and he explained our urgent situation). THANK YOU, T.
Two hours later, we were hive free, curled up on the couch together watching our "Letter Movie" our friend, Charlie loaned us for the trip, and she passed out from exhaustion...breathing fine. This has been the scariest moment, so far, in my parenting life.
I am so thankful for my amazing husband who supports me and doesn't get mad at me for ordering him who to send to the store, and who hoses throw up off of his wife and daughter's clothes, and calms me and reassures me so that I can remain calm for our baby girl, and then holds me while I cry an hour after she's gone to bed safe and sound and the adrenalin is gone from my body.
I am thankful for an incredible support system of family and friends...without you, I couldn't have walked through that so calmly. I am thankful that the product of enduring a difficult situation was perspective. I need to be just a little bit more prepared for situations such as these away from home*. I need to sit and hold my child more (if she won't squirm out). I need to remind myself daily that that small stuff I'm sweating is meaningless, small stuff. I am blessed with this beautiful family, and THIS is what is important.
*always always always have benadryl with me. grandparents, take note.
Also....THIS is a great article in the June 2008 Parents magazine about this very subject.
July 2, 2008
A. Lee in her makeshift sandbox. Notice how she is covered from head to toe in dirt, yet is daintily testing that one spot with her little finger? Hilarious.
Yikes...close up of Mommy and A. Lee...but, ain't she CUTE? Her little baby blues kill me...even when she's not so excited to take some pictures.
Awwwwwwwww....Daddy and A. Lee playing some cornhole. My precious! Look at her gazing up at me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good job, Daddy! Y'all have a wonderful 4th of July! We're headed to Pine Mt. Lake to be with the Meyers clan and some more pretty awesome folks.