Barbies get to swing!

Last Saturday at my parents’ house Emma & Isabel decided that the Barbies deserved to relax a little and get to swing in the back yard!


Old McDonald’s Farm

The Friday before Mother’s Day Michael took off & we took the kids to Old MacDonald’s Farm.I hadn’t had a chance to post about it and then we had our allergy scare – so I’m finally getting to post the pics! Enjoy!

Emma had a blast! There were so many animals & she was able to touch & feed just about every one of them! This place is neat and would be fun for b’day parties – Emma’s would be hard to have there, though b/c it’s in December and it’s so hard to predict the weather for an outdoor party. They do have huge nice pavilions, though.

Don’t they look cute???

She is just recently brave enough to get this close to the animals to feed them…

All fears seemed to be gone & she was climbing in all their pens!!

Until the chicken decided to peck her finger, though!! She didn’t like that! HA HA!

She also tried her hand at tether ball!

Aaron, of course, enjoyed the day from the comfort of his shaded stroller!

She & daddy took a train ride, too – don’t they look so enthused???

This little guy grabbed the entire bag of food from Emma’s hand – Michael had to kinda run after him to make it drop it so we could get it back! LOL

The day was a lot of fun – but HOT! Summer is definitely here. Next time we’ll have to take our suits so we can get in the water, too.


Thumb v. Pacifier

There are pros & cons to each, but I think with Aaron we have a case of a thumbsucker! I even bought him new pacifiers when he started spitting out his soothies, but the new ones get spit out, too for want of a thumb!


Allergic Reaction – Update

Well, we’re on day 2 of Emma’s allergic reaction to her antibiotics and I have to say I was very scared. Actually, last night I slept with her sat up and watched her most of the night. Yesterday morning when she woke up she had red blotches all over her…

Even with the Benadryl the doctor recommended by this morning it had become so much worse…

(this one is first thing this morning)(this one is from the exam room this morning about 2 hours after she got up)

The doctor gave us three prescriptions…two for antihistamines and another for a steroid. The only reason for the steroid was b/c her little face was so swollen and b/c her hands & feet hurt so bad from the swelling. She hasn’t really been able to walk much b/c her feet hurt so much. There are areas where the hives are starting to turn dark, almost like they are turning into bruises. The doctor said this was actually good b/c it meant those areas were healing.

There is nothing worse than seeing your babies sick and unhappy. I pray the medicines help her. When she is sick she never wants to eat anything – food, snacks, sweets or anything…so it’s been a struggle there to get food in her. And it still may be at least two days before the rash is gone, but I just hope all the swelling goes away today or at the latest in the morning. It is so scary seeing her like this. I almost rushed her to the emergency room, but her tongue and mouth weren’t swollen at all so I figured the drama of the ER wasn’t really needed – don’t want to scare her any more about going to the doctor than necessary.

Her files at the doctor’s office and the pharmacy are all updated to read that she is allergic to Penacillin now, just like mine say. Mother said her reaction ended up being a lot worse than the reaction I had when I was about her age to the antibiotics. I am just thankful it is only on the outside & that her tongue, throat, etc didn’t swell. And I guess it’s good this happened when she was so young – can you imagine the drama of a teenage girl waking up with her face all red, blotchy & swollen?!?!? We’ll have plenty other teenage drama without dealing with that one! LOL


Drug Allergy

When I was about four years old I had an allergic reaction to Amoxicillin – I remember it, though vaguely & with a little help from mother – I had a severe rash, that was actually more like bruises all over & my joints didn’t work. It was like they froze up or maybe they just hurt so I didn’t walk – in either case, it wasn’t pleasant.

Emma has taken Augemtin before for an ear infection and I don’t remember her having a reaction. Last Thursday I took her to the doctor & she was given a prescription for it again (another ear infection). So, she’s been taking it ever since without any problems, but this morning when I woke her up I found that she had a rash all over her. It isn’t really raised – no bumps – more like red blotches all over her skin from her face, behind her ears, down her neck, chest and back and onto her legs. She doesn’t seem to be bothered by it at all and isn’t complaining of anything hurting. I immediately took pics of it and sent them to my parents and sure enough, mother said it looked similar to what happened to me when I was four. I called the doctor and he says most likely it is a reaction to the medicine – to quit giving it to her and give her some Benadryl, so that’s what I did. She is with the baby sitter now and apparently feeling fine. The rash was still there about 8:30, but I guess it’ll take a little time for the Benadryl to make it go away.

So…now when the doctors ask if she is allergic to anything I think we can safely say Penicillin, just like her mommy. It was pretty scary to see this morning, though – she was laying on her stomach so I didn’t see it at first, then when I turned her over to wake her and saw this red from head to toe it really made me catch my breath. I am just so thankful the reaction was only a skin reaction and not something respiratory that could have been very serious! Allergies like that really scare me.


Announcing Aaron Michael

Well, better late than never! Poor 2nd baby – I don’t have his baby book yet and his announcements are just now going out! Well, not even physically either – it’s been so long I’m not sure what the proper etiquette is on mailing out late birth announcements so I am just going to post them online! He’s still just as precious no matter his mother’s fopaux!!


The best part of my mother’s day…just being one!!