Summer means BBQ’s and family gatherings in the backyard. With Olivia’s cousins coming to visit this coming weekend, a DIY projects were in order. I found this picnic table on the side of the road about to be picked up by a dump truck. One persons trash is another persons treasures, right? Jamie had a wonderful, little supervisor as he took the table apart. It was easier to take the table apart in order to spray paint using two different colors. Screws and bolts held each piece together so a screwdriver or drill will help.Jamie picked out two “coastal” Valspar for indoor/outdoor plastic spray paint and primer colors. It took two good coats to really cover it and then one final coat of Rustoleum clear glossy finish spray to protect it. I think it turned out super cute!And the most important person loves it too!
My mother-in-law gives Jamie & I a new cookbook (or three) every year during beach week as our anniversary gift. I hate purchasing cookbooks when I know I can usually get the recipe for free online, but their is something so nice about having a book with pictures to follow out in front of you as you cook. She purchased Weeknight Fresh & Fast (Williams-Sonoma): Simple, Healthy Meals for Every Night of the Week for us this year. LOVE IT! It has a meal for every week of the year and divides the recipes into Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.
I tried a fall dish last night because I am over these 100 degree days. The Moroccan Baked Chicken has a little kick to it but O gobbled it all up!
We have add whole milk into O’d diet instead of just breastmilk and water. She is loving it. I really didn’t think she would transition so easily to whole milk after turning one. It’s kind of sad to know that she could survive on cows milk now and not my milk. It is even more sad knowing that she likes it so much. I’m just waiting for the day to come where she wants cows milk and not mine. *sigh*
Well, while Olivia was sick with Croup, I have been battling a terrible poison ivy rash. It started on my forehead and has traveled all over my body and limbs. I went to the Urgent Care the morning after Olivia’s late night trip the ER and they gave me a steroid shot and a round of Prednisone. I had a slight fever when I arrived due to my body having a bad reaction to the poison ivy. As I walked to my car in the parking lot after the shot, I started to feel dizzy. Once I turned my car on, I called Jamie to tell him I was on the way back to the house but I started to go silent. I had to hang up the phone and call the Urgent Care to send nurses out to the parking lot to save me. They said I was grey! Not even white. They had to pull me from my car and I had to stay on a gurney for hours. UGH! I don’t know if I had worked myself up from getting a shot or if I had a bad reaction. I hate needles but I have not had any fainting spells since I got pregnant and had to become a pro. I thought that if I could get an epidural, I could do ANY needle!
The rash kept getting worse through out the week even after the steroid shot and Prednisone prescription. The rash was hot to the touch and I felt like I wanted to rip my skin off. It kept spreading. It was on my eyes, my neck, my abdomen, my legs… EVERYWHERE! I went back to the Urgent Care and they had to give me another round of steroids and Prednisone at a higher dosage with a longer tapper. Thankfully, they gave me the steroids in an oral form and not a shot. I was already in tears when the doc told me I had to have another round on steroids. Why they couldn’t have given me the steroids in oral form the first time is beyond me. I had told the nurse I get faint with needles and that I have to lay down when I get shots.
The rash didn’t scare me as much as taking some pretty heavy medicine. I was so nervous because Prednisone and breastfeeding are not great together. Their isn’t a lot of research so it was hard to get clear answers. Of course the Urgent Care doc had no clue about Prednisone and breastfeeding compatibility. The Infant Risk Center Hotline and our Ped had to do some research and finally both came to the conclusion that I should wait 4 hours before breastfeeding after taking the Prednisone in the morning and that if I had to stay on the Prednisone for longer than a month, I would have to reevaluate breastfeeding.
The doctor also gave me an anti inflammatory that made me very drowsy. My mom made the 5 hour trip as soon as she heard that I had passed out at the Urgent Care. She helped out so much as I was battling my own bodies terrible reaction to the poison ivy and as Olivia recovered from Croup. It is such a helpless feeling not being able to take care of your own baby because you yourself are sick.
I gave my first talk in our congregation tonight. Olivia had a stuffy nose and one of her eyes wouldn’t stop tearing up so Jamie stayed home with her. Once I got home, he informed me that she had thrown up but she was acting fine so I nursed her to sleep with no problem. About an hour later while we were watching TV in the other room, I heard what I thought was O coughing. I ran in and it was her wheezing and having really labored breathing. She also felt warm so I called the nurse line immediately. Our first trip to the ER and MRI confirmed Croup. One dose of steroids and my little O was back to normal playing.
Seeing her having such a hard time breathing with so scary. She only had the “bark cough” while we were at the ER and it went away right after the steroid dose. It was also the first fever O has had. I am so thankful that we at least made it a whole year before making a trip to the ER and O having any major health issues!