Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Allergy Alert

 Friday we took Sadie in for her allergy skin test. I have been SO anxious about the appointment. After a total meltdown at the dentist last week I had no idea what to expect. She gets super anxious in new situations like this.
She started whining the second we got out of the car. It was special. 
 Once I pulled out a new coloring book and crayon she settled down. I thought maybe it wouldn't be so bad. Wrong. She flipped out. She didn't even want to get on the scales to be weighed. We finally made it through that easy part and found ourselves in a room. The doctor came in, asked a few questions,  explained what would happen and then left. I feel the need to add that neither the doctor or the nurse ever once spoke a word to Sadie. I was shocked and disappointment. I won't go into all that but it definitely added to the whole experience.
Anyway, the nurse came back and it was time to get going. Josh and I held a screaming child down while the nurse quickly did what she needed to do. The hardest part was keeping Sadie still afterwards.
 I pretty much just fed her starbursts and threatened that they'd have to do it all over again if she wasn't still. You do what you have to do. :) 
She actually did fairly well and before we knew it her time was up.
 The doctor returned and read the results. Sadie had the biggest reaction to peanuts and oak trees. She is also allergic to other trees, mold, pollen, and eggs with a slight reaction to grass. None of this surprised me at all. I knew she was allergic to several things. It feels great knowing what she is up against.
After we left the allergist we went to the Target Dollar Spot to celebrate. We all survived. Regardless of how much screaming there was this sweet girl deserved a happy. We all did. We go back for a follow up in 3 months. At some point Sadie might take allergy shots but for no we'll just keep on keeping on. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up: Fall Festival Fun

On Saturday we decided to try a fall festival at a plant nursery near our house. They advertised free food and fun for kids. You can't beat that!
Our first stop was for hotdogs, chips, and lemonade. 
 The food was definitely hit. Sophie couldn't get enough. There is just something special about a hotdog on the grill.
 It didn't take long to notice the big slide. I wasn't sure Sadie would actually do it because it was so tall but she was fearless. I think this girl is going to be one who loves thrill rides. It kind of surprises me, based on her personality, but she loves to ride just about anything.
 She slid down it at least 100 times. Ok, maybe not that many but if felt like a hundred.
 We were able to talk her in to trying the bouncy house. She loves these too but she stayed closed to the side the entire time. I was ok with that because there are some rough kids in these things. Here she is giving daddy a kiss.
 And here she is flashing mommy a smile. I just love her.
Well look here! If is isn't Queen Elsa painting faces and a sweet Sophie photo-bomb. Poor Soph, she sat in her stroller the entire time. There wasn't much for her to do except run around and be crazy. Too many people were there for her to run free.
 My little hog fan picked a razorback for her face. Cuteness.
 Our next stop was at the play area. Sadie had to try out the swings.
 This girl loves to swing and slide. I hope we can figure out a way to get something similar in our yard. It is sloped which makes it a bit challenging.
 If we are able to find something I don't know if I will ever get her off it.
 Sophie-girl did have fun too. She was fine just to take it all in.
 Of course, we couldn't leave without visiting the big slide one more again. We told her she could slide three more times.
 Here she is actually climbing up to slide. Like I said, fearless. I'm not sure I would have done it.
Her last two slides she decided to be a rebel and go down on her tummy. Such a rule-breaker.
We had a lot of fun at the Fall Festival. Thank you, Good Earth. We will definitely be back next year.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Unexpected Fun with Friends

Earlier this week a friend of mine asked me if I could watch her 3 year old little boy for short time. At first I didn't think I would be able to but I made it work. Sadie loves Luke and I knew she would enjoy playing with him.
 Luke and Sadie are first friends. They are exactly 5 weeks apart. I love their sweet little friendship.
 We went outside on the deck for a few minutes. It was a beautiful day.
 Sophie was obsessed with the wind blowing the trees. She loved it and would have stayed out there all day if I had let her.
 Luke and Sadie were given the job of throwing all the acorns off the deck. Sophie liked to put them in her mouth, of course, and I am not a fan of digging things out anymore with all those teeth.
 Three of my favorites.

 After our little fun outside the older two went to play in Sadie's room and this one put on a show. Her big sister doesn't let her play with her toys very much so she loved the time she had with them while big sis was distracted.

Perhaps I have another performing in the making.
We had so much fun with Luke and can't wait for him to come over and play again!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Brusha Brusha Brusha

 Monday morning we took Sadie to her first dentist appointment. I was a little anxious but I really thought she would do just fine. Wrong. Very very wrong.
The plus side is she looked super cute. I'm just trying to find the positives here. 
 Sadie loved the waiting room. She watched TV, played with toys, and practiced writing letters.
 She even did really well getting x-rays. Well, she did great for two out of four. 50% isn't bad.
 After X-rays we headed to the exam room. It started to turn as soon as they put the "bib" on her. She is not of fan of wearing things that aren't "cute." This bib thing just about ruined her life.
It all went completely downhill when they went to lean her back in the chair. Despite the movie on the ceiling she was NOT having it. She screamed the loudest scream I have ever heard. The dentist was able to do an exam since her mouth was open nice and wide. No cavities for Sadie and an ear bleed for the rest of us. I have already told Josh to clear his schedule for her next appointment. It is daddy's turn.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up

 Last weekend was full of fun! We started out our Saturday with a birthday party for one of our favorite neighbors, Allee. Sadie was so excited to wear her Rapunzel dress.
She owned her role as a princess. She had so much fun at the party. 
I'd be lying if I said she didn't have a moment of insanity where a fit was involved. Three is just hard. She managed to recover and enjoy herself. 
Both girls loved the indoor play area. The slide was fast and that made Sadie very giddy. 
 This girl is just wild. Her daddy chased her everywhere. She wanted to be in the middle of everything and she was.
 The only time he could keep her in one spot for more than 60 seconds was when a balloon was involved.
 The party favors were also a hit. The second we walked into the door Sadie asked to use her new paints. She painted all afternoon and the next day. Amazing.
 Saturday night our beloved Hogs played Bama and endured a heartbreaking loss. I am still sad. I know we're a good team but I am ready for the wins and losses to reflect that. We love our Hogs!
Sunday, of course, we had church. I like to try and take their pictures before we leave but that isn't always a reality. I love these two little ladies. They make me want to lose my ever-lovin' mind on some days but I can't think of anyone sweeter I'd want making me crazy.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

It's Peanuts to Me

Well, this sweet love most likely has a peanut allergy. Bummer. I had a feeling she might which is why she hasn't had much peanut butter in her 3 years and 6 months of living. She had allergy testing done (blood work) when she was little and nothing showed up. I gave her peanut butter once with no reaction but then another time I noticed a couple of tiny red pin dots near her lip. I thought I was being paranoid but decided to hold off giving it to her until she was old enough to talk and communicate. Since that time she has had in in small doses on two other occasions with no visible side effects. Still, I just had a feeling she would be allergic.

Last week at school a teacher friend gave her a small Reese's Peanut Butter cup. I let her eat it knowing I needed to pay close attention to her. As soon as we got to the car she started scratching her tongue telling me it itched and that her mouth felt weird. My first thought was we might need to head to the Emergency Room. I looked inside her mouth and nothing was swollen. She had no issues breathing so I decided we'd take the short trip home and get Benadryl. When we got home things weren't worse but they weren't better either. I gave her the Benadryl and waited. After about 20 minutes she said her mouth didn't feel weird anymore but she said her tummy hurt. She acted funny for a second and then she threw up. It was just once and I could tell it wasn't a stomach bug. I knew it had to be the peanut butter. I decided to call the doctor and go ahead and make an appointment to talk about allergies.

We had her doctor's appointment last Thursday. Her pediatrician feels very confident we are dealing with a peanut allergy and prescribed us and EpiJr. I was so relieved. I knew I wanted one of those, just in case. I pray we never have to use it but if we do at least we have it.

Sadie has an actual appointment with an allergist in the near future. They will do the skin test to determine her allergies. I am very anxious for that appointment. She has such issues with eczema as well I am interested to see if she has any other allergies.

I will be honest, I was bummed when this all happened. Of course we want everything about our children to be perfect and we don't want them dealing with anything "different". The truth is, however, that just isn't possible. There will always be things out of our control. If the worst thing Sadie ever has to deal with is a peanut allergy then she will be VERY lucky. SO many people have much bigger issues that I can't even begin to complain about this. It really is no big deal.

I will keep you posted after her testing is finished. Until then at least she can eat chocolate.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Behind Once Again

Once again I am behind on blogging. I have thought about giving it up completely because let's face, I am so bad at keeping up with it. The thing is though, I don't want to give it up. I want to be better about it. Right now there are a lot of things in my life that keep me busy. My life isn't any busier than anyone else's but for me it is overwhelming. I have recently decided that some things just need to be put aside for now. It is time to pick and choose what is most important. I happen to think this blog is pretty important so here I am again, starting over.

For today I leave you with my most recent favorite pictures of my girls. Phone pictures, of course. :)