Monday, September 17, 2018

Hello from Soggy Texas!

It has been rainy in our corner of Texas since Sept. 3rd...we have seen so much rain! M wakes up most mornings telling us he's tired of the rain and wants it to stop. Thankfully, it looks like we are going to get a bit of a break this week! I just looked and for the next 3 days we have 0% chance of rain. WOO-HOO!!

I realize that most of my updates have been about M and not much about me. At the beginning of July I finally found a new primary care doctor for myself. I got myself back on my Syn.throid and back on the pre-diabetes meds. I was surprised how much better I really did feel after getting back into my meds routine. She highly recommended that I not go off them at the same time again and think that everything will be okay!

While I was having my initial appointment/physical the P.A. noticed a new mole on my forehead and asked about it. Then she noticed a couple on my chest - they were also fairly new. Which brings us to me needing to have them biopsied. I had them removed almost 2 weeks ago and I am still waiting for the results. I go on Wednesday to have the stitches removed and will receive the results then. To say I am anxious is an understatement. The cards are stacked against me in terms of skin cancer...I'm of Celtic decent, I've had sooo many sunburns throughout the years, I have fair skin and blue eyes. My fingers are crossed for positive results but I am also ready to face this head on if it's not positive.

On a positive note, on Friday afternoon J and I both picked M up from school. He was a bit crabby when we got home and decided he wanted to have a lemonade stand. I had to explain that we can do that once it's not raining...he didn't really take no for an answer so we had an indoor lemonade stand that was ready for when J got home. :)

Unfortunately, this is what our skies have looked like lately...silver lining is we have gained A LOT of water in the aquifer and are almost out of the drought!!

Hopefully later this week I can show you some sunny skies!!



Monday, September 10, 2018

Quick Update

I ran out of time during the week this happened so it's a bit delayed...

M is in Kindergarten!!! He missed the cut-off date for public kindergarten by a month and a day, so we looked in to other options and found a daycare that offers private, accredited kindergarten. J really wanted to have M tested out and try public kindergarten but I was really against that, so this seems like a good compromise. So far M is loving school...J and I are still getting used to the transition from pre-school to kindergarten. The communication with the teacher is not the same and I think we are both having trouble with that aspect.

I still have work to do with the school and food allergies, but (knock on wood!) no issues in the first week, so that is huge! The teacher did tell me that M created his own safe zone at lunch. He told the other kids they were not allowed to sit right next to him. I was so proud of him advocating for himself and setting boundaries!!

(PS - if you look at M's sign, it does indeed say he wants to be a housekeeper when he grows up - his Auntie Ester at the Sunbreeze in San Pedro is very proud! she's the head of housekeeping)

Friday, August 10, 2018

Happy Friday!!

What only 2 days since my last post not two years?!? I thought I'd try to do this a bit more often when I can find the time.

We took M in yesterday to his allergist for an in-office food challenge for peanut butter. It was a fail...not because he reacted to the peanut butter but because he would not taste it. I love our allergist...after about 45 minutes of waiting for M to taste the peanut butter she said that it was not worth it. She did not want him traumatized over the experience. He was in tears, red, puffy eyes and a runny nose...had he eaten the food his tears/runny nose could have masked any symptoms. So we've decided to wait a bit until we try again. We'll see her again in 6 months to go over how things are going. I am thinking of looking for a therapist for M. His experience in Belize really shook him and I would love to find someone that he could work through those feelings with.

A bit more about what happened when M had his reaction...
After M had his reaction we took him back tot he restaurant where it happened so that he could feel safe going back - it was just for a visit the first time, not to eat and to let the staff see him. They were extremely upset when they heard he had gotten sick. I think it was really good for M to do that because he had a lot of big feelings about what happened. When one of the staff was chatting with us M said under his breath "I'm mad that you made me sick!" I was happy he could state his feelings but also happy the server didn't hear him. She would have felt horrible.

Almost forgot! the best part of going to see the allergist yesterday was when I relayed the story of the reaction in Belize and said "we made a mistake and did not use the epinephrine"...the doctor looked at me and said it was not a mistake it was an oversight. She let us know that she too, as an allergist, has made mistakes with her own kids. She said it's a really hard role to be in and to forgive myself and to stop beating myself up over it. I think I am finally beginning to do that!

Today is M's last day at Pre-K...he's a bit anxious about going to a new school but we had the open house/orientation the other night and was able to meet his teacher and classmates. Are you ready for this?? He's going from a class of 30 to a class of 3!! He's a bit puzzled about it but I think it will be good for him. As J said he'll basically be homeschooled at a school. :)
We have not loved his current school and with hindsight being 20/20 I wish we had found a different school. He did grow socially and only had a few close calls with his allergies, so that was good, but J and I are definitely ready for a new school!

I leave you with a pic of M from this morning :)

Monday, August 6, 2018

2 years and 2 months

I can't believe it's been that long since I've posted anything!! Wow...wonder if anyone remembers me?
Well, I thought I'd randomly pop in and say hello. :) I guess it will be easier to post some bullets about our life from the last two years rather than a proper post at this time...maybe, just maybe I can try to keep up with this for awhile.

  • I'm a working Mommy now! I don't love it, but I do love the people I work with. I could not have asked for better supervisors/co-workers. I am an admin. asst. for a company that owns medical office buildings. The company is based out of Nashville and has an office here in San Antonio. I went back to work last November. I miss being at home but M seems to be doing well with having both of us working.
  • J has another new job...he lost his job last June of 2017 and was out of work until January of 2018. He works from home most of the week, but does have quite a bit of travel with this position. The office is just north of Austin so he is up there 1-2x a week and then up to Dallas a couple of times a month. We do not love all the travel but it does give me some M and Mommy time while Daddy is away.
  • M is starting kindergarten at the end of the month!! He misses the cut-off date for public kindergarten but while searching for new preschools we found a school that offers accredited private kindergarten with a cut-off date of November 1st. Both J and I were very happy with this development. J really wanted to consider having M tested to enter public kindergarten but I was dead-set against it. So this was a great compromise!
  • We are still dealing with all of M's food allergies. We are going in on Thursday this week for an in-office food challenge for peanuts. His numbers are so low for peanut that his allergist thinks it's not a true allergy. We had him tested for peanut a couple of years ago and when it came back positive his allergist at the time told us to avoid peanuts/peanut butter. I am anxious but also quite excited at the possibility of taking a food off of the allergy list!
  • We had our first anaphylactic reaction while we were on vacation in Belize this past April. It was scary and I am still dealing with some PTSD/guilt from it. We did not use our epi-pen when it happened and M made it through just fine but I still get upset with myself for not using it. We have talked with M about it and explained that we made a mistake by not using it and how he would have felt better sooner if we had used the medicine. I think he understands but it still afraid of how the pen would actually feel.
  • The other downfall of this past trip to Belize was that we left with Maddox still recovering from strep throat. I think the allergic reaction made it difficult for him to recover from the strep because his system was working overtime. :( Not our best trip to Belize. Fingers crossed we go back in November for my birthday!
  • The dogs are both doing well...Garnett is almost year seizure-free...last seizure was Aug. 24, 2017. Knock on wood he stays seizure free even longer!
I've attached a few pictures for you...until next time. :)

M loves to bake! This was a day he wanted to do it himself like he was on a kids cooking show.

M also loves any arts & crafts projects right now. He loves to say "You didn't know I was such an artist, did you?"

We finally made it to the TX coast a couple of weeks ago...don't know how M grew up so fast!

After a much needed haircut!



In Belize on one of the days M was feeling healthy!

Building with dominoes at breakfast.

Building with one of his favorite people at the SunBreeze.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Update from Soggy Texas

I keep promising to update more often and then I don't...so no promises this time, just an update. :)

For the past month or so we have been dealing with almost daily thunderstorms. It has not been fun...some of the storms have been severe and we dealt with some crazy hail in April. BUT the silver lining of the storms is that we bought a new truck at a hail sale. It's a 2012 Pathfinder so an upgrade from my 2004 Pathfinder. :) M loves the windows in the back because they go all the way up and all the way down.



M is currently obsessed with construction vehicles...especially diggers and rollers. A lot of times before bed instead of singing our songs we have to talk about diggers. One night during one of the storms we sat and chatted while we waited for the thunder to stop, so for a few nights after that there was no singing, just chit chat. :) More than once M has found his way into our bed due to the thunder...I can't say that I blame him. It's so loud! It's made me jump more than once.


M playing with his digger from Grammie.
Grammie came to visit us two weeks ago...M loved having her with us. We picked her up in Houston as we were headed that way for the weekend to see J's boss compete in the Ironman. Only problem was I did not confirm which airport she was flying into...so we ended up at the international one while she was waiting at Hobby. I am so lucky that my mom is such a good sport because she just kept telling me not to worry about it that she was enjoying her book and people watching.

Grammie pushing M on the swings..M loves to go way up high :)
So much fun playing on the beach!
We got to visit Galveston for the first time that weekend as well...we stayed at the Hotel Galvez, which was a big treat! We got a great deal online because it was during the week and not quite in season yet. We picked the hotel because it's where Bill and Jen from the Little Couple stayed. More than once we've found something good in Houston area because of my watching (obsession) with their show.

M LOVED getting his feet wet (and his knees!).
We were lucky enough to have a date night while my Mom was with us...really I was the lucky one, because we got to go see Dave Matthews perform at the Woodlands. SO MUCH FUN :) M was so funny the next morning when I gave him his shirt from the concert and told him about seeing Dave sing. He blushed and got super excited. I am brainwashing him with Dave when we are not listening to Sesame Street.

When we got back from Houston the $hit hit the fan at work for J...on Monday his boss was fired. The changes to the company happened fast...the entire culture of the company changed in five minutes. On Wednesday J met with the new President/CEO to let him know he was on board with the new leadership. After that meeting J met us for breakfast before we took my Mom to the airport. J went back to work and we headed to the airport, he didn't even make it to his office before he was let go. So now M has had stay at home parents for the last two weeks. For the most part it's gone really well...the only bickering that happened was while I had PMS. J is actively looking and hopefully will find something soon!

The day J got let go I got to spend the afternoon in the dentist's chair so that we didn't lose our FSA money...not fun, but I am glad we did not leave any money in the FSA account!

I'll leave you with before and after pictures of M's haircut...if he didn't hate haircuts so much it would happen on a more regular basis. :)


Before :)
After...it still blows me away  how grown up how M looks after a haircut!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

No More Binky!!

Well, we did it...no more binky! I looked at M's binkies last week and one was in really rough shape so that gone thrown away without any discussions. Then over the weekend I noticed that the other one had a tear in it. So it was time for binky to go on the shelf. I showed it to M and explained that it was not safe for him. He seemed to understand...with his food allergies we talk about things being safe or not safe quite often. It went on his bookshelf with his "special lights". (We have some small lights from Target on his shelf that we bought at Christmas time and use as a nightlight...he calls them his special lights.)

So far it's gone okay...no real tears at bedtime/naptime because binky is no longer there. We had started talking about it before the day arrived and watched an Elmo video - Bye Bye Binky. Going to sleep definitely takes longer and some nights we have to help more than others, but overall, it's going well!

Selfie that M sent to Daddy this week. :)
 


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Another random update :)

I can't believe how randomly I post now. I do read your blogs and try to comment but life at home is crazy with a toddler! M is a funny little boy and keeps us (and the dogs!) on our toes. I thought I'd give you some random updates and some pictures.

* We had a great holiday season...my Mom came down to visit and M loved having Grammie here to visit. They were "back seat buddies" in our Pathfinder. :)

* M is talking up a storm now...he was a bit of a late talker but now he doesn't stop. We constantly hear "What Mommy doing? What Daddy doing? What Gram doing? What Grump doing? What Grammie doing? What Bumpa doing?" Trying to come up with answers can be challenging sometimes.

* We are still taking swim lessons and M is getting more comfortable with going under the water. I don't ever force him and if he doesn't want to go under he doesn't do it.

* Like most toddlers he's a bit obsessed with his nose...the other day he said to me "Booger, Mommy-o, booger." He also tried putting his drum stick up his nose...I laughed at myself when I said only fingers in your nose.

*M has discovered Sesame Street...it happened while J was in Vegas for work in December and we were home alone. One morning I decided to give it a try and Elmo was playing basketball. M loves basketball and that is what got him hooked on Sesame Street. He also loves Abby. :) He doesn't really enjoy sitting for an episode so we watch videos. His FAVORITE song is Sing. Oh my gosh, listening to him sing the song makes my heart melt every time. It's so funny to watch the video because it's from when I was a kid. It cracks me up to watch  Luis jam while playing the guitar.

*We have given up on the sleep sacks at M's request...so far so good (fingers crossed!). He has not yet tried to climb out of the crib! Next is trying to give up the binky. It's only used at nap and bed time. We are down to one binky and when that is broken or lost, we are done. I am trying to talk M about it and get him thinking about no more binky.

*We had more allergy testing done last month. We have added peanuts to the list. :( The numbers were low, but the doctor said to avoid it for now. It makes me a bit anxious but not much more than the others. M is starting to develop an understanding of his allergies. We bought him a book about it and it quickly became on of his favorites!

*We have been working a lot with M and using his kind words and his manners. But wow did I feel like a jerk when he got the sticker after his blood test for the allergy testing and I had him say thank you to the nurse! Through his tears he managed a very sad thank you. Oh well, I guess manners don't take a break!

* I am still loving being at home but I know that at some point M will need to go to preschool. I figure it's time for me to start researching schools in the area and finding out their food allergy policies. That is definitely one of my biggest fears.

Hopefully I can post a big more regularly!

Now for some pictures. :)

M loved his "Foxy" decoration :)

The haircut that took two tries and two different places!

M loves to bake with me and we found safe brownies that actually taste good!

Helping to get dog breakfast...after he spills he "yells" Sadie clean-up!

M is now obsessed with Buddy Bucks that we get at HEB (our grocery store)...when he uses his pleases and thank yous he usually gets extra bucks!

Someone LOVES playing in Mommy's closet!

Our happy boy :)