Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Vroom, Vroooooom!!

Daddy came home with this awesome surprise for Braxton yesterday. Braxton was giggling like a little girl as he scrambled to get his shoes on and take it for a test drive! He now has two vehicles (he got one for his b-day). I think I am close to being kicked out of the garage!

Mystery Rash

Sometime last week, we noticed a rash that had formed on Maddox. Then, it was under his arms and in his creases by his diaper and just a few spots and blotches on his torso. I thought maybe laundry detergent b/c I did get a small bottle of a new kind and it was irritating him. I watched the rash fade in some places and come in other places, worsen in some. On Saturday morning, he woke up and it was very bad. It had spread and worsened. I changed his clothes thinking it might be the sleeper he slept in since I grabbed it from a clean load of clothes. That night, I wanted to give him an oatmeal bath to hopefully soothe it. When I took his onesie off, I was shocked b/c it had gotten even worse on his torso. We called the on-call nurse and while we were waiting on her to call us back, it was getting worse while he was sitting in the bath. New spots were popping up that he had not had during the day. I posted a picture on Facebook from my phone because I have lots of friends who are nurses and experienced mommies. The nurse called back and I talked to her. I explained he had no other symptoms and it did not seem to be bothering him at all. She asked lots of questions and determined he didn't need to be seen, but just to keep an eye on him and if we really though he did need to be seen, then we could go to the Urgent Care Clinic. She thought it was probably an allergic reaction to something. The responses to the fb picture said the same. The next day, it hadn't changed much and he had even gotten some on his face. That evening, we had a friend at church, who is a Pediatrician, look at it. He said the same. Now we just had to figure out what it was a reaction to. We were thinking peanuts because I had given him pb&j for lunch twice that week and then before he got in the bath Saturday night (when it was getting worse while in the bath), Matt had given him a bite of peanut butter cookie.

Monday when he woke up, it was MUCH better. The blotchiness had cleared. There was still quite a few red spots in various places, but better! SO happy we were. I just knew it would be close to gone today (Tuesday). Well, no. He woke up and it was all over his face and he had more red spots on his torso and new ones on his bottom. I was baffled! What could be making it worse now? I knew he had to go to the doctor. I got to thinking... I ate a few handfuls of trail mix throughout the day Monday and I still nurse Maddox before his naps, before bed, and early in the morning to get him back to sleep. DUH! YES, it would affect him through breastmilk! UGHHH!! I feel like SUCH a bad mommy! This is the only thing I can think of and it kinda confirms the peanut thing. We still aren't %100 sure...there could be an underlying issue we don't know about. I am still taking him to the doctor to get another opinion. We go today at 3:00. Hopefully I will have confirmed thought and answered questions.

Here are some pictures.

This is Saturday night before his bath. (Brighter in person)

This is this morning (Tuesday). You can't see it very well, but the spots on his face are brighter red.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Check it out!

Look up! New header pictures! Yep, that's it :)

Okay, okay... I will share some more from the other day. Fun in the water table!


More interesting posts to come...... :)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Quick Hello

I have been slackin' in the blogging world. I haven't been inspired to write about anything specific.
We are busy having summer fun! I wanted to share this picture of me and my boys. I am rarely in the picture. And yes, you see a label that says door! I finally did the labels. They have been up for a while but just wanted to point out that I finally took care of the goal.
Soon I want to share the my birth stories for these beautiful boys!! Most mommy blogs I read have them for their children and I love to share mine.
Hope you have a blessed day ♥

Monday, June 14, 2010

Sleeping in their bathing suit...

Might as well...
These kiddos of mine {plus one more} love them some water. Our niece Brie has been with us the past week and we have been going, going. The majority of what we have been doing involves water. Sprinkler, fountain, slip-n-slide, pool, lake, water table....

We did go to the Discovery Museum where only their hands got wet ;)
Here is Braxton using the pulley chair on the roof of the museum.

...and Daddy and Braxton in the little clinic.

We've been to Coolidge to play in the fountains.

We've played in the sprinkler and slip-n-slide.

We had a wonderful picnic at the lake and then went for a swim. It really was great family fun!

Full mouths!

Taking a break for a drink.

Last night we bought the boys a water table or a 'Fun Flow Play Sink.'

Perfect for both of the boys! They just love it!

Today we went swimming again. We went to swim with Raven, Matt's boss' daughter. She just adores the boys and is so good with them.

Taking a snack break. Maddox wasn't so good in the pool today. I think he is getting swimmed out...or he has learned that when we swim, all he gets to do is float in his little float.

These are just the events I had pictures of. We went swimming last week, too, and those sprinklers come out often!

I hope you enjoyed my fun-filled, picture-loaded post :)

Friday, June 4, 2010

{A spin on Photo Story Friday}

This won't be an official Photo Story Friday b/c I did not take some of these. But I want and need to share.

These pictures are a little old.
The first one is of Matt, me, and Braxton on Pensacola Beach in March 2007.
The second is of Matt and Braxton on Navarre Beach (minutes from Pensacola Beach) in July 2008.
I am sharing these picture because these beaches are about to get very ugly. With oil. Oil clumps have been popping up along the shore of this powder white beach.
I grew up in Pensacola and these beaches fill my childhood memories. I would have never imagined such a dreadful thing to happen to these beaches.

This picture screams home to me.

I am heart broken.

Pray the spill gets corrected soon.

Pray for all the businesses that are going to be greatly affected by this.

Pray for the outcome of these beaches.

Pray for the people that love these beaches.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

June Goals

Time for my JUNE goals!

Go hiking and picnicking
Another play day at Coolidge Park
find the closest water park and visit it
Read Crazy Love by Francis Chan with my book club
Go see Toy Story 3 with Braxton
Have a date night with hubby to make up for our anniversary that we didn't celebrate last month in the midst of all the others celebrations!

We arranged Braxton's room a couple weeks ago to make more room, but we are planning on getting him a junior loft bed to make even more room. Hopefully Maddox will be moving back in there soon!
After getting the loft bed, move toy shelf from downstairs up to his room and build bigger, deeper shelves for downstairs

a nice monogram for outside

Make labels for things around the house
Braxton: familiarize him with labels, continue to practice handwriting
Maddox: keep teaching him words

Make a list of all recipes I have tried and liked.
Freezer cook
Try 1 new recipe

Stay on top of laundry
dejunk closets and under bathroom sinks
put away some toys in the toy Tupperware

start vitamins daily again
Keep working out on the Wii Fit 4 times a week
evening walks at least 3 times a week
no junk and smaller portions
Find a good facial product and clean my face every night.

May's Goals- How Did I do?

How did I do???

Go hiking and picnicking some more! We didn't do this any this month, though I did want to many times. It rained a lot!
Have a great birthday :) My birthdays have been lacking the fun factor the past few years.
I did :)
Host a successful 4th birthday party for Braxton uh huh :)
Play day at Coolidge Park we had a couple of these!
Keep leisurely reading Breaking Dawn finished it, and loved it just as much as the first time I read it
Read Don't Make Me count to Three to catch up with my book club I did, and it was a great book!

and I have a goal for the summer (don't know which month it will happen it): day trip to Atlanta to visit zoo and aquarium...Six Flags would be awesome, too :) Might have to be a couple day trips. not yet

Pack some more things up to make the move easier, whenever it happens. I did pack some clothes up and took some to Good Will but the move isn't happening so :(

Make labels for things around the house oh my goodness, I have totally forgotten to do this.. I WILL!!
Braxton: familiarize him with labels, continue to practice handwriting oh yes, he is getting good at writing
Maddox: keep teaching him words trying, but he definitely is behind like his brother was. but no worries, Braxton talk plenty now

Make a list of all recipes I have tried and liked. nope
Freezer cook!! Got this wonderful idea from my friend Sarah. Now that school is over, I have time to do this. I have made brown bag burritos 3 times but thats all. I want to do some meals.

Stay on top of laundry, FOR REAL! We did, but we are behind putting it away again
Clean hand prints off walls check

Starting small: Workout (a good cardio workout) once a week. Getting a set day and time would help me stick to this. I just now started this...pulled the 'ole Wii Fit back out
Stop eating as much junk. just started this, too. it was hard with all the birthdays!
Find a good facial product and clean my face every night. nope :(