Monday, December 29, 2008
We all had breakfast Christmas morning, then went down and opened presents. Jack seems to be happy with his loot, although, he didn't enjoy opening up his share. He was done with all that jazz about 15 minutes into it. Maybe he'll be more excited next year, right? We hung out with Doug's family the rest of the day, and spent the night again, where we woke up to a huge storm the day after Christmas! We made it home okay, but had snow drifts in our driveway that were 2 feet tall in some places! Luckily, we lived on that side of the street, because the wind blew some 3 and 4 feet snow drifts into the driveways across the street. Doug just plowed through them and into the garage. I'll admit, I was puckering.
The rest of the weekend was nice and relaxing, just hanging out together, and going to church on Sunday. That was such a nice way to end the week!
Plus, Jack started up with this on Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas to us!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Doug said he could only take him down like three times before he was exhausted, and I don't blame him! But he said Jack had so much fun that he laughed. You can't see the park or hill from our house, so I only got pictures of them when they came back.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I'm sure everyone remembers hearing about that lovely rash bestowed upon my stomach about a month ago. I woke up last Sunday morning, and the exact same rash was starting to appear. I called my OB on Monday, who told me to take Benadryl and Hydrocortisone cream for it. Um, yeah right! I'm not going to be loaded up on Benadryl all day while I'm watching a 13-month old. That's just not going to happen. Plus neither one of those things helped a darn the last time around. Of course, I kept this response to myself and just replied, "Okay." They also told me to call the dermatologist. So I called her, and she wanted me to come in so she could biopsy it. Eek! That sounds painful! I said, "Or..." And she said, "Or you can keep using that steroid cream and see if it goes away. But if it changes or gets worse, I'll need you to come in for a biopsy."
Sure enough, it got worse on Tuesday, where it started appearing on my arms between my elbows and shoulders. I called her and we scheduled the biopsy for today. When I asked what they do, her assistant replied, "Oh, we just numb you up and take some skin, a smaller amount than a pencil eraser, and then we give you a stitch or two. It's really not a big deal."
Let me stop you right there...
NOT A BIG DEAL?! We're talking about something that requires stitches! As someone who's never had stitches, I was a little devastated, but remained nonchalant the rest of the conversation. And then, of course, when Doug called a half hour later, I'm hysterical, telling him how scared I am for this "operation"! Yes, I know, it's probably not a big deal, but you can't expect a pregnant person to control her emotions, now can you? It's a good thing he's patient with me in those situations.
So here I am, still a little scared and nervous for the procedure today. The itching has come back in full force as of last night, which would probably explain why I'm so tired today. The biopsy is probably worth it so they can figure out what's going on... assuming they CAN figure out what's going on. We'll see what happens.
*Updated at 4:00 PM Wednesday: It turns out they didn't have to do the biopsy after all. YAY! My dermatologist thinks it just looks like an irritant on my skin, so I'm sticking with the cream, and trying a different laundry detergent. She also gave me a lotion to help with the itching. I hope something works!
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Doug and I spent Thanksgiving at my sister's house in California this year. We only got to see my parents Thursday and Friday, and then they left on Saturday, along with Doug. Jack and I stayed until Wednesday (yesterday) and had a great time! Actually, I was sick from Saturday until I left, so that was no fun for anyone! I felt so bad, like I was just a 4th kid for my sister to take care of, and Jack was a 5th. I was so grateful to have her help while I was sick, though. Thanks for everything, Amy! Here's a link to all the pictures from our trip, or below are some of my favorites.Cole playing xbox
Brooke discovering an iPod
Jack and Cole in a Jeep
Marnie and Jack in their diapers before baths
Jack giving Marnie the Jack attack
Marnie, Brooke, and Jack
Jack's first time at Chuck E. Cheese. He loved Bob the Builder!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
The dermatologist that I met with on Friday prescribed a topical steroid cream for me, and this one is finally working! My dumb rash is finally starting to disappear, slowly. I haven't needed ice once today, and didn't have to get up to get it at all last night. Now that the itchiness is subsiding, the morning sickness is getting much worse. But, at least my morning sickness wasn't as bad when I had that allergic reation. I'm grateful it's just one thing at a time so far!
Friday, November 07, 2008
Jack's party theme was construction. To go along with that, we had a lunch that a construction worker might have. The lunch menu included chips, pasta salad, soda, and of course, the largest sub sandwiches around.
So, about that birthday cake... I have NEVER seen nor heard of a 1-year old not just going at their cake! This kid was as neat as could be! Doug's mom did an awesome job with both cakes.
Here he is at first glance, just checking it out first.
And here's about 5 minutes into it...
He just kept licking the icing off, and eventually, those chocolate wheels. But that's about it! He even whined when he got too much on his hands. Happy birthday, Jack! We love you so much and can't imagine our lives without you.
Allergic reaction update: I saw my OB/GYN yesterday after being on steroids for 3 days to get rid of the rash, and it hasn't changed at all. I'm still numbing my stomach with ice every 2-3 hours at night. Awesome. He didn't know what else to do, so he did some lab work, and has set me up to go see a dermatologist today. Ugh, please help me! This itches like CRAZY!! And thanks again Melinda, for coming over the other night and bringing me food. Jack loved your fish faces, and having someone actually play with him!
Thursday, November 06, 2008
We ran out of candy by 6:30, which I was surprised about because we brought a whole big bowl full. We weren't expecting there to be three wards there... we thought it was just our ward. So at 6:30, we just walked around and said hi to all our friends. It started sprinkling not too long after that, and Jack thought those raindrops were the funniest feeling on his face. Here he is with his head toward the sky, enjoying himself...
After the trunk-or-treat, we came home and handed out most of our last bag of candy. Oh, and our awesome neighbors stopped by in their pirate get-up. You guys looked awesome! I love Tyler's parrot.
I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween!
Monday, November 03, 2008
I know I owe a post for Halloween and Jack's birthday, but I'm down and out on the couch today, and don't feel like going upstairs to turn on the computer and upload the pictures. Sorry, those are going to have to wait a few days.
So, a week ago today, I had my first appointment at my new OB office. Since we have different insurance this time around, I had to switch OB's, which I wasn't too happy about. Anyway, at my appointment last week, I had to do the usual urine sample and blood work, and then just met with my OB's assistant to get my pregnancy history. So I don't even get to meet the guy until 12 weeks along! Anyway, they called me last Wednesday and told me that they found a staph infection in the urine culture, and that I had to take antibiotics (Keflex) for a week to make sure it went completely away.
On the morning of Jack's party (Saturday), which was day 4 of the medication, I woke up to a rash all over my abdomen. It didn't itch too much yet, but I could tell something was wrong. I talked to my mom after Jack's party, where she recommended I call the pharmicist to see if it's a reaction to the medication. Turns out, it's an allergic reaction, and if my throat starts closing up too, I'm to go straight to the ER for an IV of steroids. So I immediately stopped taking the medication, and my doctor told me to take 2 Benadryl every 6 hours, and put HydroCortisone cream on the rash.
Here I am 48 hours after the rash appeared, and it hasn't spread, but has sure filled in everywhere. Doug told me I just look like I have a sunburn. The last two nights, I haven't been able to sleep much because it itches SO bad! I laid awake last night between 9:30 and 12:30, trying so hard to sleep. Finally at 12:30, I went downstairs and got an ice bag and numbed my entire abdomen. After a half hour of numbing, I was FINALLY able to sleep off and on for 5 hours, numbing myself again every couple hours in between. Ugh, I don't think I've ever been so uncomfortable in my whole life! The only relief I have is lying on the couch with an ice pack. Doug has been so wonderful this weekend tending Jack and making me food. I don't know what I'd be doing without him!
I went back to the doctor again today to leave another sample. They have to see if the infection is gone all the way after only 4 days being on the medication. I also met with a nurse, asking her if there's ANYTHING they can give me for the itching, as it's unbearable at this point. Even a sleep aid at night would be a miracle, since Benadryl isn't quite doing the trick. Of course, she called me back after speaking with the doctor, and they gave me the news that there's nothing they can do for me. I just have to keep taking the Benadryl and HydroCortisone cream. Gee, thanks. So, having a touch of morning sickness, itching worse than I ever have, and being sedated on Benadryl sure makes a girl useless. Poor Jack, he's going to think I don't want to play with him anymore! If the rash doesn't start to clear up in 2-3 days, I have to go back to the doctor. Ugh, someday I'll have an easy pregnancy, right?
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
This past weekend, Doug and I hosted our very first murder mystery dinner. We had so much fun! We invited all of our good friends to participate, and had a fun-filled evening. I even got to use my china for the very first time, and it was a hit! The murder mystery was seven rounds, and so we had seven different foods (one for each round.) with a menu that listed foods like "swamp water" (minestrone soup), "Witch's apple nectar" (apple cider), and "Road kill on a stick" (beef and vegetable kabobs.) Doug and I played cooks and waiter/waitress, and stayed plenty busy. But it was still so fun! I wish I would have taken a picture of all the decoration we did... we put caution tape all over the door, spiderwebs in the corners of the room, skulls as centerpieces along with "blood dripping" candles, candy in the shapes of body parts, etc. Thanks to everyone who participated and brought something. I think it turned out really successful.