Monday, November 17, 2008

Recent Happenings

Doug and Toni at a Harmon's cooking class (Sushi 101)

Jack's first haircut

Puzzle and phone mania with Doug

Going through my bathroom drawers and cupboards

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008

Relief... Here at Last!

I think I forgot to mention that when I was at my OB office on Thursday, I was able to see our little fetus on an ultrasound machine! After my OB/GYN finished looking at my allergic reaction, he said he wanted to make sure everything was going okay with the baby. So he whipped out one of those little devices they use to listen to the heartbeat. After about a minute of not finding it, I said, "Uh oh, this is starting to make me nervous." He says, "Oh, don't be nervous. It's still so small, it's hard to find. But don't worry, I won't let you leave with any doubt in your mind about the baby." I was so impressed with this! He finally stopped the doo-hickey in one spot on my stomach, looks at me, and says, "You hear that?" I said, "No, but if you hear it, that's good enough for me!" He tried again, and I still couldn't hear anything, so he had his assistant bring in his ultrasound machine. It was so tiny, and I was able to see its little heart beating! How awesome!! And I was so impressed with him since that was my first time meeting him.
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

Happy 1st Birthday, Jack!

We had Jack's birthday party the day after Halloween, which was a day earlier than his actual birthday. With so much going on that morning, we really didn't get things going until 12:30, and the party was supposed to start at 12. Thanks so much to all my wonderful friends for helping me out! You really helped take a lot of stress off my shoulders. Can I just say that I have the best friends?

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.

Don't worry, I saved a little for the other guests. But a pregnant woman's gotta eat, right? We also had a hard hat for the guests, and a little nail tool belt for Jack (which he didn't wear either for very long.) After lunch, we played a round of pin the tail on the donkey, where Kevin, Doug's dad, won the prize of a dart gun. We also had a game where you had to guess how many peanut M&M's were in a bowl. I counted out 650 the night before. Doug's dad won that game, too! But he was generous enough to give his loot to second place (Ryan and Cecily.) I hope you guys didn't eat all those in one sitting!

Jack wasn't totally into opening his presents yet, but I'm sure he'll enjoy it next year. Here he is opening a present from his grandma and grandpa Nelson. We've heard awesome things about this toy, and it looks like fun, but Jack is afraid of the noise it makes, so he goes running when you turn it on. What a funny kid!
Unfortunately, I wasn't smart enough to charge our camera battery before the party, so we didn't get a picture of him enjoying his big present from mommy and daddy, which is a little 4-wheeler that he can scoot along on (Christy, you'll have to send me your pics!) For now, he just enjoys pushing it around the tile and pushing the buttons.

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

Happy Halloween!

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Last Halloween at 9:30 p.m., my water broke with Jack, so I guess this Halloween wasn't as action-packed. We took it easy most of the day, and went to our tri-ward "trunk or treat" at 6. Jack was a chicken, and Doug and I were both farmers.

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

Allergic Reaction

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?