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February 18, 2010

The thumb sucking experiment

Filed under: family — Crystal @ 10:56 am

So two weeks 1 day ago, I noticed Bryan’s right thumb was getting cracked and bleeding from all of his thumb sucking.  I did a bit of research and found that supposedly if a child stops sucking their thumb before the age of 2 chances lower tremendously that he or she will be able to stop and not still be sucking at age 5 or worse.   The same was the case for the pacifier kids.  So that morning I sewed a large toddler sock on the end of 3 sleep and plays and 1 long sleeve onsie.  He wore the outfits from that day forward day and night for 2 weeks.  Yesterday I took off the outfit in trial, and low and behold he hasn’t stuck his thumb in his mouth once.   The only thing I haven’t tried yet is bed time.  For now I’m putting the special pj’s back on for then out of fear he’ll find his thumb again.

I felt a bit bad doing this considering his bad past couple of weeks being sick and getting the stitches, but I think it is best in the long run.

Crossing my fingers!!

February 9, 2010

Charlotte’s Birth Story

Filed under: family — Crystal @ 8:04 pm

I’ve finally gotten around to typing it out!  Here it is!

So November 4th, 2009, I met my in-laws at home at 5pm to go to McDonalds before heading out to Celeste’s art show at school.  After we ate we headed over to Borders before going to the school to meet Alan because we had some spare time.  Bryan got a bit cranky in the store so I took him out to change him and calm him down while Grandma and Grandpa Wood finished up shopping with Celeste.  As I was holding Bryan and unlocking the doors to the car my water broke!  There was a ton of fluid.  I only thought that style of water breaking happened in the movies.  So, in my excited haze, I changed Bryan’s diaper, put him in the car and waited for Grandpa and Grandma to come out.  They were estatic that they got to be here for the start of the whole thing.  So, we called Alan to tell him we were in route to the preschool for the art show, but didn’t tell him that we were in labor, although he did know something was up, because Grandpa joined me for the ride over to the school just in case I started to have contractions.  Once we got there I told Alan and he got excited as well.   We spent about an hour at her art show, much to her teacher’s fear that the baby would be born there. lol  Then we headed home and called the midwife to tell her that I was in labor and that I was right all along with my predicted due date of Nov 4th, not the Nov 17th they kept telling me.  She had us pack up and head over to the hospital.

Once there they checked to make sure my water had broken, it had, and start me on some cervidil to thin out my cervix.  After 12 long hours later I started the pitocin and asked for a epidural once I was about 4 cm, because labor was starting to hurt my back and I didn’t want to go through what I had to do with Celeste.  Later in the early afternoon  Grandpa Wood came over and Alan and him went out for lunch eating at the hospital cafeteria, because the nurse had checked me and I was only about 7-8 cm.  While gone the midwife checked me and said I was now 8and if I felt any pressure to let her know.  As she crossed the room and went to the door, I felt the pressure!  It happened SO quick.  So she called Kathy my midwife back in to check and I was really ready to push.  However Alan wasn’t there yetn !!  So, I went to get the cell phone he had left me to call him to get him back in the room, but he forgot it.  So the midwife let me use her cell to call him.  It rang just outside of the door just as I hit send.  He was literately walking back into the room.  That was of course 15 min after I was ready to push and doing everything I could NOT to push so Alan could be there for the birth.  Luckily this time around I remembered to ask for a mirror so I got to watch her being born.   She was a 3 push baby.  Not as quick as my 2 push Celeste, but not bad either!  She entered the world at 1:51 pm and weighed 7 lbs 7 oz and was 19″ long and was complication free.

January 28, 2010

Bryan’s first stitches

Filed under: family — Tags: , , — Crystal @ 11:39 am

I was putting Celeste to bed and she asked Bryan for a kiss goodnight.  He ran at full speed to say good night and tripped over himself.  He landed on her stool and got a hole between his eyes.  It is like a real hole.  You can see all the way in with no bottom of the hole.  It went through to the muscle layer.  I’m not sure how it happened because all of the edges of the stool are rounded off well.  He got a bit sleepy right after and I was afraid that he had a mild concussion, which is why I was calling around.  I finally called Dave S. and he came over to watch Celeste when I took Bryan to the ER the first time.  The doctor debated glue vs. stitches and chose glue because it is less traumatic, even though glue can leave a small scar.  He thought he’d outgrow the scar.  It went ok, he cried from being held down, but it was fast.  Half way home he said, “ow, ow ow”  (ouch) and I had just hit a bump in the road so I thought it was that.  We pulled in the driveway and I realized he pulled out the glue stitches.  They were a layer of glue, tape then more glue.  So we went in and I fed Charlotte, called and talked to Alan again then went back to the ER.  This time it was much worse.  He freaked out when he saw the Dr.  They put him on a board with velcro and strapped him down.  He sort of looked like a mummy.  Then had one big guy holding his head still and one nurse holding his chin.  It took them about 10 min to do the real stitches.  I’ve never heard him cry like that.  He was hysterical.  Sobbing, crying, shaking, covered in sweat, screaming, “DaDa..DaDa.. no no my nose” over and over again.  I really thought he was going to throw up.  He made it through and was much happier once we got into the car and he got 2 lollipops.  One for each hand.. and so he wouldn’t touch his stitches again.  He stayed up a bit when we got home at 12:30 to say hi to Alan since he wanted him so bad earlier and to finish his pops.  This morning he’s a bit tired, but otherwise himself.  Here’s some pictures of his stitches:

http://woodwebhome.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=382224

We go back in on Tuesday to his pediatrician to have the stitches taken out.  I’m dreading that visit.

He’s had an ok morning.  He’s back to himself, except for being sleepy from being up so late.

November 25, 2009

Celeste’s antics on the ride home today

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Crystal @ 3:36 pm

So on the way home from school today we were making animal sounds. We got a bit silly and I asked her what sound different people make. “Bryan makes the sound…?” I said, “Car!” replied Celeste. “Mommy makes the sound…?” I said, “ha ha ha ha” replied Celeste. “Daddy makes the sound..?” I said, “Moo!” replied Celeste.

After that I asked her what she did in school today with her friends. She told me that Hannah was now her friend, and Trent wasn’t. Which was odd, because all she talks about is her friend Trent. After more prodding, I discovered that Trent wasn’t her friend today, becuase he wasn’t in school.

A telephone pole fell down in front of the Southbury Training school today, so we had to detour through the school’s private roads to get around it. When passing what looked like a main building there was a huge lit up Christmas tree. Celeste got all excited and exclaimed… “Chipmunks!” (From the beginning of the movie Alvin and the Chipmunks, when their forest tree got cut down and turned into a Christmas tree.”)

Finally, as we pulled into the driveway I laughed and said, “Celeste you’re really cute today”. She looked at me very seriously and said. “Yes”.

September 22, 2009

New due date!

Filed under: family — Tags: , — Crystal @ 2:59 pm

Interesting day at the midwife’s office. We have a new due date of November 14th and an induction day of Nov 5th in the evening which should result in a baby on the 6th. That of course is providing that the hospital isn’t busy and we don’t get bumped like we did with my son. This is all due to the fact that I’ve been measuring a bit further ahead than normal, and my midwife being on vacation the week after so this way we can deliver with her (I’m going to be induced). So we are going with an earlier ultrasound date. Everything else was fine. Baby’s heartbeat was 144. I go back in 2 weeks to start non-stress tests. I’m not really looking forward to those. The are 30 min or so appointments, so they can be trying while having my 18 month old with me (I schedule them while my 3 y/o is in school). I will have a bio-physical profile (detailed ultrasound) scheduled at 36 weeks (October 17th ish) to double check weight and see how the baby is doing.

August 24, 2009

Dentists and Glucose tolorance tests

Filed under: Uncategorized — Crystal @ 3:44 pm

Celeste had her first dentist appointment today and was an excellent patient.  She did everything they asked her to do!  She has no problems (no over bite/cross bite ect.), perfect teeth.  She also got her hair cut today and is all ready to start school next week!

I got the results back today of my 3 hour glucose tolerance test.  I failed, but barley.  You fail if 2 numbers are over.  She is a bit shocked that my number went up at the 3 hour and she wonders as well as I do, if the 2 hour vial and the 3 hour one got switched.  However, even if they did, I still failed because if you swap 2 and 3 the cutoff would have been the same number as my reading, failing me.  The midwife thinks that since it is such a borderline fail that diet will control it and I won’t need insulin this time.  We will see what the endocrinologist has to say.  Here is what the numbers were.

Fast-   107 (cut off was 95)
1 hour- 173 (cut off was 180)
2 hour- 111 (cut off was 155)
3 hour- 155 (cut off was 140)

August 18, 2009

27 week midwife visit with baby #3

Filed under: family,life in general — Tags: , — Crystal @ 11:35 am

Everything went well. Not much exciting to report, except the fundal
height (how high my uterus is) is measuring early at 30 weeks not 27.
Weight gain was good at 2 lbs for the past month. 🙂 I have my 3
hour glucose tolerance test.tomorrow, so wish me luck on that one. If
I pass I’ll be back in 3 weeks, If I fail, I’ll be back in 2 weeks.
The baby’s heart rate was 150.

I brought a picture of Celeste right after delivery, because a couple
of months back when I was browsing through her newborn pictures, I
thought I saw a knot in her umbilical cord. So when I mentioned it to
my midwife, she said to bring it in and she’d tell me if it was or
not. After bringing it in she said it was indeed a true knot
(sometimes curvy veins look like them when they are not) It is
actually rare to happen, only 1-2% of babies have them and it
increases infant/fetus fatality risks (up to 6% higher chance) and
delivery complications. So she is one lucky kiddo, because it went
undiagnosed. From what I’ve read it happens a lot to babies with
longer than average cords. I attached the picture so you can see it.

August 6, 2009

Great deal!

Filed under: life in general — Crystal @ 3:05 pm

Normally they are $80-$130 depending on the model and I’ve always loved the Active version because of all the padding and adjustments, however that one is the $130 one and too expensive for us.  Well I was browsing a local children’s consignment shop near us and found a 2009 brand new one that the sticker says is only a month old mispriced at $35 that was the cost of all the used BabyBjorn Originals, the Actives were all marked at $90, except for the one I had.  I brought it up to buy it keeping quit  and figured if the clerk catches it, she catches it and she didn’t!  So I got a super awesome deal!  On top of it, the color is the black/gray one I wanted!  Yea!  I just wanted to share my find.  I almost feel a little guilty, but they are the ones that put the price tag on it, not me!  Now, to go out and buy the BabyBjorn blanket cover thingy and possibly the bib!

http://www.babybjorn.com/en-gb/Eng/products/Mobility/BABYBJORN-Baby-Carrier-Active/

July 6, 2009

Precious Moments

Filed under: family — Tags: , , — Crystal @ 10:03 am

So after a very late night last night, I woke up groggily to take care of Celeste.  After the morning routine was done I laied down on the couch hoping for a little more relaxation before Bryan woke up.  I did receive it, but with a very sweet interlude.  Celeste came over and noticed a baby on the tv.  She said the baby was cute and I responded with, “Just like your new little baby in mommy’s tummy is going to be.”  She then proceeded to come over to me, lift my shirt say, “Shh! Night night baby” and then give my tummy the gentlest kiss ever!  I thought that was super cute, but then she ran over to the other side of the couch and grabbed her little tiny wind up chick and put it on my tummy so the baby could have a toy to go to bed with.  How sweet!  I can’t wait to see how she is with this baby come November!

If you didn’t already know, based off this message you should have fingured out that we are expecting baby number three in November around the 17th.  We will be 21 weeks along tomorrow and at our 19 week ultrasound the baby was super healthy with a girl heartbeat and weighing in at 10 oz.  Which puts him/her in the 57th percentile for weight.  So much for telling everyone at Bryan’s 1st birthday we were not expecting.  We WERE and just didn’t know it!  We were about 4 weeks along.

April 13, 2009

Peanuts *updated 4/16/09*

Filed under: family — Tags: , , , — Crystal @ 4:24 pm

About 5 weeks ago now we had some allergy testing done in an attempt to find out B’s cause of his eczema despite a lot of speculation that his reactions were stress and hereditary.

On our visit to the Allergist on 3/25/09 He was tested for 41 different common allergens, by a skin prick test.  He was tested for:

Tree Mix, timothy pollen, sheep sorrel pollen, plantain pollen, grass, sage, mugwort, weed mix, ragweed, house dust, cockroach, cat, horse, mite mix, guinea pig, dog, latex, mold mix, whole milk, wheat, fish, peanut, shellfish, rye, tomato, cashew, egg, soybean, oat, cacao bean, barley, shrimp, black walnut, english walnut, sesame, coconut, almond, hazelnut, apple, banana, carrot, strawberry.  He came back as allergic to none.

So they told us that his eczema is the inherited kind.  He was put on Zyrtec everyday now to stop the histamine reactions he has to avoid scratching.  He also is continuing his steroid prescription creme and daily aquafor rubbing regime.  Also during 2 baths he gets a selenium sulfide shampooing.  It is for the eczema (which has another name on the scalp, but I’m drawing a blank).  The allergist also said each year he gets older his chance for the eczema to go away increases by 10%  He expected it to be gone by 10/11 years of age with the exception of minor flare ups possibly for the rest of his life.

However, on April 6, 2009  he had a severe reaction to something.  He broke out into a severe case of hives and we rushed him to an urgent care facility.  He had nothing new or out of the ordinary for dinner that night.  However his reaction was with in 10 min of eating his dinner which consisted of  wheat bread, peanut butter sandwich with strawberry jam.  We know that is a high allergen meal, but he had tested as non allergic to those food items.

So, we went back to the doctor again on April 7th, 2009.  Bryan couldn’t have the skin test done again, because he had Zyrtec last night.  The allergist thinks the reaction could have been viral (which also confuses me because he had no signs of being sick otherwise) not allergy related, but we are taking extra measures to ensure that it isn’t.  We had a blood test just done for peanut butter, strawberry, wheat, soy and milk to double check those.  We got told there is only a 20% chance that the skin test couldn’t detect what the blood test could.  We got scheduled to go the doctors office the following month and use the fresh food for a skin test at the doctor’s office, if he has no reactions then they were actually going to feed him little bits of the food gradually increasing the amount.  We were instructed to bring the food, specifically the food that he ate this week and had the reaction with.  That test was going take 3 hours.

He got prescribed an  EpiPen® Jr and the allergist said to use if if he had the hives reaction along with any issues with breathing.  If he just has a mild hives reaction then we are to give him 1/2 teaspoon of children’s liquid Zyrtec (extra from his everyday dose of 1/4 teaspoon).  If he comes up as allergic  by the blood test then the rules change and he has to be given the  EpiPen® Jr,v if he ingests them with our knowledge, even before he has a reaction.

The blood test was not fun.  They do it the same way as an adult.  We were concerned that not enough blood was taken because the vein blew out due to myself or the nurse holding him down to tight.  Lucky, there was enough.

On April 13th, yeah, lucky number 13.  We got the test results.  Bryan is officially allergic to peanuts.  The blood test came back positive, even though the skin test was negative.  The doctor said that there are 7 levels of allergy danger and he is #3 which is actually in the middle.  0 is non allergic 7 is extreme and way over the curve.  So on a real scale of 1-6 he is in the middle.

We have a last follow up visit this coming Wednesday to have a question and answer session.

It stinks that he will have to deal with this, however I’m a bit relieved that we finally have an answer to all this insanity.

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We learned at his allergy level it is unlikely that he will out grow it, but he will be tested next year to check his levels.  The official range for antibodies right now is the following for Class 3 (3.51-17.5 KU/L)  He is an 8.1 so is is pretty close to center 3.  We have ordered him a medialert bracelet and a special bright green bag to keep his epipen jr’s cool in the summer.

So after the doctor’s visit this is what we learned we have to avoid:

Here is the things that B can not eat and the things that we need to search for in the labels.  On the bottom is some extra information.  This is all from a info sheet that the doctor gave us.  I just typed it up here.  In addition we were told to absolutely avoid any food that said things like, “made in a plant with peanuts, may contain traces of peanuts”.. ect  Unfortunately that excludes a lot of chocolate products.  I cleaned out the house today so the pantry and fridge have nothing in it that B can’t have.

How to Read a Label for a Peanut-Free Diet

All FDA-regulated manufactured food products that contain peanut as an ingredient are required by U.S. law to list the word “peanut” on the product label.

Avoid foods that contain peanuts or any of these ingredients:
peanut
artificial nuts
beer nuts
cold pressed, expeller pressed, or extruded peanut oil
goobers
ground nuts
mixed nuts
monkey nuts
nut pieces
nutmeat
peanut butter
peanut flour
peanut protein hydrolysate

Peanut is sometimes found in the following:
African, Asian (especially Chinese,
Indian, Indonesian, Thai, and
Vietnamese), and Mexican dishes
baked goods (e.g., pastries, cookies)
candy (including chocolate candy)
chili
egg rolls
enchilada sauce
marzipan
mole sauce
nougat
ice cream

Keep the following in mind:
•  A person allergic to one food is usually not allergic to related foods.  Peanuts belong to the pea or legume family.  A person allergic to peanuts can usually eat peas and beans.
• Mandelonas are peanuts soaked in almond flavoring.
• The FDA exempts highly refined peanut oil from being labeled as an allergen. Studies show that most allergic individuals can safely eat peanut oil that has been highly refined (not cold    pressed, expeller pressed, or extruded peanut oil).  Follow your doctor’s advice.
• A study showed that unlike other legumes, there is a strong possibility of cross-reaction between peanuts and lupine.
• Arachis oil is peanut oil.
• Many experts advise patients allergic to peanuts to avoid tree nuts as well.
• Sunflower seeds are often produced on equipment shared with peanuts.
•  Artificial nuts can be peanuts that have been deflavored and reflavored with a nut, such as pecan or walnut.

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