Wood Family News

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:


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.

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.


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:
artificial nuts
beer nuts
cold pressed, expeller pressed, or extruded peanut oil
ground nuts
mixed nuts
monkey nuts
nut pieces
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)
egg rolls
enchilada sauce
mole sauce
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.

February 13, 2009

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh my!

Filed under: life in general — Tags: , — Crystal @ 5:08 pm

83.. we have 83 stuffed animals/dolls…  enough said.

Growing up to fast

Filed under: family — Tags: — Crystal @ 4:59 pm

Myself in response to a baby leaving the room, “No Bryan come back.”   Bryan looks at MaMa smiles and crawls away faster.  *sigh* he’s turning into a 10 month old toddler.

August 4, 2008

No Gluetons, No Soy, No Dairy and more

Filed under: family,life in general — Tags: , , , , , — Crystal @ 10:58 am

So things have been pretty eventful.  As you can see by the title our little guy is allergic to one of the above.  We know he has the dairy problem, but he has been having some eczema to go along with it and taking out the glutens and soy may help.  So two weeks of me not eating it should detoxify my body then two weeks more should do the same for him.  We will see if there is a change.  I started this crazy diet full time on the 1st of this month.  So far the hardest thing to cut out is soy.  It is in everything that is processed.  Even some sodas.  Other than that little man is right on target, if not ahead.  He rolls all over the place now and insists on being on his tummy for bedtime, even though we put him on his back and tell him he can’t go on his belly.  He is starting to tripod sit which is very exciting.

Celeste has a little cold right now, or as we really suspect 2 year molars coming in.  We recently took her to a local theme park and she loved it.  I can’t believe how much.  She is really into the boat rides.  Check out the pictures in our gallery.  I can’t wait to go again with her!  I just submitted an inquiry to birth to 3 to make sure she is just a late talker.  At her 2 year old physical, that is all the doctor suspected.  The doctor did hear a heart murmur on Celeste, however she isn’t concerned by it and says it will only be an issue if she hears it next year too.

Everyone else in the house is doing well.. now its off to do some daily chores!

July 14, 2008

Bryan’s 4 month visit to the pedi & yesterday’s party

Filed under: family — Tags: , , , — Crystal @ 1:02 pm

Bryan had his 4 month visit today.  He weighs a bit less than our home scale says, but our home scale is me just holding him then subtracting his weight, not to accurate.  He also is usually wearing his clothes.  So he isn’t 16 lbs he’s 15lbs .5 oz  But that is still fine.  He’s grown tons in height.  He is now 25 in compared to the 22 at our last visit.  So he’s in the 50th percentile for weight and 60th for height.  Just perfect.  I put below a time line of his weight and height’s in case you were wondering what the previous #’s were.  He got 4 shots and one oral vaccine all the same ones he got at his 2 month.  He has a little of what I thought was just dry skin on his tummy but the doctor said it is eczema so we got to slather him in Eucerinen cream once a day and only bath him every 2-3 days.

Grandpa L heard Celeste say she had to go potty yesterday and she did it today at the doctors office.  She looked up from playing and said to the pediatrician and I, “I got to pee!” and she then pooped.  Then her next comment was “eeeww!” Really cute but another great sign!  (She didn’t actually pee, just did #2)  🙂  So if you hear it take her to the bathroom!

Yesterday was our baptism/2nd birthday party for Celeste.  It all went really well.  Of course with the exception of Celeste’s free spirit in church 😉  It was a bit stressful setting up and the cakes took forever, but everything turned out wonderful.  My homemade rocket cake and lamb cake turned out amazingly well.  The best I’ve ever done!  I’ll post some pictures soon.  Of course D has all the good church ones, he was our photographer for the day.  Celeste got some wonderful birthday presents and is enjoying them as I type this.  Bryan got some beautiful memento’s and some money which we will use to get him a convertible car-seat like Celeste has, because he hates his infant one.

June 4, 2008

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April 16, 2008

Doctors, contractors, toddler bed and new blog.. oh my!

Filed under: family — Tags: , , — Crystal @ 4:45 pm

First off this is the first “official” post of the new blog.  Everything prior to this was copied over from blogspot.  It is so nice to finally attach our blog to our web address.  So here is my first post!

How are the kids and how is Celeste handling being a big sister?

Since every has asked this question here is the answer! 🙂

Things are going ok. They aren’t as hard as I thought, but not as easy as I thought too. Bryan is a typical baby so far and wakes up 3 times a night to be feed and eats during the day about every 2.5 hours. I finally got photos up of him on our website.  The server was down for a while and that is why there was a delay in getting them up.

Celeste is handling being a big sister differently everyday. All the time she showers him with love and kisses, but either her terrible two’s is starting early or she is acting out for attention. She has tantrums now and redirecting her attention doesn’t seem to work so we are at a loss. We just try to ignore it and let her cry it out.

I can’t wait to re join the play group that we attend I think it would do Celeste wonders, but the pediatrician wants us to wait until he is 8 weeks to rejoin the fun (it doesn’t help my case that flu season is still going strong so far!). So we have another 3.1 weeks to wait until we meet up with everyone again. May 8th (or 15th- depending on his next round of shots) is slated as our first day back into the swing of things.

So it has been a busy 2 days! We are having some siding fixed on our house and an air conditioner and door walled in.

In addition to that Celeste spent her first night her her altered crib. We put up one toddler rail on it in order to start prepping her for the switch to the real bed once Bryan is to big for his bassinet/co-sleeper. We put it together with Grandma and Grandpa Laumiere and took out the diaper changing table and put that into Bryan’s room. We also had tons of baby proofing to do. After Grandma and Grandpa left we put her to bed. She got up and ran to the door as soon as Alan shut the bedroom door and cried for 20 min. Then she got quiet and we checked on her before we went to bed. She was all curled up in a ball on the floor in front of her door and book case with her teddy bear. So Alan picked her up and put her in the bed and that is where she slept till 8 am! So in total 1.5 hours on the floor and 10 hours on the bed! Yea! She is growing up so fast! Hopefully nap-time is successful too, but with all the banging of the construction I doubt she’d even sleep in her old crib. (she is in there now attempting to sleep, but cries every time they bang loudly – I think she may be playing in her ball pit which is in her room temporarily).

Bryan had his one month visit to the doctor today and he really is my little chunky monkey (as I’ve been affectionately calling him)! He is now 10 lbs 6.5 oz which is a hefty 2 lbs heaver than 2 weeks ago! He only had to gain .5 to 1 oz a day and he gained about 2.4 oz a day! His head did grow a lot in circumference too, but I don’t know his birth head circumference. Today’s head circumference is 38.5 cm. He has grown a bit in height too he is now 20.75 in long in comparison to his birth height of 19.25 in long. He passed all the tests the doctor did on him and even shocked her by rolling over from tummy to back right on the table! (he learned to do that on Saturday the 12th his 4 week mark!) He got one shot, his second Hepatitis B one and cried quite a bit (not handling it as well as his sister does… is it a guy thing?!?) but recovered after he got his binkie.

Hopefully the contractors will be done today (but it is now 1 pm and they haven’t started the fascia so I don’t think they will be) and we can get out tomorrow to go to the park and enjoy this warm weather!

March 26, 2008

Bryan’s 2 week visit

Filed under: family,old post from blogger — Tags: , — Crystal @ 5:43 pm
Bryan had his two week visit to the doctor today. At our first weight check at 5 days old (2 Mondays ago) he hadn’t gained anything from his hospital discharge of 7lbs 4oz. So a couple of days later on Wednesday his weight check showed a weight gain of .25 oz a day which still wasn’t enough. On Friday his weight gain was .5 oz a day which was better but still not the 1 oz a day they wanted. On Monday he had finally hit 7lbs 14 oz one oz away from birth weight which was putting him back in the gained enough category. However from this past Monday’s weight of 7lbs 14 oz to today’s (Wednesday) 8lbs 4.5 oz puts him at a hefty 2 oz per day weight gain! So that is double the weight per day gain that the doc wanted! I guess he is making up for the time he lost. I was a bit concerned that my milk supply was dropping a bit because I wasn’t pumping as much the past couple of days after a feeding as I was before.. but I guess that is because he is drinking it! I guess the breastfeeding is going better than I thought! He gets to start his tummy time as of today and actually held his head up for the doctor at the office today. She was impressed with the control he had. He passed all the other tests even all of the newborn reflex ones. So his next visit is in 2 weeks for his one month visit where he gets his first round of immunizations.. poor baby 🙁


March 14, 2008

A son is born

Filed under: family,old post from blogger — Tags: , — Crystal @ 5:38 pm
I’m at home with Bryan Alan – Born on March 12 at 3:45 p.m.7lbs 15oz 19.25 in long! I actually did it drug free! Celeste is totally in love with her baby brother and can’t stop kissing him. She actually had a tantrum when I took him into the bedroom to feed him. Thanks for all the well wishes and comments from everyone! I’ll have some pictures up as soon as I feel well enough/have more time to add them 🙂
**Update** His story in a bit more detail
So we went into the hospital on March 11th to start the induction process.  Cervidil was started at night and the pitocin at 10 am.  It was a very smooth labor.  At 2:45 pm I was in the delivery room sitting up in a rocking chair playing video games with Alan when my parents came in.  At 3:30 pm just as I was about to tell Alan that the contractions were changing and we needed to have a nurse check me the nurse came in seeing the difference on the monitor.  My parents left and 15 min after that we were pushing.  20 min after that Bryan Alan Wood was born into the world!


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