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.

May 12, 2008

Bryan’s 2 month visit

Filed under: family,life in general — Tags: — Crystal @ 12:49 pm

Bryan had his 2 month visit today. 4 shots and one oral vaccine. The oral on is new. Celeste doesn’t even have that one. It is for Rotavirus (Click here for info).   The others are:  Dtap (diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis), Hib #1 (Haemophilus influenzae type b),, Polio(IPV), hepatitis B (hib b), Pneumococcal Conjugate (PCV).  He did ok. He is really fussy now, but that’s it. He is getting Tylenol around the clock for the next 24 hours. He is now a chunky 12 lbs 12 oz and 22 in long. That puts him into the 25th percentile for height and 75th percentile for weight. Up 25% for weight and down 25% for height from the last visit. Which would be why he fits into clothing funny. The 3-6 stuff fits because of his weight, but it is all to long because of his height. The 0-3 stuff mostly fits, but there is a couple of one piece outfits that are a bit snug. I also exchanged a package of size one diapers for size two today. Size two is 12 lbs to 16 lbs… I thought that the size ones were
getting a bit tight!

Mother’s Day was great. I got a really cute necklace with 4 people on it to signify the whole family. Each little person charm has a matching birth stone built into the body.

Now to finish up the house for the playgroup here this Thursday and the game party on Saturday! Yea!

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!

July 21, 2006

Doctors Appointment Today

Filed under: family,old post from blogger — Tags: — Crystal @ 12:18 pm

Hooray today is our due date…. but still no baby. I saw the doctor today and the baby and I are both fine. They put me on a fetal monitor and the baby sounds great…for those of you trying to guess the sex of the baby by heartbeat rate the rate today was 155-160. So, if no baby comes this weekend, I’ll be back at the doctor on Tuesday and if no baby by Thursday a.m. I’ll be induced on that day. Either way the baby should be here by this coming Friday!


Anonymous Anonymous said…
Hey… Congratulations!! I hear the baby is here and there are no pictures! What are you guys doing with all your free time?? Enjoy your new little girl!! Love, Joanne & Dave Ross

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