Friday, May 21, 2010

The most AMAZING Rash Ever and Eva's Last Day of School

To the front, to the front...

To the back, to the back...

To the side, to the side...

Now dip baby dip, just dip baby dip...Let me see you tootsie roll...tootsie rooooll!

Everybody now, Tootsie Roll...Tootsie Roll! Oh, hey, sorry, I just got a little carried away there with The Tootsie Roll. You know how that goes. You will now have this song stuck in your head all day. You're welcome. :) Ummm, can you say allergic reaction to Amoxicillin?? I don't think these pictures do justice to how bad and amazing this rash was but here it is in all it's glory. Poor Ella looked terrible! Ella had an ear infection last week and had been on Amoxicillin for 8 days and then all of sudden this beautiful rash showed up this past Tuesday. YIKES! I'm here to tell you that every inch of her body was covered. Every.inch. Poor baby. I took her to the doctor on Tuesday to get the verdict on the rash and it was not 100% that it was the antibiotic that caused it but I'm saying it sure looks that way. Honestly, I've never seen anything quite like it. Thankfully, Ella did not seem bothered by it and it wasn't itching or anything and it has now gone away which is a relief. I feel like all we've been doing lately is going back and forth to the doctor and to the pharmacy drive-thru at Walgreens. Throw me a bone here will ya?

Hopefully now we are over this icky sickness hump and we can get back on track with good feeds. Ella has lost some weight so we're trying to get back in the game here and on to our quest for no more feeding tube! I do have to say though that the feeding tube is helpful and is definitely a comfort for me when sickness strikes and Ella doesn't eat as well because I can always add in a feeding, etc. if need be. Can you tell that I have a love/hate relationship with her feeding tube?? Keep praying!

In other news, sweet little Eva had her last day of school at Young Children's World this week. What a wonderful year she has had! She had the most precious, hard working teachers who were so loving, patient and compassionate not only to Eva but to our whole family. We were so blessed to have Miss Patty and Miss Christi this year. Eva absolutely adored them and just talked about them constantly, she will definitely miss them.

Despite the look on Eva's face she really does looooove her teachers!

Is she not THE cutest thing you've ever seen??? Just humor me and say yes. :)

Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, May 10, 2010

The Final Countdown

Ahh, I can just hear it now, "The Final Countdown" by Europe blaring from my boombox. Remember that song? Loved it and if we're being honest here who doesn't love all those 90's hair bands.

Isn't this picture fantastic?? I'm pretty sure my sister and I made a music video back in the day with a light show to this song. Back me up on this Ann, you remember this. Don't be fooled though, the light show involved me standing behind a bedroom door and flipping the light switch on and off to the beat of the music while Ann videotaped. Pretty awesome. My favorite music video we made though hands down has to be my solo lip-sync/dance routine to Weird Al's "Fat." Very similar to Michael Jackson's "Bad" video except instead of a cool posse of back-up dancers in a parking garage, it was just me in a homemade fat-suit working my killer dance moves in about 3 feet of floor space in between our twin beds in our tiny bedroom. Other than that, veeerrrryyy similar to Weird Al and MJ's videos. How cool were we you ask? Very, is all I can say. :)

Anyway, where was I going with this? Oh yeah, the final countdown. I just got side-tracked with a little blast from the past there. We are on the final countdown here friends with Ella's feedings. Last week we dropped another feeding so now Ella is down to just ONE feeding with her feeding tube at night! Incredible, I just can't even believe it. Now, this past weekend though Ella has been sick so she hasn't been eating well and we've had to add an extra tube feeding in here and there so I don't feel like we're getting an accurate gauge on what a real week with only one night feeding would look like. But, I say all of that to say that we are getting closer and closer. Time to put your rally caps on! (That's for you Ann, I know how much you looooove your rally cap.) I like using the word rally cap, it's just one of those annoying words like squamous or cheesecloth and I can't help but cringe a little every time I hear it.

Anyway, we are getting closer to not needing Ella's feeding tube so please keep praying for her to keep eating well. Especially with this recent illness we will be set back a little more I'm guessing because she has lost more weight than I would like so be praying for good eating and good weight gain. We are still going to feeding therapy once a week and she is doing well but has not quite met her goals yet. She is close but still needs to bump up the volume a little more in order to reach her goal. So, pray, pray, pray!

Maybe I need to dig out my "Fat" video to really get her to rally with the eating. At this point in my life I am not above humiliating myself if that is what it takes. To prove my point, I give you Exhibit A: Every Monday/Thursday morning Rick takes Eva to school and as they are getting in the car on most days she will request for me to do the Chicken Dance as they drive away. I know, weird, you don't have to tell me. Anyway, so what does any good mother do? Well, I stand in my pajamas in my garage and do the chicken dance while Rick and Eva slowly pull out of the drive-way and drive away. Not kidding. I choose to believe that instead of thinking I am a complete wack-o, I believe Monday and Thursday mornings at 8:30 MUST be the highlight of my neighbors week. I mean, I would looove it if I saw a grown woman in her pajamas dancing in her garage every week wouldn't you? So, trust me when I say I am not above self-humiliation because obviously I'm not.

Keep praying friends!