Friday, April 29, 2016

a few favorites [and a giveaway reminder!]

Happy Friday to you! I thought I'd end the week by sharing a few favorites, so here goes!

one. rings. 
I don't wear a ton of jewelry, and the jewelry I do wear is pretty simple. Think stud earrings, two rings, simple necklaces with a tiny charm on them [though right now, no necklaces since I don't want them broken by curious little hands]. After Emerson was born I was gifted a ring with his birthstone in it, when Oliver was born I suggested that a ring with his birthstone might be a nice little gift. But instead I was gifted something else [which I love]. Then the other day I was looking around and stumbled across these beauties. And now I need them. Forever and always.

find them here

two. more rings. 
Years ago I started wearing a toe ring. I'm not sure how I came about to start wearing one, but I did. Feet are just kind of 'eh' and gross to me so I'm all for anything to help them not be so gross: nail polish, cute sandals, toe rings. A few years ago my favorite toe ring broke and I just haven't found one to replace it. Since the weather is kind of getting nicer [except not really] and I was thinking about being able to wear sandals soon, I also remembered my long lost toe ring. I saw this one and thought I might have to give it a try. Add a little something to my feet. Because, well. Feet. ugh.

three. socks. 
If you've known me for long, it's probable that you know of my love of socks. I love them. I'm not sure what it is, but socks just make my feet happy [as long as I don't have to wear then when it's 97 degrees outside]. Maybe it's because socks cover feet and we all know how I feel about feet [see above]. But not just any socks will do. The socks have to be cute and have some personality. In the winter I like long, knee high socks - to help keep my feet and legs nice and toasty. But in the spring and summer when my legs need to breathe a little bit and the feet still need coverage? A nice little ankle sock is perfect. And naturally, plain, white, boring, athletic socks are just blah. The sock has to have some color and life to it. A print, a design, a shape. Something to make it happy. The other week I was at Old Navy and they were having a sale on socks - 5 for $5. Since most of my ankle socks from last spring and summer were worn out, I was quick to find five pairs.

four. chocolate chips. 
Earlier this week Landon was out of town [but yay! he's home again!]. While I hate it when he is gone, I do love that I can eat brinner every single night if I want to. And that's just what we do. Cereal, oatmeal, and pancakes were our main meals this week. A way to make the pancakes even more special? Add chocolate chips. We never do this when he's home, but I always want to. I think I feel guilty adding them if he's around for some reason. Anyhow, he was gone, it was me and the boys, so in went the [dairy free] chocolate chips! My favorite kind of dinner right there. 

five. giveaway! 
Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a $50 gift card to PinkBlush! This boutique has the cutest clothes ever! Enter now! There are only a few days left to enter before the giveaway is closed and a winner is announced! 

Happy weekend to you all!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

happy st. patrick's day cupcakes [a month late ;]

For each holiday that comes along, I like to try and do a little something to make it just a little extra special. I don't go all out and I don't decorate my house all crazy or cute [though sometimes I wish I could]. One thing I do try and do is to make a special little treat. So that's just what I did for St. Patrick's Day [and yes, I realize that holiday is in March and it's almost May]. 

Since I love baking and I love sweets, the obvious choice was to make cupcakes. To make them a little more festive for the holiday? Add a few drops of green food coloring and some gold sprinkles on top [you know, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?] and I called it good. I considered using rainbow sprinkles instead of gold ones, but I didn't have any on hand, so that wasn't really an option and I went with the fancier decor and used some gold.

The cupcakes were everything I was hoping they would and more. Light, fluffy, and addictive. One is hardly ever enough. How can you just eat one cupcake? Also, they are dairy free. So, that's a huge plus.

For these cupcakes I used the cake recipe I shared with you all a few months back [found here] and just omitted the sprinkles inside the cake batter. Though that would have been fun and if I'd had those aforementioned rainbow sprinkles on hand, they probably would have made their way into the batter. 

In case you don't feel like clicking back to the original recipe here it is with changes made for the cupcakes:

Dairy Free Cupcakes 

1/2 cup almond milk
3 egg whites
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/4 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coconut oil - melted/room temperature

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line cupcake tins with paper liner; set aside.

Combine almond milk, egg whites, vanilla, and almond extract. Set aside.

In large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt. Mix until combined. Add coconut oil and mix until crumbly. Pour in the milk mixture. Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Add sprinkles and gently fold them into the batter.

Pour batter evenly among the cupcake pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Cupcakes are done when a toothpick or knife comes out clean from the center. Let cool. Remove from pan and allow to cool a little longer. Once cupcakes are cool, top with your favorite frosting and sprinkles!

*Of course you can use regular cow's milk too if you don't want/need it to be dairy free.

And because you need frosting for cupcakes, here's the frosting recipe I use:

Dairy free vanilla frosting 

1/2 cup vegan butter [I used Earth Balance], softened
1/2 tablespoon vanilla
dash of salt
3 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons sweetened vanilla almond milk [or regular almond/soy/cashew/other non-dairy milk]

Beat butter until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla and salt, mix until creamed together. Add powdered sugar and start beating slowly [so the sugar doesn't fly everywhere]; once the sugar is incorporated, beat until well combined. Add almond milk and mix until smooth and creamy in texture. Top and frost your cupcakes!

*Again, you can easily substitute regular butter for the vegan butter and cow's milk for the almond milk.

And of course, you don't have to have these pretties just for St. Patrick's day, any day of the year is a good day for cupcakes I say :)

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for PinkBlush! It's still open so make sure to enter!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

my favorite dress [and a giveaway!]

Today I am so excited to share with you all a fun product review and giveaway! I had the opportunity to collaborate with PinkBlush, a company I have quickly fallen in love with.  After learning I would have the opportunity to collaborate with PinkBlush, I immediately headed over to their website and browsed around - for much longer than I should have - in search of the perfect dress. 

I've always been so indecisive when it comes to choosing anything: shoes, shirts, dresses, what I'm going to have for lunch, what dinner will be tomorrow night... the list goes on. I'm probably one of the most indecisive people I know. Thankfully I knew that I wanted a dress, I love a good dress and feel like it's so hard to find the perfect one. So I looked closely at their selection and good gracious, there were so many cute dresses for women! How was I ever going to decide?! It didn't take too long for me to pick out this cute little short sleeved dress that I thought would be perfect for spring and summer. After receiving it in the mail, I couldn't be happier with it. 

This dress has quickly become my favorite. It's so comfortable and the fabric is light and breathable - perfect for the hot summer months to come. PinkBlush Boutique really knows what they're doing when it comes to cute clothing. Even though I chose a dress, all of their tops, cardigans, pants, robes, and more were cute and fashionable. I really wanted one of everything. PinkBlush doesn't just have pretty dresses [that are oh so comfortable!] they have anything you would want to wear - even nursing and maternity clothing! I am so very thankful for this trendy boutique online and only wish I had known about it when I was pregnant with my little nugget last year.

This women's online boutique has so many cute and affordable clothes and they have frequent sales which is a huge win in my book. I'm all about saving money and looking good at the same time. I know I never feel truly put together until I'm dressed and have some make up on. Since becoming a mom it's the one thing I do daily, no matter how little sleep I got the night before just because it makes me feel better about myself. Enter PinkBlush, and now I really want take my getting ready in the morning a step further - put a dress on and actually feel pretty. This dress allows me to feel good about myself and be comfortable while chasing two little nuggets around all day.

I love that I'm able to move freely and not feel constricted while wearing this dress and when it gets dirty, I can just throw it in the wash without having to do anything special to it. Again, PinkBlush Boutique knows what they're doing, I think they must know that mamas have a hard time keeping the laundry under control. AmIright?

Another great thing about this sweet boutique is that they have the cutest maternity and nursing clothes too! I must have been living under a rock during my last pregnancy. Seeing all of their cute maternity dresses almost makes me want to have another baby. Thankfully most of their maternity styles come in non-maternity too so I can still enjoy the cuteness without the bump. Though if I should become pregnant again, I know I will be heading straight to ShopPinkBlush because they have all the cute things a pregnant mama could want and/or need. 

In addition to sending me this cute dress to review, PinkBlush has also offered to give one of you lucky ladies the chance to win a $50 gift card to their shop! All you need to do is enter in the rafflecopter below. The winner will be announced next Wednesday!

I'm anxious to hear what you would choose if you won, let me know in the comments below! Have fun as you ShopPinkBlush, I can't wait to announce the winner next week! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, April 25, 2016

little gifts [342 - 356]

Hello and Happy Monday! I hope you all were able to enjoy a nice weekend with loved ones. Or some sleep. Or both!

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You may or may not notice a few changes around here - I was able to finally get the bulk of the changes finished this weekend and am loving how it turned out. There are still a few little things I need to change/fix, but over all this is the new look and name.

Changing this space has been something I've been thinking about doing for such a long time and I'm so glad I finally went ahead and did it. The name of my blog before [My Delicious Adventure] was never one that I loved, but it worked and I just kept ignoring the fact that I never really liked the name. I thought I should just leave it as it was because in my years of blogging, I'd already changed the name three times. I know. Granted, when I started it was a very private blog and I was really only writing for myself and family. I never really knew about all that blogging could be - the friendships you can build, the link ups, the following of other blogs. Over the years I made a few other name changes and then decided I should just stick with what it currently was, even if I didn't love it and felt as though it didn't fit me or this space. But after so long of blogging I just knew I needed a name that better represented me and one that I truly loved. So I took the plunge and made the change and now I am so glad I did. I'm also wondering why I didn't do it sooner.

Wonder-filled Life is a name that I think truly represents me. I want to remember all of the little things that make this life so sweet, precious, and wonderful. Life is full of ups and downs, changes, joys, sorrows, and the mundane. I want to live every day trying to find the best in everything, trying to see the little gifts that are in the mundane or hard things. When I stop to look for all these little gifts, it's so easy to see just how wonder-filled life really is.

Thank you for all of your encouragement and support as I make this change, it means so very much! And in light of the new name and what it represents, I thought it only fitting that I follow with a few little gifts as of late.

342. watching an airplane fly above your head - so close to landing you can almost touch it

343. the squeals of a three year old watching said airplane

344. Puffs Plus Lotion for stuffy noses

345. naps under fuzzy blankets

346. the dancing and kicking legs of the 10 month old, feeling him bounce in glee on my hip

347. an uninterrupted dinner

348. dreaming about the future with Landon

349. walking through the aisles of Walmart alone

350. a sleeping babe in my arms while I sit in church

351. little friend's birthday parties

352. playing restaurant with the toddler - watching him make whatever I ask for

353. the babe's toothy grin light up his face

354. the subsequent smile on my face from seeing the toothy grin

355. dirt smudges on the toddler's face

356. my boo-boos being kissed better by the toddler

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What are some of the little gifts in your life today?

Friday, April 22, 2016

Friday Favorites

Hello and Happy Friday! Let's get started. 

one. a new name 
I've started making those changes I talked about the other day and am hoping to get the majority of them finished this weekend. I couldn't wait any longer to share my new name though. I absolutely love it and feel as though it represents me so much more and so much better than the previous. I have more I want to share about what's behind the name, but I'm saving that post for when all these changes are finished. 

two. this mug. 
It's basically the best mug ever made and I need it. haha. But seriously. It is perfectly appropriate for what I do all day every day. I heart it with big red puffy heart eyes. 

find it here

three. date night. 
I'm going on a date tomorrow! I don't think I've been this excited to go on a date in a very long time. It has been far too long since our last date and I'm very much looking forward to having a meal with Landon and talking with him without being interrupted five billion times or having to get up to get one more thing for the littles or cut someone's food up. I think it will be a beautiful breath of fresh air. 

four. sandals. 
At the beginning of each summer I get a new pair of sandals. Usually always, they're flip flops of the most basic kind. But I love them and I wear them every single day until the weather turns cool and crisp and the leaves start to turn and my toes can no longer take the chilly air. But in the summer? Flip flops all the way. Even for walks. I cannot wear tennis shoes to go on walks during the summer. I can't stand to have hot feet or feet that are closed it and can't breathe. Having hot feet makes me cranky. True story. Which is why I live in flip flops. I don't spend a ton of money, but I do make about a $13 investment, which is kind of a lot to me. But at least it's more than the the $2 investment I used to make when Old Navy had their awesome flip flop sale. However, just because I paid $13 for a pair of flip flops doesn't make them comfortable. The other night I took the boys on a walk and the weather was nice enough to wear flip flops, so I did. But, I realized that this summer, a regular old pair of sandals wasn't going to cut it for me. I needed sandals with support. Cute is fun and nice and all, but I live in these shoes. They need to offer some support. Plus also, I'm old now and comfort is winning over cute. So began my search. Thankfully Zulily is awesome and happened to have a sale on sandals that day so I snagged a pair for a great deal. Now I'm just waiting for them to come and make my feet happy. I'll be sure to share my thoughts on their comfort level once I actually get them. Though, it's still very important to have a cute pair of flip flops. 

found them here

five. a fun review. 
I feel like I just have to say this one more time - be sure to come back early next week to check out an awesome review and giveaway! You really won't want to miss it. I never do giveaways and I'm super excited about this one! It's something I loooove and am so very excited to share with you all!

Have a happy weekend! I hope it's filled with sunshine and rest.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

cha - cha - cha - changes

Okay, here it is. Some big news. Or rather, some little news. Change is coming - soon! I feel like there have been [and will be] a lot of changes going on around me lately, and this space just can't seem to escape it. I've mentioned a few times before about how I was thinking about making some changes to this little blog space of my. The time has come to finally make those changes. So don't be surprised if you come back tomorrow or the day after and this space has a whole new look and name. That's right. I said new name! This is something I have been thinking about for a looong while now and now just seems the perfect time to actually make the change and get this space to what I really want it to be. So be on the look out for that! New look! New name! Same me!

Also, don't forget that in the next few days I'm going to be sharing an awesome review and hosting a giveaway! It's going to be soooo good. You aren't going to want to miss it! Seriously though. These next few days are going to be super exciting around these parts.

If I stick around here for too much longer I'm going to spill the beans in all of my excitement for what is to come. So I will see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

goals for this season

Every once in a while I like to think about things I would like to do, some goals if you will. I'm not one for setting New Year's resolutions and all, but once every few months or so I seem to have a little list of goals. I think it's healthy to have a few goals set for myself. There are a few I've been thinking of lately and thought I should just go ahead and share them - maybe the sharing part will help me actually do them.

found here

Anyhow, these are my goals for this season:

- write and send one card a week to a friend

- become a small group leader for college girls

- go on a date with my hubby

And that's it. I figure, if I keep it simple, it'll be more doable, right? Right. I'll let you know in about a month how I've kept up with my goals.

What are some goals that you have right now?

Also, be on the look out for a super fun post and giveaway! You won't want to miss it! It's going to be amazing and you'll love it. Promise!! Keep your eyes open, it's coming soon and I just can't wait!

Monday, April 18, 2016

little gifts [323 - 341]

Hello! Today is a fresh new day with all the promises of Spring and a day full of goodness. I thought I'd start today with a few little gifts, so here we go . . .

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323. little toddler hands turning the pages in his story Bible, searching for that one page

324. fine white sand slipping through my fingers

325. the warmth of the sun on my arms

326. glow in the dark pacis

327. quiet afternoons

328. Emerson napping on the couch

329. slipping between clean sheets on a freshly made bed

330. playing with Oliver while big brother sleeps

331. finding a hermit crab bath toy in my night stand drawer

332. grocery shopping with Landon sans little ones

333. sipping a dairy free mocha

334. walks after dinner

335. chips and salsa

336. fluffy muffins and fruit

337. cuddles on the couch with a pitiful little nugget

338. thoughtful gifts of Mickey soap and Mickey Mouse cups

339. bags full from purging my closet

340. soft little arms hugging my neck

341. watching Oliver peek out the window for the first time on his very own

What are some of the gifts in your life right now?

Friday, April 15, 2016

pulling up, printed tops, and changes.

Hello Friday! Even though it seemed like this day would never get here, it's here and I'm not quiet ready for all that it's going to bring! haha. But I am still oh so thankful for this day! Let's get started shall we?

one. visitors. 
Landon's parents are coming in for a little visit this weekend and will arrive late this afternoon. Even though I've known about their upcoming visit for a while now, my house wouldn't be able to tell you the difference. I feel like this is always the problem for me. I also feel like keeping our house clean for longer than two minutes is nearly impossible, and maybe that's why I haven't even attempted to clean for their visit yet. Nothing like speed cleaning during nap time, right? Or just shoving everything into a corner and hoping they don't notice that and the layer of dust on everything.

two. memory book. 
For Emerson's first and second birthday, I made a little picture memory book for him. He loves these books and I would like to keep doing them for him. But then I think, if I do one a year for him that's 18 books by the time he leaves for college. Is that a bit much? And also, that would mean 18 books for Oliver, since I'd have to do them for him too. When is a good time to just kind of stop making them? Or should I do it forever and always? Also, while on the tune of memory books, I need to start Oliver's first year book so it's finished by Christmas. haha. But seriously. I need to start that.

three. changes. 
You may or may not remember, but a week or so ago I shared that I was going to start babysitting a little boy part time in May and then full time in August. That means I would have a basically two three year olds, a one and a half year old, and a 10 month old and one me. I had gotten used to the idea of it and was starting to prepare, both mentally and with getting things out for the new little boy. The other day I sent his mom a message with a few questions, at the end of the day she replied that, oh by they way they were moving out of state. Whaaat?! And when was she going to tell me? Anyhow, it's all fine and good, but yeah. But in light of that new information, I will now have no babies to babysit come August since Bee's mom is staying home next school year. It really will be just me, Emerson, and Oliver. And that excites me a lot and also kind of scares me. Mostly because I won't be working any more and well, that's a lot of money for us. But it's mostly really exciting and something I have always dreamed of - staying at home with just my little ones. Oh the changes...

four. pulling up. 
Oliver is learning one thing after the other and is growing up so fast! The other day I went to get him from his crib and he was standing in the corner of the crib that's closest to the door. His little face looked terrified - he was standing! - and his cry was just as sad. The poor boy didn't realize what he'd done. Thankfully he hasn't had the same problem Emerson did when it came to learning how to pull up on things and stand. Emerson figured it out and then he'd stand until I came to get him; he didn't know how to get back down or let go. It took several days, maybe even a week, for Emerson to finally learn how to get back down. Funny baby. Oliver's learned that same new skill, but thankfully [I think] isn't afraid to fall and bonk his head to get back down. haha.

five. printed tops. 
While browsing around the other day, I stumbled across a few cute t-shirts. Since I wear mine out by the end of the season, I always like to see what potential new contenders are. This year, for some reason I'm really drawn to printed tops. Usually I'll stick with solid colors, but this year I'm all about the prints. Give me something with a little personality, please. I think this is good and will add a lot to my wardrobe considering as how I wear jeans and solid color t-shirts every. single. day. I got one of them and the morning I wore it for the first time, Emerson saw me and right away said, "I like your shirt, Mommy. What on it? What dat?" and then when he was hugging me a few minutes later, he pat my back and said, "you look handsome, Mommy." Heart melted. That boy gives me all the feels. And also makes me realize I wear the same thing all the time and it really might be good to switch it up a little bit.
find them here

Happy weekend to you! I hope it's a restful one filled with family, fun, and other happy things. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016


I confess . . .

- I really like Pop Tarts.

- yesterday for lunch, Emerson ate four pieces of plain bread and two clementines. Easiest lunch I've ever made.

- our grocery store just got online grocery shopping/curbside pick up and I am so excited!

- Landon thinks paying $4.95 for the online grocery shopping fee is too much. ummm.... I disagree.

- we're having Landon's parents visit us this weekend and I have no idea what I'm going to fix for breakfast and lunch while they're here.

- if for some reason Oliver takes an extra long nap in the morning, I always debate about waking him up so he can have lunch with us and then take his afternoon nap at the normal time. But I never wake him.

- the few times the above has happened, I never know when to lay him down for his afternoon nap.

- schedules/routines make my heart happy and I need them to function well.

- we're in the midst of sleep training [again] and man oh man, it is not fun. If only there was a way it could be more enjoyable for all parties involved.

- I feel the most pressure to choose the right thing when I'm using a gift card. I mean, it's a gift card, it's special. I have to pick the perfect thing to spend it on. Not just anything will do.

- the added pressure of picking the perfect thing usually means I don't spend said gift card for a few months.

- After far too long of wearing a poorly fitting nursing bra, I decided I needed to do something about it. Then, when I was at Target I happened along this pretty thing and it fit perfectly. If you're a nursing mama, I would recommend giving it a try for sure!

- it always freaks me out after Oliver cries forever for a while in his crib, trying to fall asleep, and then is suddenly quiet.

- this whole week has felt off to me. And today just feels like it should be Friday. Why is it not?

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I'm linking up here with Jess!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

an allergic reaction

I have gone back and forth about writing this post, but ultimately decided to just write it. This blog is where I share our little adventures and my thoughts. It's also one of few ways I document things. And since the other week was far from dull and one that I hope to never repeat, I just needed to write it all out. As a fair warning, I'm including pictures of the poor little nugget all rash covered.

About a week or two ago we did a little bit of traveling, we went to Kentucky to visit family and then made a stop or two on the way home because Landon had some meetings. The boys have never slept well when we've traveled. I remember just at Christmas time sleeping was rough - for Emerson, for Oliver, and ultimately, for me too. There's something to be said about the familiarity of you own room and your own bed. Apparently this starts at a young age. So it came as no surprise while we were traveling that the boys didn't sleep that well. Emerson, for once, slept better than he had in a long time while we were traveling, in large part due to the fact that he was sleeping in a special tent we borrowed from one of my sisters, but that warrants a post of it's own - coming soon, I hope. But even still, his sleep was nothing like it is at home. Oliver? He did. not. sleep. It was very rough going. After he woke up in the middle of the night to eat, he fought going back to sleep and the whole time we were traveling, ended up sleeping with me in bed. As our travels continued, so did his awful sleep. But, because we were traveling, that's what I chalked his terrible sleep up to. And even though I'm not proud to admit it, I got pretty frustrated with him in the middle of the night - I just wanted him to sleep!

After a particularly terrible night of sleep, I told Landon at the dark hour of 3:08, that we were going home in the morning. He agreed so we cut our trip short. We were a little sad to skip out on a day of fun we had planned, but at the same time, I was about to loose it. So we packed up early and headed home. And we were so glad we did. Even though it took us all day to get home and it was already past the boy's bed time once we got home, it was good to be back And that night, Oliver slept so much better.

The next day, in between unpacking, playing with the boys, and getting back to our usual routine, I looked down and noticed Oliver needed his ears cleaned out. I cleaned the one and check the other - nothing. We went back to playing and I thought nothing of it. Until, about an hour later when I looked at him and noticed his ear looked like it need to be cleaned out, again. And then I took a closer look and realized, no it does not need to be cleaned, he needs to go to the doctor. It was full of gunk and by the time I got him ready to leave for the doctor, there was even a little bit of drainage. Sorry, Oliver. Landon had been gone all day, but thankfully when I noticed Oliver's ear, he was on his way home. So as soon as he pulled in the drive, I buckled Oliver in and headed to convenient care. When the doctor asked me why we were there he was surprised when I said ear infection with such certainty. Then he looked at Oliver's ear and realized why. It was bad. Thankfully, Oliver was munching on Puffs and Mum Mums the whole time and waving hi to him.

The doctor gave us a prescription for amoxicillin and we left to pick it up at the pharmacy. I gave him his first dose when we got home and put him to bed. The next day I noticed a few little read bumps on his skin, but they were small and in random spots: one on his leg, another on an arm, one on his belly. I was curious about them, but figured it was nothing to worry about and went about our day. The bumps didn't go away, but there weren't a ton of them either, so I didn't worry too much. I did notice Oliver spitting up/throwing up a lot. He never spits up, so when he did several times in a day I was a little concerned but thought maybe it was something I ate. Great parenting, I know.

His afternoon naps had been super short [think 20 minutes tops], which was really unusual for him. I was irritated that he wasn't napping well, but of course played with him while Emerson and Bee napped away and enjoyed the one on one time of quiet play time with Oliver. While playing with him on Tuesday afternoon I noticed more of the bumps and a bigger patch of them on the back of his neck. I inspected his neck more closely and started trying to figure out what it was. Before calling his doctor I decided to look online to see if I could find anything that would be insightful. But no, I was only left more confused. Was it hives? bites? some other rash? Bee's mom came to pick her up before I could call the doctor and once I finally was able to talk to the doctor the office was nearly closed and we were advised to take Oliver to convenient care. Landon had taken the car that day so we waited for him to get home, as soon as he came home, I buckled Oliver in and took him back to the doctor.

The doctor showed concern, listened as I explained his symptoms and told him about when Oliver was sick last month, I had noticed tiny red bumps on his skin. When I'd noticed them, I'd asked his doctor about them and she said she wasn't sure what they were but that they'd go away. They did go away, but they came back. When I told the doctor this and mentioned the fact that Oliver had been throwing up/spitting up a little more than usual [which is never] and I told him I have an allergy to amoxicillin and penicillin, he immediately decided to take Oliver off the amoxicillin and give him Benadryl as needed until the swelling went down. I was more than fine with that, so I stopped by the pharmacy with Oliver on the way home, and then gave him a dose and put him to bed. However, in the midst of all of that, the doctor didn't prescribe an alternative antibiotic for Oliver's ear infection and I didn't think or know to insist that he change it for him.

That night he woke up several times and I gave Oliver Benadryl if enough time had passed, but even with that his swelling wasn't going down, it was just getting worse. In the morning when I went in to get him, his face was so swollen, he looked nothing like himself. Emerson came in the room with me and said, "Why his face so messy?" Oliver looked like he had smeared tomato sauce all over his face. While changing him I noticed that the rash had gotten worse on the rest of his body as well. Because his doctor's office wasn't open yet, I called a nurse line to ask if that was normal or if I should be concerned - because I was very very concerned. She told me it was normal and it was nothing to worry about. Rashes sometimes get worse before they get better she said, and to just give him an oatmeal bath and that will help soothe his skin. Um... yeah. Once we finished eating breakfast and the doctor's office was open, I called to ask Oliver's doctor. I knew this wasn't normal, he looked terrible, and acted like he was just miserable. After talking with one of the nurses in the office, I made an appointment to just take him in and be seen that morning.

Unfortunately I didn't have the option of leaving the big kids at home with Landon as I've done in the past. Our appointment was just forty minutes after I called the nurse, so I rushed around the house to get ready to go. Because yes, with that many little ones it does take all of forty minutes to get ready and leave the house. Oliver's rash continued to get worse and he was more of a puff ball by the time we got to the doctor. As soon as she saw him she said he needed to be put on a steroid to help the swelling and rash go down, the Benadryl alone wouldn't be enough. I was so glad I had taken him in to the doctor. She called a prescription in and I took the littles to pick it up. Of course, the one day I take them out it decided to storm. We got caught in the middle of it and by the time we had picked up a few things in the store and gotten the medicine for Oliver, it was down pouring. Thankfully Oliver was in his carseat and I was able to cover him with blankets. The other two had jackets on so they got pretty wet, but I couldn't just stand at the front of the store waiting for the rain and storm to pass - who knew how long it would last and we needed to get home to get Oliver's medicine in him and for lunch and nap time.

After we finished our lunch and I gave Oliver his new medicine, I put the littles down for naps. When I went to get Oliver up a few hours later, he was so much worse. His whole body was swollen, red, and so very puffy. I called Landon to see what time he would be home and found out he was just waiting for his connection bus to get him. I loaded the boys into the car and picked him up. As soon as he saw Oliver he said, "take him to the ER. Now." And that's where we headed after dropping Landon and Emerson off at home, because we had no idea how long our ER visit would be.

Thankfully the wait wasn't too long and we were seen fairly quickly. Much quicker than the first time we were at the ER a few months ago. By the time the doctor came in to see us, Oliver's swelling had gone down a little bit and he immediately said the name of some fancy medical term for a rash - erythema multiforme. It was a textbook case apparently and could some of the student doctors [since we live in a university town] come and see him please? Oliver was a popular little man that night and had three medical students stop by to check him over. I had no idea. And also at one point, when the doctor was quizzing one of the students on what she thought the rash was, I realized just how incredibly smart doctors are. Just listening to the doctor speak I felt like I was privy to a secret little medical lesson and at the same time so very dumb. I mean, I know doctors are smart, but listening to them use all those medical terms that night just left me in more awe than before. And it's a good thing I'm not a doctor. We were released from the ER a little while later with instructions to continue to watch the rash and if it got much worse or if Oliver's lips turned blue - to bring him back in/call an ambulance right away. Thanks for that comforting last bit of instruction.

Since I was out and Oliver had fallen asleep in the car, I stopped at the grocery store to grab a few things and then we headed home. I put him to bed and prayed that his little body would just continue to heal. The next morning his entire body looked so much worse than it had the night before, but he didn't look more swollen and he was on a steroid and Benadryl and his lips weren't blue. Good right? So we just went about our day. Through the remainder of the day his body was red from head to toe, but he was slowly looking more like himself and the puffiness was fading. He continued to get the steroid and Benadryl as needed for a few days, but after one really rough night [meaning a night of no sleep at all, because that's what the steroid does] and Oliver throwing up randomly throughout the day, I called the doctor to see if that was normal - the throwing up part. The only thing I could think it would be from was the medicine and I hated that he had a rash and was sick. The doctor said as long as the swelling was down we could stop the steroid and just continue with the Benadryl. So that's what we did.

He continued to heal over the next few days and the rash slowly disappeared. Thankfully it never developed into anything more serious than what it was and it was able to fade away with the help of medicine. One thing is certain, Oliver is allergic to amoxicillin and subsequently, penicillin, and will never have either of them again. Chances are if he were to be given amoxicillin again, his reaction would be even worse, which would be really bad seeing as how awful it was this time. During this time I finally asked my mom what my reaction had been when I'd been given amoxicillin when I was little - hives she told me. Both of my sisters and their kids are all allergic to amoxicillin too. So that's a fun family trait.

I am so very thankful the rash is gone and the worst of it calmed down after several days. And I am oh so very thankful for Benadryl and a sweet little baby boy to love on, even on these extra hard days. Above all else, I am so thankful for a God who hears our cries and prayers and cares for us. He is a good good God.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

little gifts [301 - 322]

Hello! Even though it's only Tuesday, it feels like the week should already be over. That's probably not a good sign. But - today is a new day and the sun is even shining. Spring days are not far ahead and right now the munchkins are all napping. Hallelujah! There are so many things to be thankful for and so many little gifts, like . . .

301. clear skin

302. the soft sound of a pillow crinkling beneath your head

303. sun beams streaming though the windows at dawn

304. surprise kisses and hugs from Emerson

305. little hands climbing into my lap as I sit on the floor

306. answered prayers

307. tiny clothes to fold

308. the hum of the dishwasher

309. warm towels fresh from the dryer

310. being attacked with big, open mouth, slobbery kisses

311. making a pig family out of play dough

312. scotch tape to piece together torn pages

313. a God who hears

314. brooms to sweep up the after math of meals

315. a stranger holding the door open for you

316. coloring page after page of 'robox' [Emerson speak for robot].

317. a babe on my hip

318. your neighbor mowing your front lawn for you

319. finding more ways to save on your grocery bill

320. tissues to wipe away the tears

321. Emerson asking me to hold him, "hold you, Mama."

322. winning a prize

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What are some of the little blessings in your life today?