This week I was awarded the "Love Your Blog Award" from Riema's Journey. I feel so honored to have been the recipient of so many blog awards lately!! There are so many blogs that I enjoy reading and I'm happy that others are enjoying reading mine as well.
Lyla went back to her Mom's on Monday. We were sad to see her leave. The social services system is so overloaded and caseworkers are so overwhelmed with their large case load that many children are overlooked. I really hope that Lyla starts receiving the attention and love that she needs.
Ingredients: 1 package (16 ounces) penne or rotini pasta 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1 medium sweet red or green pepper, julienned 2 plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise and sliced 1 bunch green onions, sliced 4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, julienned 4 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, juilenned 4 ounces brick or provolone cheese, julienned 4 ounces thinly sliced hard salami, julienned 3 ounces thinly sliced pepperoni 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained 1 to 2 tablespoons minced chives
BASIL VINAIGRETTE: 2/3 cup canola oil 1/3 cup red wine vinegar 3 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 1 tablespoon dried basil 1 garlic clove, minced 1/4 teaspoon salt
Directions: Cook pasta according to package directions; rinse with cold water and drain. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, beans, vegetables, cheeses, meats, olives and chives. In a small bowl, whisk the vinaigrette ingredients. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate. Toss before serving. Yield: 18 servings.
We had a great time this weekend and are enjoying our time with Lyla. She is so sweet and making so many improvements in the few days she's been with us. The first day she only drank a total of 3 oz of milk all day, the second day 5 oz and today she had a whopping 12oz!! She'll be gaining weight in no time!! Sunday Braxton and Ivory came over for a playdate and the kids played all afternoon.
Meet the newest addition to our home. Our 9 month old niece is now living with us and Addison is so excited to have her cousin to play with everyday. Addison already knows how to say her name and says it a hundred times a day:-) Lyla has the sweetest personality and is such a quiet and easy baby. I was able to get her to drink from a sippy cup for the first time yesterday and am trying to get her on a schedule mirroring Addison's. So far it has been successful because I was able to get her to bed at 9:30p last night and she slept until 7:30a this morning without waking up in the middle of the night. One step at a time. My next goal is getting her to start crawling. Wish us Luck!!
The allergist said that it was a case of hives and not an allergic reaction…thank goodness!! He said that it could’ve been caused by a viral infection or gastrointestinal disruption(the vomiting and diarrhea from last weekend). I asked him why her lips were swollen if it wasn't an allergic reaction and he stated that she had a deeply embedded hive that can locate itself in the lip?!?! He said it's rare to see hives in a child so young but it does happen. He suggested that she take Zyrtec for five days then stop and see if the hives return. He stated that the hives will most definitely return so to then have her take the Zyrtec another 5 days and stop. If in a month they aren’t gone on their own without the use of medicine then we have to go back.
A couple weeks ago Addison got a sting or bite on her leg and it swelled up really big but went away after a couple days. Last weekend she had diarrhea and vomited for the first time ever. She never had a fever. Since being sick this weekend the last few days I've noticed welts that last for about 15-30 minutes, then fade and show up elsewhere on her arms and legs. Occasionally a few bumps would show up but also go away.
Today at work I get a call from daycare saying that her lips are red and swollen, she has patchy rashes on her cheeks and nose, welts on her arms, her hands were pink and swollen and it was spreading down to her legs. I left work immediately. By the time I could pick her up the Dr's office would be closed so I took her to the after hours pediatric urgent care (which luckily is ran by her Dr)
The Dr said that he believes she had an allergic reaction to an insect bite. He gave us a referral to an allergist and hope to get an appt with them first thing tomorrow. They gave her benadryl when we were there and said to give her liquid Zyrtec every evening until the cause of the allergic reaction is determined. He also said to keep benadryl at daycare in case of an emergency.
I'm so worried. I hate seeing her like this. I am hoping to get a solid answer from the allergist in order to treat whatever caused this reaction. Please send some vibes our way!!
Somehow in the craziness of this weekend I managed to take ZERO photos.
There is always the good and the bad so we'll start with the bad. Last week the cable on the gear shift of my car broke. Took it to a garage in town recommended by friends. I was surprised at how reasonable it was to fix it. I was expecting it to be much more so that was a happy surprise. But when I drove it home I realized the "trac off" light was on and it was shifting REALLY hard. Saturday when I went to the store the check engine light came on and the rpm's were erratic. None of these items were issues prior to my car being fixed their last week. Last night we dropped it back off at the garage and will be anxiously awaiting their call today.
The other bad part of the weekend is that Addison threw up for the first time. Saturday morning I was up early and by the power of Murphy's Law Addison slept in...lol. So as I opened the door to check on her since it was 7:30a and she still wasn't awake I noticed "The Stench." That all too familiar smell that makes yourself want to run to the bathroom and get sick. As I walked up to her sleeping I saw that she must've thrown up in her sleep. She never woke up or cried during the night and ended up sleeping in it. It was matted in her hair, on her blanket, on her pajamas, on the sheets...EVERYWHERE!! She was not happy with me when I woke her from her sleep and put her in the tub first thing in the morning. She cried and screamed. It took me four shampoos to get that stench out of her hair. She must have caught a little stomach bug since the throw up Friday night after she had diarrhea all day Friday. Thankfully she never had a fever this weekend.
The good news...I'm a blond again!! I was blond for seven years up until I had Addison then those dang pregnancy hormones made me think I needed to have dark hair again since she had dark hair. I LOVE my stylist and love even more the fact that she has her hair studio set up out of her home allowing me to have appointments on Sunday. LOVE HER!!!