Sunday, November 18, 2012

Tanner and Hyrum

When Hyrum found out it was crazy hair and hat day he informed me that he would be wearing the rainbow hair and 4th of July hat. He is such an independent and easy kid when it comes to doing his work and homework and stuff. He just does what he is supposed to. Love it.
All of my children are climbers as babies. Some times I wonder what a calm docile child would be like. My mom says that if I want a calm child I need to be calm....I guess I will just keep on wondering.

Thursday, November 1, 2012


So Rob's work always does a Halloween costume competition. In the development department he works with 6 other guys and a girl so they were going to be Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs but we didn't have a dwarf outfit so we whipped up this costume. He won 25 bucks, best costume, and Snow White is once again only the second fairest in the land.
Thank-you Susan's kids for growing as now my super heroes had free outfits.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Severe Allergy Induced Eczema On My Infant.

At 5 weeks old my new born developed a really bad rash or something on his head and cheeks.  I took him to the pediatrician and they said to treat it like cradle cap to scrub it good and it should be fine.  LOL, not.  3 or 4 weeks later I took him back but saw a different pediatrician and she started him on desonide lotion, mometasone and Cephalexin,  I started a elimination diet because I breastfeed him.  He started to clear up but within 3 or 4 days while still on the meds he started to break out again. I ended up at a dermatologist two or three times.  He tried oral steroids, they made him worse, several soaks, hydroxyzine, and stronger topical steroids. etc.  I took him off of all detergents, soaps, only dressed him in cotton, bathed him two or three times a day, didn't bath him for two or three days, kept him covered in vaseline, kept going on and off elimination diets because the dermatologist said it wasn't a food allergy but the pediatrician said it could be, went to see a pediatric dermatologist several times, etc.   I tried garlic oils, coconut oil, lavender, cetephil lotions and soap, Aveeno eczema lotion, vitamin E and A, yeast medications and shampoo, keeping him constantly covered in vaseline, probiotics, etc, etc, etc.    I saw a pediatric allergist who said no milk, eggs, nuts, but flour was ok.   NOTHING WORKED!!!   Finally my brother in law, who is a physicians assistant for a dermatologist in Idaho had me come up there.  They too said it probably isn't food allergies but they gave him really strong antibiotics and had me do tons of Hydroxyzine and topical steroids. The pediatric dermatologist wanted me to do oral steroids again and I refused. Once he was clear for a few days and starting to eat solids I could see him break out to wheat products every time he ate them.  Yeah!! 7 or 8 months of a itchy sad looking son and I finally could help him some.  Anyway, I started this post months ago and it was just pictures, dates, and medications.  It was mostly just a log of what he looked like and what was working or not but  I guess that now this post is just for those other parents who might have a kid struggling with something like this and are googling everything, like I did, and might come across this post. Hang in there.  You will figure it out. It takes time and it is a long miserable process but you will figure it out.   All of the doctors and people who talk to you are trying their best and want to help.  It seems like it can be totally different solutions for everyone but have faith. 

Blessing day Feb. 5, 2012
He had just cleared up after being really bad all through Jan.  Started Cephelexin and Desinide on 1-31-2012
Feb 28, 2012 started cephelexin again.

Mar. 22, 2012

Mar. 31, 2012

March 31, 2012

April 3, 2012
April 3, 2012 Started clindamycin
April 8, 2012 Primary Children's when they thought he had the herpes virus infecting the eczema.  $2500 dollars later and another few weeks and we figured out it wasn't but they still weren't sure what it was.

April 19, 2012

April 19, 2012
April 20 started cephalexin for 14 days
April 21, 2012
April 21, 2012 Tested positive for streptococcal impetigo

May 2, 2012

May 5, 2012

May 5, 2012

June 5, 2012 On Cefdinir since 5-31-2012 pustules on 6-4-12

June 5, 2012

June 5, 2012

June 5, 2012
June 28, 2012
July 7, 2012
July 12, 2012

July 12, 2012 started Bactrim today.

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July 14th, 2012 only 48 hours after Bactim and Clobetesol

July 20, 2012
This is right after eating some of  a dinner roll at a restaurant.

My Sweet boy Sept. 19, 2012
As long as I don't eat or feed him any wheat, eggs, milk or nuts, we haven't directly given him eggs, milk, and nuts so I hold on to the hope that he isn't allergic to those, then he looks pretty good.  He still breaks out a little sometimes mostly because I still breastfeed a lot and sometimes I accidentally eat stuff but he is soooo much better.  Now if I can just get him to quit biting me.  ;) 


Oct. 9, 2012
He had an appointment with the allergist on the 9th.  The nurse called me with the blood test, RAST test, results.  I am going to blog the numbers so that I can compare them in the future.
Milk 29.9
Almonds positive but somehow I didn't write it down
Walnuts  Negitive
Pistachios 1.61
egg 17.2
pecan  clinically neg. at .033
wheat 7.09
peanut 13.8
cashew 1.45
shrimp   negitive
soy  low positive at 3.71   
Nov. 28, 2012 
My 3 year old, who knows that peanut butter is now off limits with out Mom's help, snuck into it and ate some behind the couch so I wouldn't see.  Tanner found it at 10:50 a.m.  I was about to load him in the car to go pick up a neighborhood kid from preschool for his mom.  The allergist had told me he tested positive for peanuts and tree nuts allergy but we had not yet experienced it. Still not really sure if he was allergic I gave him some antihistamine and a quick bath.  You can see from the above picture that his face was doing ok in the bath.  Within 20 minutes his eyes were blood shot and watering, his nose was running, his bottom lip was swollen and he was coughing and miserable.  I was in the car driving not knowing what I should do and then he started to throw up.  I pulled over to help him but after throwing up he calmed down and went to sleep.  So, yes, he has a peanut allergy. 

You can see his bottom lip starting to swell.

 Nov. 28, 2012
This was taken in the car 30 minutes after the bath one. 

 Jan. 30,2013
It has been sooo cold and dry throughout  Jan. that his face has been a mess.  I really don't want to give him any more antihistamine or steroids. But if I give him even a couple of day break his face is awful.  Sigh.  Hurry spring maybe it will be easier then.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Family Pictures

When I discovered most of the family was wearing black white and red  I had my sister take a few family pictures.  Which should be the official one?


Monday, August 20, 2012

Sunday, August 19, 2012

James Reunion 2012

Stay out of the water...STAY OUT OF THE WATER...Ok everyone in the water.

Newest family member.

That's right.  Make sure the  entire family  has gas so that nobody knows who to blame for that tent smell.

Yeah, board games.

When your in charge of dinner expect between 70 to 90  people.

Catching little fish under the rocks.

Birthday boy Zak

Ah, playing 500.

Fishing. Would that be like working on vacation for Mike??

As we ate smores and sang camp fire songs I wondered why we didn't camp more often. Half way through the night with a 3 year old and 8 month old I remembered.

This Mother can sleep anywhere.

Kick ball

Couples Frisbee golf

Park for the kids.

Coloring memories

Make a line and walk the camp site to clean up.

 Lots of family so lots of pictures. There are too many kids demanding my attention to try to commentate any more of them.