May 18, 2012

May catch-up – allergies, birthdays, and more

Posted in Life, Parenting at 2:31 pm by lifebytheday

Fell off the bandwagon again, sorry friends.  May has been a crazy month…A’s first ear infection turned into his first allergic reaction, I turned 30 (gasp!) and had my first real mother’s day!

Did you know that a drug allergy can take up to two weeks to manifest itself?  I had no idea.  My parents kept A overnight (for my aforementioned birthday party) and he woke up with red rashes on his cheeks that slowly spread to the rest of his body, culminating in swollen cheeks and eyelids by bedtime.  ER here we come.  The ER doc called it a virus, gave us some Bena.dryl and sent us home.  Luckily, our pedi requires follow up appts for any infants who go to the ER, so we saw our doc in the morning who diagnosed it as an amoxicillin allergy.  A was completely MISERABLE for a good two days – as in, so miserable that he couldn’t sleep for more than 15 minutes at a time – but was back to normal in about a week.

My birthday ended up being a three part-er…which I think for three decades is totally reasonable! 😉  S threw me a fab party the weekend before my birthday (dinner and dancing with some friends), my family took me out to dinner the following weekend, and my actual birthday was pretty low key (lunch with a few close friends and meeting a new baby, then grilling out at home for dinner).  Just what the doctor ordered!  Honestly, 30 has never seemed that scary – people keep telling me it’s because I’ve got a pretty good life going 🙂 – but I have to admit, that it felt pretty surreal on my actual day.  I guess it’s just weird to think that 30 always seemed so old growing up, but now I still feel so young!  Like so young that sometimes I wonder if people think I’m the babysitter and not the mom, lol. 😉  No, just me?

Mother’s Day was the following weekend, and once again, S outdid himself.  I told him that all I wanted was to sleep in…as in, he gets up at the first peep out of A and takes him downstairs, so I don’t wake up so much that I can’t go back to sleep!  S was like, “umm, aren’t you supposed to spend time with your kid on mother’s day?”  NOPE!!  A ended up sleeping in until 7:30 (which is unheard of!) so S got off the hook, but then I got breakfast in bed, and S took A on an errand and he took his morning nap in the car, and I took an hour long bubble bath and painted my nails!  By the time they got home I was missing them. 🙂  Then we went to my parents for lunch, and ended the day with a family walk and dinner outside.  SO nice.

All in all, May has been a month of big transitions, that will culminate in my SON’s FIRST BIRTHDAY.  Don’t even get me started.  I think it’s just hard to process when I think about how different these milestones were last year.  My birthday and mother’s day were on the same weekend last year – a weekend that was book-ended by the appointments where we found out about A’s intestinal issue.  I spent the two days on pseudo bed rest, trying not to panic.  Fast forward to this year, I have an almost-one-year-old who is eating me out of house and home (and yes, I know what that means for him as a teenager!) and just the happiest little boy you’ll ever meet.

There aren’t enough words to express how happy and grateful I am – and once again, this is a case of my emotions rendering me mute – so all I have to say is, I am loving life right now, and enjoying every minute of a life that I know I am very lucky to have.



  1. Kari said,

    Happy belated birthday!! Glad to hear things are going well!! The time flies so quickly with these little ones doesn’t it???? Can’t believe A’s almost 1!!

  2. jobo said,

    I love how happy you sound in this post!! Everything is just culminating into where you are meant to be right now. I love that. SO much. You two (and A!) deserve it more than just about anyone I know. Love you!

  3. elizabethkbaker said,

    Wow- that allergic reaction sounds so scary! And to amoxicillan- yikes! Happy Birthday and Happy belated mother’s day! Hope the rest of your May is fantastic!

  4. Jess Sutera said,

    Oh friend. This post makes me a little teary – teary with JOY. I remember distinctly where you were emotionally this time last year. It broke my heart. I HATED seeing you that way and all so very close to the birth of your little one that you had been waiting anxiously for, for years. I am so, so, so happy that you are right where you’re meant to be now. It’s awesome friend. Soak it all in. xoxox LOVE YOU!

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