What a Busy Weekend

by jessicaturner on October 12, 2008

First off, thank you to everyone who has been so supportive during this release week of churched. Your kindness has been unforgettable. If you haven’t yet ordered or picked up a copy of this book, please do so. I know you will enjoy it. Also, once you receive your copy, please take a picture of yourself with the book and email it to me. It will make me oh so very happy! And, go on Amazon and post a review. Reviews make a difference!

Onto other things going on this weekend…

Friday night I came home from work to no water in our condo. Apparently, the water had been shut off to do some emergency work. Which would have been fine except when they turned the water back on, something happened in the pipes of our neighbors above us and water started pouring into our kitchen. Lovely. Our recessed light no longer works, our drywall is going to have to be ripped out, etc. We were able to lift the light out to dry up the sitting water in the ceiling, vacuum up the dust and put a fan up there to dry it out. Thank goodness. Hopefully insurance will cover the expenses. It just stinks though. Especially with Matthew getting ready to travel in a week and a half. Here’s Dan scoping thing out in the ceiling.

We have also noticed that Elias has been coughing a lot and is really congested. Everything coming out of him is clear though. We think he has allergies. The whole kitchen leaking, pushing open the ceiling to dry it out, etc probably didn’t help anything. I am going to call the pediatrician Monday, but the poor baby just can’t breathe well. At our last appointment she said he may have allergies, but they don’t generally test for allergies on babies as young as he is. I am a bit concerned though. :( He is sleeping right now in his swing with the cool mist humidifier on. I slept in the living room with him in his swing for part of the night. He was in our room the other half of the night. We have been having him sleeping in our room in his bouncer so he is propped up, but he seems a bit more up in the swing and I think the motion is helping him. Does anyone have any experience with baby allergies? Any advice?

Saturday we went to the pumpkin patch and it was a bit underwhelming… It was hot out (85), traffic was horrible, the patch was picked over and Elias seems to have this allergy thing going on, so we just kind of rushed through it. However, we still got some fabulous pictures (which is what really matters, right?). I look forward to next year when he is a bit older. Please be sure to notice his cute baby’s first halloween onesie, which I bought when I was like 8 weeks pregnant and his pumpkin socks! TOO cute. So, here are a bunch of my favorites.

I love this family shot. We took it right when we got there.

I love that Elias is smiling in this one… one of the only ones from the trip.
Sweet baby boy… he didn’t know what to think of this.
Photo opp spot

Elias was NOT a fan of the gourd truck, but oh, my word, I think the pictures of him crying are simply adorable. Does that make me a bad mom? Ha! I was like, oh, let me take one more picture while he was crying. I think Matthew was a bit mortified.
Such a strong baby – holding his first pumpkin.
Sweet baby boy- his momma loves him!
I had to try the gourd truck again on the way out. He was much more agreeable this time.
I love this shot of Matthew carrying Elias. So dang sweet!

Lastly, my Nana (mom’s mom) who has the beginning-mid stages of alzheimer’s fell yesterday and cut her head open. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital and after stitching her up, they kept her overnight for observation. Please be praying for her recovery. She has had two brain surgeries before, so an injury to her head is especially scary.



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Katherine Page October 12, 2008 at 12:59 pm

I love the one of you, matthew and elias by the truck, elias crying – no your not a bad mom. it is adorable. and the one of him sprawled all over the pumpkins. Elias is so adorable and you are right… he does have a million and one adorable facial expressions. Have a wonderful weekend.

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Cari October 12, 2008 at 1:58 pm

I love these photos. So cute.
especially the one of him crying with all the gourds! haha!

My son has allergies, and we suspected it when he was an infant. He has had an ongoing runny nose since he was a baby- and now we affectionetly call him booger boy! His defined allergies are peanuts, and strawberries. But he also has a mild allergy to food preservatives ( like MSG etc.)

But you are right, they won’t test until they are two or three. So for the meantime, write what you are eating and if he has a reaction: runny nose, rash, diaper rash, and see if you can find a pattern. You can do the same to for soaps, and materials.
It’s not fun.

But it does get better. Caleb can now tell us what things make him itchy or his tummy hurt. And the dr. will give you a method of controlling the allergen.

I just pray that God will give you wisdom, comfort and peace as a mommy.

Bless you !
Cari

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Therese October 12, 2008 at 2:08 pm

What cute pics!!!

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Lissette October 12, 2008 at 2:43 pm

Great photos. I hope that your Nana feels better soon!

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Bekka October 12, 2008 at 3:15 pm

Saying prayers for your Nana.

And yeah, the “gourd anxiety” shot is priceless! :)

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Amy October 12, 2008 at 4:16 pm

praying you have a low key week and that the mess gets taken care of. such cute shots of elias. i’ll be e-mailing you a photo of me with the book very soon. i just received it thursday and finished it last night. :)

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Chatty October 12, 2008 at 4:49 pm

We ALL have allergies, ugh. I have especially bad seasonal allergies, so when Lady was about 7 months old and we hit Spring, she developed a pretty suspicious cough and runny nose (also clear, like Elias’). I brought her into the ped for a check to rule out a cold and also to have her ears checked, and our ped confirmed that it very well could be allergies. She was old enough for benadryl at that point, so I would dose her on her bad days. Her cough was a post nasal cough, and every now and then she WOULD develop an ear infection from all of the fluid, but that’s just our luck.

My sister’s little guy had a string of ear infections that they FINALLY traced to seasonal allergies, so he was put on Zyrtek (but his were so bad that he was considered a case for ear tubes.

I think the best thing you can do for Elias is to keep him sleeping on an incline (so sleeping in the swing is probably good, or put a little wedge under his mattress), and the cool mist humidifier will help keep him from getting dried out, so you’re doing the right things- good luck!

And I cannot TELL you how much tie I spent trying to get a shot of Lady and Mister in full on crying meltdown phase! I LOVE that shot of Elias, it’s adorable!!

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Sara October 12, 2008 at 5:08 pm

My gosh, my emotions kept changing drastically in this post… first, Elias is so stinking cute it’s ridiculous. Since you’re in marketing I think you should find some sort of modeling work for him. I swear I’ve never seen a baby smile so easily!

One of my nephews had allergies as a baby and was more susceptible to colds and especially respiratory stuff. Is he mainly stuffy or is he a little wheezy/coughing too? Sometimes steam helps, but there are times when letting them have a burst of cold air (like from opening the freezer door) will open the passages for a bit and give a little relief. So sorry he doesn’t feel well. That has to be so frustrating as a mom.

Your ceiling… man, that just sucks. And I’ll be saying some prayers for your Grandma. Both of my Grandpas had/have Alzheimer’s and I know how scary it is any time there’s a medical issue for fear it will speed up the process. I hope she recovers well and I’ll say a prayer for ALL of you that next week is much calmer than this weekend!!! :)

sara

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Gail October 12, 2008 at 5:22 pm

It looks like you all had fun at the pumpkin patch despite the hot weather and the stuffy little guy!

Jessica, welcome to the world of babies with snotty noses, ear infections and colds. I remember them all too well. Natalie had something or other the first three years of her life and was constantly on antibiotics. We had her tested for allergies. Honestly, a complete waste of money. She was 2 at the time (pretty traumatic) You have to remember that babies don’t have the ability to blow their noses like we do. Their little nose passages are small and get clogged up quickly. I am sure he will be feeling better in a few days. The humidifier will help and unfortunately the little booger sucker outer thingy will help also.(I hated doing that but it works LOL)
Hi to you all!! Hope you are having fun together. Love you guys!
Aunt Gail

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Anonymous October 12, 2008 at 6:46 pm

Cute pictures!!!!! Had to say that first! No..you aren’t a bad mommy neither!

As for everything that’s been happening (no water, ceiling collapsing, grandma falling etc)..I have to wonder if it’s not the enemy trying to distract and discourage because of the book coming out?? Your husband, after all, has a type of ministry through his writing and I think when there are victories in LIFE this many times, happens. We don’t think to “spiritulize” it…but maybe we should.

Hope Elias feels better soon! Mommy too (from being possibly sleep-deprived)

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Anonymous October 12, 2008 at 8:46 pm

Hi Jessica,
Just wanted to pass this information along in case you are still nursing Elias. My 7 month old son was chronically congested, a spitter, and had very mild eczema behind his knees. We had been treating the eczema just fine with cream (knowing it could be caused by allergies but it was so easy to control, I hardly gave it another thought). Then my friend who has a son with severe reflux began reading everything she could about it, and happened to mention to me that a milk sensitivity can cause all of the above symptoms. When my son started wheezing a couple months ago, we knew we had to do something! So I cut all dairy out of my diet (still nursing) and he stopped wheezing and his eczema cleared up right away! It has been so hard, as dairy made up a big part of my diet. And whenever I splurge a little, my poor little man gets congested again.
Anyway, I’ve since heard it is the number one thing you should suspect for congestion and allergies in infants. Hope you figure out what is going on with him soon!
–Elizabeth

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Anonymous October 12, 2008 at 9:46 pm

Remember – you know your baby BEST! Make sure you ask all the questions you have of the doctor..
Don’t let them brush you off..ask for a complete blood count and blood test ( even if it is to rule out certain things!! ) You are your child’s advocate…Make the doctors go the distance with this..even if nothing serious is wrong, it will give you peace of mind..

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CIRCLE OF LIFE October 13, 2008 at 1:53 am

ok too cute i only wish we had pumpkin patches here! my sister is in ga and said that they went to one taday and they had so many events for the kids fun.

ok about the alllegies emmy has them we had to prop up her bed get a humififer and had recieved breathing treatments
, had to have floors no carpet had to clean all the funiture no dust. its a reconstruction of the house i hope he feel better soon, let me know what the doc says.i wish well.mine is getting better its seasons, but she is allergic to red dye och thats hard . we had to change every thing

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Carrie October 13, 2008 at 12:26 pm

Aww, how stinkin’ cute!! I laughed when I read about you taking pics of him crying. I can only imagine what you were thinking!

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Amy October 13, 2008 at 12:52 pm

The pictures are adorable! My son who is now 2 has had allergies since he was an infanct. He had asthma as well. He was on soo many breathing treatments..I never had to prop him due to allergies though. Also, our Pedi told us that clear or green doesnt matter, that green can be ok and clear can be not ok..so WHO KNOWS! My son is much better and seems to have almost outgrown the problem! He also had 12 ear infections before he was ONE year old!! They said that was due to allergies as well..

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Katie October 13, 2008 at 1:47 pm

I was going to suggest that you cut out all dairy, but it looks like somebody beat me to it. It made all the difference with my son. He completely cleared up when I cut out just milk from my diet.

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kt October 13, 2008 at 11:03 pm

I love his little socks!

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