Saturday, January 31, 2015

Birthday Party

Evelyn's friend Addison from church turned one today and we were all invited to her birthday party.

Addison wasn't really interested in her smash cake, but her brother and sister were happy to help her blow out the candle.

Big sister and brother (and cousins) also were very happy to help Addison open her presents.

Addison's pink chair was a big hit with Evelyn.

Thursday, January 29, 2015


At Evelyn's 9 month check-up the doctor said to keep having fun with foods and what could be more fun than donuts.

Thanks Aunt Meredith for the treat!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Evelyn loves laundry.  One day I will teach her how to fold the laundry and then all the fun will end. Until then however, a basket full of laundry is better than any toy in the room.

She crawled in the basket all by herself this morning.  A much better position for throwing clothes on the floor.

Later in the afternoon it was decided that the laundry belonged under the coffee table.

Clothes everywhere!  At this point I decided it was probably best to start folding the laundry.

Even an empty laundry basket can be fun.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Saturday fun

Today we decided that all four of us needed to get out of the house and have some fun.  We started by going to the Taubman Museum of Art because it has free admission and interesting exhibits. They also have a kid's center with lots of fun art activities so Evelyn and I might go back one day soon.

After the museum we went to The Candy Shop and picked up some gummies.  Poor Evelyn, she only got to look.

Finally we met up with Ashley and Harper at the Parkway Brewery.

There was a Thai food truck and a really good band, so we enjoyed a drink, dinner, and music before heading back home.  

Friday, January 16, 2015

Week in Review

We survived the week!  Monday was a normal day. Tuesday afternoon Nate left for Boston so it was just us girls at home.  Evelyn and I went for a run and in general had a good day.

Wednesday it snowed.  Not a whole lot but enough that some roads were icy and schools were cancelled.  I had signed up to help out in rehab in Roanoke which worked well since I also had to drop off and pick up Evelyn from daycare.  This being my first time dropping her off, I was a little worried but there were no tears.

Thursday night I had a surprise baby shower at Olive Garden for a friend from church.  Nate wasn't supposed to get home till late so Meredith had agreed to babysit.  Unfortunately, she got sick Wednesday night.  My mom convinced me that it would be okay to be bring Evelyn along and she did awesome.  I couldn't have asked her to be better behaved.  The daddy-to-be is the band director at one of the local high schools so I couldn't resist buying this onesie.

As it turned out, Nate had lots of trouble getting home on Thursday and finally ended up just renting a car and drove home from Charlotte, NC this morning.  So I got to bring Evelyn to daycare again and come into work an hour late.  But Nate was home when we got home and Meredith was making dinner.  Hooray - we made it to the weekend!

Thursday, January 8, 2015


Evelyn is allergic to penicillin.  She was on amoxicillin for an ear infection and previously had taken the antibiotic for a sinus infection over Christmas with no problems until yesterday.  Daycare called to let me know Evelyn had developed a rash on her legs, arms, and torso and needed to be picked up in case she was contagious.  Thankfully, Nate was able to leave work and bring her to the doctor's office.

At this point the rash wasn't that bad and the doctor diagnosed it as a viral reaction and said not to worry, she wasn't contagious, she could go back to daycare.  Her ears looked good too so he said she could stop taking the amoxicillin (another praise in retrospect).  Everything seemed fine until Evelyn woke up at 11:30pm and we realized that her whole face was swollen with hives and the rash was much worse all over her body.  Since she wasn't in any respiratory distress (more praises), the doctor's office said it wasn't an emergency even though it felt like one to Nate and I.

We took Evelyn back to the pediatrician this morning and with the drastic change in her rash, the doctor immediately concluded she had had an allergic reaction to the amoxicillin and can no longer take any medication in the penicillin family.  She got a dose of prednisone in the office which over the course of the day did lessen the severity of her rash.  The hard part is it could take up to 2-3 weeks for the reaction to completely clear up and while Evelyn looks much better, she still looks pretty rough.

It was a scary ordeal, but Evelyn is fine and that's all that really matters.  Nate stayed home today and that helped immensely too.  Also Meredith brought home Piety after work which was lovely because pie makes everything better.

Monday, January 5, 2015


Meredith is here!  She will be staying with us while she does a 12 week internship at the Salem VAMC for her OT degree.  Everyone is very excited except maybe Penny and Puddles who aren't yet 100% sure about each other.