Sunday, June 22, 2014

A scary situation and a warning.

Last week was one of those weeks, it just seemed like anything and everything was going wrong.

Within a seven day period, we dealt with the big one having a "severe" ear infection and spent half of fathers day at urgent care, me cutting my finger pretty badly, multiple work situations for David that had him not walking through the door till after 8pm every night this week, oh, and when the local news shows up at one of your stores about one of those situations and it makes the evening's never a good thing.

It was one of those weeks we felt like we couldn't win no matter how hard we tried.

To round out the not-so-great week, Amelia came down with a stomach virus.  The crazy part was she acted completely normal all week and besides some awful diapers (a nice way of putting it), I had no clue there was anything wrong with her.  After two days of 8-10 nasty diaper changes each day, I drug her in for our second doctors visit of the week.  The doctor quickly diagnosed her with a virus that is evidently going around.  He said the good news was that she seemed to be over the worst of it and to give her a 1/2 teaspoon of Imodium AD when needed and to come back in a few days if it seemed her issues were not clearing up.

We left the doctors office and I ran into the nearest grocery store wanting to quickly get her some relief.  I couldn't find actual Imodium AD, so I just grabbed a bottle of Pepto Bismal and headed out the door with both girls.  It was lunch, they were both over it since we had been sitting at the doctors, and it was nearing nap time. Needless to say, I was in a hurry and didn't bother to ask someone.  I assumed that Pepto Bismal was the same as Imodium AD.

I immediately gave her a dose and for a short time, things seemed to be getting better. The girls were staying that night at the in-laws since I had to help throw a baby shower the next day, and even though Amelia had been sick, she seemed well enough to stay the night still.  Fast forward to the next day and I get that dreaded call.  She seemed to take a turn in the night and wasn't doing so well.  That morning, my brother in law (who just graduated from nursing school last month) asked why the heck I was giving her Pepto Bismal because ummm, "it can kill babies."

Cue freak out.

So yeah, Pepto Bismal and Imodium AD are not the same even though they both treat diarrhea.  Pepto Bismal actually has aspirin in it.  Babies can't have aspirin, especially when they are running fevers, which of course Amelia was running a low grade one.  It can cause seizures, spike a high fever, and yes, death.  The crazy part is that no where on the Pepto Bismal label does it mention aspirin till the very end of the ingredients list.  

We talked to a pharmacist and after he calmed our fears, he said that this actually happens all the time.  Not just with kids, but even adults.  There are so many other medicines that counter act with aspirin and people don't realize that Pepto Bismal has it in it.  Pepto Bismal is just as much of those everyday medicines as Tylenol and no one thinks twice.  He said it's enough of an issue that he himself has actually been apart of a movement to have it put behind the counter.  He said that's it's such a problem it needs that kind of restriction.

Of course, I felt horrible. I had no clue I was giving her something that could hurt her.  Even my mother-in-law who's a nurse said she had no clue it contained aspirin. 

So, please take this as a warning. 

Thankfully, we had given Amelia such small doses and stopped them soon enough that she seems to be fine.  About twelve hours after her last dose, she finally seemed to perk up.  It's now been over twenty four hours and it should all be out of her system by now.  Thankfully, she's had no signs of what they told us to watch for.  She's still not completely over the virus, but things are getting better.  Hopefully she'll be back to feeling 100 percent soon.

Hopefully this next week will be a little less eventful.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Wedding Day

I think I mentioned that on memorial day weekend, my cousin Kyndall and her long time boyfriend Andy got married.  Our family actually has a good number of high school sweethearts that have gone on to be married, and now Kyndall and Andy can be added to that list. 

Olivia was asked to be flower girl for a second time.  I've decided that if you want to be apart of a wedding, that's the way to go. You get to be invited to all the fun inside stuff, but it doesn't cost as much as a bridesmaid or groomsmen! : )

As you can see, Olivia was pretty over it quickly.  In her defense, it was hot....very hot.  Ironically, the weekend before we had a cold front come through and it was seriously forty degrees in May.  However, so far our family has had three May/June weddings and it's been ninety degrees for every single one.  So, our family knows no other way when it comes to weddings.


This one cracks me up...

That would be the four of us trying to nonchalantly tell Olivia to stop acting a fool

This one I look at and it just sums up our family to me...


I love that she stood there holding both my cousin Aubry (who's seven months pregnant with Amelia's best friend) and Abby's hand throughout the ceremony.  I'd have to say it's my favorite of those that I snapped that day.

And this one just screams Olivia...

I can't tell y'all how often I get this look on a daily basis.

They had a barn wedding and it was all super cute.  I wish now I had taken more pictures of the decor.  They did an awesome job! 

And of course our official wedding babysitters were there! 

I'm pretty sure David's parents are starting to think they only get invited so they can help with the kid! : )

Amelia was trying to turn it into that kinda party...

It was just that hot and she was miserable (as you can tell in the picture above). Thankfully, she's the only one who attempted to strip.

My date for the evening.

And in case you're wondering, our family can throw down on the dance floor....

Besides being 100 degrees, it was pretty much the perfect evening for a wedding.

Congratulations you two!
We wish you many years of happiness!!!
It was a beautiful day and thanks for allowing us to be apart of it!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Sweet Summertime.

We're still here. 

We've been busy soaking up the summer sun. 

Our days have been jam packed since the summer began.  Days have been filled with the splash pad, library visits, pools days, VBS, and afternoon rain showers.   Maybe it's Olivia's age or the fact I'm finally getting some sleep and feeling like a functioning human again, but I feel like we're really getting our monies worth this summer.

Besides David having a rough time at work, the summer has seemed about perfect.

 However, it has still been a weird one.

I think because we know some hard goodbyes will have to be said at the end of it and once again, there are changes in story for our family.  Good changes....changes we're excited about.  In several different ways, life will look very different come this fall.  We're excited, but it seems to constantly be lingering in the back of my mind.


The scary part is, it seems to be heading towards us at lightening speed.  The other day, David and I were talking about upcoming events for the rest of summer and it was like "whoa!" 

For now, we'll keep soaking up the sweet summer time.