Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
I forsee a quiche, a frittata, a souffle and some lipitor in our future.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Spencer has eczema on pretty much every part of his body, although it is particulary bad on his lower back, his neck, his scalp, his ankles, his hands, his forehead along the hairline, his right cheek and around his mouth.
Here is a recent picture of a flare up on his face.
The bathtub and soaking in water was just too drying so, first, Spencer takes a lukewarm shower with one of us.
We wash his body with unscented dove (1/4 moisturizing creme),
and condition with head and shoulders.
Once he's out of the shower and while he's still damp we rub his entire body down with Eucerin lotion (unscented).
Then we rub cortizone-10 into all of his trouble spots.
Contrary to popular belief, Benadryl does not make all children sleepy. I have never once seen Spencer just conk out after taking Benadryl. It's almost like giving him a placebo because it actually doesn't even really help with the itching and scratching.
Keep in mind that Spencer is fighting us and crying during each and every step after the shower. It makes for a difficult bed time routine.
In the morning he gets another layer of Eucerin, cortizone, Mimyx and vaseline.
We have been doing this routine for about three months and have not seen much improvement.
Our pediatrician has said that there is nothing left she can do and the next step is to visit a dermatologist. We haven't gone yet but based on some extensive internet research, we started a new routine two nights ago. We're going to evaluate its effectiveness for the next couple of weeks and then I'll do a new post on how Spencer has fared.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Oh my god, you're saying. Did we just flash back to 1961? Natalie wasn't even alive. What could this be about? Well, it's not really related. I just like that picture. I think my dad looks handsome. And armless.
Here's my dad some years later when Spencer was 3 days old.
He wasn't allowed to go back to work for something like 3 months. I would take the bus home every day that I didn't have afternoon classes and spend the afternoon with him. Much like I did when nursing Spencer, my dad spent a lot of time watching TV during his rehab.
It was the first time in his life that he was home to watch daytime TV and something really unfortunate happened: he got a little bit addicted to Martha Stewart Living. To this day he will deny this, but it is true. He puts on a good poker face when asked about Martha, but if hooked to a lie detector machine he would probably be forced to share her recipe for Lemon Meringue Pie.
So, one day I was upstairs watching Martha Stewart. My dad was downstairs doing something. I wasn't sure what. The show was all about how to season cast iron. It involved some process with olive oil and salt. The show ended and several minutes later my dad came upstairs. He started pulling out all the cast iron pots and pans, the salt and the olive oil.
Here is a recap of our conversation.
Me: What are you doing?
Dad: I thought I'd season the cast iron.
Dad: No. I just decided, on a whim, with no other influence whatever, that the cast iron that has never been seasoned needs to be seasoned.
My dad not so secretly harbors a desire to be called up by the Obama Administration and offered a job. If, in some sort of weird twist of fate he was offered a job by President Obama and Martha Stewart he'd probably have to sit down and make a list of pros and cons for both. And Martha would probably win.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Spencer looks very intrigued here
P.S. We named the Sonata "Pearl"
Friday, February 13, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Spencer's eczema has been really bad the last couple of weeks. I'll have to do a post some day about what we do everyday to keep his skin calm. Anyway, he usually sleeps for 3 hours in the afternoon. He woke up scratching after 45 minutes today and never could go back to sleep.
He's such a coy little 17 month old thing
Right before bed tonight you could see in his eyes how sleepy he was. The hair's pretty cute though.
Spencer a year ago on his 5 month birthday
Did I take this picture or is it from Better Homes and Gardens? It's hard to tell.
I made sure that I didn't pick up anything and then took a picture of the living room every night this week to show the progression from tidy to destroyed. My poor, sad, once beautiful living room goes through this on a daily basis.
Do you see this sitting on the floor? The phone rang last night. It was Kara. I was excited to talk to her. As I got up off the floor where we were all playing I had to be careful to not step on the baby or the beagle. Instead of stepping on them I stepped IN this. It hurt. Profanity was used silently in my head.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Daddy watched the game while I baked some bread, watched the commercials and entertained Spencer.
Spencer had a lot of activites to keep him busy, though none of them really involved watching football.
played with his houseand read some books drank some milk
and pounded some pegs
took a few phone calls
and shared the phone with Ginger
(much to her delight) found a new hiding place
played with his train and practiced a new trick