Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Making Pie

Eleanor's Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie
I love making pies and am glad to already be sharing this fun with Eleanor.  It makes baking even more fun!  Here are some pictures of Eleanor's pumpkin pie she made for Thanksgiving Day and of her helping to make raisin pie for Leftover Night.  She actually made the pie crust and the pumpkin pie filling herself (Well, maybe she had a little help measuring, but she poured everything in the bowl!)
For her birthday she got her own baking set which included a pie plate and rolling pin that are "just her size".  It makes helping even more fun when you can use your own stuff!

She cut the "leaf" herself.  (With supervision)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Only a Month Late...

Kitty Cat

Showing off her whiskers


Quack, Quack!

With a little tail

From the side

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Big Foot

Marshall got new shoes and a bar last week.  We use the Dobb's Bar and with the longer length and getting ready to pull up and walk soon the new bar attaches to the shoe at a flatter angle to make these thing easier.  Because he's growing like a weed Daddy is checking and adjusting the bar length every two weeks now!  The new shoes (Mitchell Sandals) are much easier to put on and have quite a bit of growing room which makes Marshall look a little like Big Foot
Big Foot

Flatter bottom

Just a happy man!

Eleanor's Trip to the OR

Eleanor checking out what Elmo packed in her "packpack" (backpack)

Daddy reading Wheels on the Bus after getting her gown on

Smiling for the camera

Playing peekaboo with the curtain to her room

On her way to explore!

Monday, November 22, 2010


Eleanor's rash is completely gone!  She got ear tubes put in this morning and we think its going to be a great a thing.  The doctor "sucked out" a current infection in one ear and a very thick old infection from the other.  After a short nap, a big macaroni and cheese lunch, and a long nap she has bounced back really well and its feeling much better.
Now, if we could just get Marshall better!  Marshall and Mommy spent Friday night at the ER because he was retracting when breathing in.  The ER doc diagnosed him with bronchitis, sent us home (with antibiotic), and told us to see Dr. Schell as well.  He didn't seem much better so we got him in today and yep, another ear infection.  He goes to see the ENT next Wednesday.  Yay for already maxed out insurance.
Memo to our kids immune system: You'd better buck up, after December 31st an a new insurance year begins!  haha...
Our goal for the weekend is not to go to the ER!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Eleanor's Rash

Well, we have been through quite the ordeal lately and this is going to be quite a long post!  A little background:
Eleanor has had an ear infection (since October 25th) that has not cleared.  She was first prescribed Amoxicillin and after 7 days was still complaining of an ear ache.  We took her back to the doctor and was given cephzil (sp?).  She finished this 10 day course of antibiotics.  After being off the antibiotics for 1 day she again complained that her ear hurt.  So back to the doctor we went to have ears rechecked.  This time she was prescribed Biaxin and referred to an ENT for an ear tube consult (another post).  This was all on Thursday afternoon.  Thursday night when I went to get the new antibiotic Eleanor started throwing up with a totally unrelated 12-24 stomach bug.  She had one dose of the Biaxin and threw it back up and didn't have anymore because the next morning she still didn't feel 100%.  Friday afternoon she broke out in a rash.  We made to Redicare too late be seen by a doctor but a nurse was kind enough to unlock the door and look at Eleanor.  She said to give her some Bendryl and come back in the morning if it was worse.
Saturday morning:  It was worse!  She woke up with the rash covering even more of her body and had a temperature of 103.5.  Redicare sent her to the ER.  Andrew and Eleanor stayed all day at the ER where she was given a steroid shot and a shot of antibiotics, as well as a saline IV to get her temperature down.  (The doctor did not impress us, but that is also another story...)  He sent us home telling Andrew it was probably an allergic reaction to Biaxin (only had one dose and threw it up almost immediately).  Eleanor was to return to the ER for a recheck in the morning.  These were taken after arriving home Saturday night.
This is Eleanor's camera smile.

The rash is looking much better in these pictures than before they left.  The middle parts where it is a little whiteish looking were a bit blistered, but had really gone down since the morning.

Sunday morning she looked much better and we took some more pictures after a bath with Marshall.
The "blister" looking thing in the top right is a water drop.

Still looks bad, but much better than before.  The rash was pretty flat and seemed to be really reduced.

The rash on the top part of her back looked bruised and we took pictures of this in case things went down hill again.

Bruised rash on her arm. 
Mommy took Eleanor to the ER for her recheck on Sunday.  The (insert sarcastic voice here) lovely doctor that saw Eleanor on Saturday saw us again on Sunday.  He attitude was improved, but he said she was fine.  She had some "insect bite" looking parts to the rash on her leg, which is what we first noticed when the rash started on Friday afternoon and I showed them to the doctor, but he dismissed them, saying she was fine, but if we were really concerned to call our regular doctor on Monday.  The rest of the day she acted fine and the rash seemed to not be growing.

Monday Morning:  RASH IS WORSE! When I went in to get Eleanor up I noticed that the rash had spread again and also she was having trouble opening one eye!  After turning on the lights it was very obvious that she was NOT better!  Her face was swollen and the rash was completely covering her back.  The fever (which she had not had on Sunday) had returned.  Andrew immediately took her to the ER and Mommy joined them later after Marshall had woken up and been dropped at MarMar's. 
While at the ER Eleanor got more Benadryl and another steroid shot.  Andrew also asked to see a different doctor than we had previously seen and wanted them to get us in to see Dr. Schell (our regular pediatrician) as soon as possible. 
The places that aren't covered had previously been covered.  Pretty much everywhere looked like this.

You can see that her face is swollen.  This is shortly after having the shots.  It was much worse when she left the house.
 After examining her Dr. Schell told us that the rash is mostly likely an allergic reaction to the Cephzil.  Even though she had had it before he explained that sometimes on the xth time you are exposed to something that's when you react.  He has put us on a course of Benadryl.  We are giving it to her several times a day at the moment and are going to slowly ween her down from it.   She looks way better now.  There are still a couple of marks on her face from the swelling and she has a couple of new rash spots, but Dr. Schell said this was normal and it might take 2-3 weeks for all traces to disappear.  We are happy to report she is feeling much, much better and things are going much better!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Cool Dude

What happens when you leave Marshall and Daddy alone together?  FUN!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

November 2010 (12 photos), by Hannah Hammonds

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Grocery Shopping

Taking Eleanor to the grocery has not been happening lately as she's two.  Her options are to ride in the cart, walk holding Mommy's hand, or ride in the "car cart".  She hates sitting the cart, likes to run away from Mommy, and Mommy hates the car cart as it drives like a tank and she won't stay in it past the produce section!  Yesterday, it all changed.  There is now a small cart that is just Eleanor's size and she got to use it!  At times it was a little like a plow and people were definitely needing to give her a bit of "wiggle room", but all in all it was a success!  I was lucky enough to have had my camera in my purse from something I had done earlier in the day!