I love it when she makes this expression.
I am posting way too many pictures at once – I know – I hope your not having trouble loading. I have a full schedule of Tori Birthday shots for Feb so I didn’t want to drag these out. Haven’t actually shot any of them due to illness but I still plan to:). Tori is sleepy today and I have ZERO energy so I am going to go rest on the couch (wrote this Thurs – won’t post till Fri 1:00 AM)
Her diaper rash is getting so bad from the augmenten. I am using the prescribed C-Questran/5% Aquaphor which I love, but even that isn’t stopping it. She just sobbed tonight she was hurting so bad. I put her in the bath with me and she fell asleep. Poor poor baby. Ryker now has RSV and pneumonia as well. So far he is holding his own and doesn’t need to be hospitalized but this illness gets worse before it gets better so please pray for him too. (Doctors say RSV is worse on day 5 or 6 – not sure what day Tori actually was admitted).
So why am I allergic to men you ask?
Setting: Me stroking Tori’s beautiful hair on the couch beside Jim.
Doni: Babe I have been wondering lately if her hair is going to be straight or wavy – she is really getting some waves back here. Have you?
Doni: What do you mean “no”?
Jim: No I haven’t been wondering.
Doni: Okay. Rephrase. Do you think her hair will be straight or wavy?
Jim: Don’t know don’t care.
SHEEESHHH Louise! In serious need of more estrogen in this house.
The above was just anecdotal and not support for my allergy – just aggravation – but I actually do have EVIDENCE that I am INDEED allergic to men – FOR REAL! First I have a story for you.
I was reading my friend Shauna’s blog today and she mentioned that when she was pregnant with her twins she had PUPPS. How totally random is that because only 1 to 2% of the population get PUPPS with pregnancy and this is the first time I have ever heard of anyone else I know having had it.
When I was about 7 months pregnant with Tanner I broke out into this HIDEOUS rash on my belly. Being a first time mom, I naively assumed that my skin was stretching terribly – was very itchy, and I was scratching it to kingdom come creating nightmarish raised hives. Didn’t occur to me to go to the Dr. because (a) I thought I was doing it to myself and (b) I wouldn’t have let them prescribe anything anyhow due to first pregnancy anxiety.
Some nights were so bad that Jim would coat my belly with Band Aid’s anti itch gel and then run a cool hair dryer while holding my hands together (he IS a multi tasker hee hee) so that I wouldn’t scratch anymore. It was painful on body and mind. Having hives this bad for most of the last trimester was miserable.
When I went in to labor, the rash exploded down my back, arms, and legs. Doctor after Doctor kept coming in to evaluate me and it took them several days to figure out the cause – Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy – PUPPS. They prescribed a topical steroid for it and yes I felt stupid for not bringing it to someone’s attention earlier. The funny thing was, the day I left the hospital, a volunteer was helping me and Tanner to the car. She took one look at me and said “Oh my gosh! You have PUPPS! My sister had that and she wanted to scratch her skin off with a fork!” – Well where in the heck was SHE all week? LOL.
So now I get to my point…
When I was reading THIS article online today, I discovered a couple of facts about PUPPS. One I already knew. It most often occurs in women pregnant with multiple babies. Tanner was a twin so I always figured that was the key factor (and it probably was). I lost his twin in the first trimester but my body was apparently ignoring that fact. (Also wonder if that is why my hyperemesis was so bad?). Here is what I didn’t know – and I will quote from the article:
“One study has shown that male fetal DNA can be found in skin biopsies of the rash. Since 70% of women with PUPPP give birth to boys, a new hypothesis is that male fetal DNA acts as a skin irritant.”
So you see….it appears that I really AM allergic to male DNA. LOL. Funny.
Just out of curiousity…anyone else ever had PUPPS?