Sunday, January 31, 2016

Guess What, It Happened Again!

Ashton was doing great. She even drew me a kitty cat.

Then a few minutes later she and I were just playing together with her cash register and she said she was getting itchy again.

This time it was on her hand. It wasn't there last time, and it didn't pop up anywhere else on her body.

We ran upstairs to get her benadryl. Then we waited. And as before it magically disappeared! Thank God for benadryl!

But now I'm really concerned. I'm going to call her pediatrician first thing tomorrow morning. I don't know what they can do, especially if she's not having a break out when they see her, however I have to do something!

After this event I put her to bed early, and again she fell asleep quickly. Poor girl. The itching must tire her out, because she never falls asleep this quickly!

I just want answers. I hope that her pediatrician will have something to tell me.

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A Normal Day... or so We Thought

So, it was a typical day as far as Saturdays go. I mopped the floors while Ashton played Infinity. She was in great spirits. 

Of course being silly and playful. It was a gorgeous day. We ended up seeing friends for dinner and stopping by Target for a short while.

Nothing out of the ordinary. Ashton had a late night and went to bed. But wasn't settling down. I asked her why. She said she was itchy. I told her to come to me. She wasn't sleeping in PJs, she was only in her pullup. And she had bump patches in various areas.

Under her chin, both sides of her tummy, her armpit and starting the in back of her knee. It was crazy. And she itched so badly. I called for her daddy. We checked her out and was curious if she was getting chicken pox or an allergic reaction. We had no idea. But after a quick discussion, decided to give her benadryl.

Almost immediately the bumps disappeared. It was crazy. No new shampoos, food, anything we can think of. It was just crazy and weird. 

And here she is minutes later happy as can be. Not itching and ready to go to sleep. And for the first time she fell asleep fast! I just hate not knowing! 

We've gotten lots of advice of what others think it could be from hives, to measles, to hand and foot, to allergic reaction. All sound. But no other aliments, no new things she's been around and no fever. It's just strange... and scary. I asked Ashton if it was scary and she said no. I said why, and she said because we were with her. She's so sweet!

I fear if and when it could pop back up. I hope to get answers, but don't know.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016


Here is my sleeping girl from last night. She's usually head down by the foot of the bed with a leg hanging off or some crazy position. And she doesn't stay still long. She's a thrasher. I'm surprised she's only fallen out of bed this once. (Of course not counting the week she moved up to a bed girl bed.)

Anyhow, had to share my girl with her entourage. Can you tell she's passionate about foxes and Star Wars? She's even sleeping on her fox pillow, sucking on her "Daisy" aka fox pillowcase, and wrapped up in her Darth Vader blanket!
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Pajamas with Super Powers

My girl hates to wear pajamas. And I can't stand to see her only in a pull up for bed. So I found her some less tight and not long sleeved pjs that I thought wouldn't be too hot for her!

Ashton loved wearing them, but would they last. Usually, 30 minutes or an hour into barely sleeping, the shirt comes off and half way through the night off comes the pants. Gowns do better, they usually last longer, but they have princesses on them, and my girl is more of a Star Wars superhero kind of girl, and you can't find those combos on nightgowns.

Well, I will say she loved wearing them. She was proud to pose and show off her feet stamps she got from tumbling. (Yes, even with the cast, she can still do gymnastics. Go figure!) And with her pjs she wanted to show my that she could jump now really high and fly a bit.

And there's your proof, my girl has jumping super powers with her superhero pjs. And they really must have powers, because she fell asleep in them and never came off!
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Monday, January 25, 2016

Gotta Wear Your Parents Boots

I was up on my elliptical exercising, when my daughter came out of my closest in my boots. I didn't want to stop my momentum on the elliptical so I asked her before she ruined them to put them back. Of course, because I didn't physically chase after her, she didn't listen and proceeded down the stairs in them and paraded around the house.

After my exercise, I went downstairs to see her playing with Khaleesi. She was playing tug and falling over more easily than usual, because she was still in my boots.

She insisted on photos. And one with her tongue out.

Since I took photos to her delight, she took the boots off and promptly took them upstairs back to my room, not quite to the closet.

But I must say, like daughter - like mother.

I paraded around in my parent's boots too!

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

You Need Chewbacca to go with the Tauntaun and Bantha

Ashton has a huge plush fox collection. I can't ever imagine anymore foxes, yet somehow friends and family seem to find a fox she doesn't have.

Other than her foxes, her next beloved plushes are her Star Wars animals. She has a bantha, and 2 tauntauns - a large one and a small one that makes sounds. She loves all three but the baby "Luke" tauntaun goes with her everywhere. Even to breakfast!

Well, when we saw the Build-a-Bear Chewbacca, we knew one day she'd have him, complete with his roars.

Today was that day. We had many adult errands to run, with a lot of waiting and talking to other adults. She was in tow, and was really good all day. So we surprised her with a treat.

Ashton was giddy.

Here he is unstuffed. I think she would have taken him home just like that too! It was hard to have her let him go to get stuffed.

The attendee asked Ashton is she wanted him firm or soft and squishy. Ashton said soft and squishy. And on the first hug test, Ashton replied, "Perfect." She then got to pick out a hear to put inside. She gave it a kiss and tucked it away.

Then it was bath time. She loved brushing his fur. Our brushes at home just get caught in his fur, unlike these made for the doll. I'll have to check the store to see if they sell them, she loved brushing him.

Now Ashton has another sleeping buddy, but this one can roar away anything scary that her little Luke can't scare away with his roars.
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Friday, January 22, 2016

Getting Through January

Well, there's not much to report. We've been very busy, do our day-to-day activities. Nothing special.

Ashton's been doing well in her cast. No complaints. She just has trouble opening the doggy gates. But she's doing things just fine.

Last night we made Star Wars jello molds together. We've had a lot of snuggle time since it's been cold.

She was able to still do her tumbling class (they did trampolines instead of bars). Violin is on short hiatus. And she should be able to do some of her Chinese dance. So a small modification, but nothing bad.

Ashton really wants to go on roller coasters this year. So she's been focusing on growing. She asks all the time if this or this food will help her grow fast. She wants to hit 44" so she can ride most of the roller coasters that exist. She's 38.5". That's a lot of growing. We told her she can try to grow as much as she can, but if she doesn't make it, that's okay. I don't even know if we'll do any roller coasters with her or not yet this year. We'll have to see how the year unfolds.

But at least she's now 30 lbs. That's a milestone! She is growing, just not at the rate she'd like.
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Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Fall

My daughter is four. She's still a toddler. She is still very clumsy and fall's down all the time. No big deal. She has tons of boo-boos all over her body. She always will, because the girl doesn't like to be still and seeks for adventure. And that's fine as long as she continues to dust her self off and get up on her own, which she does.

But she's also becoming a young girl. So she doesn't have a toddler bed, but a big girl bed. She's had it since April. Well, around 2 am she started crying.

I heard her and thought, she has been sleeping through the night most of the week, so this isn't too bad. I go into her room and she's her usual, sitting up in bed, with alligator tears going down her cheeks I always ask her what's making her cry. And per usual, being so distraught it takes a while for her to calm down to tell me.

Her typical answer is - I don't want to be alone. She usually wakes up enough to realize it's too quiet and she is too afraid to go back to sleep. She'll cry and wake us up and one of us comes in to quiet her back down until she's asleep. And that can take anywhere from 10 minutes to several hours. Sometimes we just bite the bullet and let her sleep in our room, but we really try not to.

This time she said something that surprised me. "I fell out of bed." Really? Out of bed. She hasn't done that since she first got her bed in the spring.

Okay, I rocked her and asked if she hurt. She nodded her head. I did a quick inspection. No bloody nose, I didn't feel a knot on her head. I called her Daddy in. I knew that a simple rocking and putting her back in bed while I waited for her to fall asleep wouldn't cut it. So when he entered the room I asked him to check her body over, that she was too inconsolable, but said she hurt from her fall. And if he could get her a yogurt too to help her calm down.

Daddy to the rescue, he did. I stayed on her bed just rocking her. With her yogurt in hand drinking away, he helped check her over. Her crying stopped with the yogurt and she stayed in my arms while Daddy checked her over. He noticed her left hand. Her pointer finger two knuckles were purpleish and her finger swollen.

We asked her to wiggle her fingers. She did so. We asked her to make a fist. She did with her right hand beautifully. We told her to do her other hand. I literally saw her finger shake trying. She couldn't do it. She didn't even cup her hand.

We wondered if it was broken. He touched it all over in several spots asking if it hurt. Ashton would nod but not cry out in pain. She does have a high pain threshold. We didn't know if 2 in the morning if we should go to the ER or wait until morning. The finger didn't hang limp or look crooked or anything, but we didn't want to make the wrong decision.

We got a ice pack and put her finger on it and called the Kids Helpline. It's a 24/7 phone line that is available to contact a nurse with any questions you may have. WE told her our situation. She told us to keep the pack on for 20 minutes and then in an hour do it again. And then in the morning do it again and take her to the doctor then.

We felt good that we didn't have to feel guilty about trying to sleep and get it done in the morning. So we iced it 20 minutes. Ashton was too shaken up to go to bed so we all stayed up and watched TV for the next hour to put the ice on again. We then tried to get her to go to sleep. She was having none of it. She really wanted to stay with us. She didn't even want to sleep on the floor of her room with her mattress down. So we let her sleep in our room. We brought her mattress to our floor and let her lay there.

She was wired and all over the place, getting the dogs riled up. She really wanted in the bed.

So we let her in our bed. The next half an hour was with her kicking and moving. She's a restless sleeper like me, but she can sleep through it, I can't. So Daddy left the bed to sleep on the couch and she and I shared the bed with plenty of space for our flailing.

Can't say any of us had a good night's sleep. Once we woke up we called her pediatrician. She said to take her to OrthoIndy and have them check it out, see if it was worth an x-ray, and that they could splint it right there too. if need be.

So we did. We had to drive across town. And it was terribly cold. We waited outside for a bit, when we decided to wait for them to open in the car instead.

We were the second ones in. They saw to Ashton pretty quickly. They x-rayed her immediately. Then they took us to a gurney for Ashton to sit on. There they said no bones were broken or fractured. Yay! But her growth plates seemed messed up pretty badly and they wanted to splint it to help it out.

So they put gauze between all her fingers and started wrapping her fingers, up her hand, and up her arm! I was surprised they did it so high. They then put a cast just over the top of her arm. Then they had colored gauze, surprise she picked green, to wrap over that.

The whole time Ashton didn't cry or flinch. She was very brave! We told her she now had a lightsaber arm. She has to wear it for at least 3 weeks. Then they check her out. So in early February she'll be checked out and most likely have her cast removed.

I can't believe my girl has now 2 casts to her name! Only my girl.

We were out in an hour. We were only 5 minutes away from LauLau's house, so Ashton asked if she could go see her and show her her new cast.

Of course she and Uncle J. made over her. They even fed her lunch.

While there we quickly found out that Ashton can't go to the bathroom by herself. There will be a lot of assisting this girl over the next few weeks.

Once home she was bouncing off the walls as usual. She even started playing ball with Khaleesi. I got hit in the head a couple times with the cast. It'll take some time for her to get used to. But she's not babying it that's for sure.

It's already "very itchy" and it's not even a full day one in the cast. I have a feeling it will be a long 3 weeks!

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

First Snow of Season

We've had a bit of snowfall, but only a dusting. It's mainly been rain. Now, we have accumulated some snow, much to Ashton's delight. She begged to go outside the moment she saw there was nothing but whiteness outside.

She bundled up quickly, ready to play. She was telling us remembering the last snow and hitting her Daddy with a snowball.

She played a good long time. She couldn't wait to make snowballs and throw them at her Dad.

However, she wanted to pull her car out and drive all over the snow. She learned pretty quickly, that driving her little beetle in the snow was a no go!

This is her after shot. By the time she focused on me having her picture taken, most of the snow fell off of her. But she had fun.

She warmed up with some hot chocolate and ran out again to play some more. She loves to be outside no matter the weather. She's been begging to go snowboarding. I don't think she even knows what it is. But she wants it, because it's something to do outside.

We never got around to sledding, but I'm sure there's many more days of snow to fit that in.

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Welcoming Miss N!

I got Ashton dressed up in her Hello Kitty for her first birthday party of the year!

We finally got to meet Miss N. She arrived home from China on Ashton's birthday in October. We let let the family adjust the last few month having two young girls only months apart, and to enjoy the holidays!

Miss N just turned two and her younger sister will be 2 in August. And Miss N's daddy had a birthday a week earlier, so they celebrated together! Miss I. (her mother) is from Finland so I love having to know someone here from Finland like by BFF. I adore this family!

Miss N left, with her sis Miss E in the midde, with Ashton right.

Miss N doesn't talk yet, but she's very tall for her age. She's almost up there with Ashton in height! It was so great to see the two girls together We're hoping to have more play dates in the future.

Of course all of this was lost on Ashton. All she noticed was the cake. That was the big hit! Well, not the cake necessarily, but the icing. Daddy finished the cake up for her.
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Saturday, January 2, 2016

2015 in Review

2015 came to a close. Usually each New Year's Eve we go to a party. We could again, but we've been running around, we preferred a night at home, just us, just hanging out together - nothing special. It was very nice, very low key, very needed.

In 2015 we see our toddler slowly blossoming into a young girl! Here are the highlights!

March -  More Trouble

April - Easter

July - 4th of July

August - CCAI Picnic

October - Pumpkin Patch

November - Haircut

December -Violin Recital

This year in summary was busy, but good. We took many trips, one family trip and several adoption related trips. It was all amazing! Ashton is still working on being potty trained overnight. But she's good otherwise. She loves to hum and sing nonsense songs. She loves playing Disney's Invity Toy Box on the Xbox 360. Her favorite movies are "Big Hero 6", "The Croods", "Inside Out". She loves Star Wars, but is more into the Lego cartoon. She is still doing violin, tumbling, and Chinese dance. Her most common sayings are "Aww, man!",  "I've got a cute butt.", "Oli-oli-oli-oli", and "I don't wanna go to bed!". She loves board games, puzzles, anything with wheels, playing in any weather, not sleeping, and snuggling, and trying to help - cleaning, cooking, you name it. She's asked that she wants to grow her hair out. No more short hair. Hopefully that means no surprise haircut from her again in the future. We'll see what happens in 2016. 
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