Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sunscreen Help

Okay, again I know my readership is very low but I thought this might be worth a try.  For the past 6 or more years, it has likely been more, I have been in search of the right sunscreen.  I am allergic to the combination of sunscreen and sun.  I know weird.  I think that I do have a slight sun allergy too but after spending the day at the zoo with my students in which I spent a good amount of time in the sun and not getting any sort of rash, I definately think it is more of a sunscreen issue.  I have also done marathons in which I have been in the sun without sunscreen for hours and had no reaction.  I actualy remember the time that my problem started and it started when I did a marathon in Bermuda.  It was stressed to us to wear sunscreen, so I of course applied it all over.  I couldn't figure out why I had these bumps all over myself the next day and blamed it on the hotel sheets because someone else was itchy.  I didn't really think anything about it until it the same thing happened the following summer.

I have tried Aveeno, baby sunscreen, high priced ones, etc.  The same thing happens.  When I went on my honeymoon I was covered head to toe in an itchy rash and Pete called me his little Iguana.  My rash is actualy half eczema/ half rash. I was so miserable and I looked like a freak!  I had my Mom meet me at the airport with a bottle of cortisone because evidently they don't sell it in Aruba.

This sunscreen allergy has ruined my enjoyment of the outdoors and my love of the beach.  Honestly!  In the summer I decide- do I want a rash, or well possible skin cancer in the future.  The problem is that my rash was so bad in Aruba that my doctor told me it could become an even more severe reaction and basically suggested I just cover up.    That is nice but really not practical!  So does anyone have any suggestions?  Any natural sunscreens out there?  Those are ones I haven't fully explored.  

Sunday, May 23, 2010


Today was the first time, actualy likely the first time ever that we skipped Celia's nap.  We had a birthday party to go to and it started right at her nap time.  So there was nothing that we could do about it.  On the way home she fell asleep with in 5 minutes and we took the long way home so it was likely around a 40 min. nap, if that!  I was actualy worried that we would see that she did not need a nap anymore and would just maybe sleep in later in the morning or need an earlier bedtime.

Well.... Celia is definately not ready to give up her naps at all.  Oh my goodness.  She was awful for me for a good 40 min., then switched to giddy and hyper, then to defiant, then to giddy, etc.  So I guess I don't have to fear that she is ready to give up naps yet!  Unfortunately when Celia is overtired it sometimes takes her forever to fall asleep.  However tonight I think she is beyond overtired.

I haven't posted my 2 week menus because I am in a slump.  I am going to have to try out some new meals this summer.   I actualy am going to try out a new one from the back of a cereal box for Tuesday's dinner.  I will let you know how it turns out!

Friday, May 21, 2010


As most of you know from my Mother's day post I am pregnant!  So here is the background, it is a bit wordy.

I am sort of still in disbelief over this situation.  We were not trying, we were done.  I was planning on taking an educational sabbatical and/or changing careers by going back to school.  In my head I was planning on the special things we could do with just having one child.  At the same point, I was also wondering how we surround our little girl with relationships that would match a sibling. 

I suppose I should back up a bit.  We did want another child, we really did.  But this has been a rough year, well starting in July.  We had 2 losses and clinically I shouldn't have been able to get pregnant easily again.   It has been an emotional rollercoaster but at least for me, I felt like I was getting my head out of the clouds for once and was happy.  I was happy with our little family of three and then I started getting exhausted...  I took a pregnancy test, had some symptoms that led me to believe this was just leading to another loss and then had an ultrasound.  I had an ultrasound in which I saw a little heartbeat.  We were cautious but luckily followed by my amazing Reproductive Endicrinologist and graduated from him at 10 weeks. 

I went to my birthcenter at 11 weeks and saw the wonderful lactation consultant/nurse who helped with Celia's birth and led the breastfeeding group that I attended sitting in the office.  She said congratulations and then said "you don't look all together happy".  I guess, I was still in disbelief of the situation and relayed my fears.  It felt good to be back at the birthcenter.  I love that place.  I met with the midwife for probably an hour (honestly, tell me how many OB/GYN's meet with you for that long!!).  I heard the heartbeat on doppler, it took all of one second to find it.  I was suddenly at ease.  You know there is a but... coming here.   5 days later I started bleeding.  Pete and I headed to the birthcenter to meet the midwife on call who could not find the heartbeat on doppler.  You know the heartbeat that we had heard so clearly 5 days before.  She tried with two dopplers.  With my history, the bleding, and difficulty finding the heartbeat things were not looking good.  The midwife honestly would not give us any indication but she did tend to agree that no if you put all these things together, it wasn't looking good.  So we went back to our Endicrinologist's office for an ultrasound to confirm what we thought was my 3rd loss and guess what 162 beats per minute is what we saw!!! Oh and a stupid subchorionic hematoma.
A subchorionic hematoma, not as big as the one that I had with Celia, but the same stupid complication.  So I was put on bedrest for a few days and then told to just take it easy- no lifting, no exercise, rest when I can.  Yesterday I had a follow up ultrasound and I was nervous.  But again, 160 beats per minute and all is well.  Oh but the little complication is still there, but things appear to have stabilized.  So still on restrictions though I am finding it very difficult to follow!!  At least now I feel that I can share the pregnancy with most people.  I was so afraid of having to untell but at 14 weeks, things are looking good.

So that is our dramatic history of this pregnancy.  Celia's was perhaps just as dramatic so neither kid can argue about that!  With Celia I had 3 episodes of hemmorhaging and go to deal with an OB office that had a horrible bedside manner- I am talking everyone there. 

So that is where we are now.  Celia knows and I am letting her lead the questions for the most part.  She wants to name the baby "girl" (according to her), Patsy Doggy.  Hmmm... I am thinking no.  She is very insightful.  I told her yesterday that I had pictures of the baby and she looked at me like I was insane.  "But mommy, isn't it too dark inside your belly to take pictures?"  Huh???  Explaining ultrasounds to a 2 1/2 yearold is beyond my capability but she liked the pictures.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

MPS Awareness Day

Today is MPS Awareness day.  Go here to read a little about it.  Go here to see how it affects a family with two kids who have it.  I read this family's blog because it reminds me of so many of the MDS (multiple disability support) kids I have worked with in the past.  I have only worked with a few who have degenerative diseases but they are such sweet kids. 

In anycase as a Mom it is unimaginable for me to think of my sweet little girl going backwards in her skills as kids do with this kind of disorder.  I am so lucky.

So please read a little bit about this disorder.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day to everyone

Happy Mother's Day!!

I don't think that many people read my blog that I work with (I know of one), but if they do please don't share!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

More Longwood Pictures and Misc.

Things have been crazy and I haven't really felt up to doing any big blog posts lately.  I will explain soon about the craziness.  School is also going into the last 6 weeks and with that comes deadlines, end of year assessments, and just a burned out feeling!! 

So here are some photos of Ms. Celia

Goodness she looks so grown up here in her little skort.  She is dressing elmo because he is nakey.  Funny thing though, Celia thinks she should be nakey 100% of the time.