Thursday, September 29, 2011

Molly's Art Walk

Molly's preschool had an "Art Walk" tonight.  Each class represented a different country and the children made all kinds of art from that country.  Molly's class was Mexico and Molly made a life-sized self portrait with a sombrero and maracas.  Have I mentioned lately how impressed I am with Molly's preschool?  And of course I'm impressed with my Molly.  :-)
Our school is a magnet school of the arts and we had a Latin Festival tonight.  Caleb performed in a dance and he did an AMAZING job.  He's quite the dancer!
The highlight of the evening for Rayna was definitely the Rayna-sized water fountain.  :-)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Molly's First Field Trip

Molly's preschool class went on a field trip today to Aw Shucks Corn maze.  Nana and Rayna went too and they all had a great time.  I usually call to check on Molly and Rayna when my class leaves in the afternoon, but Molly will rarely talk to me.  But today she was so excited to tell me all about her first field trip and her first ride on a school bus.  She's turning into such a big girl!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Apple Picking

We had a great time apple picking!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Molly Update

Children are so resilient!  It's amazing to me that the little girl singing and putting together a puzzle today was the same child that was so sick just last night.  Her skin is still pretty irritated, but overall she is feeling fine and is ready to go back to preschool tomorrow.

After new information that we received today, what Molly is suffering from is a "sting allergy."  She is basically highly allergic to the venom in stinging insects (including fire ants.)  Our pediatrician referred us to an allergist so I guess we will be learning even more soon.  In the meantime, Molly now travels with Benedryl and an Epi-pen.

Before our scare with Molly yesterday afternoon, we were having a really nice time at Cane Creek Park.  We grilled out, walked around the lake, and fed the ducks.

Monday, September 12, 2011


Earlier this Summer, Molly was bitten by an ant and her ankle swelled.  Then on Friday, Molly got another aunt bite and her hand swelled pretty badly.  I actually had calling her pediatrician on my to-do list for Monday.....just to see the best way to treat it if it happened again.

Then, yesterday afternoon, we were at Cane Creek Park and Molly said, "Mommy, another ant bit me!"  So I was watching the area and within about five minutes it started to swell.  I noticed some hives breaking out on her face so we quickly packed up and headed out to get her some Benadryl.  Her hives started spreading so we decided to take her to Urgent Care.  She went from bad to worse and by the time we got to Urgent Care she was swelling everywhere.  Brian dropped me off with Molly and took the other children home to Nana.  Within five minutes of arriving at Urgent Care, she was having breathing difficulties and her oxygen was low, so they called an ambulance to take her to the hospital.  Brian met us at the hospital.  After receiving oxygen, Prednisone, and Benadryl, she started looking MUCH better and was soon watching Dora and drinking juice.  That was one of the scariest experiences that I've ever been through.  I'm typically pretty level-headed and calm during these types of situations, but I could tell that the Urgent Care doctor and nurses were getting nervous and that made me nervous.  Very scary.

So we're going to have to really watch Molly around insects.  The doctor said that if they have an allergy to ants, they could also have allergies to other types of insects.  He also said that each time she is bitten, her reactions could get worse.  We are following up with her pedestrian and an allergist and we now have an Epi-pen that will travel around with Molly just in case she should have a severe allergic reaction like this again.

Going through this type of experience makes you hug your children a little tighter.  I am so thankful for our precious Molly.

Friday, September 9, 2011

As I like to say....

It's a good thing she's so cute!