Unexpectedly Expecting

The Adventures of One Woman's Journey Into Motherhood

Healing is coming!!!

on August 1, 2013

A new day has dawned.

Although we still have seen the effects of Noah’s allergies, I’m firmly believing that God has healed my little man.  Circumstances will not dictate the healing that is coming.  I believe God’s Word that says, “By My stripes, you have been healed.”  He is healed.  Period.

Recently, we went out to eat at a local BBQ restaurant.  They serve hushpuppies as an appetizer, which we thought we had given to Noah previously.  So we proceeded to give him two of them.  As we went through the meal, we were very careful to not get any dairy in or near his food.  Noah started coughing just prior to leaving the restaurant but we thought he just needed to drink.  (He has a tendency to not chew his food well so it causes him to cough and sometimes throw up his food.)

As we were getting in the car, his coughing was getting worse so Joel had me ride in the back with Noah.  Joel then made a comment that he was glad we had made it through another meal without any allergic reactions.  His statement couldn’t have been more inaccurate.  :\

As we started home, I noticed that Noah was wheezing so Joel and I agreed that I should give him a small dose of Benadryl.  Upon our return home about 30 minutes later, his wheezing was not any better and he was breaking out in hives.  So I gave him a little more Benadryl.  After what seemed like an eternity, his wheezing finally subsided but the hives were much worse and all over his little body.  Plus, he was warm to the touch so we decided to give him a lukewarm (at best) bath.  And then I put some baby oil in some spots to help with the itching.  That seemed to work and we laid him down for the night.

About four hours later, Noah woke us up crying.  I went in to his bedroom and found him lying down crying.  I started rubbing his back when he started vomiting.  It was violent and very troubling.  After he was done, Joel picked him up and just held him.  Noah was shaking uncontrollably but again, his skin was warm to the touch.  He only had a slight fever so we decided to put him in the shower with Joel to help cool his skin.

His shaking just continued but his fever was progressively going down.  After the shower, Joel sat with him in the glider for a while.  Noah was trying to do things as he normally would but was just too weak to do anything.  In the end, he vomited two more times before finally, essentially, passing out in my arms.

Joel put the futon mattress on the floor in Noah’s room and Noah and I laid down to “sleep” the rest of the morning.  (I say “sleep” because it was anything but sleep for me.)  Around 5 am, Noah started stirring some so I put him in his own bed and found my way to ours.  He ended up sleeping until around 9:30 the next morning.

I have been crying out to the Lord on Noah’s behalf.  I know it is “just” allergies but it can be a serious issue if not corrected soon.  I long for Noah’s healing just as much as I longed for Joel to be healed after his stroke and for my healing after Noah’s birth.  I don’t see the fruit yet… but I will.  I believe it!!

In other news, Noah is starting to say a few more words because I keep prodding him along.  He’s now saying “stick (sdick),” “truck (duck),” “yellow (yalla),” “apple (ah uhl),” and of course “mommy (nana)” and “daddy (dadee).”  He’s also learning his letters like a pro!  He can find almost any letter in the alphabet upon request.  He can’t say them yet but the fact that he can point to them is pretty impressive!!  I bought some ABC flashcards today at the dollar store to take with us to Florida soon.  Hoping he will enjoy them as much as I think he will.

We’re heading to the pool twice this upcoming week along with a trip to Florida so I decided to finally buy him some sunglasses.  He’s not used to wearing them yet, but I know they’ll help keep his little eyes from hurting in the sun.

We went to Bibi’s pool last month and were having a great time until I noticed Noah’s skin breaking out under his shirt.  After leaving the pool and heading inside, I realized that his entire upper body was covered with red splotches.  I was concerned that he was having a reaction to the sunscreen I used, but wasn’t sure since it is an all-natural brand without any funky ingredients.  Then I thought it might be the shirt since it was a hand-me-down and had some stains on it.  Since we never truly knew for sure, I assumed it might have had something to do with the pool water and left it at that.

Well, fast forward to the end of July and the three of us take an afternoon trip to the Tallulah River to hang out in the water and let Joel do some fishing.  As soon as we parked the car (literally), it started to rain.  I wasn’t too worried about it since the whole idea was to get Noah in the water and out of the house.  So I donned my poncho and Noah and I set off for the river.  About ten minutes into him playing in the water, I noticed his skin was breaking out again.  He had the exact same outfit on that he had worn to Bibi’s house that day at the pool.  However, I didn’t put any sunscreen on him for various reasons.

After about twenty more minutes of me and Joel deliberating about what to do, we decided that Noah was too chilled to keep playing in the rain without his shirt on.  And I was still trying to figure out what in the world could be causing him to break out.  Was he suddenly allergic to water?  No, he takes baths all the time.  Was it something in the shirt?  Well, I washed it before he wore it the first time and again since wearing it.  I have NO IDEA what caused him to break out.  But as soon as we took off his shirt and changed him into another outfit, his skin cleared up fine.  So the shirt is in the donation pile now and will never be worn by Noah again.  And because I’m always concerned about sun poisoning, I’m now in the market for a good UV swim shirt that would prevent us from having to put as much sunscreen on him.  (I had sun poisoning MANY times as a child.  It was horrible!!)

So, that afternoon was pretty much spent driving to the river and back home since our time at the river was very limited.  <sigh>  (It did start thundering and lightening about the time that Joel decided to go fishing while Noah and I warmed up in the car.  So our time there would have been shortened anyway.)

We wanted to do something fun one day, so we went up to Dry Falls near Highlands, NC.  As soon as we got there, it started pouring down rain.  (Maybe we should see a trend here, huh?)  We didn’t care as we had brought our rain gear and were excited about getting out and playing in the rain.  Dry Falls is not aptly named as it is nowhere near dry.  And this day, it was raging!!  It’s really cool though because you can hike behind the falls to the other side.  So we ventured out and had a great time just being that close to a waterfall with so much power.

On a side note, some of you may know that I’ve been venturing into the natural products arena for a while now.  I have officially started using lye soap, buying it locally to support our local economy and because I know the sources.  I’ve also started washing my hair with vinegar, using the lye soap about once every 2-3 days to get some of my grungies out.  I have been making my own laundry detergent, which is going well.  And I just started making my own face wash out of oil.  We’ll see how that goes.  Oh and I started using deodorant and not anti-perspirant.  (Hoping to make my own deodorant in the future, but for now, Tom’s of Maine works just fine.)  And, I’ve started using tooth powder instead of toothpaste.  I was really surprised at how salty the powder is but I love how clean my teeth are!!

So, yeah… I’m working on converting our home cleaners to more natural products.  Really helps when you can get free product coupons sometimes.  And since I keep winning stuff, I’ve gotten some nice lotions and lip balms to try as well.  Anyway, there’s something about knowing I’m making a difference with my overall health by using natural products that really motivates me.  And, as a friend once said about making her own products, “I love beating ‘the man’!!”  🙂

Oh and I started making my own bread about six weeks ago and haven’t looked back.  We haven’t bought bread since I started, which is a great feeling!  And I know the ingredients that are going in to my bread… and can pronounce them!  Woot!

Just started planning little man’s 2nd birthday recently.  I’ve been procrastinating because I just didn’t want to do something big like last year.  That was great for his first birthday but not his second.  So Joel and I decided to have a kids-only bash with Noah’s closest buds and all of their stuffed animals.  I’m super excited about it and Joel’s even jumped on the bandwagon quickly.  He found some rubber animal noses that we’ll give to each of the kiddos to wear.  And I’ll make party hats for the kids and their animal friends.  Thankfully Noah’s not that popular because we don’t have space for more than the eight friends we’re inviting.  🙂   Oh and my super cool cake decorating friend is going to make a cake or cupcakes that are completely vegan!!!!!  So incredibly excited about that!  And get this, the cards I ordered were going to cost a small fortune just for ten of them.  But I found a coupon code online and got them for FREE and paid only the shipping!!  I couldn’t stop smiling from that one!!

I can’t believe I almost forgot to talk about Joel’s friend from Illinois coming down to stay with us for a week.  He brought the BEST PRESENT EVER for Noah… Duplo Legos!!  I’ll admit, I’m a little addicted to building with them.  I’m hoping he gets even more so I can build even bigger towers!!  {hint, hint}  😉   Seriously though, there is rarely a day that passes by when Noah doesn’t play with his legos.  He loves playing and building with them!!

Otherwise, this past month has been pretty uneventful.  (After reading all of that, it doesn’t sound too uneventful, huh?)  Noah and I have been hiding out in the house because of the rain, heat, and mosquitoes.  I know it’s just a season, but this feels like a really long one to me.  I keep having to remind myself to get Noah out of the house several times a week just to get him out.  Otherwise, I’d stay inside all the time.  🙂

Well, I’ll wrap this one up for now since I have a ton of pictures to go through.  To be completely transparent, the pictures are the most challenging part about this blog.  I think I might post more often but get discouraged uninterested when I think about all the pictures I have to go through to post on here.  And to make matters worse, I end up editing almost all of them too which is even more time.  Joel’s encouraged me to just post without pictures.  And I have, but little man is so cute and growing up so fast that I want everyone to see just how cute he is!  🙂  Anyway, just thought I’d throw that in.  Enjoy the pics!!

As I’m going through the pictures, I realized that I forgot to mention two more things.  The first one being that Noah is finally smiling for the camera.  If I can capture it in time, he will now smile on cue for pictures.  It’s the cutest thing ever!!  The second is that we’ve reluctantly adopted a cat.  Well, he adopted us, but only because we started feeding him!  He’s a sweetheart and loves Joel.  His name is Bo.  (He showed up after it had rained for an entire week.  So I thought that he was our rainbow.  But Rainbow is not a very manly name for this kitty.  Hence the name Bo.)  He’s absolutely going to be a big cat.  I’ve had to fend off a dumb Siamese cat three times already who thinks that Bo is on his territory.  (They even broke through a couple of our screens on the front porch.)  But since the last fight, I think we might be in the clear for a little while.  Just need to get the guy fixed and then things will definitely calm down.

Ok, now for pictures.  🙂

Sitting up like a big boy on the front porch!

Sitting up like a big boy on the front porch!

I think someone had spaghetti for dinner.  I'm not sure though.  ;)

I think someone had spaghetti for dinner. I’m not sure though. 😉

Eating watermelon like a pro!!

Eating watermelon like a pro!!

Noah woke up with some seriously bad hair one day after a nap.  Ha!

Noah woke up with some seriously bad hair one day after a nap. Ha!

Eating a rice cream bar for dessert.  Loved it!!

Eating a rice cream bar for dessert. Loved it!!

Almond pudding cup for dessert... priceless!!

Almond pudding cup for dessert… priceless!!

The boy has finally decided to enjoy bananas!!  I can hardly get through the store with them in the cart!

The boy has finally decided to enjoy bananas!! I can hardly get through the store with them in the cart!

Silly daddy dress-up day!!

Silly daddy dress-up day!!

Just chillin' with Uncle Jim.

Just chillin’ with Uncle Jim.

Enjoying the outdoors with Uncle Jim and Daddy.

Enjoying the outdoors with Uncle Jim and Daddy.

Showing off!!  My veggie kabobs that I made.

Showing off!! My veggie kabobs that I made.

Hanging out at the park one day.

Hanging out at the park one day.

Helping Mommy make pancakes.

Helping Mommy make pancakes.

A visit with Great Papa! :)

A visit with Great Papa! 🙂

Loving the water at Tallulah Falls.

Loving the water at Tallulah Falls.

Riding around with Lucy Jo at Tallulah Falls.

Riding around with Lucy Jo at Tallulah Falls.

Noah and Bibi sharing a picnic at Tallulah Falls.

Noah and Bibi sharing a picnic at Tallulah Falls.

Bandana!!  Such a sweetie!

Bandana!! Such a sweetie!

Watching our new friend, Bo.

Watching our new friend, Bo.

Spying on Bo again from the window.

Spying on Bo again from the window.

Sweet sweet kitty.

Sweet sweet kitty.

At Dry Falls near Highlands, NC.

At Dry Falls near Highlands, NC.

Dry Falls

Dry Falls

Dry Falls

Dry Falls

Enjoying the coloring project at the library with Jubilee.

Enjoying the coloring project at the library with Jubilee.

Mommy!!!  Help me!!!!  (These girls love Noah D. too much sometimes!)  :)

Mommy!!! Help me!!!! (These girls love Noah D. just a little too much sometimes!) 🙂

Having fun on the sit-n-spin at the library.  Wheeeeee!

Having fun on the sit-n-spin at the library. Wheeeeee!

Having a blast on the see-saw!!

Having a blast on the see-saw!!

See-saw with Mercy at the library.

See-saw with Mercy at the library.

Walking the Sam Shortline Trail in Tallulah Falls.

Walking the Sam Shortline Trail in Tallulah Falls.

Absolutely LOVE to read books with my daddy!!

Absolutely LOVE to read books with my daddy!!

An afternoon at Bibi's pool.

An afternoon at Bibi’s pool.

Selfie at Bibi's pool.

Selfie at Bibi’s pool.

Just sheer happiness!!

Just sheer happiness!!

Wearing Daddy's shirt... and loving it!

Wearing Daddy’s shirt… and loving it!

Checking out the koi pond in Clarkesville.

Checking out the koi pond in Clarkesville.

Helping Mommy plant herbs.

Helping Mommy plant herbs.

At Henderson Falls with a bunch of kiddos.

At Henderson Falls with a bunch of kiddos.

Having fun eating a peanut butter burrito.

Having fun eating a peanut butter burrito.

Noah making his silly face.  Another new funny thing he does.

Noah making his silly face. Another new funny thing he does these days.

Finally learned to smile for the camera.  Cheese!

Finally learned to smile for the camera. Cheese!

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