Mysterious Hives

First an update; my sons cough still exists, and not quite getting better.  And in terms of asthma, don't want to jinx anything, so I will leave it with a mention.

So we spent our Saturday visiting the few close family we have, and our son had a good time seeing different faces, and playing with everyone.  Then Sunday, we spent it at home.  It was that dreaded time that comes around way to often; the time to do some serious cleaning.  I probably spent most of my day in the kitchen sorting and scrubbing through everything, and my little boy helped me along the way.

The day flew by since it was a busy productive day, and it was just about bed time when my son came in my arms in the living room as I was sitting on our sofa.  He settled in my arms, and fell asleep.  Only for me to look up and then down to see hives all around both his eyes.  I panicked, and woke him up, called for my husband.  A million things went through my mind, I woke him up because it isn't common for my little guy to just fall asleep in my arms so I even thought he passed a bad way. :(  He barely falls asleep in my arms like that, not so much since I stopped nursing him to sleep a long time ago.  But he was fine, just strange hives all over causing both his eyes to look so much smaller, so scary!  I gave him Benadryl right away, and told him I loved him as I apologized for waking him up.  He responds with a tighter hug, and tells me he loves me too.  Just touched my heart with his sweetness.  Glad that he wasn't feeling too bothered by it.

I held him in my arms a little while longer as he dozed right back to sleep, and the hives fortunately although slowly, disappeared. The ironically well-known mysterious hives.  Most times don't know what caused it, but it comes at the most unexpected and always unwanted times.  It is of course never wanted.  The good thing is it goes away, but sadly it comes around.  It could be something he touched, something he ate,'s mysterious!  And so just another element of dealing with food allergies.  So relieved that it wasn't anything worse, and confused by the mysterious hives as always.

But the latest, right now, he is asleep dreaming sweet dreams, as he laughs in his sleep. :D

And now I'm off to dream with him! Zzzz...
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I'm Sure You're Not Alone!

The truth is life is not perfect.  And all moments aren't always so great.  For example my little boy has been coughing for the last two days.  Well, so what's the big deal, he just has a cold?!  It could easily just be a cold, but he has never just had a cold. :( Every time that he has gotten a runny nose, or cough it has always ended up with his asthma symptoms coming around and eventually ending up in the ER.  It never fails, and so I'm at a loss of sleep with my little boy in my arms, hearing him breathe for the past few hours.  Hoping to not hear or see his little chest pulling.  Another sad thing my little boy has to deal with, and my husband and I don't have asthma so it's all new to us too, just like his food allergies.  I just feel helpless, just to remember back to when he was able to even crawl/wobble, he would bring me his asthma mask when he didn't feel too well.  He knew he needed his nebulizer and at a very young age always knew and was right about his asthma symptoms coming around.

So I'm just venting away.  I am upset that my son has food allergies, and asthma.  I'm upset that as much as I try, he isn't able to really lead a normal childhood.  I feel helpless and want to take all of it from him if I can.  I grew up having none of these issues, I just feel bad.  Even with the facts, I wonder what caused him to have these issues.  I often blamed myself, wondered if it was my diet during pregnancy.  I'm past being upset and confused.  I am where I make every effort to make sure he isn't left out, and doesn't ever feel different in a negative way.  But there you have it, the not so secretive truth, I'm not happy that my son has food allergies or asthma.  I always find the positive in it all, but really yeah I'm upset.  I know how the world without any food allergies or asthma sees us, and I know unless you are in the same situation you can't really understand.  I don't expect anyone to understand or accommodate anymore.  But I still do feel sad with how the closest family members, and friends don't get it, and don't make an effort.  But this is my life, our life, and we are like every other average family.

As parents we try our best to give our children the best and most of us have our own issues to deal with.  Whether its food allergies, asthma, your kids throwing a tantrum, your kids not going to sleep at night, or your kids aren't learning as they should.  Whatever we might be dealing with...  We are stressed at times, but hide it with a smile.  We are discouraged at times, but give everyone else encouragement.

I certainly always focus on the positives, but once in a while, it's good to just voice it out, and be heard.  Whatever it might be, what's bothering you?  What do you want to just vent out about?  Feel free to comment anonymously, but one thing I promise you will be heard.  And remember it only takes one person to share, to find that you're not alone!  Click on the tab "Be Heard" anytime for support with any issues big or small.  Sure you got family and friends but sometimes they don't get it or you don't really want to tell anyone, so come on don't be shy and let it out, don't be all stressed by dealing with it by yourself! Because you're not alone!  ;) 


PARTY CITY - Cars Ultimate Party Kit - My Son's 3rd Birthday

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Party City. All opinions are 100% mine.
We finally celebrated my sons third birthday.  It is the most darling age, because it’s the first year that he has anticipated his birthday party and talked about it everyday for almost a month.  So we knew we had to make it memorable, and fun for him.  Lucky for us we had Party City to help us do so.  We decided on the Disney Cars Party theme, and used the amazing Cars Party Supplies Ultimate Party Kit.  The Ultimate Cars theme party kit included everything needed for my son’s birthday party, here’s the long list :) : 
  • 16 Cars Lunch Plates  
  • 16 Cars Lunch Napkins
  • 16 Cars Paper Cups
  • 2 Plastic Table Covers 54 x 102
  • 16 Plastic Red Forks
  • 16 Red Spoons
  • 16 Red Knives
  • 16 Cars Invitations
  • 16 Cars Treat Sacks
  • 16 Cars Blowouts
  • 1 Cars Jointed Banner
  • 20 Royal Blue Balloons
  • 1 Royal Blue Curling Ribbon 66ft
  • 1 Buttercup Yellow Cream Streamer 81ft
  • 1 Holiday Red Crepe Streamer 81ft
  • 2 Cars Centerpieces
  • 16 3D Glasses
  • 24 Assorted Candy Stripe Birthday Candles 
  • 1 Cars Pinata
  • 1 Pinata Bat
  • 1 Pinata Blindfold
  • 1 Pinata Filler
Planning for a birthday party or any other party can be hectic sometimes, but Party City supplies, specially the party kits will save you lots of time and stress.  It’s a one stop shop for all your party supply needs.  You can always add-on more to the kit if you want to, like I did, I bought these cupcake trays from the Party City near me.  Having a cake or cupcakes in the same theme as the party theme, is always fun.  I have been going physically to the stores for the past few years for party supplies I needed but I have never been so well prepared before.  For example, this ultimate kit includes a pinata bat, we have never bought a pinata bat before usually used a random object, but it is so much more fun with a pinata bat!  My little baseball player swung the bat a few times and opened the pinata all on his own.  It also includes the pinata filler which saves an extra visit to the store.  Where else can you order a kit that literally includes everything you need, even invitations for the party?!  The fun 3d glasses that went with the napkins, table covers, and banner were a hit with everyone.  With everything that’s included in the ultimate kit, the price is unbeatable!  Of course, you can choose the items you want one by one too, and different party kits are available too.  Please note that party kits are only available online as noted on the website, although you can easily find all that you need from Party City locations near you.
If you have a hard time deciding on the theme or just need suggestions, they have party idea pages, click here for Girls Birthday Party Ideas and if you’re like us and have a little boy, you can find great info here Boys Birthday Party Ideas.  His birthday was definitely memorable and having the great fun theme helped!  He helped me set up the decorations and table before the guests arrived as you can see in the photo on the left.  We played water balloon toss and the water balloon colors matched the Cars theme as well to add to the fun, and fun sports like volleyball.  I suggest shopping at Party City, specially the kits, it will give you more time to worry about the other things at the party.  I had more time to make food allergy friendly cupcakes for my son’s birthday, that everyone loved.  And remember to have fun, include games that involve everyone like we did.  With this fun Cars Ultimate Party Kit, every direction you looked there was color, fun for kids and fun for us.  I couldn’t be happier with everything this great party kit supplied us with.  Parties are fun, but nothing beats having a great theme to go with it, so don’t forget to go to Party City or the website by clicking here Party City for your next fun party!

*I received items for the purpose of review, all opinions are my own. :)