First of all, I'm sick. Yes, that's important to know! Because Elijah has been a little grouchy today, but probably mostly bored, and I just do not have the energy to be sing-song all the time. So he was getting fussy, and it occurred to me to try giving him some formula. Then, all at once, formula seemed like this wonderful, beautiful thing, and while I made up a bottle I had these rosy ideas of weaning him off of nursing, switching over to formula within a week, and then taking a course or two for photography this semester after all. Or maybe going to see a movie. Or go to the temple! Ahhh beautiful ideas.
He took the bottle pretty well, chewing rather than sucking the nipple, but i figured, "Hey, you've got all week to figure this out. No big deal." (the tired side of me speaking, as if I could realistically take courses this fall! Ha.) Chewing the nipple caused 1/2 of what he got out to smear all over his face and neck, and then after an ounce, he was done. As in, he screeched his disapproval, turned his head away, and grabbed a toy instead.
After a teeny bit more fussing, I popped him his soother and while doing so noticed his face was red around his mouth. At first I thought that maybe all the moisture on his face had irritated the skin, but then I noticed a little bump, and then another, and another, and I knew it was hives.
Commence undressing him and scanning his entire body for other signals of an allergic reaction, but none are really to be found.
Matthew came home in the middle of all of this, and Eli instantly cheered up (always his way when Matt's around) so I'm positive it wasn't causing him any discomfort. The hives really just appeared wherever the formula had touched his skin, including a line where it had dribbled down his neck.
I didn't think until they were almost all faded to try to get a photo (as proof, or reference, you know?) but here's what we got:
|You can kindof see the line here, just before his ear, going back to just where his hair begins to level out after dipping down.|
|Same as above, but you can see more redness in this one. And yes, this is an upside-down photo...it was the only way to get Elijah to stay still enough for the camera to focus! And even then it did a bad job focusing.|
I've become pretty good at not taking the results I find too seriously, especially after googling spina bifida occulta and worrying about Eli having incontinence issues for his whole life, only to find out that his form is too mild to worry about such things. Why borrow trouble, right?
And just to make you laugh, here is a video detailing exactly what it was like to be me when I was pregnant and had any concern that I tried to google (sorry, I can't embed this one so it appears on my blog directly.)
Anyway, I just talked to someone and I think Merry is going to have a home! YAYness! And it's with someone I know, or someone known by someone I know, so I'm pleased. AND they take good care of their pets. I can't tell you how relieved I am (as Merry howls in the background because she's in heat...again. And yes, she only spent 9 days out of heat in between heat cycles this time...sometimes I wish I could be that fertile! HA)
I should wrap this up now so Matthew and I can watch our movie. It's my night to pick (because I'm sad and sick) so I picked Mamma Mia. Hurray!