Momma: ONE, Hand-Foot-Mouth Virus: ZERO

October 16th, 2014

Well, to date, this has been the worst illness yet! Sunday night, I noticed that Turner was feeling a bit warm. I gave him some Tylenol before bed and he slept like a champ. Monday morning, he woke up at 5:30am talking to himself, “HI! HI! HI!”. I went to get him and noticed that he had a few red spots around his mouth. I didn’t worry too much because he gets those from time to time no doubt from the globs of peanut butter that he shoves in his face.

As the day went on, I noticed MORE blisters and spots on his mouth, hands, and bottom. Could it be…. Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Virus?! Sure enough, by nighttime, he was covered.


His bottom was actually the worst part! I’ll spare you the rest of my gory photos. But I WILL tell you the steps I took to help soothe my poor baby’s discomfort. I’m not quite sure what helped, but in order to feel in control of an out-of-control-situation, I had to do something.

I gave him an Aveeno Oatmeal Bath every morning and night.

I also kept his diaper off as much as possible. I actually used disposable diapers instead of his cloth diapers because they seemed to be a little looser. The nurse told me to keep the blisters as dry as possible. Therefore, we spent a lot of time playing outside, naked. Well, Turner was naked. I kept my clothes on for fear of my neighbors calling the cops.

He wasn’t eating, so I did lots of smoothies and Frozen Yogurt. The Fro-Yo definitely worked. I also mixed 2.5mL of Benadryl with 2.5 mL of Mylanta. I mixed them together and gave it to him in a syringe. The Benadryl decreases inflammation and the Mylanta helps coat the throat. That’s what my doctor recommended. I’m definitely not a doctor, so don’t take my word for it! I just gave him a dose of that before bed.

He slept okay at night. He would just cry every so often but wouldn’t actually wake up. His naps were non-existent the past 3 days, which resulted in my having a mental breakdown yesterday around 12:30pm when I realized that would be the longest afternoon of my life. Turner grabbed my face and willed me out of my misery.

Today, while he’s still grumpy and covered in blisters, he seems better. He slept until 8am and took an hour long nap. He actually ate breakfast and drank his water which was a major improvement.


I realize I’m not out of the woods yet. But I also realize that this virus can’t take me! Not today hand-foot-mouth virus, not today.

The Pumpkin Patch

October 5th, 2014

Boone Hall is the local farm right by our house. They grow lots of different fruits and veggies, and we always go to pick whatever is in season. Of course, October is pumpkin time! I’ve been going to this pumpkin patch for probably 10 years. In faaaaact, here is a picture of me and my college roommates searching for the great pumpkin!

And here is a picture at the same pumpkin patch when I was extremely pregnant!

And this one is from last Halloween.

Ok, I’ve made my point. Back to the present. This visit was great, because Turner actually knew what was going on. He had SO much fun! He loved running around and touching all of the pumpkins.


Well, actually, it was a little more difficult than last year, when I plopped him in the middle of a few pumpkins and took a bunch of pictures. This year it was more like, Stew chased him around while I searched for the perfect pumpkins and loaded them into the vacant stroller. Other parents admired my genius.

Boone Hall does such a great job with their pumpkin patch! I am a picture fanatic, so we took advantage of all of the different photo ops!




We came home and put Turner down for his nap. I decorated the porch with my new treasures while Stew did some work in the yard.

Have I mentioned that I love fall!?

It’s Beginning to Look Like Halloween

October 3rd, 2014

I can’t believe it’s October! Time is flying. I’m still debating on a Halloween costume for Turner. I’m between ideas. But now that I have less than a month, I better get on it!

In the meantime, we’re starting to celebrate the season. We have our fall candles out and our pumpkin and apple treats baked. We even went to the library to get some Halloween books! This weekend we’ll decorate the house, get some mums, and go pick pumpkins!

Gigi was in the spirit too. She came over to babysit and brought Turner a few festive goodies!

He was super excited to get his very own pumpkin which Ellie ate approximately 37 minutes later.

She also brought some books and clothes for when the weather starts to cool down!

I’m so excited for fall and the holiday season! Every year gets better and better. The best is yet to come!

Jeni’s Ice Cream

September 28th, 2014

Stew and I went out for Dinner Friday night. It’s been a while since we’ve been out together, so we did it up! We went downtown and started the night at Proof for a martini for me and bourbon for him.

After a drink, we walked down the street to Union Provisions. This restaurant is pretty new. I loved the location, right on King Street! It has these giant windows, so there is some great people watching to be had. The food was delicious too! They have small plates, so we ordered a few and shared.

And for the main event, we ended the night with Jeni’s ice cream!!!


First of all, if you’re feeling bad about yourself, go and see Ryan. He will make you feel like a movie star! He gave us a ton of samples! AND, he told me I was “very pretty”. I’m almost positive he’s not into girls, but I’ll take it!

I went for a mix of chocolate peanut butter and coffee ice cream with a drizzle of hot fudge. YUM!

Such a fun night and much needed! Charleston has the best food and is one of my favorite places ever! I’m so glad I live here.

Superhero Madness

September 25th, 2014

My bestest friend just happens to be obsessed with all things comic books! I’ll be honest, I don’t know a darn thing about them. But I’m willing to learn. He actually made Turner the cutest 16×20 superhero collage (sold HERE) mounted on canvas AND a garbage can. He hand picks the comic books, cuts out each superhero, and mounts them on the canvas or garbage can to make a collage! When I saw them I was amazed!





Since then, he’s made a bunch and has sold them at a local market by his house. I just thought they were too cool not to share. So, here I am sharing! Today, he opened an Etsy Shop where he has listed a few of his recent projects. He will even do custom orders. This one is for all of your superhero lovers out there!

Fall is Here!

September 24th, 2014

It seems like we went from summer to fall overnight. I love the warm weather, but this is my favorite time of year! I love the cozy clothes and food. I’ve been eating pumpkin everything the past few days. I even made a few different soups this week!

Turner loves it too. It’s nice and cool in the mornings, but it warms up to the 80s in the afternoon. He wants to go outside every chance he can get, “SIDE SIDE”.

I was even able to bust out some new fall clothes I got him!

I love this age. We’ve gotten into a nice little routine. In the mornings, we go to the gym and Turner plays in the little daycare there. He LOVES going to the gym. When we get home, we have lunch and then Turner takes his nap. He’s transitioned to one nap a day. It was a slow process. He could probably still nap twice a day. He’s now able to stay awake until about 12 and naps till about 2. That’s my chunk of time to get A TON of work done. After nap, we either go for a walk or play outside or in the office while I get some more work done.

Stew gets home around 5 or 6. Then it’s dinner, a walk, and bath-time. Turner loves to read stories before bed. He goes straight to his rocking chair after his bath for a little reading and snuggling. Stew and I have alternated the rocking and reading part since he was born. I love it because it has helped Turner go to sleep without always needing Mama!

I can’t get enough snuggles and kisses with Turner. He just gets better with age! I definitely have my times where I need a break, but I love spending my days with this little guy!

Pumpkin Spice “Donut Holes”

September 20th, 2014

Usually, by the time August comes around, I’m completely over summer and already pulling out my fall decorations. This year has been a little different. I haven’t been in a rush for “what’s next” like I usually am. I’m definitely in love with the stage Turner is in right now. He’s hilarious and non-stop, so I’m not trying to wish anything away! I actually wish time could stand still.

Last night seemed to be the turning point for me. I spent the night at Starbucks while Stew hosted a poker game with his friends, and I was enjoying the cooler weather that seemed to just appear out of nowhere! I sipped on my Salted Caramel Mocha and played around on Pinterest. Everything I came across was hinting towards cooler weather: dark nail polish, chunky sweaters, and pumpkin everything! It definitely got me into the fall spirit!

This morning, we had a slow start to the day which allowed me time to bake a little fall treat. I love everything apple and pumpkin-spice! So I made a healthier version of pumpkin spice donut holes. I swapped out the flours and baked them instead of frying. They were absolutely delicious! I had to take a second to share them with you!


Pumpkin Spice "Donut Holes"
A healthy spin on pumpkin-spice donuts!
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup coconut flour
  3. 3/4 cup almond meal
  4. 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  6. 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  7. 1/8 tsp ground clove
  8. 2 tsp baking powder
  9. 1/2 tsp salt
  10. 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  11. 1/2 cup milk
  12. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  13. 1 egg
  14. 2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  15. 1/3 cup coconut oil (warmed to liquid)
  16. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  17. Cinnamon Sugar (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Lightly coat a mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a standing mixer, combine flours, spices, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, milk, brown sugar, egg, applesauce, oil and vanilla.
  4. With the mixer on low, pour in the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  5. Use a small ice cream scoop to place batter evenly in muffin tray.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Remove from oven and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  8. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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Labor Day at the Beach

September 1st, 2014

I LOVE Labor Day! I definitely don’t want to see summer go, but I’m starting to look forward to fall. Every year, around this time, I get SUPER excited for all things fall… cool nights, apple cider, apple picking, leggings and boots, and comfort food! It’s even more exciting since Turner’s been born. It means time to think of Halloween costumes and plan his birthday party! But, before we wish this summer away, we will continue to enjoy it while we can.

I had to go out to Dewees Island on Friday and Saturday to check some renters in, so we didn’t get much family time. But we DID celebrate yesterday. We went to church in the morning, then came home for nap time, then hit the beach! Surprisingly there was NO traffic! I was hesitant to go to the beach for fear of spending more time in the car than on the beach. Not the case!


Turner’s favorite part was throwing wet sand all over the place. He was cracking himself up! I’ll take that over him eating it like last summer!


I love holidays with our little munchkin. He makes them so much more exciting! He definitely helps me live in the moment and not wish time away! Happy Labor Day!

Weekend Fun

August 18th, 2014

Turner is finally starting to feel better after a week of snot sucking and crap naps. Stew is battling a sore throat, undoubtedly from Turner licking his fingers and shoving them in Stew’s mouth. And I am working my hardest to avoid getting whatever they have! We did, however, manage to enjoy our weekend despite the sniffly noses!

Friday night, Stew and I had our new members class at church. My mom came to babysit so we could turn it into a little date night. So we went downtown to Taco Boy for an early dinner. The class was actually a lot of fun. I love our pastor. It was nice getting to know him on a personal level. He’s amazing!

Saturday morning we had part two of our class. We finished up around lunchtime and came home to put Turner down for his nap. After nap time, we hit the beach. It was a quick, but much needed, trip. We haven’t been to the beach at all this summer! It’s really a crime when we live 5 minutes away. So, now that it’s almost September, we vowed to come to the beach every week, even if it’s for a quick jump in the ocean!




We had a blast at the beach. Turner LOVES going in the ocean. It was hard to get him out. He was not a happy camper when we left.

After we cleaned up and put Turner to bed, we had some friends over and just hung out. It was perfect. So relaxing and just what we needed. The wine didn’t hurt either.

Sunday morning, we went to church as usual. Then we actually met another couple we adore for brunch! Turner was so good. I was surprised because we were pushing into his nap time. But, honestly, when there’s food involved, Turner would do just about anything.

That night, we had Sunday Dinner at my mom’s. That’s always awesome. Turner loves going to Gigi and Paw Paw’s house. As soon as we pulled in, we were greeted by one of the ducks. Turner was so excited and started chasing him around.


We had quite a social weekend. Usually I like to spend the majority of my weekend in pajamas on the couch. Maybe it’s the “end of summer” threatening us, so we decided to live it up. Either way, it was great! I hope you’re enjoying your last days of summer too!

Sick Day

August 12th, 2014

One of my best friends just pointed out that I’ve been MIA in social media lately! I’ve just been so busy and haven’t really had anything that exciting to write about! Luckily, Turner just puked all over the kitchen floor, which at least gives me something to write about!

We had our morning as usual. We started with our daily snuggle in bed with milk and coffee. Then, We came downstairs a little earlier than usual. I had to be at the gym by 8:15 to co-teach a cross-fit class with one of the trainers. He wanted to throw a little yoga into his mix. Awesome! Then I had a yoga class to teach at 9:15. Then a lunch meeting on Dewees Island.

I was at the stove around 7:30, cooking our eggs, when Turner threw up everywhere! I thought maybe he just choked on his water. Nope! It just kept coming. Poor little guy. His face was priceless. It was like he had no idea what just happened. I immediately stripped him down and cleaned up the kitchen. Then all he wanted to do was lay on me. Fine by me!

After a little while, we went into the living room to watch music videos (Turner’s favorite) and snuggle on the floor.

He got up to walk around and then round two. Luckily, I had a giant bowl ready and waiting. The awesome thing about Turner is that he’s SO happy! I don’t know anyone who can laugh and smile between throw ups! Just this guy…

Let’s hope this passes quickly! I hate when he’s sick. Luckily my mom is coming over around 11 to watch him while I go to Dewees. He loves his Gigi. She’s the only one I feel ok leaving my sick baby with! Hope your Tuesday is off to a better start than ours!