Monday, June 7, 2010

Where’s Waldo…AKA…The Kueters?

Sometimes it’s frightening how fast a week can pass!  Last week flew by due to a few unfortunate circumstances that have kept us on our toes. 

After posting about our Memorial Day on June 1, I had an OB appointment on the 2nd.  This involved both a regular bi-weekly appointment as well as a sonogram.  Because of several high-risk factors including age, that quirky blood-work early on showing increased risk for Trisomy 21, and now, gestational diabetes, I get to see our little man on sono every 2-weeks.  I’m not complaining! 

Seems we’ve got a big boy in there…he measured about 4.3 lbs., around the 65th% and a full pound heavier than other babies his gestational age.  Due to some high blood sugars, I am lucky enough to get to return to the OB tomorrow to review my numbers, discuss diet, and possibly begin medication.  Ugh!

On Thursday, June 3, we were invited to a play date at Antioch Park in our metro-area by a member of the new MOPS group that I joined.  We were able to make it, but I forgot my camera!  They had the cutest kid-size pioneer town constructed on the property.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get to stay long as Mary Catherine developed an acute case of this


….ugh!  It lasted about two days.  Nobody else in the household got sick.   Hmmmm…

Then we received the bad news about this


(Image from National Geographic)

…tar balls and globs of rust colored oil washing up on Alabama’s Gulf coast.  While we were preparing ourselves for a last minute change of vacation plans, we are still deeply saddened for the loss of wildlife, marine life,and economic devastation affecting the people of the entire Gulf Coast Region.

Instead of the white sand beaches of Gulf Shores, AL we will be vacationing here

myrtle beach condo1

…we’re not complaining!  We just feel fortunate that we were able to book a condo on the beach at all! 

I had been monitoring rentals for the past week, and the minute CNN reported that tar and oil was reaching the Panhandle of Florida, availability dropped significantly.  We are getting excited about this change in plans.  I think there is a lot of “touristy” stuff to do in Myrtle Beach which will be fun for the kids.

In the meantime, the same little one that was having stomach issues earlier in the week, woke up on Friday with a “weird” rash on her arm and leg.  I didn’t think much about it until she woke up Saturday morning with the same rash on her face.  I put some Benadryl topical ointment on her face and this is what I woke up to on Sunday


…and truly, this photo doesn’t due her justice!  The rash was also under her chin, creeping up her cheek to her temple and down the back of the ear and neck.  Aaargh!  I decided on Sunday morning that we needed to go see urgent care as this had literally spread overnight from just a few “spots”.

The diagnosis…poison-something or other.  Probably poison ivy, but who knows.  It could be poison oak, sumac, etc.  You would think I would know what that looked like, but you couldn’t be more wrong!  I have never had poison ivy in my life and I traipsed through the neighborhood park with the best of them during my childhood! 

Her legs and arm are healing well, and the urgent care physician said that ordinarily he would not have even treated her, but because her face was such a mess…and spreading…he started her on an oral steroid to speed up healing. 

I think I’ll be Photoshop-ing our vacation pics!

This week also proves to be a busy one, but I hope to post a few times before we depart on our Atlantic sea-faring journey!  Also, I am so excited because I get to meet a blogging friend for lunch this week!  Can’t wait to hook up with Melinda over at Country Dreaming!  I promise not to forget my camera!


  1. Poor Mary Catherine! first a bad stomach and the poison what ever it was! You sure do have some nasty plants over there! Nettles is bad (we have nothing worse over here) but compared to that nettles is "a day in the sunshine". I hope she´ll get rid of this soon!

    I´m so sorry about the oil in the gulf! All these people whos economy is dependent on the sea and tourism. I hope they nail BP as hard as they can!
    Take care now!

  2. Poor Mary Catherine, bless her heart. I hope she gets better completely soon and doesn't get something else :(

    Wow the baby is getting big. He will definitely be a healthy weight :)

    Oh and its so terrible what's happening to our ocean and the animals. Breaks my heart.

  3. Sounds like an interesting few days! Poor Mary Catherine, she seems to be bearing the brunt of everything. I am sure you will have tons of fun on your vacation! Hopefully no other "issues" crop up!

  4. Bless Mary Catherine's heart! Poor baby! I hope she is feeling better now! That has to itch and bother her! I hope your are doing well and all. I can't wait to see all the vacation pictures! I bet yall will have a blast! Enjoy the lunch date!
    Hugs and Blessings,
    Luv ya girl!

  5. Just stumbled over here and had to comment! Reading about your week was exhausting! You have been busy. I'm up in Canada, but the pictures of what is happening to the wildlife and the beaches truly makes my heart ache. I son't know how BP is ever going to make it right...

    Have a great week!

  6. I can't believe he's already over 4lbs! He is going to be here BEFORE WE KNOW IT!!!

    Thanks for always checking in when I do my *rare* update. I swear Val, life is so stinking busy right now! I can't wait to be in our new place and just be SETTLED!

    Hey - how's everything going with baby boy, anyway? Everything still measuring and looking good?

  7. LOVE antioch much fun!
    sorry for your woes.

    hope the rash is gone soon and you can get a calm enjoyable week with no troubles!!

    can't wait to see your vacation pics.
    looks like a beautiful place.

  8. Hi Valerie,

    Sounds like you had a fairly crazy week, but not too much to handle..Good luck with your doctor appt.

    Do you remember asking if I know the name of the flower from this post:

    I finally found the name: Balloon Flowers, if you're interested in planting them. Have a great vacation,

  9. Wow, you sure did have a crazy busy week, didn't you?

    I hope your little one feels better soon!!!

    I can barely stand to watch coverage of what's going on with the beaches and all the wildlife. It's so sad.

  10. oh girl! you have had your share of it! Hope the rest of the vacation goes well


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