Genevieve Gets Stitches

May 5th – The day Genevieve falls at daycare and needs stitches.

Poor Genevieve!  She just cant seem to win for losing lately!  She has been fighting ear infections and strep for months and she just had tube surgery last month – and now she falls and needs stitches!

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Genevieve’s daycare provider called me and told me that Genevieve had tripped on her own feet and fell at daycare.  She hit the ONLY wooden chair in the building with her head!  They said she was in the office, but the bleeding wouldnt stop and that they thought it needed stitches!

I called the pediatrician right away.  I didnt know if we should take Genevieve into the doctor’s office or take her to the ER.  They told us to bring her in and that they could see her in 15 minutes.  I called Michael and told him to pick up Genevieve right away and take her to the doctor’s office after I explained what happened.  Then I told my staff I had to leave and I rushed out of town (I work 30 minutes from where her pediatrician and her daycare are, but Michael works in that town).  I just couldn’t stand not to be there with her!  Oh!

When I got the the doctor’s office, the nurses led me back to the examination room where Michael and Genevieve were waiting.  Michael said that they had already seen the doctor and that they were waiting on the doctor and a nurse to come back with the suture kits.

Her clothes were soaked in blood and the wound was still oozing, but Michael had her laughing a little bit and was trying to keep her distracted.  Everytime she stopped for a minute she got upset about her “boo boo.”

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The doctor used dissolvable stitches and he said he didnt think the wound would scar.  I was afraid that I was going to have to hold her while they stitched up the wound, but they strapped her into a backboard device that pinned her and her arms down.  I am glad I didnt have to hold her, because I dont think I could have held her still, but I was hard to watch them stitch her up and listen to her cry and scream “mama” over and over and not hold her and comfort her.  Because there was two nurses and the doctor there for the procedure, I couldnt even get close to her.  The best I could do was weave my hand through the bodies and rub the few exposed inches of her elbow with my finger.

The doctor said she did very well and Michael said that he was proud of his daughter’s “grit.” Let me tell you, I was not very happy with that statement!  My 1 year old does not need “grit!”

The result – 2 stitches in her forehead.

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For the most part, Genevieve was fine after the procedure.  She drank some milk and cuddled with us for a few minutes.  I took her home and when I got there I put some Tylenol in her milk.

When she is upset about her injury, sees her forehead, or accidentally touches her stitches she says”boo boo, head.” It distresses her.

Update 1: Two days after getting her stitches, Genevieve woke up at 2 am with a 101 fever and in a puddle of vomit.  It was all over her.  It was all over her face.  It was in her hair.  Evidently she picked up a stomach bug when she was at the doctor’s office getting stitches.  Really?! Geeze!  I got in a cool bath with her and we sponged off as much of the vomit as we could.  We couldnt really wash her face or hair due to the stitches.  Poor baby had to smell slightly like vomit for the next few days, as she got well, since we couldnt scrub her as thoroughly as we would have liked – the stitches aren’t supposed to get wet.

Update 2: As of May 21st, the last remnants of the stitches came out last night.  Her forehead is very red where the stitches were, but we are treating it with Neosporin.  Now that the stitches are completely gone, we can resume full baths.

 

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Genevieve’s first sentence…


Genevieve spoke her first sentence today, & I feel like it’s very telling of how her personality is going to continue to develop. I tried to push her lawn mower and she said, “No! I do that.” #blog #firstsentence #milestones #babymilestones #18monthsold #firstwords #independentwoman

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Practicing our fine motor skills before we eat our breakfast of eggs and grits.

Practicing our fine motor skills before we eat our breakfast of eggs and grits. #blog | February 28, 2016 at 12:16PM
Practicing our fine motor skills before we eat our breakfast of eggs, bacon, and grits. The Cracker Barrel peg game is a great tool for a toddler to practice fine motor skills by inserting the pegs into the holes. You can also take the time to practice color recognition using the different color pegs.

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Genevieve’s First Play-date

Genevieve has played with other kids before and has, on several occasions, been brought along with us to see friends who happen to have kids her age.  A couple of weeks ago,though, Genevieve got to experience her first official play-date. It was her first invitation on her own behalf and not as a tag along guest. That isnt to say that us moms arent great friends and didnt have a great time visiting ourselves, but it sure was fun for her to have her very own social engagement. I was so excited to get that text that said, “Does Genevieve want to come over and play with Ivy?”

The girls didnt actually play together much, but I know they had fun being together.  They had a great snack time! It was so adorable – it reminded me of a little tea party!

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Packing a lunch for daycare

We have recently been having problems with daycare over Gevevieve’s diet.  I will go into that situation in another blog, but here I wanted to show off her new lunch box and explain what I sent today.
I have been looking for lunch solutions for Genevieve for the last couple of weeks because we are starting to feed her more table food.  The problem I found is that most lunch containers are designed for large portions and dont really work well for toddler meals. I also needed a way to transport her food to daycare and ensure that it stays cold and contained.
Solution:
Sistema Plastic Containers and Rubbermaid LunchBox containers.   I found the Sistema containers at At Home, TJ Maxx, and Bed, Bath and Beyond.  I have purchased the Small Split, and a few other small sizes.  I found the Rubbermaid containers at Kroger (and I saved on them using a Kroger coupon and and Ibotta Coupon). I purchased the LunchBox for Kids and a couple of the Snack containers.
Her new lunch bag is from Pack It and I purchased it at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, although I did see some other styles/colors at TJ Maxx after I bought it.  I chose the Freezable Carryall, because I liked that it was long vs tall, so I thought it would work well for more carried sized container.  We have the print “ziggy.”  This bag is super cool because you dont have to use ice or ice packs, because its designed with liquid inside the bag (you freeze the whole bag!).  It is supposed to stay cold for 10 hours!
I know that her bag needed her name on it, but I didnt want to ruin the bag with sharpie and my desire to get her a embroidered lunch bag was out the window because the Pack It lunch bag linings are full of liquid. So I wrote her name on the back of some ribbon and used fabric glue to make a loose band around the strap.
Whats Inside:
We are required to provide food that meets all the crazy requirements of the USDA School Nutrition Program (which is horrible, but I wont go into that here).  Genevieve hardly eats anything, so most of this will probably come back home, but they cant say that I didnt send it!  And this bag holds a TON of stuff!
  • Shredded Smoked Chicken and stir fried carrots
  • Cherries (pitted of course) and a kiwi
  • Puffed Rice
  • Celery Sticks
  • Raisins
  • 1 Plum Organics baby food pouch
  • 1 toddler spoon
  • A stick of cheese
  • Her diaper bag also included three 6oz servings of Hipp formula (toddler and infant mixed 1/2 and 1/2).