Max is allergic to nuts.

One of my biggest fears about having a child was them inheriting all my health issues, eczema (check!), psoriasis (still a possibility), horrible seasonal allergies (also still a possibility), lactose, cat, grass, dust mite allergies. Need I go on? I know what kind of hell it is to have to deal with these things (which is why I’m starting my allergy shots in August) and I didn’t want my child to grow up with the same.

But here we are faced with an allergy foreign even to me, nuts. It all started a couple weeks back when I gave Max a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch. I noticed that wherever the peanut touched he was red and had broken out in hives. Then it clicked. He was having allergic reaction. I gave him benadryl and consulted both my mom and Dr. Google. Both said the same: an allergy to peanut butter will get worse the more you’re exposed to it. So it made total sense that he would break out on this, about the 5th time he’s ever had peanut butter.

So this morning we went to the allergist to confirm what we pretty much already knew. He had the very same patch test done as I did (and he took it like a cowboy, I was truly impressed), and it became quite clear early on that he was indeed allergic to not just peanuts, but all nuts. He had less severe reactions to nuts like pecans and walnuts, but it was still there. Luckily he showed no signs of seasonal allergies or allergies to animals and dust…yet. The doctor said he very well could grow into those.The photo on the left was taken shortly after the test started. The one on the right was about midway through and you can see the reaction getting worse.

I knew what the outcome of the appointment would be, but it still sucks. I’m just so sad for him that he’ll never be able to enjoy these things. I mean, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is every kids favorite! And pecan pie! I love making pecan pie for Thanksgiving dessert! And pistachios, omg pistachios. And a Snickers bar, and rocky road ice cream and Reeses Peanut Butter Cups! All these wonderfully delicious things he’ll never be able to enjoy. I know he won’t know what he’s missing, but it still makes me sad. He’s going to be that kid in class who can’t participate in the birthday cupcakes of a classmate because they “may have been made” in a place where there are nuts.

We were sent home with lots of information on label reading things like that as well as an epipen (that we will hopefully never EVER have to use). I have a lot of reading to do to educate myself on making sure he isn’t exposed to nuts.

I know he’ll grow up just fine not being able to eat nuts, and I know we’ll handle this just fine and live life as normal, but it still sucks.

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Oh, Happy Mother’s Day (yesterday)!

I’m a lucky girl I tell ya.  I’ve got this magical little Monster called Max that made me a mama, and I just feel like I’ve won the World’s Greatest Present of All Time Lottery.   Except for those times when it feels like I haven’t, like when I’m spraying the 4th poop diaper of the day into the toilet.

I’ll bet all moms feel that way.

Thanks to my Mom, Aunts, Grandmothers, and Girlfriends  for being the mothering caretakers that you all are.  Happy Mother’s Day, yesterday.

DIY Redo: Stylaire Kitchen Stool

I picked up this vintage Stylaire kitchen stool at an estate sale a little while back.  I’d been looking for one for a while, because I fondly remember the one my Maw Maw had in her kitchen, and was pleased as punch to find this one for $10.  These suckers go from $50 to $300 on Ebay!When I was thinking about how I wanted to change it up, I really liked the yellow and thought I would keep it yellow.  As for the seat I knew exactly what I wanted.  Fabric Depot (local fabric superstore of awesomeness) has a great selection of oilcloth and there was one in particular that always caught my eye when I was there.  I picked up half a yard during one of their super awesome weekend sales for around $6.  For the yellow, I just went to Home Depot and picked up a bright yellow spray paint in a glossy finish.

In order to paint the yellow parts I had to disassemble it.  For the most part it was easy, with the exception of a couple of stuck screws that required a lot of WD40 and one that Rob had to use a vice grip to get out.  I labeled all the parts as I took them off and taped off the chrome edges.

To paint I had to wait for a dry day, which those have been really hard to come by lately.  There was finally a dry day and I hauled everything out to backyard, laid it out on a plastic sheet and started spraying.  I quickly realized that having the pieces laid directly on the plastic was not a good idea, and I grabbed some glass blocks that were getting thrown out to prop the pieces up.  I was able to give everything a pretty good coating before Max woke up, but they still needed another coat.

Then, it rained.  And rained and rained and rained.  I had to wait two mother lovin’ weeks to get back this thing.  I put on a second coat and finished out the can.

The next step was to recover the seat.Now, I’ve never reupholstered anything before so I wasn’t too sure how I was going to go about doing it.  The padding on the seat back was still in pretty good condition so I left it on there.  I just cut out a piece of oilcloth about two inches larger than the seat back, then wondered how I was going to attach it.  I decided duct tape was the answer.  Glue wouldn’t dry fast enough and wouldn’t give me the option to change positions, so duct tape it was.

The seat back went fairly quickly.  The seat itself, not so much.  The padding was destroyed and needed to be replaced.I got some really thin batting from the craft store and cut it down to size.  Then I cut out the oilcloth and got to taping.

Looks really professional, huh?  I should get paid to do this.

Finally I was done and was able to put it back together.  And since I had labeled all the parts and separated all the screws, it was pretty easy.  Voila!I’m super happy with the way it came out!  It was a fairly easy little project, and I’m sure it would’ve been done a lot faster if the weather would’ve cooperated.

This was my first time spray painting and upholstering anything.  I learned that there is a technique to spray painting and I don’t yet know what that is.  Before I use spray paint again I’m going to do some research on how to avoid things like drips.  As for the upholstering, I’m not sure I really had any other choice than to duct tape this.  My next upholstering project will be done by the book, whatever that book is.

Also, there’s a problem with the chrome, it’s spotted with stuff.  I don’t know what it is, and I’ve tried everything from regular household cleaner to Goo-Gone to baby oil to vinegar to get it off.  Anyone have any magic tricks to clean chrome?  Let me know please:)

Crafty Times: The Perfectly, Imperfect Quilt

I made a quilt! My first attempt at quilting, ever! I’ve always been interested in it but I always thought it was just way too hard to do. What did I know? I’d never even tried it.

Years ago for Christmas my mom bought me a quilting book for beginners and the fabric to make a quilt. I read the book multiple times but never actually did anything. With Max turning one I wanted to do something special for him and I decided to make a quilt.

I knew I wanted to use some of the fabric I got to use on the bunting I made for his birthday and I wanted it to be the main fabric. When I went to get more fabric I brought a swatch and worked off of that. I chose a green I used in Cameron’s pillow cases and picked a brown, a blue, and a patterned brown with colors. Now, when it comes to design I have a big problem and that is going overboard with color and patterns and a couple of the cardinal rules of quilting according to my book: I chose more than one big print and I mixed stretchy cotton and not stretchy cotton(I’m using technical terminology here). Oh well. I don’t care because I’m just pleased as punch with the end result!

I wanted to do a little something fun with the back instead of just the main fabric. So I made this up all on my own! I’m sure no one’s ever done this before…

Here are the top 5 quilt-y things I learned:

1) Don’t mix stretchy and not stretchy. I did and it bit me in the ass. there are some clearly warped parts, not too bad, but definitely noticeable.

2) Accurate cuts are very important. Duh. No explanation needed.

3) Buy a 1/4 inch quilting foot for your machine. I still haven’t but I’m definitely going to before my next project. I did put a piece of painter’s tape on my machine to mark a 1/4 inch so I would have accurate seams.

4) I hate binding. The pattern I chose had a pretty narrow binding and I think (I hope) that’s why it was so difficult.

5) Quilting is super duper crazy easy. There are a lot of steps, and I think that’s what scared me the most about it, but holy crackers you guys. If I can do it, anyone can do it.

Binding, blech.

I wanted to take it outside and hang it on the clothesline to photograph, but you know we live in Oregon so that was out of the question.

Now I need to decide whether or not I give it to Max now or on his birthday. You know, because he’ll care so much. I’ll probably give it to him on his birthday. Wrap it up nice so he can destroy it. Really it would just be for photos. Whatever, he’ll love it. I’ll tuck him with it at night and he’ll crawl on top of it to sleep. And when he’s older it’ll be the blanket he brings to the grandparent’s house to stay over, and he’ll drag it through the mud and run it over with his bicycle, and it’ll be the final piece to the most amazing fort ever built.