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Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.

Wednesday, March 25

Bee hives

Three years ago, Korri had hives. We never figured out what they were from, but think it was a combination of her dry skin and being overheated. Almost all kids gets hives at least once with no explanation as to why.

Fast forward to yesterday. When Korri was getting ready for the bus, I noticed a long red "rash" on her left cheek. I asked her what it was and she said she fell when she was sledding the day before (I should have pressed more because looking back, neither Jim nor I noticed it the night before and we definitely would have). It did kind of look like a "rug burn" type rash, so I let her go to school and didn't think anything of it.

About an hour later, I received a call from her teacher asking if I'd noticed the rash on her cheek and arm. Um, arm! Nope. Korri told her the same thing, that it was from sledding. We decided the teacher would keep an eye on it and check to see if the school nurse was in (she wasn't, of course). I talked to Jim and decided to call her clinic just to be safe. While waiting to hear back from the nurse, Korri's teacher called again and said the rash had spread to her other arm and seemed much worse. So Jim went to get her immediately and gave her a dose of Benadryl as soon as they got home.

She looked so uncomfortable but didn't really complain all that much. Within half an hour, they started to get better and the nurse said to keep any eye on it and give her a bath with baking soda in it. Between the medicine and bath, they almost completely went away. Awesome! We conquered the hives.

Until she woke up from her nap. She walked down the stairs and I freaked out. She was covered (almost) head to toe! And some were angry red with what looked like white blisters. I gave her more Benadryl (thankfully it had been long enough for another dose) and called the nurse's line again. She went through a million questions (during which time the hives improved a lot) and concluded that it was hives! Ha, we both laughed. She said it was probably due to a virus and they could last 3-5 days! They aren't contagious and as long as they aren't bothering her, she could return to school. She said to continue to give Benadryl every 6 hours as needed and continue giving her baths with baking soda.

At least it wasn't life threatening and she never had problems breathing or swallowing. But it was still scary. Hives are not something that were a part of my life before marrying Jim. And now that we've had kids, both Finn and Korri have had them as different times. You just don't want to mess around with them. Last night was a little tough for us, as we kept checking on her. The hives returned during the night, but she was sleeping pretty soundly, so we only had to give her one dose after we went to bed. Hopefully they go away as quickly as they came.

Here is our little sicky yesterday resting in bed (Finn's bed, of course!), watching some Netflix on Daddy's laptop.


This was taken after Benadryl and bath. See how clear her arm is? And she keeps referring to them as her "bee hives." So cute. She is one tough little cookie.

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