all aboard the sneeze wagon

I’ve had horrible allergies for pretty much my entire life. In high school, I ended up taking Allegra, and it definitely made me more comfortable since we had a beloved cat (Britney Spears) that I would snuggle with endlessly. My dad has also always had horrible allergies, and I remember his weekly allergy shots when I was in elementary school.

bouquets of flowers

Liv has officially inherited my allergies, and we’re in the process of trying to get it all figured out.

I’ve mentioned this one the blog before, but she has had frequent colds (and recently had pneumonia) this past year. Whenever doctors check her throat, they note the inflammation, even though it isn’t strep. We started with the natural remedies (local honey, lemon, saline drops, probiotics) and her pediatrician recommended the kids’ version of Allegra. I was hoping it would help her to feel better -I usually do local honey and my detox drink with apple cider vinegar, but when I’m dying, I’ll pop a Claritin and it will set me free- but it didn’t seem to make a huge difference. Now we’re on Zyrtec, which also hadn’t helped significantly.

Livi at the park

I’m hoping that when we move from San Diego, it will help our sniffles and constant sneezing, because it’s been constant for the past two years. I don’t remember my allergies being horrendous in Georgia, so fingers crossed. 

At our most recent appointment, the pediatrician suggested that it could be a mix of environmental and food allergies, and suggested testing just to make sure. 

Since you always give me the best advice and ideas, I thought I’d ask my parents with kiddos who have allergies how they were tested? Did they do a blood test or a skin prick? Anything you learned during the process that you wish you would have asked for or known? Thank you so much in advance for any advice or tips. 


Fun things to do with kids this holiday season

Hi friends! How’s the day going? Hope you’re having a wonderful almost-Friday. Loved your comments on this mornings remix, too! It’s been an interesting day over here. P is dancing the “one nap or two naps” dance (always a pleasure) and I’ve been waiting to see what she was feeling like today. We dropped Livi […]


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i made it

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harder parts of parenting

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happy 11 months, Penelope

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“Mom, there’s a cat. Don’t sneeze, ok?”   “Olivia, come here!” “My name is not Olivia. It’s seawater fish. I’m a cat unicorn. And a cat mermaid. And a cat fairy. I transform into three things.”   “Why are you wearing old pants?” “They’re distressed; I bought them like this.” “Why do they have holes […]

P’s 10-month update

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9 Months On, 9 Months Off

“They” say it takes 9 months to put the baby weight on, and 9 months to get it off.  I can’t even believe we’re finally here 9 months postpartum. In some ways, I feel far away from where I’d like to go. In so many ways, I’m exactly where I need to be.  I’ve actually […]