Sometimes after a long day of daycare, Tommy likes to relax in his chair.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
So we've covered the decorations, food, cupcakes, allergy free cooking and desserts, infectious diseases... but we HAVEN'T covered the FUN of the party.
Once the party was over and things settled down, we had some family time.
So Tommy, are you one or six?? ;-)
Happy First Birthday Tommy! Hope you had a wonderful time!! We had so much fun at your birthday party. Here's to many many more!!
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Let's get back to Tommy's party. Before we do that, we need to talk about what lead up to the party. On Friday morning, I took Tommy to daycare. He had a little bit of a rash on his face. It wasn't terrible but it was spreading. I got a call from Tommy's daycare. They said they were concerned because the rash had spread to his diaper area and his legs. I said, OH CRAP and called the doctor. They said that they should probably see him and just in case he was contagious, bring him in the back door. The doctor checked him over and said, "I don't see any signs of infection. I think it's just an allergic reaction." We said, "Are you sure? He has never had a crazy rash like this spread to his diaper area." I mean, come on, we are the Rash Experts, remember? "Also, we're having a huge birthday party on Saturday with lots of little kids." He said the same thing again so we believed him and went on with the party plans.
Friday night he slept pretty well but when he woke up, he looked a little worse than this...
We were not very pleased. His rash wasn't getting any better. Plus it was his first birthday. Waaaahhh! :( His diaper area and legs looked wayyyy worse. Poor kid. :( So we racked our brains trying to figure out what he had to eat. We came up with the margarine that I had put in the first recipe of the cupcakes I had made in preparation for his birthday. (It didn't make sense that margarine would affect him so badly but we went with it.)
So let's talk about allergy-free baking for a second.
I searched and googled and yahooed my way through truckloads of recipes trying to find one that sounded decent for a birthday cake (you gotta have CAKE). I finally settled on two. One recipe uses vinegar to make the batter rise and the other uses cornstarch, sugar and milk (or a milk substitute).
So I tried the first recipe with vinegar. It was the one that everyone told me to try and it's all over the Allergy Free Network website. It is a Depression era recipe which uses no milk or eggs due to the rationing at the time.
I found the second recipe on a girl's blog (blogs are the BEST). It was an eggless yellow cake. I substituted almond milk for regular milk.
Question: At this point in the story which one do you think tasted better?? :-)
Mmm mmm good!
So the day of his party, we chose the yellow golden eggless cake. But Tommy needed to eat his lunch first. (You may or may not notice that I removed all the rash I could from each photo.)
What do I need this plate for anyway??
So let's take a step back and talk about the rash again. We thought it was just an allergic reaction right?? We took Tommy in for his 12 month appointment the Monday after his party and our doctor told us that it was Hand Foot and Mouth Disease. Double Awesome!! The doctor also said he was probably most contagious Friday and Saturday at the party. So Tommy probably infected everyone that was there. Awesome times ten! So I contacted everyone with kids at the party and apologized profusely. I think the saying is s**t happens. Well it definitely does. But it's a fast moving disease and the doctor okayed Tommy to go back to daycare on Monday. He's scabbing up and healing pretty fast, thank goodness. Poor poor kid.
Did I mention he had 3 shots on Monday for his 12 month appointment? Now we think he's sprouting some more teeth. Once again, he WILL catch a break... very soon. Say it with me now... very soon.
Oh and don't worry. There are still tons more pictures from the party. Continue to stay tuned...