Monday, August 22, 2011

We had a birthday party...

Yesterday was my little Emerson's first birthday.  I can hardly believe a year has already gone by since she was born!  Was she really this cute and tiny?

Oh the tight wrap swaddle... I love a little baby all bundled up.  I'm not going to lie, sometimes I still wish I could put you in that straightjacket swaddle for a little bit :)

So as you know, I had surgery on Friday.  I wasn't going to have a party but my Mom convinced me to go for it.  She promised to make all the food and get everything set up, so we invited our family over for a little BBQ and birthday party to celebrate.  All I had to do was stay on the couch and watch it all unfold.

Cupcake time.  When we announced that it was time to pull out the cupcakes the kids in the room went nuts.  Seriously.  This picture totally cracks me up.  It's like she's say... "What on earth are these?  Where have they been all my life?"

I managed to hobble over on my crutches for the big moment.

Blowing out the candles was a family affair.

And finally... Eme's first taste of her dairy free birthday cupcake.  She loved it.

And then she had a major allergic reaction and Doug rushed her to the hospital.  Seriously.  She ate the icing... everything was good.  Then she ate a part of the cupcake and her face turned red, welts emerged, her face got all swollen and she started complaining and itching like crazy.  It was the worst reaction I'd ever seen in her so my Mom and Doug took her to emergency immediately.  After a combo of benadryl and steroids and a few hours of observation to make sure she was okay, the doctor let her come home.  We still don't know what exactly she reacted to-- the only thing in the cupcakes that she had not been exposed to previously was cocoa powder and food coloring.  We'll be taking her back to the doctor in the next few weeks to get it figured out... and we've got a prescription for an epi pen now-- just in case.

Whew!  What a birthday it was.  And it was just another day at our house.  Welcome to our world of surgeries, asthma attacks, and now allergy attacks.  Life sure isn't boring around here... that is for sure :)

Allergy attacks and all-- I sure do love you sweetie!  Happy birthday Emerson.  Your second birthday party will be better... I promise!


Bonnie said...

Super cute pictures!
YIKES to the allergic reaction though! That sounds all too familiar to me. Not fun.
Hope they get it all figured out soon. Its so much better KNOWING, rather than having to guess. Happy belated Birthday Eme! You're one sweet little girl!

kelly ens said...

oh my goodness...eventful indeed! Glad she's ok and I hope it gets sorted out soon.
cute pictures :)

Dan and Lynn said...

Wow, that must have been so scary! Poor Emerson:(. Aside from the allergic reaction, it sounds like it was a fun party! Happy Birthday Emerson!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Emerson. I think you'll keep your mommy and daddy on their toes for a long time! Hope the allergies get figured out quickly.

Love, Auntie "B"

Team AC said...

Those cupcakes look awesome... happy birthday, Emerson! Glad she's alright now!


Gord and Andrea said...

Happy birthday emerson. sorry you are allergic to so many yummy things :)

Lindsay said...

Happy Birthday Eme!
Glad you are feeling better!

flowers2boys said...

Number 1 is exciting... and oh wow... given your "situations" you may want to ensure you have real estate close to a hospital!

carleigh davey said...

oh, for pete sake! that is wonderful and terrible and hilarious all at the same time.

blessings (and mercies) to you all!

Trev and Rebekah said...

Wow, that does sound eventful. Hopefully the dr. can help figure out what the reaction was to.

Are your parents still out?

Jamie Cooke said...

Oh man Elissa! I know that there are a lot of kids allergic to red food coloring specifically, so maybe that's the humor of this post:)