Before we get to bugs, in all their various forms, I forgot to mention in the last blog post that we gave Romelie her first haircut a couple weeks ago. Just a bang trim, but now she doesn't constantly have hair in her eyes.
So bugs. They are not okay by me. First, we have the pinkeye bug. Yes, folks, last Sunday I woke up with pinkeye. Again. This is my third time getting pinkeye and our household's fourth time since July. Luckily no one else got it again, but I'm getting pretty sick of wearing glasses and having to put drops in my eyes (not to mention the redness, the puffiness, the goopiness, the itchiness, and the general attractiveness).
Next, we found and killed two ticks in our house this weekend. Both were in the kitchen on the ceiling, which is odd, but they were definitely deer ticks. Haven't checked the cats yet, but the people are all clear. Hopefully that will be the end of that story...
Third, we have the yellow jacket wasps. They have been hanging out in our backyard all summer; we think they have an underground nest but haven't been able to find it. Instead, we kill 4-5 of them every time we go outside with Romelie to play. Since we usually let her run around without shoes on, I'm very nervous about her getting stung. Particularly since Friday.
Which brings us to number four: mosquitos. Normally I wouldn't have ranked mosquitos as being a big troublesome bug. I mean, we live in Minnesota. There's lots of water, so there are lots of mosquitos, and if you spend any amount of time outside, you're going to get bit. Deal with it. But on Friday evening, Romelie got bit near her left eye. And I'm sure it was a mosquito bite cause I squished the sucker - just not in time. However, Saturday night Chason noticed that her eye was starting to get puffy and when we woke up Sunday morning, it looked like this. We called the doctor and she recommended that we take her in to urgent care. Which we did, and that doctor just said to give her Children's Benadryl. So we did, and now her eye is back to normal. But still...I can't believe her eye puffed up this bad from a mosquito bite. Between this and her face rash that she occasionally and unpredictably gets after eating, I can only conclude that she has non-life-threatening allergies, but they come out as sensitive skin issues. Or something. In the meantime, I'll just keep taking pictures so I can show them to her doctor at her next (scheduled) appointment.
On a sarcastically "fun" note, while waiting for the doctor to call back yesterday morning, I was in the kitchen making coffee. The phone rang, and in an effort not to miss it, I dashed to the bedroom. Unfortunately, I slipped on a sock on the hardwood floor and went DOWN. Bruises on my right hip, my left quad, and my right ankle, and a cut under my knee. I'm pretty sore today, but that's what you get for being klutzy, I guess. Today is my first day of volleyball, too. Who's going to be all limpy and bruised for her first day with her new team? This lady.
On an actually fun note, we did have a good Saturday. The weather this weekend was gorgeous so we spent lots of time outside. Chason helped out with a St. Paul Saints video (minor league baseball team he used to work with) with Joe and the kids and then we went over to Como Zoo for an hour to walk around. Romelie really likes looking at the animals, though I think the ducks hanging out in the flamingo exhibit were actually her favorite. We also busted out the backyard pool for Romelie to play in, and I found a plastic kid-sized picnic table at a garage sale that Romelie did some coloring at (and on). So despite the rough Sunday A.M. we had a pretty nice weekend.
Finally, this is a video from Friday night, just before Romelie's bedtime. Note how she joins in for the fake snoring. Ignore me during the last 20 seconds of this video - I was tired and a bit cranky.