Archive | December, 2010

Christmas Party Croup

20 Dec

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Excitement for the upcoming holiday is building, people are feeling a wee bit more charitable, the air is crisp, and there are leaky children everywhere spreading the holiday germs.

I knew it was inevitable that our little ladybug would catch something this cold and flu season, especially since we’ve been attending birthday and Christmas festivities all month.  Sure enough last Monday in the middle of the night I woke up to what I can only describe as the sound of a little baby seal in the nursery.  Still half asleep I dug through the storage closet and grabbed the cool mist humidifier and the flowing vapour fan and prepared myself for a very long night.

Knowing that there isn’t much one can do medically for croup I took to the advice of seasoned moms and tried nearly every suggestion that was given to alleviate some of my daughters discomfort.   By Friday things weren’t improving so we made the trek to the doctors, and came home with a bronchodilator and the plan to continue on with what we had been doing before.

After a week of what seemed like endless nights, fevers spiking then breaking, and continuous cuddles, my little ladybug is beginning to sound less like a baby seal and more like her adorable happy self again.

I’m quite sure this is only the beginning of many more germ filled events to come.  After all, there are trips to the hospital for appointments, parties, play groups, oh and who could forget school. At least I won’t have to worry about the latter for a few more years.  CDG kids tend to be more susceptible to travelling germs and can have a very difficult time fighting them off.  However, in the end every sniffle and cough she has now will help build up her immune system for the future.  (at least that’s what I keep trying to remind myself.)


Wishing all of our friends and family who follow Little Ladybug Hugs a very happy and healthy holiday season, and a wonderful new year.

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1st Birthday Bash

12 Dec

Continuing on with the milestone theme – our little ladybug just celebrated her 1st birthday.

Although there were some twists and turns along the way, every single day of this past year has been a blessing. It’s so hard to believe that my daughter is 1-year-old already, I can still remember the moment she came into this world with such vividness.

In true princess style there was never any doubt in my mind that we would throw her a fantastic 1st birthday bash – and that we did. There was a giant nutcracker, build-a-bears, a dress up centre and of course my personal favourite and I’m sure all the kids as well – The Land of Sweets candy buffet.  (Although the parents might disagree just a little) But hey, that’s what being a kid is all about – having fun!

Some might say (and have said) that it’s a bit overboard for a 1st birthday party, but why shouldn’t it be? After all we had no idea how things would turn out when I was pregnant and now here she is going strong against all odds and surprising everyone along the way.

I truly can’t think of a better reason to throw a BIG 1st BIRTHDAY BASH!

The day of the party was a wee bit of a blur, as the hostess it was my job to make sure that the children were all having a blast, and that their parents and all the other adults were  enjoying themselves as well. It really was a magical few hours. The hall was filled with the candy induced laughter from all the kids, happy chatter from the adults, and smiles were found on everyone. The most important thing is that our family and friends were all there to celebrate our ladybugs 1st birthday with us. It was their love and support that helped us through the twists and turns this past year, and I couldn’t think of any other people I would want there.

After months of planning, everything went off without a hitch. The day was absolutely perfect.