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Old 06-11-2012, 01:41 AM   #136
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Great update! Looks like a lot of fun!

I just bought one of those light swords at Michaels for our trip (and a few other shaped light things to pull our at night when he's begging for a $20 thingy!!)

I agree with you, how to men expect us to read their minds or just KNOW that they left their phone/wallet/ipod, etc somehwere

I wanted to mention in my last comment where you mentioned getting an umbrella stroller and wondering if little ones could sleep well in it. We have a Graco IPO convenience stroller and love it. Its easy to use folds up very well, and steers very easily the front wheels lock or swivel. Its not as cheap as some at around $100 US but we really like it! We are taking it this trip for the airport and/or if we want to just take a single down to the pool (we are renting a double). IT reclines near flat and both kids have slept well in it!
Thanks. It really was a lot of fun.

He loved that sword. I bet Logan will too. We got so many wonderful things from the fish extenders.

Thanks. Now, I know to pick his things up carefully. Who knows whether or not a phone will be hiding in his stuff? Crap swears the phone was not covered by the paperwork. The paperwork was white, and he has a black phone. It was covered or I would have seen it. My phone is white, so it may have blended in.

Thanks. I will look into the stroller you suggested. We did buy a Baby Jogger City Mini a short time ago that I was thinking of bringing with us on our next cruise if I do not get an umbrella stroller. For this upcoming Disneyland trip, we are bringing the Bob again. Xander needs one more trip without walking the whole time (I guess).



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Great update! Sounds like a fantastic night. I'll bet Xander really loved the Pirate Party!

The Villains show looks really fun. Too bad Xander didn't like it as much as the Golden Mickeys though. I really like family shows with adult humor (like Shrek) so I'll bet that I'd enjoy it.

I'm so glad that Connor did well in the nursery. You must have been so relieved.

I'm on your side. Not your fault about the phone. Crap seems like a nice guy, but we're old Dis friends, he's not going to win with me.

Can't wait to hear what you thought about Castaway Cay! How's the preparations for the DL birthday trip going? I'll bet you're so excited! I am too, I can't wait to hear all about it!
That first night was hard to top with my favorite show and dinner. This night was a lot of fun too though. Xander loved the Pirate Party much more than the Sail Away Party.

I love Shrek. We watched it once with Xander in the living room, and he barely stopped playing long enough to watch. He really prefers the purely for kids stuff, like Disney Junior. Although, he is really into Captain America right now. He fell asleep watching the movie with his toy shield in his hands. That is what he wants to be for Halloween. Luckily, I can spend about the same I spent for the Handy Mandy costume, but this one appears to be closer to the quality of his Buzz Lightyear one from the previous year. Villains Tonight was a great show. I think you will like it. There were parts of it that Xander enjoyed.

I was so happy Connor did well in the nursery. We were so worried about that. Both of us decided after seeing how well they both did that we will be crusing as often as possible (while still fitting in all of our other Disney trips as well).

Thanks. Crap is a nice guy (most of the time). When it comes to his gadgets, he is way too protective. His idea of broken is probably my idea of perfect. He wanted the new iPad when it came out but only if Xander and I agreed to NEVER touch it. In addition to me "breaking his phone," I guess Xander "broke his first iPad." Both of those items were work issued things he had to turn in when he left his last job. His current iToys are fine for now! You are one of my favorite DISfriends, so thank you.

Castaway Cay was pretty cool although Crap had a slight issue. I have been stalking the DIS and Bret's thread in particular. We have our hotel, the in room celebration, all of our dining reservations, and the cake. My FIL informed us that our tickets have not been ordered yet (I thought this was taken care of a while ago). He gave us our money back for now, but we will give it back at the gate (for tickets then). I am going to call Disney on Tuesday to pay off the room. The in room celebration will automatically charge sometime near the end of this week. We still need to test pack the car to see if we can get all of our luggage and that big double stroller in it. Other than that, we are ready and excited!

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Just wanted to say..though I stand by Crap's side when it comes to the phone, I am enjoying reading along with your story. My kids are all grown now and will not be going on our NYE cruise 2013/2014. They had a great time in 2007 on the Wonder.
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The pirate party looks like a lot of fun! We got a few of those glow swords for Everett when they were in the dollar bin at Target, and he really enjoys them too!

I'm not a huge villains fan, but the show does sound really cute! I'm glad that Connor did well in the nursery again, I agree that it must have been nice to watch the show not distracted by a little one. There is no way I could have sat through a stage show with Everett as an infant, so I'm really impressed with Connors patience and ability to go with the flow!
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Just wanted to say..though I stand by Crap's side when it comes to the phone, I am enjoying reading along with your story. My kids are all grown now and will not be going on our NYE cruise 2013/2014. They had a great time in 2007 on the Wonder.
I was only teasing you. You are welcome to agree with him (of course). Men think so differently than women do on most things, so I never even thought to grab papers (that unbeknownst to me had a phone buried inside) carefully. I am glad to see that older kids still enjoy taking cruises with their parents. I was honestly thinking about taking a 2013/2014 New Year's cruise as well. That should be an awesome trip for you and your wife. If you are going on the Fantasy, we may be on it as well. We may only do that if we nix our 10 year anniversary trip at WDW in October 2013. Xander will be in 1st grade for either of those trips, and I think it would be easier to travel with the school break although we really want to be at WDW for our anniversary. We honeymooned there, so I thought it would be nice to come full circle.

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The pirate party looks like a lot of fun! We got a few of those glow swords for Everett when they were in the dollar bin at Target, and he really enjoys them too!

I'm not a huge villains fan, but the show does sound really cute! I'm glad that Connor did well in the nursery again, I agree that it must have been nice to watch the show not distracted by a little one. There is no way I could have sat through a stage show with Everett as an infant, so I'm really impressed with Connors patience and ability to go with the flow!
The Pirate party was a lot of fun. Xander loved the light us sword, so it was a great extender gift. People gave me some great ideas on things to bring for our next cruise. Everett probably enjoys it as much as Xander did.

I root for the hero myself, but I still enjoyed Villains Tonight. We were pleasantly surprised with how well Connor did in the nursery and how amazing the people in the nursery are. Disney really hired some great cast members. Xander did not sit through shows as an infant, so I know exactly what you mean. When he was four and six months, we took him to Disney. He only sat through short shows while awake and longer shows while asleep. There were a couple that I had to exit when he was not quiet. I doubt I would have attempted an hour long show with him as well. Xander did not see his first full length movie at a theater until he was 2.5. Connor did nurse and sleep through the majority of the first show. I am sure that is the only reason he was quiet.

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Ok...first and most importantly, of course it's Crap's fault. it is always the man's fault. Hasn't he been married long enough to know that by now??? Although, he does get some bonus points for wanting to be called Crap Bag here. I love that!

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Wet n' Wild closed many years ago. I do not remember exactly when, but it was long before Xander was even born. Sorry you will miss it. My family and I had a great time there when I was growing up. You are going to love hanging by the pool here in August, because it gets very hot. What hotel are you staying at?
Well the last time I was in Vegas was for our 5th anniversary, and we just celebrated our 15th yesterday, so, i guess it HAS been a while.

As of right now, we are staying at the Monte Carlo, but I booked it before we booked the cruise and I just got some emails over the weekend offering deals at some other places, so I may switch if we can save a decent amount of $$$. It is just DH & I, and every $ we can save on Vegas can be another $ we can put towards the cruise. (Disney Math )



I really adored the nursery and the kids' clubs. They really care about what the parents want and try to care for the kids to the parents' exact instructions. That impressed me. The kids' club had a similar level of care. I dropped of Xander's epipen on the first stay, and we went over his food allergies. When Crap picked him up, they feverishly looked for the epipien even though I never even gave it to them the second time. They were more on top of things than I was, because I forgot to leave it. (Luckily, he did not need it).
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How did everything work on the ship? Did you fill anything out regarding his allergies before you went, or did you just let them know about the allergies when you boarded. We have it noted in our reservation, but I'm not sure if I need to email someone else about it like you do with WDW.
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Ok...first and most importantly, of course it's Crap's fault. it is always the man's fault. Hasn't he been married long enough to know that by now??? Although, he does get some bonus points for wanting to be called Crap Bag here. I love that!

Well the last time I was in Vegas was for our 5th anniversary, and we just celebrated our 15th yesterday, so, i guess it HAS been a while.

As of right now, we are staying at the Monte Carlo, but I booked it before we booked the cruise and I just got some emails over the weekend offering deals at some other places, so I may switch if we can save a decent amount of $$$. It is just DH & I, and every $ we can save on Vegas can be another $ we can put towards the cruise. (Disney Math )

I didn't notice before that Xander had food allergies. My son Chris does too. He was really excited to go on the cruise because Disney is so great with his allergies. He loves to try new things, and says he had had some of his best meals at Disney since he doesn't need to worry!

How did everything work on the ship? Did you fill anything out regarding his allergies before you went, or did you just let them know about the allergies when you boarded. We have it noted in our reservation, but I'm not sure if I need to email someone else about it like you do with WDW.
Thanks. Crap has not learned that the man is always wrong yet. He actually has that philosophy completely backwards. It is strange calling him Crap on here, but he picked it.

Congratulations on your 15th anniversary. Our 16th is coming up on the 27th of this month, but we have only been married for a little over half of that.

Crap worked at the Monte Carlo a long time ago. I would switch too for a better deal. We used to get deals on rooms here until Crap switched jobs recently. His new job does not really offer much in terms of incentives.

Xander has a lot of allergies (milk, wheat, dogs, peanuts, eggs, fruits like bananas, etc) but none are life threatening. On a scale where anything over 101 is considered severe allergies, he is a 656. That is just because of the number of allergies. None of his allergies are over a 2 on the 6 scale. It is a hassle but not a serious danger. We have a script for an epipen jr but have not had to use it yet. Unless his airway closes, the Dr suggests we use Benadryl. He uses that a lot.

His worst allergic reaction ever was to a strep throat infection. That required a stronger med than Benadryl but the Dr said his airway was fine (so still no epipen). These pictures are all from that.









Both boys get eczema from allergies. Connor's actually got so bad on vacation (see picture) that we had to take him to the Dr when we got back. It was not as bad as I thought, because he said it was a 4 on a 10 scale. We are going to run allergy testing on Connor soon after we get back from Disneyland, because the Dr suggested we wait until he is one. The results may help me control his occasional eczema outbreaks a little better. Thus far, he has never reacted with hives to anything he has eaten. My skin is very sensitive. Even though I do not have eczema, I do get hives and break out from many skin care products. I live with year round environmental allergies but the only food allergy I have is to avocado.



Disney is wonderful with food allergies. Xander is a very picky eater anyway, and only consumes pure things that like him as well (except milk). We allow him to have milk once in a while, because his pediatrician said it was okay. Since eggs, wheat and milk are in so many things, he gets small portions at times and is okay (most of the time). He never eats just eggs, bananas or items that are mostly wheat. He is aware of what he can and cannot eat. I think we filled out forms stating allergies before we got on the ship. If my memory serves me correctly, they asked me for any meds Xander needed and mentioned the allergies they had on file. They did ask me to review and confirm but only the first time I dropped him off. That is probably why I forgot to leave the epipen the second time. Chris will be in good hands on the ship. They are very thourough, especially since kids are often fed inside the clubs.


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Old 06-12-2012, 01:01 AM   #142
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Personal Navigator from 12-08-11 and We Just Booked Our Next Cruise

We were going to cruise on the Fantasy. I waited too long to pick a travel time and look into it. There were no openings for Xander's Spring Break unless we booked 2 rooms with 2 people each. Neither of us wanted to do that, so we looked into alternative cruises. Since we've already done Dream and wanted a longer cruise anyway, that left us with the Magic and the Wonder. One departs from Miami, FL and the other departs from Galveston, TX. Both are less than 7 days unfortunately. To maximize Spring Break, we picked the city we'd rather spend the extra break days in. Therefore, our next cruise will depart from Miami for 5 days on The Wonder. We booked it today for 03-25-12. Eventually, I would like to cruise on all the Disney ships, so I am not overly disappointed that the Fantasy will have to wait. Anyone wanting to sail should book as soon as possible for the best rates and room type.

Another cruise report I am reading provided some of the Navigators, which I thought was a nice touch. We only saved one, and it got a little banged up. Sorry it is blurry. Between the bends and shaky hands, they were the best pictures I could get. As you can see, there are so many things to do and this was not even a full day. The older ships have slightly less, but I still think one cruise may not even be enough to scratch the surface. Hopefully, we do them all more than once at some point in time. There is so much more that I want to see.









As you can see from the navigator, December is a great time to travel. Not only do you get all of the Christmas Decorations to include a lighting ceremony, but all items that are dated go on sale. We did look through the sale merchandise and opted to go with other items instead. I liked that we had a shot at the sale items though.

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Castaway Cay At Last

Crap suggested we sleep in the next morning. Both boys were in a great mood, since we relaxed and moved slowly in the room. We headed to the Enchanted Garden around 10am for breakfast and were happy to see our regular wait staff. The restaurant was set up like a buffet. Franz brought us our drinks, and we helped ourselves to food. As usual, we did not get food pictures. I have no idea what we ate, but I remember liking it. After breakfast, we hung out in front of the restaurant for a few minutes while Crap took care of some business. That gave me a chance to look over the navigator. We only had one solid plan for Castaway Cay. The rest of our day was going to be more relaxed.







Neither of us wanted to mess with the ship’s stroller through the sand, since it barely turned on a flat surface. We pulled the Bob Revolution SE Dualie out that morning to navigate through the beach. Even though this stroller was a hassle to travel with, it moved through the sand and the beach like it was on a flat surface. That was the day I felt like the stroller was finally worth every penny we paid for it. It looks like we are going to take it to Disneyland (as long as it fits in the car with our luggage), so it will get used at least twice. At home, Xander walks, so we never use it. It was around 11am by the time we exited the ship. There were not many people who exited with us. As we walked over to the family beach, we got in two separate short lines to get photos taken. One of the characters was out as well (Goofy, I think). That line was actually quite long, so we skipped it. We were already on Day Three and had not seen a single character. I wanted to see at least one before we disembarked.







Castaway Cay has so many things to do, but we ultimately decided just to relax on the beach. When we return, I am already planning to do a little more like Pelican Plunge, which is a playground in the water that has slides. The other thing I want to try is parasailing or water skiing (while the boys are in the clubs). The 3+ club actually takes place on the beach during this port, so I think Xander would really enjoy that adventure. We found some lawn chairs on the family beach (toward the back, since all of the closer ones were taken by the early risers). I reserved two inner tubes, so Crap and I could take turns playing in the water with Xander. After I picked those up, Connor was ready to nurse.









Crap and Xander headed over to the water, while I nursed Connor. Shortly after they departed with both inner tubes, they returned with one. Even though the tubes are for ages 5 and up and Xander is tall for his age, he kept falling through the hole. He had just turned 5 four days before we were there though. They headed back out with one tube. It was not long after that when they returned with the other. I forgot exactly why, but Crap mentioned they were obviously not meant for two people to share one. This time, they headed back with no tubes and were gone a while. Turns out the tubes were not worth it for us. At least that was a cheap lesson, since they only cost $6 each for a daily rental. The fact that we got there hours after opening and there were still that many tubes left should have told me something. I may rent them again when Xander is a lot bigger.

After a long time nursing, Connor drifted into his first nap. While he was napping, I watched Crap and Xander play in the water and took some pictures. They are from pretty far away, since I did not want to leave Connor or risk waking him by pushing that large stroller through the thick sand. Even though the stroller pushed through the sand well, I was certain he would still feel the bumps. I was honestly enjoying the quiet time anyway. Connor was sleeping. Crap and Xander were playing away from us. It was so incredibly relaxing. The weather was so lovely I cannot even describe it. We were sitting by the beach in December and it felt so nice (not cold or hot). Next time, I will remember to bring a book. That is the only thing that could have made that time any better.







Crap and Xander returned from their play, but Connor was still asleep. Some of you may have noticed that Xander had on full tennis shoes in the previous pictures. Even though we picked out his clothes, he got himself dressed that morning. I told him to put his sandals on but did not even notice until he exited the stroller on the beach that he had on those clunky shoes. Xander and I walked to the store closest to our seats (She Sells Sea Shells Buy the Sea Shore and Everything Else). He needed shoes, and I wanted something that was exclusive to Castaway Cay. There were so many awesome things in the shop that I had a hard time choosing. I settled on a very nice duffle bag. It was a little harder finding shoes for Xander. They did not have any sandals or flip flops in his size. The only other options were water shoes or Crocs. No offense to Croc lovers, but I just do not like them.

I ultimately settled on the water shoes, because I thought they could come in handy later with our appointment. Xander really liked them and they were a great price too ($12.99, I think). It was an all- around win, so we went back to the beach with our new treasures. When we got back to our seats, I found Crap profusely bleeding. Connor woke up while we were shopping, so he took him for a walk on the beach and stepped on something very long and sharp. It penetrated his foot deeply. I asked him why he was still sitting there. He needed to find First Aid.



Crap handed Connor to me and went in search of First Aid. I did not have a watch but think he was gone about 10-15 minutes. Luckily, it was very close to where we were seated. He said they were very nice. It was mostly vertical, so he did not need any stiches. They were very nice and helped him wrap the wound. While he never found the item he stepped on, it was on the family beach near the seating. We avoided walking in that area for the duration of our stay. My advice here is to wear Crocs, lol. If he was wearing them or any shoes for that matter, it may not have penetrated his foot. From that point forward, I never allowed Xander to take his water shoes off on the beach. He had to wait until we exited the beach to rinse the sand out of them.

Now that Crap was cleaned up and relaxing on the beach, it was finally my turn to play in the water with Connor. Xander wanted to play again, so he came with us. Considering how nice the weather was, I was a little surprised that the water was cold. It was not unbearably cold for me or Xander, but Connor was not feeling it at all. Connor was just too unhappy in water and freezing even worse when I held him outside of the water. Since Xander already played for a while with Crap, I decided to pull them both out of the water after just a few short minutes.









We relaxed on the lawn chairs for a while in an attempt to dry off a little. After we dried off, we headed up to Cookie’s BBQ. This restaurant was set up buffet style and was quite packed. The drink station here was self-serve, like Cabanas on the ship. It was around 1:15pm, and it was scheduled to close at 2pm. Crap sat with the boys at the Dig In (seating for the restaurant). I came back with food for me and Crap but had a hard time finding something for Xander. He is very picky, so he does not do chicken or burgers. On my second time up, I decided to ask a cast member. He informed me that there was food in the kids’ section (like chicken strips and Mac and cheese, I believe), but it was all gone. This surprised me, because even after my second trip up there they were still well over 30 minutes away from closing.

The cast member offered to go in the back and see if he could find anything else. He was gone a long time. Another cast member came by and asked if I needed something. I told him I was looking for more kid friendly items and someone went to check on that for me. “We only have what is out,” he said. Just then, the other cast member returned with a hot dog. That showed me even at Disney some cast members take the easy way out while others go the extra mile. Why Xander will eat hot dogs but not hamburgers or chicken really perplexes me, but he is a picky eater. I thanked him and went in search of anything else he may eat. Luckily, I found some chocolate chip cookies. By the time I got back to the seat, we had less than 30 minutes until 2pm. Xander did pick at his hot dog a little. Hot dogs really are touch and go with that kid. Sometimes he likes them, sometimes he does not. He had a few of my chips, but they did not have any he really liked left (only plain Lays).



My bad Mommy moment here is I allowed him to have two cookies even though he barely ate any of his hot dog or my chips. We had a 2pm excursion planned, so there was no time to feed him anything else before it. He needed to eat something, and in that moment cookies were better than nothing at all. Just as the kids were getting very messy, Melissa (our dinner waiter) walked by and said hello. DCL really has them working all day, because we saw her at all three of our meals that day. After a quick hello, we were on our way. Our 2pm excursion started in 5 minutes, and the walk would take about that long.



We arrived at the excursion right at 2pm (talk about timing). The excursion was for ages 5 and up. Crap and Xander were going to do it while I watched them and Connor. Crap thought it would be better if I took his place, since his foot was wrapped and he wanted to keep it that way. He also did not want to risk an infection. The cast member at the check in desk had no problem with me switching places with Crap, since it did not change the price. As it turns out, Xander probably would have liked to sit out of the water with Crap and Connor. I’ll explain next time.

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ugh about crap's foot! I'm guessing your excursion was snorkeling, look forward to hearing if I'm right!
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I was bummed about his foot. Crap hardly complained though. He has a high pain threshold and is a pretty tough guy. The worst part was he was going to miss some great bonding time with Xander, or so I thought at the time. Xander was too upset to bond. You're half right about the excursion.
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Oh I know U were only teasing me...we men just have to stick togetherr because when it comes to women we will never be right.
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Crap is right all the time. Just ask him. I think it is more of a like minded thing. Women think like most other women, and men think like most other men.
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Those photos of Xander's allergic reaction are heartbreaking. Poor little man!

Logan has terrible eczema as well (and asthma) but no allergies. Our asthma/allergist gave us a new skin "regime" and its really working well on his skin! He needs a BATH once or twice a day (SO time consuming I would rather shower him!) using only unscented dove soap; and then within 3 minutes of getting out while he is still damp (just lightly dry him, want the moisture on the skin) we apply 2 different steroid prescriptions to inflammed areas if needed (one for body one for head) and then we do a thick later of glaxal base mixed with vaseline over his whole body. (glaxal base you buy in large tubs at the pharmacy-we buy it at costco). This has really helped his skin a lot, the glaxal base is a thick cream and the vaseline helps to seal in all that moisture. We don't even need the steroids right now its improved so much (he was BLEEDING in some spots just a month ago)

Isn't it funny (and frusturating) how kids can like a food one day and then totally refuse it the next!? Logan is not too fussy but he has his moments where he just won't eat something and other days where he will try anything!

thats too bad about crap's foot, I'm glad he didn't need stitches! I'm sorry he had to miss out on the excursion tho.
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:52 PM   #149
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You booked another cruise!!! Yay!! I'm so happy for you!

Sounds like a lovely morning on the island--note to self, bring a book!

Sorry about Crap's foot, that's so strange to me that something like that would slip by at Disney. However, I'm sure they can't sweep the sand all day.

I'm not a Crocs person either,but my MiL has been buying them for Maddie for years. Maddie loves them so much that she now has 6 pairs At least they're good for her feet.

Is the lunch on the island included with the cruise like the other meals or do you pay extra? I've always wondered that and never asked anyone. How nice of the CM to take the time to find a hot dog for Xander!

You're not a bad mommy, you were on vacation! Cookies for lunch is perfectly acceptable! (Especially when you've already paid for something that is starting right away and you need the darn kid to get something in their stomach already)

Can't wait to hear about your excursion!
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Those photos of Xander's allergic reaction are heartbreaking. Poor little man!

Logan has terrible eczema as well (and asthma) but no allergies. Our asthma/allergist gave us a new skin "regime" and its really working well on his skin! He needs a BATH once or twice a day (SO time consuming I would rather shower him!) using only unscented dove soap; and then within 3 minutes of getting out while he is still damp (just lightly dry him, want the moisture on the skin) we apply 2 different steroid prescriptions to inflammed areas if needed (one for body one for head) and then we do a thick later of glaxal base mixed with vaseline over his whole body. (glaxal base you buy in large tubs at the pharmacy-we buy it at costco). This has really helped his skin a lot, the glaxal base is a thick cream and the vaseline helps to seal in all that moisture. We don't even need the steroids right now its improved so much (he was BLEEDING in some spots just a month ago)

Isn't it funny (and frusturating) how kids can like a food one day and then totally refuse it the next!? Logan is not too fussy but he has his moments where he just won't eat something and other days where he will try anything!

thats too bad about crap's foot, I'm glad he didn't need stitches! I'm sorry he had to miss out on the excursion tho.
I cried multiple times during that outbreak of Xander's. It was so hard. He was so lethargic too, and I felt so badly for him. Most of his reactions are smaller than that. The only one that even came close was the first time he touched a non-organic banana.

That is great that Logan has no allergies. Did your Dr mention what was causing his eczema. The boys' Dr said Xander's was definitely from allergies and Connor's may be the same. If the tests come back negative on all allergens than it may be auto-immune. Neither of the boys have asthma, but Xander does pick up asthma like symptoms whenever he is sick. We've had to give him inhalers and use a nebulizer at home.

Connor is on two different steriod creams as well (although we rarely use the strong one). Then, we use Eucerin soothing cream over the steriods to lock in moisture. The Dr did say we should use vaselline on stubborn areas, and we have done that from time to time. I am very allergic to Dove (even the sensitive ones), so the Dr does not want me to try it on him yet. A freind of mine also uses the Dove treatment for her daughter, and it works well for her.

We used to give Connor baths from one month (after the umbilical cord fell off) until he was about 4 months old. Then, I started giving him a shower with me, so I know what you mean about it being easier. The Dr told me not to bathe him so much, because it was harmful to his skin. Now, I do not take him in the shower with me every time to give his skin a break. That is weird how your Doctor has you bathing Logan more while mine has me bathing Connor less. I am glad it works for him. We switched Connor to a natural soap from Johnson's that has been working well for him. He did not do well with Aveeno, or regular Johnson's.

I have never heard of the glaxal cream but will ask the Dr about it on his next visit and look it up. Thanks for the tip. He has one persistant spot on his arm but other than that, he is doing pretty well on the current treatment.

Xander is very picky with food. Even as a baby, he would refuse most of the things I tried to give him. Hot dogs do taste differently depending on how they are prepared, so I think he only likes the overly cheap tasting (leftover meat parts) one. Connor has never refused a single food I've given him. He eats anything and everything. We very well may be giving him Xander's adult portions at WDW when he hits 10 while Xander takes his 5-6 year old brother's kids meal. I have a feeling that is where we are headed. Maybe, he'll surprise me and expand his taste buds. He does like mustard and dislikes ketchup, so there is some hope there.

I was sad he missed the excursion as well even though I had a great time doing it for him. He never really complained too much about the foot after that day. It either healed well or he is even more pain tolerant than I thought.
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