Busy, busy, busy week. Lots going on, some awesome and some not so much. First, the not so awesome. My poor baby girl Claire had some minor plastic surgery at Children's Hospital yesterday. She, like her big sister, was blessed with a hemangioma - basically a benign vascular tumor that will involute (go away) by the time she turns 5. Charlotte's is basically gone and has always been under the skin and somewhat invisible, so we just left it alone to do its thing and it's been fine. However - poor Claire's is on her upper lip and it's pretty big. So while hemangiomas are harmless, her upper lip is pretty swollen and red, and quite tender. I took her to a cosmetic pediatric dermatologist on Monday on my pediatrician's recommendation - we were going to go the laser route to try to get rid of it, or at least reduce the redness. However, it turns out that it's much more involved than that - there's a lot going on under the skin, hence the swelling, so we had to see the plastic surgeon. She had a steroid injection to stop its growth because hemangiomas can grow until babies are about a year old. The injection should also shrink it a bit and will cause it to self-resolve much earlier than those that aren't treated.
But the poor baby - imagine getting a needle inserted into your upper lip - your swollen upper lip that's already pretty tender to the touch? She was a real trooper, though - after eating and some love from mommy, she fell asleep in the car on the ride home and was just fine by the afternoon. We have to go back in 6 weeks to do it again, and she may potentially need some reconstructive plastic surgery on her upper lip once it totally goes away, but that's a long way off and hopefully that won't have to happen. But if it does, it does - things could be a LOT worse, no?
Talk about being a 2008 baby - planning her cosmetic surgery already.
And now for the awesome - I am full speed ahead on Who Needs A Dining Room, Anyway? Also known as, I Give Up Already, It's A Playroom. Mr. P and I dragged Claire out this afternoon to go rug shopping before picking Charlotte up from her summer fun session. I have been scouring the internet for rug ideas and had ended up back at square one, better known as Pottery Barn Kids. Both Charlotte and Claire's bedroom rugs are PBK and while they are perfectly adorable and little-girl-room-appropriate, let's just say that those suckers weren't exactly cheap. And that's fine, I love the rugs and they're exactly what I wanted.
However - while I didn't mind dropping multiple hundreds of bucks on their bedroom rugs, I was reluctant to do so on a pink, purple and green striped and polka dotted rug that most certainly would not do double duty as a formal dining room rug once the playroom days are over.
I thought and thought about where I could get a decent yet CHEAP playroom rug to fit my rather large dining room when inspiration struck.
In a nutshell, Building 19 is a giant shithouse that sells surplus, insurance salvage, overstocks, past season goods and irregular items. They also sell furniture and rugs hella cheap. Long story short, I got a 9 x 12 "luxury" berber rug for $94. Even if I can't continue to use it when we finally buy a dining room set, I could care less because did I mention that it cost $94?
I spent the better part of the afternoon hauling toys, books and furniture into the playroom once I got the rug laid down and vacuumed. I set up Charlotte's cottage and kitchen set and she spent 2 solid hours playing with the toys I hadn't unpacked when we moved in in March. My mom is coming to help me work on the room this weekend, putting up curtains and maybe hitting Ikea for some additional toy storage.
So that's the news from here. In a post to come, I'll fill you in on the Stop and Shop luncheon event I attended at Rialto. It was tons of fun - Jody Adams did a cooking demo, I met some fabulous moms and learned a lot. I'll try to update tomorrow.