Hey friends, happiest Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Last week was a bit strange over here – Ben was sick, I got sick, and then poor Marvin kept breaking out in full body hives. Needless to say, I was more than ready for the weekend. Below recaps our cold farm weekend!
Allergies & Hives
It’s no surprise that our french bulldogs, Henry and Marvin, struggle with allergies. For over a week now, Marvin has been breaking out in full body hives in the middle of the night. We can usually clear his hives with some allergy medicine, but his inflammation was too severe to clear this time around.
To be honest, we’re pretty bitter when it comes to vets. About this time last year, Henry’s MRSP (a MRSA like skin infection), was misdiagnosed. The misdiagnosis prolonged treatment for about a month. When we finally received an accurate diagnosis, the stress of treatment almost killed our poor pup. The antibiotics that we needed to use were dangerous to humans (and I just found out I was pregnant), so we had to quarantine Henry. He lost a significant amount of weight and became lethargic and depressed. It was plain awful.
Our normal doctor (who we absolutely love) was out of the office, so we had no other option than to see a different vet to treat Marvin’s hives. Well, once again, we received a misdiagnosis. It was an emotional roller coaster to say the least. We decided to immediately transfer out our files and switch to a smaller practice. We received an accurate diagnosis and Marvin is thankfully on the mend. Ugh, it’s been so stressful!
A cold farm weekend
It officially feels like winter in Chicagoland, and our animals were definitely not ready. The temperatures drastically dropped over the past few days, so Ben added some supplemental heating in the chicken coop and in the goat house. Hopefully this will help the animals transition into winter.
It’s been challenging to wrangle a 3.5 month old and a 2 year old by myself on the farm lately. It’s so cold and I still need to figure out a winter coat option that is big enough to zip while also wearing Beckham in a sling. When Ben decided to take a nap with Beckham on Saturday, I immediately jumped at the opportunity for some solo time with Finley on the farm. We didn’t do anything too fancy – just got the animals fed and ready for bed – but it was so much fun to spend some one-on-one time together.
Plus, goat kisses are always a good idea.
A cold farm weekend : Questions
Any tips for winter baby wearing? Are you still enjoying fall weather, or has winter hit yet for you?
Have a wonderful Monday!