Withlittlelungs - I was raised by dentists (yeah, fun - but I'm 40 and have never had a cavity) and my parents adhered strictly to the "eat all you can Halloween night and toss the rest" policy - sugar is at its most corrosive when given in moderate doses on a consistent basis (ie, a candy or two every day), so one night of binging doesn't cause lasting harm. I use the same protocol with my DD, but a friend told me a kinder way to do it. Similar to the Tooth Fairy, there's a Halloween Candy Monster that comes to take your candy after you go to bed, but the HCM has a bit of a conscience and leaves a present behind! Way more fun than just confiscating. DD's candy mostly goes to DH's office, which is filled with unhealthy software engineers for whom an additional bit of sugar is like one beer for a devoted alcoholic.
So DD will be getting a much-longed-for animal hat and some new drawing paper from the HCM tomorrow night, if she can actually go to sleep after her sugar binge.
Maydaymom - congrats on your certification!
I am SO TIRED today - hands were itching all night and I got very little sleep and none of it good. I have a MW appt today and I'm going to ask her about it. I don't think it's an allergy anymore (did I already say that?) I think it's some autoimmune pregnancy thing. Cholinergic urticaria I think it's called. Idiopathic, unfortunately, but triggered by ordinary body heat. Dry cold helps, but it's virtually impossible to keep a consistent, sufficient-but-not-too-cold temperature on my hands at night. Nothing else works - not calamine lotion, oatmeal or anything. I have an aloe/witch hazel gel that works a tiny bit but it's only because it contains some alcohol so it's cooling when it first goes on. After the alcohol evaporates it just makes it worse. Sleeping with the window open makes my face feel okay, so it's not bugging me at night but unfortunately I have really good circulation and my hands are never chilly so THEY are warm as long is my body is warm enough to sleep unless I use cold packs, but then they get too cold and I wake up. Argh. If my MW doesn't have any ideas I'm going to go see my regular doctor and see if she can prescribe me some hard-core topical anaesthetic. MWs are limited in what they can prescribe here and I doubt that sort of thing would fall under their allowables. I just need to SLEEP.