Ashley Mozingo

Hi everyone! My name is Ashley, and I am a stay at home mom to two girls, Paislee, 3 and Keely, 1. My husband is in the Coast Guard, and is currently stationed at a Coast Guard unit on Camp Lejune. We have been married for five years now and have spent two of those years in Alaska, where Paislee was born, and two in Maine, where we had Keely. We were lucky to get stationed here in 2012, and call North Carolina "home". We were both born and raised in different cities in eastern North Carolina, and we are super excited to get to spend some time here with our girls and introduce them to some of our favorite places that we had as children. Before I met my husband, I attended East Carolina University, where I earned my Bachelors Degree in Communications. I have a love for writing, and a huge passion for being a mom, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to write about my experiences and exciting moments of this rocky ride that we all call 'Motherhood'.


Baby Quasimodo

Day 1...look at that eye!

Poor Izey, every time we visit Grammie and Grandad in MD, these Northern mosquitoes eat him alive! I don’t get it, because the Southern variety of pest is not a big problem back in NC… Remember last summer? Same thing happened (check it out here for last year’s photos and similar sad story).

Regardless, my toddler gets bitten despite my best efforts to spray him with non-abrasive chemicals and manually swat bugs away from him. Not only do the mosquito bites get super red and big and nasty looking, but of course they itch like crazy! So of course he scratches, and of course the bites get bigger, redder and infected.

No anti-itch cream seems to have any effect, nor do band-aids, cooling gel, ‘skin so soft’, or any other mother’s little helpers. And of course, this time Isaac’s very first mosquito bite of the summer was right on his eye area, AGAIN!

Note the squished eyeball -- look familiar?

If you have seen the movie “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” you know what I’m talking about. Remember Quasimodo?

I prefer the Disney version as it is a bit more cheerful with the patented fake happy ending, but feel free to check out the old black and white film if you so desire. Both Quasimodo characters are lumpy, scary, and just so pitiful that you want to give them a hug, but then run away (at least that is my response).

With Isaac’s new eyeball explosion a.k.a. worst mosquito bite ever, he totally resembles Quasimodo! Do the comparison… See what I mean? Not that anything could make my cutie pie less adorable, well ok, the swollen and red eyeball is kinda of nasty, sorry Isaac!

What is it with his eyes? This has happened before with killer mosquitoes — they zone in on my baby’s big blue eyes and take a huge chomp. Pitiful! Isaac woke up after this latest run-in with the mean mosquitoes with his one eye almost swollen shut, it was pretty bad.

Day 2, even worse!

I am hoping things clear up soon; we are dosing him with Benadryl right now, but again, since this bite is so close to his eye I can’t put anything on it except a cold pack at 5-second intervals (which is how long he holds still for these days).

How do you keep your child bug bite-free during the summer months?  Does anyone else get these bad reactions like my son?  And why don’t they make baby Benadryl so I can give him more??? (:

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4 Comments on “Baby Quasimodo”

  • Sue July 2nd, 2011 4:29 pm

    Poor little dude! Sorry to see your eye all swollen :( Take care and I hope you find a solution to those nasty bug bites!
    Hugs, Sue

  • Laura Hollis July 2nd, 2011 6:22 pm

    Poor little guy! My oldest is highly allergic to mosquito bites. When she was little her legs would swell and the sores were huge and oozy. I did the same thing you are doing the only difference is my daughter never got bit in the eye. I guess these northern mosquitoes like blue eyes.

  • Sarah Moore Sarah Moore July 3rd, 2011 11:49 am

    Hi Sue,
    Thanks for the hugs, I am sending one back to my BFF James (: The bites are better now, thanks God they are only super bad for a couple days then go away! (Funny movie, by the way)

    Hi Laura,
    Your example puts Isaac’s bites in perspective, wow poor Amanda! No leg swelling, not yet (: Curse those Yankee mosquitoes, hehe! Maybe I need to find a pair of cool shades for Isaac to wear…

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