Archive for February, 2009

No Pain, No Gain

Posted on February 28, 2009. Filed under: Mommy Moments |

So, about those pesky painkillers.  Yeah — I am glad we have such a thing, but man they do not do good things to me.  The first surgery the doc gave me vicadin.  I took one and felt like I was “The Sentinel” — you know, where you could hear and see and feel everything.  The hypersensitivity was insane.  I only took two of them and went on to Advil.

The second surgery, the doc gave me Percocet.   Percocet is in the morphine family.  Percocet does take away the pain, and no hypersensitivity but man did I itch.  I seriously scratched my legs and back raw.  And after four days on it, I couildn’t even focus my eyes to talk to my husband.  I wanted it out of my system so badly that I called one of the drug rehab facilities and asked them how they clean out people’s systems.  Lots of water and try to speed up your metabolism by doing any kind of exercise.  I did drink lots of water.

I discovered I’d rather just take Advil and hurt a little than feel yucky from the pain meds.

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Whew — I’m Back

Posted on February 27, 2009. Filed under: Mommy Moments |

Sorry for the lengthier than expected absence.  The surgery was a bit more involved than what I originally understood.  I won’t disgust you with any of the details here!  I do, of course, have to share a couple of tidbits from the entire experience.

I had asked the nurse scheduling the surgery for something early in the am, since this was a “no eating or drinking after midnight” and lord knows I can’t go without eating for very long.  Plus, you don’t really want a lot of time to sit and think about the fact that someone is going to be cutting your head open today.  She obliged, and we had to check-in at the hospital (about 35 minutes away) at 6:00 am.  Thank God for our babysitter B.  She was willing to drag herself out of bed early and take the kids so they wouldn’t get out of their routine of starting out at her house.   That definitely made for one less thing to worry about.

On the way to the hospital, I did try to convince the BigD to just skip it all together.  He drove right to the hospital.  I swear, as soon as we pulled into the parking garage, you could smell that hospital smell.  That’s when your stomach does a flop. 

The hospital has gone way high tech.  Your family member gets a restaurant-style beeper with an assigned number.  The number corresponds to the same number on a flat screen tv (one of many in the waiting room) that tells the “stages” you’ve been through, like checked in, hooked up, ready to be cut, etc. 

We sit and wait for a while, BigD trying to make small chat.  Doesn’t work.  I have to go to the bathroom like three times in 15 minutes.  I see techs coming out getting the people that checked in before me.  Then a bitchy looking tech comes sluffing out.  I say to BigD “I hope she’s not mine – she looks like a bitch.”  Of course she was mine. 

As we’re walking back she says I’ll need to give a urine sample.  Hmmm, maybe they should have told me that before the last three times I peed.  I explain I just went.  Tech- “sigh.  That’s what everybody says.”  My response, “well, give me a minute and I can probably squeeze out a nervous pee.”  Miracle — she laughs!  After that, everything was a-ok with her. 

Then I knew things were heating up because a nurse comes in, followed by BigD’s Mom, L.  We all chat for a couple of minutes….until the needles come out.  BigD knows — I hate needles… really hate needles.  I still almost cry when I have to get a shot.  Yes, I’m a wimp about it and I’ll admit it.  BigD suggests that he and L should step out.  The nurse asks if I want the little shot of Lidocaine before the IV goes in.  Um…..two shots?  NOOOOOOO thank you.  Not only do I hate shots, I really hate feeling the medicine go in, and from my experience during the first surgery I know Lidocaine pools when it goes it.  It just feels wrong.  I tell her to just stick the IV in.

The nurse is going over the paperwork, and amusingly BigD discovers they have the orders written for the right side of my head, when it’s actually the left side of my head that will be worked on.  When the dr comes, new orders have to be written.  OOPS.  At least they weren’t taking off a limb or something. 

Then the or nurse and nurse anesthesiologist come in….L departs.  The anesth says its time and they start to wheel me away.  Meanwhile, he’s given a little push of something in the IV.  “Whoa.”  It took like three seconds to initially ‘feel it.’  Five feet later I’m saying goodbye to BigD.  Then it’s lights out.  Seriously.   A little tiny vial of medicine put me out in 10-15 seconds.

Then, I woke up during the surgery.  No, just kidding!  I woke up just fine in the recovery room with a very nice nurse looking after me.  As I was waking up, I started moving my non-IV arm around and realized I was touching my own skin on my leg.  I ask “why am I naked?”  I’m quite sure she surpressed a laugh and then she explained that I wasn’t naked, they just had to undo the gown a bit.  Oh.

Then off to post-recovery where I meet back up with BigD, have an Otis Spunkmeyer apple cinnamon muffin (quite good), and then get dressed to be released. 

The next few days are a blur, and I discover I hate pain medication.  I’ll share that story tomorrow!

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A Few Quiet Days

Posted on February 18, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I’m off to my follow-up surgery tomorrow, so the blog will be quiet for a few days. Thanks for understanding, and we’ll talk again next week!

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Baby Fat

Posted on February 18, 2009. Filed under: Mommy Moments |

So, it’s official.  I do need to drop some pounds, especially before our trip to Vegas.  I mean, it’s been official for a while, but I’m just now saying it “out loud.”   My question is, can I call it baby fat?  Can I legally say “I need to lose the baby fat” even though my “baby” is now three years old?  Between the two kids, that is where the lbs came from……and never left. 

What do you think???  Take the poll.  (Update – I’m tired of fighting the poll html code that won’t work, so vote via comment if you feel strongly!)

Is this a bad time to bring up how much I LOVE the new blueberry muffin tops by EGGO?

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Mommy’s Idea Blog Contest

Posted on February 17, 2009. Filed under: Mommy Moments, Web World |

I’m so excited…..Check out the Custom Baby Memory Book giveaway at Mommy’s Idea.  And of course they have other fun giveaways too!  It is a really fun blog with all things being Mommy created.

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Happy Anniversary

Posted on February 16, 2009. Filed under: Mommy Moments | Tags: |

Friday was the BigD and I’s 10th anniversary.  That’s a really big deal.  10 years, and I have to say, it doesn’t feel like it – and I do mean that in a good way.  We were supposed to go out for a nice dinner Friday night, but the snow came in, and both of the kids were feeling a little under the weather, so we decided to postpone the celebration.  Ironically, I called to cancel the dinner reservation and they had no record of it.   Probably a good thing we didn’t go after all. 

Some highlights of our years together…

Our First Date:  We went to a college world series game, and were having such a nice time together we decided to keep it going and went to a movie.  When you walk out of the movie theater, the concrete changes colors so it looks like you have to step down….so my body did, and I fell to my knees.  Then I laughed hysterically.

Our Third Date: Same movie theater.  I fell…..again.  I laughed harder.  He laughed that time too.  And yes, he still married me!

Our Wedding:  we opted for low key.  Just immediate family to celebrate what really mattered.  Sadly, the BigD’s Dad wasn’t able to make it to the ceremony because he was fighting cancer.  He was there in spirit, but we missed him.

Our Honeymoon:  We scheduled the wedding around an already planned ski trip with my brother.  BigD ended up having the achy flu the days before the wedding and said he wasn’t going to go.  I was bawling and said he had to…it was our honeymoon, etc.  He ended up going with us….and then we found he got altitude sickness.  We left a day early.  The further down the mountain, the better he felt.  The better he felt, the madder I got.  Then I got a speeding ticket on the way home.

Dad’s: Unfortunately, we both lost our Dad’s within about a year of each other.  This was definitely a time of learning and making choices about family.

ChickenFried: I went a week over due and then got induced on a Friday am.  I was in labor over 24 hours and didn’t have the boy until 9:30 Sat am.  He was so beautiful.  I couldn’t hold him right away because I was bleeding a lot, but I could see him across the room.  I swear to this day that he looked at me.

Glenwood: We bought land and built a home outside of Glenwood.  It’s a great little town, and we’ve met a lot of wonderful people (you all know who you are!).

Punk: New doctor….and a scheduled c-section this time.  We decided on the way to the hospital in the am how we would spell her name (obviously not Punk).   I got into the or and the doctors were working away.  They said “one more layer and your little girl will be here.”  I said “where’s my husband?”  They waited for BigD to get into the room.  When they delivered her they kept saying “look at those chunky cheeks.”  I was like ‘how big is this kid?’  She was almost 9 pounds, and very healthy.  And she did have some chunky cheeks. 

And many more to come…

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Snow Day Memory Pages

Posted on February 16, 2009. Filed under: Elemental Memories, The Parenting Thing |

We got quite a bit of snow in our corner of the world Friday, and Glenwood finally called it late am for the kids to leave a couple of hours early.  It was about time, and I think the buses ended up out in the middle of the storm at the worst possible time.   I, unfortunately, did not make it home in time to share a Snow Day with the kiddos, but it did bring back a lot of memories about snow days when I was a kid.  There was something magical about them.  It was more than just getting to skip school.  It was a day where anything goes.  Many games were played.  The grilled cheese and soup tasted better.  The naps were longer.  The hugs and snuggles felt warmer.

What do you do with your kiddos on snow days?  Do you have special traditions, or just go with the flow?  Here is a memory and photo page to help you remember the snow days.  Print it out, share it, enjoy it!

Snow Day Memory Page

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Posted on February 11, 2009. Filed under: Mommy Moments |

I saw something on the way home tonight that just really threw me.  I didn’t know if I should laugh out of disgust and the absolute aburdness of the situation, or call 911.

I’m driving on the interstate and see something moving around in the backseat of the car beside me, but I just can’t figure out what in the world it is.  I look in as I pass, and it is a young child.  Forget no car seat – the kid isn’t even buckled in by a seat belt.  AND, he/she has a plastic bag (from WalMart) over his/her head.  I think he/she was playing peek-a-boo and pulling it off and putting it back on.  The parents in the front seat were …. I don’t know what.  What?  Seriously.  The bag thing really just killed me.  If our kids get a piece of plastic bag near their head we’re yelling at them and pulling every scare tactic available to us.   They don’t even want to carry groceries in if they are in plastic!

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Busy Weekend, and I’m Exhausted

Posted on February 8, 2009. Filed under: Mommy Moments |

So after swimming lessons, the remainder of the weekend was spent completely moving bedrooms around.  A little background.  When BigD and I built our house, we were thinking we wouldn’t have any more kids so we just built a 2 bedroom ranch, eventually planning to put a guest room downstairs.  Then, we decided to have another kid.  Sharing a room when they’re little is no big deal, but we knew some day they would want their own.  So last summer we built on a new larger garage (that was BigD’s part of the bargain), intended to turn the old garage into the new master bedroom.  Ok – so we are just now moving in…..sometimes we move a little slow, but mostly because we do the majority of work ourselves.

Last weekend, we painted, and painted, and painted.  Friday, we got carpet.  This weekend, we moved.  I am happy to say that it is 5:00 on Sunday and all beds are in their places, clothes hung neatly.  The only real thing left to do is get the rest of the kids toys cleaned up.  Oh wait, that’s futile.  Ok then, I guess I’ll have a drink!

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Little Swimmers

Posted on February 7, 2009. Filed under: The Parenting Thing |

Saturday was our swimming lessons day.  Punk has been taking lessons in a class with her friend.  They are having so much fun.  Punk loves the water… a little too much.  The first day of lessons she got in trouble for going toward the deep end.  Better to get her swimming now.  She did so good — put her head totally under the water to swim through the hula hoop.  

We went into the family locker room to get her changed after lessons, and of course she had to go potty, but didn’t want to use the big potty in there.  So, we cut over to the women’s locker room, got the wet suit off and took care of business.  Then I realized I didn’t bring the towel with us from one locker room to the other, and everyone knows how very difficult, um impossible, it is to put a wet suit on a kid.  So, I checked out if anyone was between the locker rooms and told her to run as fast as she could.  ChickenFried asked why we were laughing, and I said because Katy streaked through the pool.

Then, it was ChickenFried’s turn.  He has been another story.  He’s had ear tubes, and then when those fell out, one left a hole in his ear drum so he’s always been a little afraid to get his ears wet.  But, when he saw Punk having fun in lessons with one of the teachers, Jake, he decided he would like to try it to.  So, we asked Jake (a fun high school kid) if he would give him lessons.

After his lesson, back to the family locker room (we’d taken Punk home in between) and I realized I’d forgotten underwear for him.  I told him to just take his suit off and he’d have to go without underwear.  He started pitching a fit and said “I don’t want to go freakin.”  Um, that would be ‘streaking’ and you can put your pants on.  I can only imagine what was going through his head … that I was going to make him run naked through the Y passed all of his friends playing basketball.  Poor kid.

Today was so great – not only did Punk go under water, so did ChickenFried.  A HUGE improvement over where we’ve been in the passed.  We’re going to do a few more private lessons with Jake – a little expensive but worth it to get him over the hump.

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