Friday, August 31, 2012

Five Question Friday!! 8/31/12

Labor Day Weekend...the end of summer as we know it. Forgive me for a second...I need to compose myself...



Okay, I'm better now.

Anyway, any big plans? Camping? Picnics? Just another weekend for ya?

Let's get down to Five Question Friday!

Welcome to Five Question Friday!! You've come to the right place if you want a fun, easy post or if you've suddenly discovered your muses have up and run away, being it's the last weekend of summer and all. 

Rules for 5QF: Copy and paste the following questions to your blog post, answer them, then watch for the linky post to appear Friday morning and LINK UP!

Oh, and remember (pay close attention...this is the important one)...HAVE FUN!

Questions for Friday, August 31st: (Special thanks to Pam (@trooppetrie) from Troop Petrie (TWO questions!! Pam is always an awesome question offerer upper, thanks Pam!), Ellen (Tracy) (@StandandbStrong) from , Kristin (@kasmith03) from The Smith Family Journey, and Scott (@thisdaddys_blog) from This Daddy's Blog for these 5QF question suggestions! I would love to link you in a future 5QF, so come on over to my community or watch for my Thursday afternoon shout out for questions on Twitter and offer up your best question suggestions! Remember to @5crookedhalos me and use hashtag #5QF if you go the Twitter route!)

1. What do you enjoy doing the most with your spouse?

2. How do you eat your taco? From the top or from the side?

3. Have you ever shut off the basement light and ran like a fool because you knew someone was down there and would get you?

4. If you could change one thing about you what would it be and why?

5. What age do you think is appropriate to have the "bird and the bees" talk with your children?

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1. What do you enjoy doing the most with your spouse?

Um. Ahem. Folks, this is a family show. We can't talk about things like that. ;)

Kidding. Well, not really, but you know.

I love talking with him. Hashing out the world's problems and concluding that the only thing that is right in this world, is us. ;) Kidding.

Being married is really one of the most wonderful (and difficult) things in the whole world. Spending everyday with your best friend, the person who knows you best, the one with whom you can totally and completely be yourself...it's amazing.

I guess, really, what I love most is just being with him. Spending time in silence or talking, just being. I love it.

2. How do you eat your taco? From the top or from the side?

Ha! What a fun question...from the side. Mostly. But my mouth isn't big enough to take down the top with each bite, so I need to go at it from the top every so often, too.

My favorite way to eat a taco is as a salad. I have a little secret to tell you...something that you will thank me for forever and ever. The next time you have a taco salad, put a little Western dressing and some Miracle Whip on it.

So. Delicious.

Great. Now I want a taco salad.

3. Have you ever shut off the basement light and ran like a fool because you knew someone was down there and would get you?

Wait. This isn't normal behavior? You mean, not everyone does this?

Heck yes, I do!! Seriously, that serial killer is just biding his time, waiting to grab your ankle and make you his next victim if you don't move too quickly.

What's even worse? Shutting off the light and then getting to bed because HELLO!! That serial killer is now UNDER your bed, just waiting to grab your leg as you leap (oh, come on...you're telling me you don't LEAP into bed when it's dark? Liar.) into bed.

So, yes. Always I run like a fool. And look?! I'm still alive.

4. If you could change one thing about you what would it be and why?

One physical thing? I'm "mole-y". My skin is yucky...all speckled and mole-ful (not to mention break out prone). So, one physical thing is to change my skin.

Or my short legs.

One "me" thing? I'd like to magically become less lazy overnight. I know, I CAN change this (and believe you me, it's something I fight daily) but it's just so much better to lounge on the couch than it is to scrub the floors.

5. What age do you think is appropriate to have the "bird and the bees" talk with your children?

This was in interesting Twitter debate.

One upon a time my BIL and SIL told me that they read that 9 is the best age and I thought they were high on crack. NINE?!?!?!? But then, I considered their reasoning...because, as a parent, it is better to give your child the CORRECT information first than for them to hear the INCORRECT information from school friends.

Now, let me tell you...Belle and Dubya had been hearing the "s" word on the bus and at school, at ages 9 and 7, and because I firmly believe in the above theory, I brought it up to them and we had a very good (and thorough) discussion on sex. Did I want to tell my 7 year old about sex? No, but because of the situation, I wanted him to be informed by ME, not the bus kids or the school kids.

Me. His parent. The person from whom he can trust to get correct and complete information from.

Establishing a foundation of trust for the future. And let me tell you, this "organic" conversation was WAY easier than the "forced" one I had with Pal at 11, because he had never brought it up or asked, I felt it was time for him to know.

I have always been very open with my kids on matters of the body...I never shriek or yell or jump all over them if they walk in on me in the bathroom, even if it's mid-tampon change (sorry, men, for that word) so since they've been very young, they've been given information on women's bodies, how they work and why we bleed every month.

A period is a matter of fact. It's a bodily function...so in my book, not talking to your kids about it or hiding it or sugar coating it or ignoring it is just like not talking about pooping. Or farting. Or burping.

A period isn't a bad thing. It's a natural thing. A NORMAL thing...and I treat it that way.

It's lead to very open discussions with my "pre-pubescent" daughter on what she can expect from her body. It's allowed us to shop for her "emergency kit" to be prepared for that time, and to shop without embarrassment or shame.

Ultimately, it has to be at the parent's comfort level...but "too early" is way better than "too late" in my book. Within reason, of course...I wasn't about to give Baby Girl more details when, at 4, she asked and was persistent about "but mama, HOW does the daddy help get the baby in there?".

Yeah...four was too young for me!

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And with that, I hope y'all enjoy your last weekend of summer!



Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thursday Night 5QF Sneak Peek!

Hey friends! Seems like schools all around us (and all over the country) have started already, so to you I say, "Yay for the long Labor Day weekend!!"...but for us lucky suckers who haven't started yet I say, "Boo hoo for the last weekend of summer!".


The end of summer really stinks. Bad. Like a sweaty teenager, bad.

My kids are marginally excited to go back, however, so I guess that's good...Baby Girl is particularly pleased because I told her, after her "so sad EVERYONE ELSE gets a special day with mom" realization, I promised her Baby and Mom day when "all those grimy kids go back to school".

Kid cracks me up!

Anyway, onto the questions...I need something to distract me from the (good) stress in my life right now!

Welcome to Five Question Friday!! You've come to the right place if you want a fun, easy post or if you've suddenly discovered your muses have up and run away, being it's the last weekend of summer and all. 

Rules for 5QF: Copy and paste the following questions to your blog post, answer them, then watch for the linky post to appear Friday morning and LINK UP!

Oh, and remember (pay close attention...this is the important one)...HAVE FUN!

Questions for Friday, August 24th: (Special thanks to Pam (@trooppetrie) from Troop Petrie (TWO questions!! Pam is always an awesome question offerer upper, thanks Pam!), Ellen (Tracy) (@StandandbStrong) from , Kristin (@kasmith03) from The Smith Family Journey, and Scott (@thisdaddys_blog) from This Daddy's Blog for these 5QF question suggestions! I would love to link you in a future 5QF, so come on over to my community or watch for my Thursday afternoon shout out for questions on Twitter and offer up your best question suggestions! Remember to @5crookedhalos me and use hashtag #5QF if you go the Twitter route!)

1. What do you enjoy doing the most with your spouse?

2. How do you eat your taco? From the top or from the side?

3. Have you ever shut off the basement light and ran like a fool because you knew someone was down there and would get you?

4. If you could change one thing about you what would it be and why?

5. What age do you think is appropriate to have the "bird and the bees" talk with your children?

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See you in the morning!




He's so weird.

Point a camera at my baby bro, and this is what you'll get: 





Weirdo. 


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Talkin' Shop...Baby's Out, Now What?!


Thanks to a very lovely reader, KP, for the suggestion to do a post on what happens after baby is born. What a fabulous idea!



Okay, so you've checked in, packing, of course, only what I've previously mentioned, and have pushed your sweet little babe into the world. What happens now?!

Dr. So and So will likely have delivered your slippery baby onto your tummy...mama bellies make for great holding places for slippery little babes...and, unbeknownst to you, your babe is already being scrutinized.

Good tone?

Good color?

Crying?

Heartrate is ___?

All whilst being "cleaned". And by "cleaned" I mean, "vigorously rubbed so as to make your baby cry because we don't spank any more and we really want your baby to cry to clear out his or her lungs". Hey, this L&D thing isn't all just rocking babies. (Actually, it's very little of that.)

At some point during the vigorous rub down, your labor support person will be graciously handed a giant scissors with which they can cut the baby's cord. Warning: IT IS CHEWY.

The umbilical cord, that is, not the scissors. And, yes, I did just said "chewy" in regards to an umbilical cord...no, I've not actually "chewed" an umbilical cord, but it's not one quick snip through and it's done, it takes a few (sometimes several) snips to get all the way through. Be prepared.

What happens next depends upon the wishes of the sweet young mother...and sweet young mothers fall into one of three categories: 1. "Do not take my sweet little infant off my chest so help me God I will leap out of this bed and tackle you." 2. "Meh. Do whatcha need to do. I've got the next 18 years with this kid." or 3. "Take this slimy creature off of me ASAP and DO NOT bring it back until it resembles the baby I dreamt up in my mind!".

If you are a "1", your babe will be tucked in under your gown, nestled close to your breast, delaying the "baby tasks" (I'll get to that in a sec.) until you're ready.

If you are a "3", your babe will be whisked away to an awaiting stabilet where we will band, secure, measure, weight, footprint and photograph AS WELL AS CLEAN UP your slimy little creature and then give him or her back to you, all dried off, diapered, hatted and swaddled like only L&D nurses can swaddle a baby.

If you are a "2", with an indifference to whether babe gets cleaned up or stays with you, I'll totally level with you here...we nurses become very task oriented at delivery time. We have "stuff" we have to get done and if you don't care? Well then, consider yourself a "3", 'cuz that babe will likely be zipped right over to the stabilet (which, btw, is the little warmer bed thingamajig we have for babies after delivery) for after delivery "tasks".

What are these "tasks" you ask? Well, weight. That's usually the one that sends babies to us the quickest...sweet young parents are often dying to know the weight of their baby.

Vital signs...the most important to us. 

Measurements (length and head, at our hospital...maybe also chest at others?). 

Banding (where you and your baby get bands with matching numbers...make sure this is done before your babe ever leaves your sight. No chance for banding the wrong baby this way.). 

Securement (security device placed on your infant...not sure how prevalent this is throughout hospitals, but I know it's a growing trend. You can't take infant security too seriously.).

Footprints.

Photo (another security piece).

Let's back up just a second, though...say your babe comes out and is, well, less than vigorous. All bets are off. I don't care how strong of a "1" you are, if your baby needs help, he will be taken to the stabilet for a "jump start". Hopefully, all that will entail is some more vigorous rubbing, but sometimes a baby needs much more than that. (Which is an entirely different post.)

Research has shown that it's best for babies to not be bathed for at least two hours following birth, all hospital policies differ, but just be aware that your baby might not be squeaky clean and smelling like Johnson and Johnson's before your first visitors arrive.

Sorry about that...but your baby's blood sugar thanks us.

Now...how about for mom?

Well...while the nurses are tending to the baby, the doctor has his sights set on your placenta, which is likely still tucked up, nice and warm, inside of you. At some point, your placenta will release it's grip on your uterus and you will suddenly have another urge to push (or, simply be asked to push) and PLOP! Out comes your placenta.

Then, the nurse that stuck by your side through the throes of labor and whom you've declared your love for and insisted upon naming your first child after? Suddenly she becomes your worst nightmare...because she has to massage and knead and rub on that vacated uterus of yours to make sure it stays nice and firm and you don't lose oodles of blood.

You will likely be started on a fast drip of oxytocin, (aks "Pitocin"), ugh, but hey, we're talking about what happens, not my opinions, right? Right. So, Pitocin. Cranked up. Friends, say hello to "after pains". I'm sorry.

While the doctor is doing any repairs to your bottom, you will be getting serial (as in "a lot") of blood pressures, pulse measurements, maybe oxygen measurements and being asked, "So, what's his name?!"

If you had an epidural, it was likely turned off right after baby was out. The catheter from the epidural will come out at some point in the next couple of hours, if not right away...you'll remember it by the stinging burn as we rip off the tape the anesthesiologist glued (yes, I said GLUED) to your skin. 

Oh, and if you didn't know before that we all have a multitude of teeny tiny fine little hairs on our lower backs, you'll know as they are all yanked out by the epidural dressing. Fun times, I know.

Soon enough, you will be smiled upon with a kind woman cleaning off your lower half, giving you fresh pads for your bed and an ice pack for your bottom. Oh, and I forgot...the leg part of your bed? It comes off to assist with delivering your babe...it will be replaced after the cleaning/pad/ice pack bit.

And then...then you can revel (sort of...at least in between vital signs for you, vital signs for baby, baby medication administration, and mashing on your uterus) in the glory that is your sweet little bundle.

Congratulations, sweet young mother! You just had a baby.



Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mama

Today is my mama's birthday.



She is one amazing mama and I couldn't have hand picked a better one for me!

The kids and I took her out for lunch today and I'm pretty sure that the business group next to us wasn't appreciative of our loud, happy, celebratory bunch! Well...except for the guy on the end who kept glancing over and smiling (I'm guessing he was a dad).

My mama is one fun loving mama. Always quick with a smart come-back and fiercely defensive of those she loves.

Happy birthday, to mine mama! We love you to the moon and back!


Monday, August 27, 2012

Sigh said the sloth.

Last evening, after a trip to Home Depot, where we quickly dropped over $400 for trim (TRIM!! Skinny little pieces of wood for the edges of our doors. Fer dumb.), we headed to Texas Roadhouse for a late supper.

While I was shoving deep fried pickles into my mouth as fast as I possibly could, I mumbled to my husband, "Can we stop at Kohl's so I can buy some new running shoes?" (I think it sounded more like this, because of my mouthful of pickles, "mmmphfKohlsmmmmhmmmpftttshoes?") to which he responded, "What about those other shoes you just got?"

Before I go any further, let me explain "just got"...they are probably 2, possibly more, years old, grimy, and dirty...not so much "just got".

So, anyway...I responded, "They're worn out."

And, my friends, what happened next was, possibly, one of the most hilarious things I've witnessed in recent events. My dear, sweet, adorable husband, began laughing. 

Laughing hysterically. 

Laughing in a "I can't catch my breath I'm laughing so hard" way.

Then I realized what I said. "They're worn out." which would lead one to believe that I am such an avid runner that I plum used the suckers up.

Only I don't run.

Or go for walks.

Or do aerobics.

Or calesthenics.

Or CrossFit.

I mean, fer dang sake, I check the mail with my car.

But then it hit me. "They're worn out." and I started laughing, too. Laughing because with that one little statement I had implied that I'm a worker-outer and used up a pair of shoes. Let me get something clear, here...never, and I mean EVER, have I worn out a pair of tennis shoes from over use.

My sloth-like behaviors tend to knock the exercise ambition right out of me.

Guess what, though?

Imma be takin' a new pair of pink tennies for a walk tonight! :)


Friday, August 24, 2012

Five Question Friday!! 8/24/12

It's Friday and what makes that sad is that I'm facing three evening shifts (3-11:30 pm) in a row. So hard to be away from my family on the weekends...such is the life of a nurse!


Ready to play along with 5QF? Okay, let's get started!

Welcome to Five Question Friday!! You've come to the right place if you want a fun, easy post or if you've suddenly discovered your muses have gorged themselves on steak. And potatoes. And tomato/cucumber/basil salad. 


Rules for 5QF: Copy and paste the following questions to your blog post, answer them, then watch for the linky post to appear Friday morning and LINK UP!

Oh, and remember (pay close attention...this is the important one)...HAVE FUN!

Questions for Friday, August 24th: (Special thanks to Lady Gas (@gasfamily) from The Gas Family, Pam (@trooppetrie) from Troop Petrie, Brooke (@HallBro), My Piece of Reality (@mypieceofrealit) from My Piece of Reality,  and inspiration from Laura (@LauraBignell) for these 5QF question suggestions! I would love to link you in a future 5QF, so come on over to my community or watch for my Thursday afternoon shout out for questions on Twitter and offer up your best question suggestions! Remember to @5crookedhalos me and use hashtag #5QF if you go the Twitter route!)


1. If you could have been (could be) any profession you wanted (brains and $$$ no problem) what would it be?

2. How often do you clean out your car?

3. Do you wish there was such a thing as fashion police or are you deeply relieved?

4. What's your go to food/drink/activity when stressed?

5. If you had twins, what would you name them?


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1. If you could have been (could be) any profession you wanted (brains and $$$ no problem) what would it be?
Can we also include "no extra schooling"? 'Cuz I think I would be an engineer.


I love to figure out how things work. But, that could all be a misguided dream. I could be an engineer and think, you know what? I really wish I was a Labor and Delivery nurse.

Honestly, aside from the weekends and holidays, I think I have a dream job. I get to welcome new life into the world every single day that I work! What a blessing.

2. How often do you clean out your car?

Er...I plead the 5th.


Honestly. When I get home from an excursion I have no less than eleventy billion things to cart into the house, my purse, a kid, mail, coffee cups...I don't have time to grab all the other crap in there...and it piles up.

Yeah, I'm not proud of it. But, it is what it is...and my kids are sent to pick up their stuff every so often (which isn't often enough, but whatev...).

3. Do you wish there was such a thing as fashion police or are you deeply relieved?

A little both? I mean, have you ever seen peopleofwalmart.com? Oy. But then, there are those days that I go out in capri yoga pants with pantylines and a not long enough shirt on and I shrug my shoulders and think, whatever. I'm comfy.


I would LOVE someone to nominate me for "What Not to Wear" though! I would LOVE to be on that show and have them show me what looks best for my body type and know what to look for when I shop for the rest of my life!

That sounds a little bit like Heaven...with the added perk of a NYC trip, to boot.

4. What's your go to food/drink/activity when stressed?

Sleep. Please, thank you, amen.


When I get stressed I get uber tired. All I want to do is sleep. For hours and hours and hours.

No piddly cat nap'll do, when it's me vs. stress? Only a nap will do.

5. If you had twins, what would you name them?

This question was spurred from a Twitter conversation with Laura, after The Pioneer Woman mentioned what she would name her twins (if she had them). 

Boy/Girl twins = Ike and Izzy. Isaac and Isabelle.

Dubya was this >< close to being an Isaac...the Mr. just couldn't do it though. I just couldn't do his love of "Wyatt". So, Dubya he was.

Same sex twins? I dunno. I would just make sure to pick two names that I liked that WERE NOT sing-songy rhymey-rhymey matchy-matchy. I hate that. Brett and Brent? Ugh. Pete and Pat? No good. Lacy and Macy? Help.

I always smile a little bit when people having multiples name their babies after their "in utero label"...so, Baby A gets named Alexander and Baby B is Beatrice and Baby C is Cleo. 

It's not annoying to me, I just chuckle a little because most of these parents think their idea is quite original. To which I just smile and say, "Oh, how cute!".

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And now, I am off to enjoy the day with my kids before I go to work! Have a great weekend!



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