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7 Quick Takes: August 30

Linking up with Jen at Conversion Diary.

1. Jeremy and I had the opportunity to do some hands-on trach care with Agnes this morning. The respiratory therapist came in and tried to explain every single thing we would ever need to know, then showed us how to suction and change the ties. We wanted to jump right in because doing it is the best way to learn. The therapist coached us, it took a long time, Agnes got so mad she finally gave up fighting, then she puked. Then the therapist pretty much told us that next time we should let a therapist work with one of us at a time because we were obviously very scared and she could sense my frustration and she will chart that we went over the care but we still have a lot of work to do. Then she wanted to explain even more stuff to us! We worked for two hours and Stephen was starting to be a handful in the background and it was lunch time. We were finally able to get rid of the therapist, but we’re in for more fun tomorrow morning!

2. I don’t mean to criticize hospital staff. It was just a ton of information presented somewhat haphazardly. The therapist today came in asking us what we had discussed with the therapist who trained us yesterday. I guess they are transitioning the parent education from some people to different people. Whatever, that’s no excuse for disorganization, especially when it comes to serious medical care for children. They need a curriculum that is in a specific order, so when a new teacher comes they can see from the report that we only covered chapters 1 and 2. Or maybe they’re “modules.” That’s a trendy name for medical care education.

3. Also we are sick. of. the. cafeteria. Like, I would almost rather not eat lunch than eat cafeteria food. Yesterday we had had enough so we walked to “a thai place” on Main Street. I had vaguely remembered this place from driving around downtown, so I asked Agnes’ nurse, “Isn’t there a Thai place on Main Street?” She said yes, but neither of us could remember exactly where. We thought we knew, so Jeremy, Stephen, and I set out. It was one of those things where you walk for a while, don’t see the destination, finally try to look it up on Google maps and discover you’ve walked a 2-year 10 minutes in the wrong direction, with the noonday sun beating down on his exposed, and now extremely sweaty head. We did finally find the place, and it was so totally worth the extra hoofing. Stephen didn’t like it, but Jeremy and I thought it was divine. Then it only took about 5 minutes to walk back to the hospital because it’s actually very close. Yay.

4. I must feel like eating Asian food because I made Indian food at home for dinner. Lentil dal over rice, with an Indian spiced cabbage side dish. It was delicious and light, and vegetarian for Friday. Stephen even ate some. I was so proud of him. I only gave him a drizzle of dal on the rice and covered it with yogurt, but it was a major accomplishment for him to eat some. Then I rewarded him with melon.

5. Stephen is very cute. Have I told you the coffee cart story? Well even if I have: I asked Jeremy to take Stephen down to the coffee cart in the hospital lobby to buy a latte. We have a frequent customer card, and we were due to get a free drink! I turned to Stephen and said, “Do you want to go to the coffee cart and buy mommy a latte?” And he says, “Coffee Cart? Coffee Cart?” Then I guess Jeremy gave him the free drink card to carry and Stephen said “coffee cart, coffee cart” all the way down the hall, in the elevator, down the other hall, and through the lobby. Then when Jeremy tried to hand over the free drink card, Stephen got mad and wanted to hand it over himself. Precious.

6. Stephen likes to drink coffee. Iced coffee with cream, but still.

7. Speaking of coffee, I think it’s safe to say I have an addiction. I used to do it recreationally, but since I married Jeremy, he has led me down a path of addiction, and now I can’t stop. I used to have one cup a day, and now I drink up to three cups a day. I used to have to limit coffee after noon because the caffeine affected my sleep. No longer. The other night I drank a cup of coffee at 8pm and went to bed at 11 with no problems. At least, I drink only “good” coffee. If it tastes bad, I can resist. And if there is only powdered creamer available, I have no trouble saying no.

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7 Quick Takes: August 2

Linking up with Jen over at Conversion Diary. Head over there for other awesome bloggers’ quick take round ups.

1. Jeremy and I discovered Parry Gripp several months ago and we just love some of his music. Imagine my surprise when I heard this song on the radio today:

I have no idea why this song was on the radio. But I am eternally grateful. “This party has like five different kinds of nachos!”

2. Speaking of Parry Gripp, I am reminded of how much I love this song:

I love this song so much that I listened to it over and over and transcribed the lyrics and chord changes. Then I had to transpose to a different key so it would fit in my voice range better. I can totally play this song on piano.

3. I’m going to make mohitos later this evening after Jeremy gets home from work. I was going to make mohitos yesterday; I even made some simple syrup and bought some mint at the grocery store. Then I couldn’t remember the exact proportions so I looked up a recipe. Mohitos require fresh lime. Oh snap. So I hung my head and resolved to buy limes today so I can have mohito tonight.

4. I think I mentioned last week how much I love me some coffee.

Remind me to never waste my time on that McDonald’s swill. btw, I wonder where my home recipe for coffee falls in that chart?

5. Stephen is a genius. He knows colors and shapes. He still sometimes mixes up blue and green, but he reliably knows red, yellow, purple, orange, and pink. He also can point out stars, triangles, squares, circles, and hearts. He can also ask politely for things, as in, “more pizza please.” Sniff. Tear. My baby boy.

6. Tonight I get to insert a new n/g tube for Agnes. My first one at home, with no medical staff supervision. I’m pretty excited to see if I remember how to do it right. I was hoping the tube would last until tomorrow so she would have a fresh one for church on Sunday, but she threw up all over her face this evening, and if that little piece of tape that holds it in place gets wet, it loses its sticky. So, here we go!

7. Today Jeremy and I prayed our family rosary. We used to pray a rosary every morning with our coffee in hand, and Stephen “praying” along with his own set of beads. But ever since Agnes was born, we’ve kind of forgotten about this routine. I think you know why. I really want to get back into praying a daily rosary as a family. I’m glad we did it this morning. I hope we can remember to do it tomorrow, and Sunday, and every day after that!

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Seven Quick Takes: July 26

Once again I am joining Jennifer and all the fine bloggers at Conversion Diary for a Quick Takes Friday. I do it when I feel like it, okay. Don’t judge me for my sporadic linking-up.

1. I’m down to two pumping sessions! Tomorrow maybe I’ll do two again, then one on Sunday. If I’m motivated I might do one final time on Monday morning, but Agnes is coming home Monday so I probably can’t be bothered to pump after Monday morning!

2. We’re trying to get the house ready for a fragile newborn. I resurrected my trusty old housecleaning schedule and adapted it for our current house. The important thing will be to keep the carpets vacuumed and the surfaces as dust-free as possible. Agnes has some respiratory trouble. I hope we can make it clean enough for her to do okay at home! Hello, daily vacuuming! Also I need to get my life back in control. The cleaning schedule will help me stay on track and actually maybe accomplish some things around the house in the midst of caring for a toddler and a needy newborn with lots of doctors’ appointments.

3. The cats really like the changing station I set up in the guest room. I’ll probably have to kick them off the mat when it’s time to change Agnes’ diaper.

Cats (l to r): Iggi, Sashimi.

Cats (l to r): Iggi, Sashimi.


4. My husband delivers pizzas. He gets an employee discount. Apparently as his family, I get the employee discount as well. This could be trouble. In related news, dinner tonight was delicious.

5. Yesterday I wore a pretty new skirt, put on makeup, and even styled my hair before we went to visit Agnes at the NICU. I guess my effort really paid off because one of the nurses made a special trip to Agnes’ cubby just to tell me that I looked “lovely.” That’s why we ladies do it, folks. So the NICU nurses can enjoy our put-together style. No seriously, I feel a lot better these days now that I am taking some time with my personal appearance. And since Agnes is doing so well, I’m not afraid to wear mascara, and I feel much perkier when I don’t look like I just rolled out of bed and threw on a t-shirt.

6. I had my six week postpartum appointment with my OB on Wednesday, even though I was only five and a half weeks postpartum. He’s on vacation next week. I really like several of the OBs at that practice, but it seems like every OB has one question on the brain when meeting with postpartum women: What are you doing for birth control? I always tell them we do fertility awareness, natural family planning. So far I haven’t had any trouble from docs when I give this response, though I suppose I will probably get resistance as I get older. I wish they would give me a little trouble because I would love to explain the process to them and show them that it really works!

7. I really love coffee. I also have nothing else to say for my seventh quick take. So…coffee. It’s the best. I’m a cream and sugar kind of gal. I don’t like flavored creamer because it gets too sweet by the time you add enough to make the coffee creamy. And coffee has got to be strong!


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