Sunday, October 23, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

9 stitches

From August 15th

August 15th started out as a normal Monday.  Forrest works from home on Mondays - which is a huge blessing.  The kids and I had been playing outside in the yard and came in for lunch.  I made macaroni and cheese, gave it to the kids and went downstairs to talk to Forrest.  (I was out of kid bowls, so both were served in small Pyrex bowls.)

While Forrest and I were talking we heard the sound of glass breaking (not the sound you want to hear) followed by crying.  We both raced upstairs and I immediately picked up Selah who was sitting in a pile of broken glass by her chair.  I was trying to comfort her when Forrest said "she's bleeding."  We took one look at her little hand and knew we needed to get in the car and go.  The cut was deep.  Forrest grabbed some paper towels for me, his keys and phone and Ephraim.  I tried my best to stop the bleeding with the paper towels and we got in the car.  We didn't even try to put Selah in her car seat.  She sat in the front with me.

We decided to go to the urgent care by us.  The closest ER is 20 minutes away - and while she needed to be seen immediately, we didn't think it was an emergency.  We walked into urgent care and the receptionist called a nurse to have Selah's hand bandaged.  I was covered in blood and looked a little scary so the nurse tried to clean me up as best she could.

After getting a bandage wrapped around her hand we sat in the waiting room for an hour.  The poor baby whimpered most of the time.  Ephraim talked about how he had an "owie" (his finger had been pricked by the glass) but Selah had a "big owie"

After we were taken back, things moved very smoothly.  The same doctor that had seen Ephraim in June saw Selah.  She was papoosed with two different sheets so that she couldn't move while they were trying to stitch her up.  It was a deep cut - she had cut into the muscle, but thankfully she had not injured any tendons or ligaments.  She had 3 internal stitches to put the muscle back together.  Before they got to the external stitches, she fell asleep.  The poor thing was exhausted and tired of fighting her papoose.  She then got 6 external stitches.

We had planned on leaving that week to go down to my mom's for a week of vacation, but were strongly advised not to go.  River water has a ton of nasty stuff in it, and could easily cause her hand to get infected.
After we got home - Selah continued to use her hand as if nothing had happened.  She bent and used her thumb and hand as if it had never been injured.  She didn't seem to be bothered or really notice the bandage.
She would cry hysterically when we had to change the bandage twice a day - but we think that is because she was scared of her scary stitches.
Ephraim showing off his "owie"
Proving that falling off of her chair onto broken glass is not a deterrent for climbing up on the table.
The scary stitches.  I would have been afraid if I were 17 months old and had to see those too.  Her scar has healed up very nicely.  If you see Selah now and ask to see her owie - she will proudly show you her scar.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

33 things you may not know about me...

On my 33rd birthday - here are some things you might not know.

1. My favorite color is pink
2. I don't like coffee.
3. I drink tea.  Irish breakfast or English breakfast only.  With milk and sugar.  Earl grey is I absolutely have to.
4. I will wear jeans every day in the fall and winter, but I don't like jeans on my kids.
5. I am not a very good housekeeper.
6. My weakness is chocolate chips.  I eat them by the handful.
7. As a counselor I loved working with kids and their families, but never enjoyed working 1 on 1 with adults.
8. If I had my way - we would have 4 kids.  3 the conventional way and then adopt a special needs baby.
9. I was a three sport athlete all through high school and my freshman year in college. 2 sports after that.
10. I have no coordination when you put a racket in my hands.  (If you want to win - challenge me to tennis, raquetball or badminton.)
11. I am not really sure of my true hair color - but I think it is pretty close.
12. The majority of the rooms in my house are decorated in green.
13. I once slapped Ryan in the face - that is the only time I have ever hit somebody.
14. I do not like cauliflower.
15. Dairy makes me sneeze.
16. I don't really like pancakes - french toast is more my thing.
17. If garlic mashed potatoes are on the menu - I will often choose the entree with them, even if there is something else I would rather have.
18. I secretly enjoy reality tv - Keeping up with the Kardashians, Sister Wives and 19 kids and Counting are some of my favorites.
19.  I only wear make up a few times a year.  Forrest says that pretty girls don't need it.  :)
20.  When in doubt - I cook spaghetti or taco salad.
21. My sisters and my mom are some of my best friends
22. My vision is horrible and I can't see more than 4 feet in front of me without my glasses or contacts.
23. I often have to go up a size or 2 in dresses because my rib cage is so wide.  (someone once told me I was shaped like a margarita glass)
24. I would move  back to Wyoming in a heartbeat.
25.  My biggest regret in life is not dating Forrest sooner.
26.  My shoe size is size 10.  (I have very flat feet with no arch)
27.  I am missing a bone in each of my pinky toes.
28.  I do not like red wine - but like all kinds of whites.
29.  I am not a big fan of eggs (scrambled, fried, etc.)
30.  I enjoy cleaning bathrooms and toilets.
31.  My favorite movies are based on true sports stories (Secretariat, Miracle, The Rookie)
32.  I get a weird satisfaction from picking my children's noses.
33.  I have had one accident while driving forwards and 3 while backing up.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

In case you were wondering...

from mid July

This is what your bathroom mirror looks like after it has been sprayed with sunscreen.

My kids.. just trying to make sure everything is protected.
It only took 10 minutes to get off.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

A new fence

Back in the middle of June, the kids and I went to Wyoming for a week. While we were there - Forrest stayed home and built us a new fence with his dad.
The fence enclosed what used to be our side yard.  A large unused part of our yard.  It was too hard for me to play with the kids that close to the road.
After we got home, Forrest and his friend Paul removed the old fence so our backyard could be continuous.
I cannot tell you what a huge blessing this fence has been.  Our backyard now feels HUGE.  We play there all the time.
The kids and I spent a lot of time outside this summer and it has been so much fun.
Next year we have plans of putting in new grass, but even without new grass our new yard is fantastic.