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  • The babies turned 9 months old on the first. I have yet to do their 9 month post and photo dump. Slacker McSlacker Pants over here.
  • Eddie woke up last Tuesday screaming in pain. His neck was turned all the way to the right and he couldn’t turn it back.  How do I know it hurt?  Because he willingly took Advil.  Acute Torticolis was the diagnosis, and we had 3 visits to the chiropractor and 2 days off of school.  Young man got to watch a whole lot of Netflix. He’s mostly better now, but still, over a week later, a little bit stiff.
  • THEN! Friday night Gussy went off on one of his crying jags.  He does this on occasion, gets set off by something, and it takes a long time to calm him down.  He’s  a sensitive boy.  This happened while he was lying on the floor drinking his bottle, so I ended up rocking him while he screamed for 20 minutes and then finally passed out. Saturday morning though, I noticed that he wasn’t moving his arm. When I lifted it, he screamed.  When the pediatrician on call didn’t call me back within a half hour, Ed and I threw everyone in the car and drove there to get him checked out. It turned out that he had dislocated his elbow. Dr. said he thought it was back in, but sent us for xrays to be sure, and to make sure there was nothing else going on. (When we got in the car, Eddie confessed to making him clap, maybe a bit to aggressively, just before he started crying the night before.) Anywhooo, the radiologist confirmed that it was dislocated, and she gently twisted it back in to place, and within 3 minutes, Gus was a happy grabby baby again. thankfully, there were no other issues. We celebrated with a big pancake breakfast.
  • Saturday night was a  holiday dinner for all of our different community organizations, so my parents came out to watch the kids, and Ed and I went to that. It was ok.  Ed knows everyone in town, and I…don’t. But I got to meet a lot of people, drink 2 glasses of wine, and wear my red shoes, so I’ll call it a win.
  • Sunday was Cait’s winter dance recital. It was loooong, but she had a good time. Someone stole Hannah’s, Gus’s and my coats on the way out, so Ed was on a hunt to track them down. He found them tucked under a lady’s arm and chalked it up to a misunderstanding, but I’m not so sure. We had lunch at Red Robin, (and I swear Gus crammed 7 french fries in his mouth at once), and then we all came home and napped for 2 hours.  All 7 of us! It was maybe the best thing that’s ever happened to me.
  • Work is cleaning my clock.  I will be really glad when the holiday break starts. I feel like such a whiner, given that I took a nearly 6 month long maternity leave this year, but shit…I need a break. I’ll be glad to have all my vacation time at my disposal next year.
  • Are you on my Christmas Card list? If we’ve exchanged in the past, you definitely are! But if you aren’t and you’d like one, please send me your address!

17 responses »

  1. Holy crow. I can’t believe EVERYONE napped. That is a sure sign of fabulous things.

  2. Eliza dislocated her elbow rough housing with our nanny one day, and same thing – screaming bloody murder, wouldn’t move her arm, and as soon as the ER doc moved it the right way, she was good as new. Crazy to me – I expected there to be residual pain or swelling or SOMETHING, but nope, right as rain. I was told it’s a super common dislocation in the under-5 set, and can recur, but you can learn to pop it back yourself pretty easily. Glad Gus Gus is ok!

    Also, a simultaneous seven person nap is perhaps UNHEARD OF, oh my word.

  3. How did that woman end up with a woman’s coat, a girl’s coat, and an infant boy’s coat by “accident”? Seems suspicious.

    So glad Gus quickly regained his arm mobility so he could cram 7 fries into his mouth. 🙂

  4. Dislocations freak me out so badly. I have weird messed up knees and as a result my kneecaps literally slide out of place if I turn too sharply and end up on the side of my leg until I straighten back up- then they just pop back where they ought to be. It happened a ton in high school, a few times as a young adult, once very badly when I was pregnant, resulting in surgery, and then never again since. But I am still so paranoid- it’s just the weirdest, creepiest feeling. Also my best friend dislocated her shoulder in high school and it looked so so painful. So. I’m adding “dislocated elbow” to my list of things to be terrified of happening to my little kids. I didn’t even know that was a… thing, you know? Your elbow?! But sounds like it turned out okay, thank goodness! Poor baby!

  5. Merry Christmas my dear friend. How the years pass huh? I hope the tribe has something special planned for the big day. I think of you often and wonder how you are. Sometimes I really miss our group from back in the day.

    Lots of love,
    Paprika x

  6. Everyone taking a nap at once? That sounds like a Christmas miracle (albeit come a bit early). Sorry about the injuries and glad you got your coats back.

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