This is so sad…

  • Posted on September 30, 2008 at 7:41 pm

I can’t stop thinking about this. It’s a blog about a woman who got a septic streptococcal pneumoniae infection when she was pregnant.

The blog is a little hard to follow, but here is the rundown: Carol had to have an emergency c-section back in June because she got really sick. Then, her blood started clotting uncontrollably, I think due to the drugs she was on to help her blood pressure stabilize, and it basically made parts of her body die.

Her skin died and started sloughing off, necessitating skin grafts.

Her legs had to be amputated below the knee.

Her left arm was amputated below the elbow.

Her right ring finger was amputated.

The nerves in her eyes died and now she is also blind.

All because she got a strep infection.

Can you even imagine? You are pregnant, looking forward to the birth of your child. The next thing you know, you wake up in the hospital and your life has completely flipped the fuck out. Like your worst nightmare.

To be in that state, and not be able to feed, nurture, cuddle or kiss your newborn baby. The baby not even knowing its mother. And, the woman also has an older daughter–it looks like she’s a toddler, maybe two or three years old. The family seems to have a great support system, and the baby is now thriving. But still. The husband always seems to have a positive attitude when he writes updates.

My heart goes out to them. Get well, Carol.

Sitting Is, Like, So Easy

  • Posted on September 28, 2008 at 9:34 pm

Guess who is soooo advanced that she can sit all by herself?

That’s right. Stella. And she makes it look sooooo easy, doesn’t she?

Also, I won a month’s free membership to Gymboree, so we decided to check it out yesterday. It was fun, but I don’t think I need to pay $77 a month to play with my baby. The only thing they have that I don’t is a giant, colorful parachute.

That little doll in the background is actually a real baby. Doesn’t it look like one of those dolls they give you to practice changing diapers and administering CPR at baby care classes?

I think Stella is getting her first tooth–she has been drooling up a storm, sticking her fingers in her mouth constantly, and she was a little irritable tonight. Poor baby.

Get That BPA Out of Your Mouth Right Now

  • Posted on September 23, 2008 at 5:45 pm

All of the talk about BPA has really muddled my brain. BPA, short for Bisphenol A, is a compound used to make water bottles, CDs, sports equipment, and other common consumer goods. Oh, and did I mention baby bottles?

The controversy, in a nutshell, is some reports say that BPA causes hyperactivity, fertility problems, cancer, autism, growth problems, ETC ETC ETC. Just your run-of-the-mill toxic element wreaking havoc on your body. Some countries, such as Germany and Canada, are even trying to ban BPA.

Just a few weeks ago, the FDA issued a final report on it’s study of BPA, concluding that there is “no direct evidence for health effects in people.” The report says that similar conclusions have been reached by other government agencies such as the European Food Safety Authority.

Then another report was released that said BPA causes heart disease.

So I really don’t know what to think anymore, except maybe stick to my theory that pretty much anything can kill you, so moderation is best.

But I also like the creed “better safe than sorry”, so I took advantage of the little-known Babies R Us policy that allows you to exchange your bottles for BPA-free bottles. You don’t need receipts, packages, or boxes–just the bottles. (Don’t forget the little bottle brushes, or they’ll subtract a dollar. Unless you distract the cashier and they forget to subtract a dollar, which also works.) They will give you store credit for new bottles. It also comes in handy when you aren’t so fond of the bottles you already have, like if you have Doctor Browns bottles with those eleventy billion gazillion little parts.

So return your bottles, be worry free about BPA in your baby, and try out a new brand of bottles!

Bryan and Romana, Sittin’ In a Tree…

  • Posted on September 22, 2008 at 9:37 pm

Bryan and Romana got married on Saturday, and we drove all the way to Cleveland (ROCKS) Ohio to celebrate with them. Stella did surprisingly well in the car–she slept most of the way, and when she wasn’t sleeping, she was playing. Stella Wins the Best Baby Award!

It was so fun to see my family. However, I no longer have the stamina to party all night like the rest of them. Perhaps it’s because Stella gets up between 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. everyday, and I get tired. Perhaps it’s because my body is a machine, producing milk for my baby, and I need my rest. Perhaps it’s just that I’m getting older. But by 10:30 p.m., I was BEAT. When did I get so lame? I guess I have a good excuse.

In other news, Stella has a cough. She’s had it for over a week now, and with my tendancy to overreact, I took her to the doctor last week. The doctor said…she has a cough. It will go away. When I pick her up from daycare, the teachers just give me this pathetic look, like I’m a terrible mother for not curing her or something. They tell me she doesn’t feel good and she’s coughing a lot. But when I get her home, she acts just fine. So I don’t know what to do. Anyone have any suggestions for curing a little baby’s cough? Don’t even think about saying “Robitussen” or “Brandy”.

pretty spinning bride

pretty spinning bride

Me, Stella and Larry

Me, Stella and Larry

Don’t Blame the Interface

  • Posted on September 7, 2008 at 9:07 pm

Last week, Larry and I were watching TV. As usual, there was nothing on the eleventy million channels on the Dish Network, so Larry started poking through our list of recorded shows and movies on the DVR. The VERY COMREHENSIVE list of at least 20 movies we’ve never seen and countless episodes of Lost, the Office, and Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, and some episodes of National Geographic’s Taboo–a show that seemed like it would be interesting and a bit perverse, but was actually kind of boring and gross. (For instance: an hour episode about old people living at a nudist colony, riding around on their ten-speeds with their junk flapping all over their banana seats, the streamers on the handlebars tickling their thighs. ew. Or how about the one with the rats?)

So I say to Larry, “I don’t think we need to keep those episodes of Taboo. They aren’t as good as I thought they would be.” Ah, famous last words.

Larry sorts the list of recorded shows alphabetically, and only the Taboo episodes show up on the list. Then he pushes SELECT ALL. And then he selects DELETE. The message comes up–ARE YOU SURE, Smartypants? And Larry’s all “YES, I’M SURE, STUPID DISH NETWORK.”

Me: “Um, don’t click yes. I think you’ve selected all of our recorded shows, not just the Taboos.”

Larry: DELETE DELETE DELETE click click click push push push DELETE DELETE DELETE.

Me: “Did you just do what I think you did?”

Larry: “oops.”

Me: “I’m going to bed.”

This is where Larry blamed the interface.

I was never going to watch The Pursuit of Happyness anyways. The intentional spelling error bothers me.

Vote for Me

  • Posted on September 1, 2008 at 9:47 pm

I submitted a photo to JPG Magazine for their “delectable” theme. Vote for me so my picture will be printed in the next issue!  That’s right, a real magazine!

click here and scroll to the bottom to click on the green box that says “Yeah, it rocks!”

(Actually, you have to register on the website after you click the box in order to vote, because it’s a peer-reviewed magazine–but DO IT! It’s SOOOO worth it. They don’t spam. They publish a nice, respectable magazine with pretty pictures.)

Thanks! I promise I’ll remember you when I’m famous.

I also submitted a picture for the “nighttime” theme.

Vote here!!!

And to my models–I’ll make sure to thank you when I’m famous.