Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Sassy has always been a snorer. We joke she gets it from 374. However, as she has gotten older the snoring has gotten progressively worse. Most nights you'd swear a big hairy bear is asleep in her room, not the sweet sugar and spice ballerina we love more than life itself.
About six months ago I was laying with her in bed sometime around 2am attempting to get her back to sleep. I was dozing in and out of conciousness, dreaming of being back in my kind size bed rather than squeezed in on her twin when I was startled back to reality. It sounded like she had quit breathing for a split second. When I say split second, in mommy-land it felt more like a good five minutes. She did it again once more while I laid with her. I really didn't want to leave her sleeping alone, but I knew if we both slept together in her bed no one would get any sleep. I thought maybe it was because she was snoring while laying on her back, so I rolled her on her side and watched her for a few more minutes. No more gasping and snorting, so off to my bed I went.
I've noticed more episodes since then. They seem like sleep apena type episodes. We've also come to realize she's a mouth breather, and a heavy one at that. She is a very fit and active kid, so this was kind of concerning as well.
At her four year (I seriously just typed four month - I have no idea how this kid is four YEARS old already!) check up last month our family doctor gave us a referral for an ENT. Today was the first appointment at the ENT. I knew the removal of her tonsils and adnoids was probably on the horizon at some point, but I figured we'd keep an eye on her and see how things progress. Much to my suprise, we scheduled the surgery today at the appointment. Even more surprising is the fact that it's less than three weeks away. Mid August she will have her tonsils and adnoids removed. The ENT does not want to wait or prolong the removal, as any sleep apena type situations deplete her oxygen levels. That's nothing to mess around with.
So you'd think that after three surgeries with Bubbie, I'd not be so nervous. However the thought of letting your children go off in the hands of doctors and nurses, completely out of your control is terrifying. Almost as terrifying is the thought of this whole process with a dramatic child. In Sassy's world, small scratches are equivilant to pulling off toe nails, and bandaids have magic pain relieving properties. Bubbie's last surgery was on his soft palate at the top of his throat, so I'm assuming this surgery pain will be much the same with Sassy.
I'd better take stock in popsicles, ice cream and tylenol.
Anyone have children who've had this procedure? Any do's, don'ts or stories you'd care to share? Please and thank you!
I'm currently in a war with my internet provider. I have had no internet service at my house for a week now. A week. A long, dreadful week. I've really enjoyed starting this blog and keeping up with it. I have found some other great fire wife and firefighter blogs that I follow and enjoy. That's all very hard to do with no web access. Not to mention my cell phone's service has been spotty at best since the storm on June 29th.
I've been using the internet at the fire station, and at my grandfather's house to blog. Thank heavens for the scheduler feature on Blogger. I've been able to blog to my heart's content at home, and then able to come post them all on a schedule once I have a free minute to hunt down internet access.
So if I'm sparse, or it's been a few days between a post that's why.
I hope they wave their white flag soon...
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Tonight starting at midnight is Black Helmet Apparel's Christmas in July Sale!
Black Helmet Apparel's sale is an amazing two day sale that gives you an opportunity to pick up their amazing products at great prices.
If you've never checked them out before, now's your chance. You won't be disappointed!
I've recently received my first ever blogger award. To say I'm excited is an understatement. Thanks to Crazy Mama, I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award, and happily accept.
As a recipient of this award, there are some rules. (There are always rules, aren't there?!)
Rules for acceptance:
1. Include award logo in a post or on your blog page.
2. Answer (10) questions about yourself.
3. Nominate 10-12 other fabulous bloggers.
4. Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blog, letting them know about the award.
5. Share the love and link the person who nominated you.
1) What would you most like to change about yourself?
I wish I was able to speak my mind more without caring what others think of me. I'm a people pleaser, sometimes to a fault.
2) What's your theme song?
Hmm, that's a tough one. I'll go with Dig by Incubus.
3) One part of your life, a memory, action etc. that you wish you could have surgically removed from your brain?
Watching my son wake up from both his palate surgeries. The terror and pain on his face was nothing I'd like to see again.
4) What generation do you wish you'd been a part of?
Any time around the turn of the 20th century.
5) What was your favorite childhood toy?
6) What is your favorite housekeeping chore?
If I were to list a favorite, I think most people would find me crazy.
7) Do you Twitter?
Yep. Follow me at 374sWife
8) Any goals?
I have a lot of goals for this blog. I would like to do more product reviews and giveaways.
9) Do you really drink margaritas all the time?
10) What is the ugliest car you've ever driven and were you embarrassed to be seen in it?
Fortunately I've never drove an ugly car.
And now for MY nominees...
A Firefighter's Wife
Wife of a Fire Man
Wildland Firefighter's Wives
Stop, Drop and Blog
Her Hero, His Lady
My Extraordinary Life as Fireman's Wife
KY Fire Wife
Too Hot to Handle
Bree: His honey and her mommy
Fire Wife Katie
Saturday, July 21, 2012
We were able to cross one thing off our Summer Bucket List this week. We had our first family camping trip! While it wasn't a hard core pitch a tent, no running water to take a shower let alone brush your teeth camping trip - it was a camping trip. We rented a cabin along a near by lake. It was a great way to introduce the kids to camping.
The last few days before we left for the trip were filled with questions and non stop talk about the trip. The kids were so excited, and each day it was a little harder for them to contain.
We left late Sunday morning. The entire hour drive was filled with their sweet little voices repeatedly singing "We're going camping, we're going camping!" Just when we thought they had their fill, they'd start back up again. It was funny as we approached the lakeside town. For whatever reason, they had it in their heads we were camping in the woods. Even though we had told them 4,385 times before we left that we were staying in a cabin along a lake, they thought we would be hiking up some mountain and braving the wild. As 374 announce we were almost there, Bubby yells from the back seat "BUT WE ARE IN A TOWN!! WHERE'S THE WOODS??"
As we pulled up to the cabin, there was not one shred of disappointment ove the lack of woods. The lake was literally FEET from our cabin porch. Before we had everything unloaded from the car, the kids were attempting to bait their fishing poles and cast out.
Days were spent fishing, playing at the playground and renting bikes. Nights were spent cooking hot dogs over the fire, followed by smores over the fire. The left rings around the tub in the cabin before bed. They played long and hard and fought every minute of sleep once they were tucked into the bunk beds. They were up at the crack of dawn. Forget vacation for 374 and I, we get more sleep at home on any given day than we got during our camping vacation.
Taking the heat, the lack of sleep and the nasty nasty bugs into consideration I would do it all over again. To see the joy on their faces was worth it. I know there will be many more trips spent along that lake in those cabins. We all had so much fun. The highlights of the trip for me were the afternoons I sat in the porch swing watching my three loves fish, and the sticky, hot lazy afternoon we all spent in the cabin just napping.
Unfortunately there hasn't been many big items we've been able to cross off our Summer Bucket List this year. I'm very grateful that this was one of them that we've had the opportunity to complete.
What big things have you cross off your family's list? What things do you have left you'd like to accomplish before the weather turns cool and the school bell rings?
Friday, July 20, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
I hate storms. I have all my life. I can remember as a kid, and up until a few years ago, hiding under the covers when it stormed at night. I wouldn't look out a window in fear of seeing a flash of lightening. A roll of thunder was enough to make the hair stand up on the back of my neck. I've not always lived in Ohio. When we would come back to visit family, I can distinctly remember being here in the summer time and being petrified of the storms. I was really worried about tornadoes. My grandma would always tell me you know when they are coming because the sound like a train. She was trying to calm my nerves, except that backfired. My grandparents' house is less than a half mile from train tracks. Trains roll through town all hours of the day and night. I would wake up in the middle of the night to the sound of a train - covers drawn over my eyes and sweat beading on my brow.
This fear continued throughout my childhood, and into my adult life. We lived many different places. Most places were not known for tornadoes, but my fear of storms was just as strong. The anxiety that I experienced over storms would leave my heart pumping in my chest and my body almost paralyzed. I cannot remember one specific instance that produced this fear, but I cannot remember a time that I didn't experience it.
Nine years ago, 374 and I moved back to Ohio. Having never really experincing a storm in his presence, he never really believed the severity of my fear. The first storm that rolled through our area left him speechless. He'd never known anyone to react the way I did to a storm. Call it an irrational fear, but it was just something I could not control. As a grown adult, I'd bury my head in his chest, cover my face with a blanket, and more times than not plug my ears. He'd get a good chuckle at my behavior, but learned to take my fear seriously.
Since having children, we've experienced a few storms that were quite severe. We've been very fortunate to not have any experiences with a tornado, however. When Bubby and Sassy were babies if I was anxious and worked up, they really had no clue what was going on. As they've got older, I've had to learn to keep myself in check. I did not want to pass this fear on to my children. I did not want them to see their mother, someone who is supposed to be a rock for them, panic over the weather. I hate living this way. It's embarrassing, quite frankly, especially when I'm around people that are not family or that I do not know well. I've come to the point where I can see lightening through the curtains or blinds, or hear thunder without having to dive to cover my face. However high winds, as well as thunder and lightening still get my heart beating rapidly and my anxiety to kick in.
June 29th when the Derecho (didn't I say I didn't want to hear that word ever again??) rolled through, I was so scared I couldn't react. My anxiety had kicked in to a point where I was almost numb to the siutation. I do have some residual anxiety. Yesterday a storm made it's way through our area while I was at work. I had to keep myself busy and away from the windows because I was having flashbacks of that Friday afternoon.
However, there was someone else in my presence that had anxiety that surpassed mine today. Sassy. Since the storm that Friday afternoon, she has been anxiety ridden over a simple rain storm. 374 was not with us when the Derecho powered it's way across our area. Sassy was so upset that her Daddy was not with us. She had no idea where he was, or if he was okay. All she knew was he was not with us to keep watch over us. It was too much for her.
I noticed the fear a little bit last week when we were outside playing with friends and it began to rain. She flew up on the porch where we were sitting with terror in her eyes and ears wetting her hot cheeks. We had to assure her it was not a big storm, rather just some rain to help the flowers and grass grow. It took a few minutes of coaxing, and then she was out dancing in the rain.
Yesterday when the storm thundered in, that same terror welled up in her eyes and she began pacing. With each clap of thunder, her bottom lip pouted out even more. After about five minutes, she was in a full out fit. Hysterical crying and begging for her Daddy. Luckily my co-worker was on her way out the door to pick up the girl who was relieving us. She offered to run Sassy home to 374, as she was driving passed our house anyhow.
According to 374, Sassy came barreling in the house in hysterics over the storm. He was out on the porch looking towards the sky as she screamed at him with big alligator tears to get in the house. Bubby, being the wonderful big brother he is, got her a blanket and offered up his beloved stuffed elephants to help her calm down. Finally they wre able to talk her out of her panic.
My heart just breaks for her. I know the panic. I know the fear. I'm hoping it'll pass as time moves on from the Derecho. I'm praying with every fiber in me that she'll get over it, and next summer won't be as traumatic for her. Then there are parts of me that know that this is probably how it started with me as a child. We try to talk her through these situations. We explain that most times it's just rain, or some rain and thunder. 374 and I have tried to explain that a storm like on June 29th is very rare. That it won't always be that way. However, a four year old brain doesn't always understand things like that.
Do you or your children fear the weather? What have you done to help yourself or them over come their fear?
Friday, July 13, 2012
374 has been eyeing hats from Black Helmet Apparel for a while now, but hasn't been able to decide on one. He's had it narrowed down to a few, but I'm pretty sure one of these new ones will take the cake. I can pretty much guarantee he will be ordering this bad boy very soon:
Stay tuned, next week you can read Part 2 of the Bunker Gear wallet review!
Thursday, July 12, 2012
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Friday, July 6, 2012
This morning I received an email from Falhgren Mortine, Kidde's public relations agency. They sent me a link to participate in a Home Safety Audit. The audit takes 10-15 minutes to complete and helps ensure that your home is as safe as possible from potential hazards, including fires. It helps bring awareness to hidden dangers in your home that you may not be aware of.
I completed the audit in just around 10 minutes. Our home scored an 88% on the audit, ranking us as a Home Safety Gold Medalist. Most of the topics the audit covered are precautions we've taken in our home. We have smoke detectors in every room of our home, hazardous chemicals and medicines are kept put up, we have a fire escape plan and we practice it with the kids. There are many more topics the audit covers including the temperature at which you keep your water heater, the location of cords in your home and if there is at least one window in each room that can be used as a fire escape.
There were a few things on the audit that we were lacking. Previous to entering the contest for the 10 Year Sealed Battery Smoke Detector we, even as a fire family, were unaware of smoke detectors needing to be replaced every 10 years. We bought our house 3 years ago and have no idea how old the existing smoke detectors are that came in the house. By the looks of them they are probably close to the 10 year mark, so I had to answer that our smoke detectors may be older than 10 years. Additionally, we DO have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, however it asked if they were also located in bedrooms. It never occurred to me to place them in bedrooms, so that question was deducted from our score as well.
This audit is a great tool to help ensure the safety of your home. It has the potential to open your eyes to hidden dangers you may have been unaware of, especially if you have small children in your home.
I hope you take a few minutes to participate in the audit. Once you do, come back here and share your score! If there were things you were unaware of, share those too! Those few minutes the audit will take may help you correct a hidden danger that could save you your home or your life!
If you would like more information on home safety, especially for homes with children, please visit this link:
Thursday, July 5, 2012
I never, I repeat NEVER, want to hear that awful word again. Here's a map of the storm that blew through our area last Friday afternoon. It's the reason that we've let the Fourth of July holiday come and go like it was just another day, the reason my husband and I have not slept in the same bed for almost a week, the reason my pets think they've been abandoned alone in our house while we take shelter at my Grandpa's. (We do go home numerous times a day to check on them and care for them.)
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The last report on AEP's website is that we will have power back by Saturday night at midnight. Just the thought of it being Tuesday makes Saturday seem so far away. The heat doesn't help. The humid, make you feel like you need a shower ten seconds after you get out of the shower, heat that just doesn't let up.
Last night was the first night the kids and I slept at the house. 374 went back to work last night and I just wanted my own space. After he left for work, I got my laptop out (which I was so thankfully able to charge at the station) and put a DVD in it for the kids. After a DVD and half of another they were out cold. Well, out warm in our case. I fell asleep shortly after. I slept until 374 called at 6am to say he was on his way home from work, and the kids both slept until after 9am. The cats and dog were all over us, they were so happy to have people in the house.
Even though the night ended as good as it could have, the day didn't start that way. 374 spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights manning the station over night. So because he works third shift, he had to call in to work. There is a law in Ohio that covers volunteer firefighters who are out on runs. They cannot be fired or held accountable attendance wise for being on a run. We were under the impression that because his chief required the station to be manned 24/7 after the storm, the law would cover him. Apparently his work did not agree. He ran out of attendance points because of the call ins. Yesterday morning we went over to his employer to turn in all his stuff around 9am. We came back to the station and filed his unemployment. We were prepared to start job hunting ASAP.
Around 5pm yesterday we got a notification for a voice mail on his phone. It was his (previous) employer. We were confused. After listening to the message, we learned the decided to take all circumstances into consideration and not charge him with any points. After the way they've treated him regarding fire related stuff in the recent weeks, this was a small miracle. That's another post for another day.
Before the voice mail, my nerves were about shot. Between living without power, trying to entertain the kids because we can't spend the day time hours at home, and then thinking we were out of an income. Talk about topping out your stress level.
Today was a better day. When 374 got home from work, he climbed in bed with me and I slept until the kids woke up. When they were up for good, I cleaned out the fridge and freezer and made a list of all the food we lost to give to the insurance company. The kids and I then squealed through showers before we woke 374 up to come to the station for lunch.
All afternoon the firefighters have had a truck out running guns and hoses for the kids to keep cool. They have had a blast. Hopefully it means they will go right to sleep for me tonight, despite the heat. We were debating sleeping at the station again tonight while 374 is at work, but it seems a lot of other families are staying here as well. I think the thought of my own quiet space trumps sleeping in the a/c.
Sunday, July 1, 2012
We will be staying here until the power is back on. 374 is helping man the station for those who need to come in and use electricity for medical needs and to get in out of the 100* heat. The kids and I are enjoying the electricity, air conditioning and internet.
I can't wait to be back home, though. Working on some posts to kill time while we are here.