Reduction Chronicles: Surgery Day

The past couple of weeks has flown by and my life has really changed. My surgery date was May 10th but the changes started a couple of days prior. My anxiety level was through the roof! I needed to stay busy to keep myself calm but the people in my life seemed to have other plans. Not to mention, some of them wanted me to counsel them on personal issues even when I told them I just didn’t have it in me to listen or solve their problems (more of life-sucking friends later). I ended up extremely irritable and frustrated right before surgery.

Despite that, I was surprisingly calm and excited the day of surgery.

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I was a little nervous by my wonderful parents were with me and helped to keep me level. The nurses were amazing even though they made me take down the bun I had worked so hard to get to the top of my head. Apparently no rubber is allowed in the operating room. *shrug*

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There was one complication during surgery. Unfortunately, I’m allergic to something in anesthesia. I was almost completely under when I suddenly woke back up, burning and itching from head to toe! The operating room went into a slight uproar as they attempted to calm me down while getting something to put into my IV to stop the reaction. They did and put me back under. Next thing I know, I was waking up, in excruciating pain and asking for my dad.

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To be totally honest, the pain I felt when I woke up brought tears to my eyes. It was really bad. It mainly burned and felt like my chest was on fire. A few hours later, I was sent home and my dad helped get me into bed.

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I don’t want this to be too long so there will be another post where I discuss my reactions and things I’ve been doing to help with recovery.

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Mother’s Day Gift Round Up

The past few Mother’s Days for me have been wonderful. Breakfast in bed, gifts, hugs, the whole nine. As my girls get older and understand what Mother’s Day is really all about, I love it even more. Having children of my own brings a whole new appreciation for my own mother.

That said, I’m a horrible procrastinator when it comes to holidays, birthdays, anniversaries or any other occasion that a gift is required. I usually run out to Target the day of said event and usually luck out with something pretty awesome. Their gift bags and wrapping paper selection is AHHHMAZING!

Here are a few gifts I rounded up from target.com for all different kinds of moms.

For the techno savvy mom:

samsung galaxy

{Samsung Galaxy}

 

For the gourmet chef mom:

kitchen aid

{KitchenAid Artisan 5 qt. Stand Mixer}

For the Glam mom:

sparkle platform

{De Blossom Madelyn Sparkle Platform}

For moms who like the sparkle:

stretch bracelet

{Mint Stretch Bracelet}

I personally would love any one of these gifts {hint, hint}.

What are you eyeing for Mother’s Day?

Mommy Talk: Date Your Kids

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I sat across the table from Micah. I watched as a big smile lit up her face.

“Thanks for taking me to lunch, Mommy. This is the best day ever,” she said, her crooked smile getting wider and wider.

It melted my heart.

I focus so much on the day to day that I let those special times with my daughters get lost in the jumble of laundry, making dinner and homework. It becomes the last thing on the list, the optional thing that can be crossed off if need be.

But as I sat across from my daughter, eating pancakes doused in strawberry syrup, I realized that I had it all wrong.

How can she trust me if everything else is more important than her?

What I’ve discovered is that parenting is intentional. I became a mother seven years ago and quickly discovered that there are no instructions on how to raise a well rounded, respectful daughter. But the one thing that I’ve learned in seven years that trumps any other “tip” is that being intentional will save your child.

Part of being intentional is going on dates with your kids. They need to feel special, loved, listened to, cherished. Just like I do as a wife.

Lunch with my daughter this weekend proved one thing to me. She needs the attention and I should put aside my “busy work” and lavish it on her.

These days will fly by and before I know it, my seven year old will be seventeen and won’t want to spend any time with me. Unless I make an intentional investment of my time now.

I can’t see into the future, but I know that the time I invest in my girls now, will give me great returns down the line.

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Create: Birthday Party Invitations

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Being a mom is hard. Being a single mom brings on an entirely new set of problems. Take for instance my close friend M. She was dealing with the task earlier this year of throwing her gorgeous son’s first birthday party. We all know the first birthday is more for the mom than the baby but she was stressed on how to make this big with a small budget.

M chose a classic theme: Mickey Mouse. This allowed for her to be able to find most items at a cheaper price: cups, napkins, party hats, plates, etc.

It also allowed her to be really creative. M asked me to help with invitation and I was thrilled when she explained her idea to me. We would be making the signature Mickey Mouse ears and trousers with a little twist.

Items you will need:
Glue (crazy glue and stick glue)
White buttons
Red, black and yellow construction paper (thicker construction paper is best for this project)
Scissors
Computer and printer
Mickey Mouse head template (download here)

Here’s how you do it:

Step one: Party Details
Create a Word document with the party details. Choose a cute font. Copy and paste the details 3-4 times on the page to save paper. Print as many as you need and cut the sections apart.

Step Two: Measure Yellow construction paper
Place the cut up party detail at the top of the yellow paper. Cut out a shape around the detail leaving 3/4 inch of yellow border. Glue the details to the yellow paper.

Step Three: Mickey Mouse Head
Use the template to cut out Mickey Mouse heads

Step Four: Trousers
Cut the red construction paper into half circles. It should be a little over 1/2 the round part of Mickey Mouse’s head.

Step Five: Final Glue
Glue the rounded part of the red half circle to the bottom of the Mickey Mouse head. Be sure not to glue the entire half circle, there needs to be an opening at the top. Glue 2 white buttons onto the trousers.

Step Six: Putting it all together

Allow party details and Mickey Mouse to dry. Insert party details into opening.

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Starting Something

The scariest moment is always just before you start.

–Stephen King

I quit my job in March of 2011. I was pregnant with my third child and we were moving from Philadelphia to Tampa, Florida. I was scared to stay home. I had two daughters and all I had ever known was dropping them off to daycare. Overnight, I shed my working mom title and became a stay at home mom.

That was a shock to my system but I adjusted and I’ve pretty much got a firm handle on things. Wake up, get two out of three littles off to school, clean/cook, homework, bedtime, rinse, repeat. But now that I do have such a good hold on the home stuff, it’s time for me to take my dreams off pause.

And that’s where the scary comes in.

It was sort of a relief to be able to hide behind being a mom. Oh three kids, you  get a pass. But now I have elementary aged kids and a toddler. It’s time for me to give up my pass and get to work on making things happen in my life.

I want to write a novel. I want to start a publishing company and extend that dream to others.

The past two years, I let my creativity go for more practical things like changing diapers and cooking dinner. Those things are no doubt important but it’s time to focus on me again.

I’m ready to start something. It’s scary but it’s time.

Michelle