About a month ago when Brian started all-day school, I started a Jen-volution. I was so ready to be in my third phase of motherhood: having kids. Kids. Not babies, toddlers, or teenagers. Just kids. I had two glorious weeks of this, where I saw the future and it was AWESOME. And then Brian broke his arm (he was a super duper trooper about it all) which put my revolution on hold. Today he is going back to school and so the revolution commences once again! Wheeeeeeeeeee.
I have a a gently-used, slightly broken, greatly-loved toddler available.
He gives the best kisses, has the most beautiful blue eyes, and will do “Blue Steel” on command. The downside is that he isn’t fully toilet-trained, prefers your food over his own (even when it is the exact same thing), and his manners have completely left him recently. I must also admit that he is cranky, obnoxious, demanding, and full of screaming temper tantrums that may wake the other people in the house, causing the other people to be cranky too.
If interested, call 1-800-OMG-kidssuck.
Ugh- tell me why pedestal sinks are constantly being pushed upon homeowners? Don’t people have bathroom supplies they need to store? A super fat FAIL to all of the designers who do this.
Oh, and yes, Brian is healing nicely. No worries.
My friend Diarmuid, who works in AOL’s Dublin office was telling his four year-old daughter about Brian’s arm the other day, and she wanted to make him a get well video. Diarmuid finally put it up on Bebo, so now I can show it to you. His daughter may be the cutest thing ever:
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Thanks, Juliette! Brian loved the video, and he’s going to make one for you as soon as he’s feeling better (and we can put a shirt on him over his cast)!
As Jen said the other day, Brian broke his arm on Friday. Monday morning was spent calling orthopedists to see if any of them could see him. One of them said they didn’t want to see him for seven to ten days, and that someone “would call us back before the end of the day to set up an appointment.” That seemed kind of silly to me, especially if the kid just needed a hard cast. So, I called our pediatrician’s office to make sure I wasn’t overreacting. The very pleasant nurse I talked to said that sounded a little weird and gave me a couple other local orthopedists to try. First call, I got an appointment for Brian yesterday morning. We saw her yesterday, and Brian’s going in in a couple hours to have the bone set.
Well, hopefully have the bone set. He has a non-displaced fracture of his elbow (the humerus, right at the end). It’s at an angle, and the doctor is going to try to just push it back in place. If that doesn’t work, she’s going to have to pin it. We’re hoping for option number one. Because he’s three and setting bones hurts like hell, they’re going to put him to sleep to do it. That way, if they have to pin the bone, he’ll already be under.
Brian’s been great through this whole thing. He gets grumpy because he hates being stuck on the couch, but he was an absolute champ at the doctor’s, and has been pretty cheerful throughout considering this is his first real experience with being hurt. Last night, he was giddy and playful and even got up for a little while to play soccer with Jen. He’s on codeine and a little wobbly, so I had to hold him up so he didn’t topple over, but we still had fun.
This is my first experience with a broken kid. I’ve been on the patient side of the equation several times (ask my mom… we got to know pretty much every emergency room in NATO). I’m pretty good at being the patient. I know my job (say “ouch a lot”, let people help you, say thank you and try not to be too big a baby). I don’t know how to be on the parent side of the broken kid equation. It’s new, and frustrating. Thankfully, this is our first real injury for either boy, which is amazing when you consider that half of their genetic makeup comes from one of the least graceful, most accident-prone people ever to stumble into the world. Jen, on the other hand, is awesome. She’s doing a great job with him and I’m in awe (hence my saying she’s awesome). She’s extremely patient and hasn’t even thrown anything through the wall in a fit of Spongebob-induced mania.
I don’t know how good the cell reception will be at the surgery center, but I’ll most likely update twitter as soon as we know anything.
Late Update: Sorry, I should have posted this sooner, but we’re all tired. Brian was a super kid at the surgery center. He didn’t cry, did everything the nurses asked him to, and came through with flying colors (OK, he cried coming out of anesthesia, but that’s perfectly normal), and he didn’t need surgery! His awesome orthopedist was able to set the bone by hand without pins and casted him. He was in and out of the operating room in about twenty minutes. He slept most of the afternoon and then ordered me around for the rest of it (“I want to watch Spongebob.” “Play Burnout.” “I want more juice.” “Come sit with me.”). We’re all going to try to sleep in our own beds tonight, even! This is pretty much the best case scenario for what could have happened today.
And one more thing – I just want to say thank you to everyone who reached out with words of comfort, advice and sympathy. It was overwhelming and much appreciated. Thank you!
Max went to the AOL daycare center this morning for Spring Break camp.
I just received a call that he twisted his ankle.
When I went to pick him up from preschool, he was sitting at the bottom of the playground’s slide with an ice bag. Brian said he was climbing the ladder to the slide and his hands slipped off and he fell. He was favoring his hurt arm like a wounded dog and he wouldn’t stop crying, so I knew something was seriously wrong.
In the ER they had to manipulate his arm to take the x-rays, which hurt, and then again to set it in a temporary cast. The poor kid kept crying. They did give him 3 shots of morphine throughout the night, so yay for that.
After we got home, I had to get up every two hours to check his circulation. I was wandering around in a groggy fog and felt like a new mom must feel. It was surreal to be back there. I even slept for part of the night hanging half off of Brian’s bed.
We have to go see the pediatric orthopedist on Monday to determine if it needs surgery or just a cast. Boo. The break is right above the elbow of his dominant hand. I was like, “Will he still be able to pitch for the Yankees? What about playing the piano?” Ha.
Kevin was due back into town last night around 1am. He found several emails and phone messages from different family members waiting for him, so he wouldn’t worry if he came home to an empty house. His plane got in late so we were home before he was. The poor guy kind of received a shock when he checked his blackberry when the plane landed.
Brian is awake, watching Spongebob. He seems to be ok for right now. Earlier he was in a lot of pain but refused to take his medicine. Every time I tried to sneak it in, he would spit it out. I finally got him to take 1/4 of a dose by mixing it with some with juice. He wouldn’t take any more though. He started to retch (thankfully nothing came up), and in that whirlwind, I knocked over the rest of the medicine. Kevin is out getting more.
And how was your Friday night?
ETA- Kevin asked the pharmacy for yummy-tasting medicine. They gave him grape, which Brian took from Kevin without a peep of protest. Now Brian is watching Kevin play videogames (at B’s request).
I’m in Austin for SxSW Interactive 2008. I’ve been really busy with preparing for panels, worrying about panels, worrying about the web awards
, dying my hair blue, etc. Here are some of the highlights of the week:
* Career Transitions: From DIY to Working for the Man
: I moderated a panel about the pros and cons of working for large corporations, startups, the government, freelancing and academia. The panelists were awesome: Jason Garber
, Leslie Jensen-Inman
, Cindy Li
and Thomas Vander Wal
. I think the panel went pretty well, and hopefully helped some people out.
* Ficlets won a SxSW Web Award!!!!
– I couldn’t be prouder. I posted about it over on the ficlets blog
(it has my acceptance speech too). Jason
deserves most of the credit, but I’m keeping the trophy. Mr. Scalzi just blogged about it too.
* I dyed my hair blue for The International Day of Awesomeness
. I’ve always wanted to, but never had the guts. Since the holiday is all about performing and celebrating feats of awesomness, I knew I had to do it. So, I spent Monday morning dying my hair and ruining hotel towels.
* I got interviewed by New Riders (my publisher). It’s in the Voices That Matter
podcast on iTunes, and they said it should be on YouTube some time today. And, here it is
* I got interviewed by the AOL Developer Network
about ficlets and SxSW. No idea when that’ll go up.
* I got to hang out with my friends at great events like Fray Cafe
I’m headed to California bright and early tomorrow morning and could really use a nap.
This is my fifth year at SxSW. Something wonderful happens to me when I’m here with all my crazy creative friends. Some switch gets flip and the tenuous control I have over what comes out of my mouth completely switches off and I become a round mound of manic energy. The pictures have already started showing up on flickr (thanks to MD
for documenting it):
At Break Bread With Brad
last night, I won a lovely custom made purse by Cinnamon Cooper
. Now, I’m not normally a purse guy
, but I made an exception last night and carried it as we wandered around Austin. Jen, you’re getting a really cute little handbag when I get home…
And then there was Dave
. I mentioned that Dave had lost a lot
of weight since last year, and asked him, of course, if it was a tapeworm. Unfortunately, it was really a medical condition. Thankfully, Dave’s a funny guy, and now “Hey, that tapeworm is stealing my food!” became the first running gag at SxSW for us this year. I don’t know that the picture really captures it, but that’s what we were going for.
Today, it’s off to some panels, and tomorrow, the Web Awards and Fray
. I love SxSW.
Good things don’t happen to me*, good things happen to people around me. Which MUST MEAN that I am a super awesome good luck charm. Want proof? Announcing the good things that are happening to other people-
* Kevin’s pet project, ficlets, was nominated for two awards at SXSWi.
* Heather, my SIL, was featured in a documentary, We Are Wizards, that will be shown at SXSW Film.
* Brooke White, a friend of a friend, is on American Idol and she made it to the TOP 12. Way to go Brooke! YAY! It’s exciting to see her doing so well. For those of you into this sort of thing, check her out. If you like what you see, be sure to call in your support. Thanks! Here are her last three Idol performances: Beautiful, You’re So Vain, and Love Is a Battlefield.
* Sharon, my baby cousin (not to be confused with Lauren, my itty bitty baby cousin), had her baby! Welcome Andrew:
He is so cute and smoochable (but only on the top of the head!). And look at Aunt Margie. Doesn’t she look too young to be a grandma? Where is her white hair and denim jumper?
Congrats to everyone on the list. And no need to thank me.
* This isn’t a woe-is-me statement, just a fact. I don’t have a job, I don’t create things, I don’t work on projects or get promotions or any of that. I did make a damn fine turkey chili the other night, though.