Showing posts from August, 2008

And a Partridge in a Pear Tree

I had all of the following in my Honda Pilot at the same time today:
A 32 year old pregnant woman
A 7 year old with a long leg cast
A 2 year old in a big car seat
A freshly groomed Golden Retriever
A child sized wheelchair
A pair of crutches
A new in box sit and stand stroller
A new in HUGE box infant car seat
A large pizza
Two freshly painted plaster masterpieces
And.....a dirty diaper

Toot! Toot!

Toot! Toot!
Originally uploaded by jsslotter


Our little patient is doing better, he slept through the night for the first time since his fall. I feel bad for Allan who has to carry him up and down the stairs everyday. By the end of the up to 12 weeks he will surely have a broken back and a deaf left ear. Alex screams, whines and yells orders during the entire process.

We have a new goal for Friday. His friends are going to a paint your own pottery place and I really think it would be good for him to get out, see his friends and do something creative. Meanwhile, David has ramped up his cuteness to ensure that he doesn't miss out on any attention during his brother's recuperation.

Tough Love

I forced Alex to sit up and eat his lunch upright. Then we played Scrabble and he beat me. He actually wants to stay upright now and he'll be taking his dinner at the table tonight. My goal is to get him on the deck after supper for fresh air and out to a restaurant by Friday. He has to master those crutches by the first day of school, September 4th.

Grocery Store

I needed to go to the grocery store so badly that I got up at 7 am and went before Allan left for work. Alex is still not mobile enough to take meals at the table, let alone go shopping. He lays on the couch and screams and howls in pain when he has to get up to go to the bathroom. I called his pediatrician this morning to see if they could recommend something else for pain and they said he's already getting everything he can have save for an 50 extra milligrams of ibuprofen. Done. Anyway, I am now a 7 am grocery shopper. The store was fully stocked, there were no other customers and I purposefully chose a cart with a broken baby strap. Nobody whined and cried for sugared cereal and I didn't have to open a single package of hush food. There was one lane open with no line and a dedicated bagger who took the time to cohort my colds. When I called Allan on the way home the boys were still sleeping so I was able to make a bagel stop.

Sub Dude

It may have something to do with the Tylenol with codeine.

Alex's Bad Day

It started at the playground. Alex fell off a zip cord structure and landed on his back with the wind knocked out of him. Later, a bee stung him. Around 3:30 he and a friend were playing on a neighbor's old swingset and near as we can figure he was swinging from a rope, the rope broke and he fell over 6 feet and broke his leg. His tibia, or shin bone. It's splinted and he's waiting for a cast room appointment today. Fortunately it was minimally displaced. This is his third broken bone! I'm not sure how long he'll be in a cast but fall soccer is out and he'll be hobbling into his first day of school on crutches. Pictures later.


I had to give myself a pep talk on the way into work this morning. I didn't want to go. I'm tired. My back bothers me, it's sciatic nerve pain. I'm fat. I hate working every weekend. I miss my family.

It turns out I had a great day. We ordered chinese food for lunch. I got an email from my boss announcing my 82 cent market analysis raise. We had time to talk and laugh. I love my coworkers. I love making a difference to my patients. And my hospital cafeteria has the best bagels. With my new raise I can get a bagel every two hours!

Time with Dad

David had play group this morning and Alex is not too excited about hanging out with a bunch of toddlers all morning long so he went to work with Allan. He brought his new book and his portable video game. They had burgers for lunch and Alex got to enjoy the free sodas that Allan's employer offers. He had a great time. I remember going to the yard office with my Dad when I was little. He would buy me a pop from the machine and they were in glass bottles. I though it was so cool when he'd take the top off with the bottle opener attached to the machine. Of course, David realized that he had missed out on something when we went to pick Alex up and tried to get Allan to take him in to work. Or at least that's what we think, "Too! Too!" meant. Sorry, kid, no toddlers allowed.

Three For Thursday

Catch, New School Clothes, and after the Library.

My Date

Alex and I had a date last night. We went to see Star Wars The Clone Wars. He held my hand on the way from the parking lot into the building. I let him bring candy and we got a large popcorn and he got a root beer. And he fell asleep in the car on the way home. We have a lot more fun to cram into this summer-school starts two weeks from tomorrow.


Girl, approximately fifteen years old in the booth behind us at Applebee's: "Yeah, I like old movies. I mean, I haven't seen that one or anything but I have seen Dirty Dancing."

I suddenly felt very, very old.


I'm fatter at this point than I have been in either of my other pregnancies. I can work my twelve hour shifts but when I get home the prospect of even changing a diaper to help Allan out is out of the question. I eat, shower and go to bed. I hope I can make it another up to 15 weeks or so because I have so little vacation/sick time that I'm not going to have about half of my leave paid. We'll be fine if I can work until the bitter end.

Watching Elmo



It's a blank day on the calendar! The perfect day to get some things done. Here's my goal:
wash all of our sheets and towels
wash scrubs and a load of our clothes that is rich in my new underwear
make a fancy dessert for tonight
make Alex an appointment for a physical (for dermatologist referral for molluscum and hep A vaccine that the state is now offering)
stop by CVS to pick out candy, see below
take David to get his blood drawn, he needs his lead test and CBC
make David a new CD with his favorite songs, I'm tired of him yelling at me to change the track when a dud comes on

Two Year Stats

David 36" long 27.25 pounds, head 20 5/8"
Alex 39" long 32.5 lbs head 20"
Dad 36.5" long 29 lbs 13 oz
Mom wasn't recorded

My Sentiments Exactly


One of the Many Reasons I Miss North Dakota

Check out my sister's sunflower pictures. I grew a few sunflowers, at least two are taller than me but I don't have blooms yet.

Elephant Ride

Allan and his parents took the boys to the zoo on Sunday. I can't seem to find the pictures of Jim & Arlene riding the elephant.


Me: "Do you have any valuables with you today?"
Patient: "Just my family jewels."
Me: "We don't consider those valuable."

Allan, to Alex in the shower: "Are you clean yet?"
Alex: "I was just about to think about it."


Try to guess the 100 most common words in the english language.

French Coconut Cream Bars

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp soda
1 cup butter
1 cup water
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 beaten eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
* Mix flour, sugar and soda. Put aside. In saucepan, mix butter, water and cocoa. Bring to a boil. Pour over flour mixture and mix well. Add buttermilk, eggs and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Pour into greased and floured 10x15 jelly roll pan or two 9x13 pans. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Cool Completely.
4 cups powdered sugar
¼ cup milk
1 cup soft butter
1 Tbsp coconut flavoring (found by the vanilla)
* Mix well with mixer and spread on completely cooled bars. Put in frig to set while making glaze.
1 cup butter
12 oz milk chocolate chips
2 tsp vanilla extract
* Melt butter and chips. Add vanilla and spread evenly over bars. Return to frig to chill completely before cutting into squares.

Or, if you're trying to make them while there is thunder and your two year old is deathly afraid of thunder you can do it this way and it sho…

Thousand Word Thursday



2 Tbsp butter, divided
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped (1/2 cup)
1 cup cooked white rice
¾ cup chicken broth, divided
¼ cup mozzarella cheese
¼ cup part-skim ricotta cheese
2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme
4 boneless, center cut loin pork chops
*Melt 1 Tbsp butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Saute onion until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in rice, ¼ cup broth, cheeses and thyme. Mix well. Using a sharp knife, cut a deep horizontal pocket in each chop, taking care not to cut all the way through. Stuff pockets with rice mixture, securing with toothpicks. Place the same skillet over medium-high heat and melt 1 Tbsp butter. Brown chops, about 2 minutes per side. Add remaining broth, reduce heat to medium, cover and cook until cooked through, about 12 minutes. Remove toothpicks to serve.

Happy Birthday, Little Buddy



We're having friends over for dinner and will sing Happy Birthday to David tonight. I'm busy making a Winnie the Pooh cake today.

Strange Dream

I dreamt my Mom took our family out for dinner to an all you can eat seafood buffet and they assessed a $35 surcharge because my brother in law ate so much.