Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tagged

I have been tagged by Shea at Our Road to Parenthood!

(ETA- I have also been tagged by Kat over at Adventures of Making a Baby!)

10 things you didn't know about me:

1. I am adopted, as is Mindi. It makes for an interesting connection between the two of us, and it also gives us both a good angle for potential conversations with our 2 kids in the future.

2. I have an unbelievable weak spot for patriotic music, such as the national anthem. I would not consider myself overly "proud to be an American" but I have been known to get teary eyed on more than one occassion while listening to the anthem.

3. I love soft, fuzzy, horse noses. They are awesome.

4. I dream about being a professional ice skater- flips, spins, jumps and all, however, I cannot even stand up in ice skates.

(Dream as in- I oftentimes have dreams while sleeping about ice skating- that is why it is weird, not dream/desire, just plain dream...)

5. Some times, when I am not dreaming about ice skating, I dream about roller skating. That is one thing I can do- roller skate- old skool style.

6. I love to plan, but have a hard time following through.

7. I enjoy mulching leaves with my electric lawn mower.

8. One of the coolest things I have expereinced in person was a walk through a VERY OLD cemetary in Marietta, GA with a very special person that I met when I was there.

9. I did not hop onto the test messaging bandwagon until about 2 months ago. I fought it tooth and nail until then and I finally gave in. What the HELL was I waiting for??

10. I like changing my infant's poopy diapers

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Weekend Roundup 2

I am very pleased with what we accomplished this weeken in regards to the bathroom remodel! We managed to finish putting up the cement board, taped the seems, and mudded (mudded?) them. The little shampoo cubbies were tricky little buggers. 5 little peices needed to be measured and cut for those suckers, and the smaller the peice of cement board needed, the harder it is to cut. Alas, that annoying part of the job is complete, and now the walls actually look like walls! Mindi did a great job mudding the seems. If you are planning on doing a cement board redo project around your shower surround, you have to make sure that there are NO HOLES. Every seem needs to be completely filled, or you may get moisture inside your walls down the line. When taping cement board seems, you want to make sure that you use mesh seam tape that is meant for cement board. Other tapes, such as mesh drywall tape, is not meant ot withstand moisture and the thinset that you will need to use for mudding the seams. It will basically dissintegrate. After you have taped the seems, use thinset (the same stuff you use under tiles) to mud the seems. This will hold up to the rigors of a shower. The mud job doesn't have to be aesthetically perfect, but make sure that there are no globs or peaks of mud, because when the thinset dries, it will make even tile laying difficult!

After mudding the seams, I installed a new light fixture in the bathroom. The light we chose was a hanging light. The fixture in the bathroom was a wall mounted light, so I had to install a new box in the ceiling to hang our new fixture from. It took me a while to do, but all in all, the process was a snap. My favorite part about the project was being able to use my new headlamp while I was in the attic and in the bathroom while installing the light! The mask is a nessesity when working in an attic filled with insulation, by the way! It also makes you look incredibly sexy- check out my "come hither" eyes!

My sister in law is coming to town on Tuesday, and hopefully she will be able to help us wark a little more on the bathroom! I cannot wait to be able to use it again!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Weekend Roundup

So, our goals for this weekend were to:

1. assemble and put in our "built in" storage unit
2. add extra support around the new faucet plumbing
3. frame out the shampoo cubbies for the tub/shower surround
4. put up the cement board around the tub

We were on a roll for a while there, but then we started stumbling at the end. I had looked up the easiest ways to cut cement board, so in theory, I knew what I had to do, but man that stuff is a pain in the ass to work with. First of all, it is HEAVY. I mean, it makes sense, it is cement board after all. Then, it is supposed to be as easy as "scoring and snapping!" but it took a lot more scoring than I expected to get it to break cleanly. I am use to cutting drywall, which is a snap. This was not nearly as fun. *Helpful hint- a chisel and hammer come in handy! We managed to get get 1 wall of cement board up, minus the little shampoo nook. Please, don't mind the casualty half way down- luckily, it will be covered by pristine white tile...


Harris was a great helper when it came to finishing the storage cabinet assembly!

Helper Harris from Lynn L on Vimeo.

Pressure Washer Love

Do you guys have a favorite tool in your home? I am talking anything from a cordless drill to a toaster over (2 of my personal favorites, mind you...)

I was reminded yesterday, however, about a tool that I am very grateful that I have and would not trade it in for anything. That would be my pressure washer. Any of you who have used a pressure washer probably would agree in some way that they rock.

Do you like instant gratification? Hell, who doesn't? A pressure washer gives you SERIOUS instant gratification! Being that it made it up to close to 70 degrees here in the seattle area yesterday, I decided to tackle a serious job while my son slept. Mindi took the baby, and I dug out my tried and true little electric pressure washer and went to town on a VERY IMPORTANT PROJECT. The house we moved into back in October, came with an awesome wooden swingset and play tower with slide thing, but MAN OH MAN it had seen better (cleaner!!) days. I am fairly confident that the swingset had only been there for maybe 3 years or so, but it looked like someone had dug it up from the bottom of a swamp, and plopped it in the back yard. Yeh. Gross.

The second that motor started running, my heart started racing! Of course, I forgot to take a before picture, and I have not taken an after picture either. Sorry folks.

Pressure washers are awesome machines. You can use them for a TON of stuff, from patios to garden equiptment, sidewalks, cars, bicycles, fences, outdoor toys. You get the picture. They don't require any nasty chemicals to run (but you can add soap to most machines if you want). I have seen them start around $100 and go up from there. Mine is electric. I love it. An old neighbor of mine gave it to me- he was such a nice guy...

Here are some tips about pressure washing:

1. Plan to get drenched. Even during the times that I tried to be the most careful, I still got drenched. If you ever have the passing thought of "Oh, I will just pressure wash the steps really quick before I meet my friend for lunch" (no showering included in this thought process) you had better think twice. This little tidbit would also prompt me to tell you that you should do pressure washing on a day that is not blustery or cold.

2. Keep your mouth shut. I know, this sounds funny, but really, keep your mouth shut. Shit will be flying everywhere, and everywhere means straight into your mouth- assuming it is open. This has happened to me more than I care to admit.

2.5. Wear some sort of safety glasses. You might look like a dork, but at least you won't get shit in your eyes too!

3. Work from top to bottom. I know that this sounds pretty obvious, you know, with the concept of gravity and all, but the last thing you want to do is wash the steps, and then go up to washing the siding, resulting in a slimy sludge oozing onto your freshly washed porch. This has also happened to me many times, but I think that it almost makes sense as to why people do this. The ground is typically the dirtiest, and folks (like myself) are looking for that instant gratification, by get enthusiastically to work on the dirtiest part.

4. Start Low. Most pressure washers have the ability to have their pressure turned up or down. I highly reccomend starting your project at the lowest pressure, and then raising it up just enough to get the job done. I say this because when I washed my old painted front stoop, and I didn't bother to turn the pressure down, all of the moss came off, as did a few layers of paint... oops. This is also a good tip if you are going to wash your car with it. Turn down the pressure to avoid damage.

5. Resist the remptation to rinse your dirty hands with the sprayer. This is another 'duh' tip, but you wouldn't believe how many times I caught myself about to do it. Your hands are wet (as is the rest of your body) and you get a big schmear of whoknowswhat on your palm- your pants are covered in crud, so you can't wipe them there- lets just rinse them off! YOWSERS! Pressure washers can BREAK THE SKIN PEOPLE! Which brings me to number...

6. Refrain from washing your pets, children, and spouses with pressure washers. It would really hurt. Really.

7. Do not wear open toed shoes. I recommend rubber gardening boots, for the same reason as number 5. OUCH! I personally learned this one the hard way... *sob* It took my toenail polish clear off as well...

8. Give yourself time. Plenty of time. Pressure washers give that awesome, chemical free, instant gratification clean, but the sprayer is only so big, and if you are going to take the time to do it, all the while risking your limbs and dry clothing, for pete's sake, do it right. A sidewalk with pressure washer "clean skid marks" all over it looks no better than a dirty one, in my opinion.

Any questions? Please ask. *By the way, I am no PW expert, I just love using one*

Do any of you have a favorite tool?

Friday, March 19, 2010

Gearing Up

We are excitedly gearing up for the weekend. We so desperately want to work on the bathroom. As you saw from a previous post, our bathroom currently looks like this:

whoops, I meant this:

:

Yes, that toilet was frickin' heavy as sin, and my son has no pants on.... But is that no pants thing really a surprise? Anyways, that toilet and I had a true smackdown. Mindi had to dremel off on of the nuts holding the toilet to the ground, then it decided to spew it's juices all over my floor when I tried to remove the tank from the bowl. After trying to move the damn thing with some straps with Mindi's help, followed by a few cuss words, I got really pissed with the thing, and using my brute strength, coupled with frustration, up it went, onto my shoulder, and down the front steps! Man, I felt like I had some serious gazungas (pardon me for mutalating the spelling of that word folks...if I did, that is...) that day! I hate to throw it in the trash, but I am certainly not going to make it into a planter...

Anyways... we have been making trips to eFaucets for our NEW Tub Fixture and IKEA for this, this, this, and this over this last 2 weeks, and we are ready to begin the bathroom rebuild! Just today, I went to Home Depot to pick up the cement board for the shower/tub surround, a few more tiles for comparison, and some other misc. stuff in preparation for tomorrow. It is supposed to be almost 70 degrees in the Seattle Area tomorrow, and I want to take the opportunity to pressure wash the swingset... I set my hopes high, I tell you..

Over the last week, I have had plenty of professionals through my doors. Last Tuesday, I had 2 electricians (Hans and Guy - love it!) installing 3 ceiling fans, and fixing the dryer outlet, then this Tuesday, I had the plumber stop by to install the valve for the new tub fixtures! I am totally a DIY girl, but 2 things that I will hire out for will always be new wiring jobs, and in-the-wall-plumbling. I definately do not trust myself with a torch and copper pipes behind my walls...  

Tomorrow, my goal is to add extra support around the plumbing fixtures, frame out the new shower cubbies, and put up the cement board around the tub! We will see how far I get!

ooh! look! A cute baby!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

An Obsession You say?

No, really- it is my son, I promise! It is a constant search for new versions of Beyonce's Single ladies to watch on YouTube...

Here is our latest find!


HOLY SINGLE LADIES!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Put a Ring On It 2

There are so many things that I want to blog about, but, alas, the time has slipped away from me. Even as I type this, I have had to pee for 3 hours, but haven't gotten around to it, my bagel is burning, my son's nose is running, stella is leaking, and what am I doing? cruising YouTube for a song to amuse my son... during my mission, I stumbled across this AWESOME GEM- a fantastic version of Beyonce's "Single Ladies" that everyone can enjoy- AND (not saying that this girl is) but if YOU happen to be a lesbian, or have freinds that are, you may feel a "hey, I dated a girl just like this" connection, or a "hey, this chick reminds me of that lesbian that I knewincollegemyfrienddatedmycousinssistersfriend"...

Enjoy!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Hey Ren

Email me at LynnChristen@aol.com

You know who you are... I rejected your last comment, so email me instead ok?

Friday, March 5, 2010

Good and Mad

Good News:

Little Stella does not need surgery.

Mad news:

We liked the nurse. She actually seemed like someone that I could see myself hanging out with, oddly enough- but the response she gave us was completely unlike what I was expecting. My baby's head is wonky. I know what a "normal" head looks like. It looks like my son's head, baby Arden's cute head, Mindi's head... She had a paper with head illustrations all over it- showing the range of malformation from 0 (no malformation) to 3 (very malformed). Looking at the paper, I immediaely saw Stella's head depicted in the drawings. It looked like the #2 head. The front, the back, the uneven ear placement. They were all 2s. The nurse did some palpation. She looked at Stella's head from all angles. It was a complete head exam. She asked us where we felt she fit into the chart. "2" we both said. "Oh, ok... I would agree that the ears are a 2."

Do you guys sense a "but" here?

She decided that the front and back views were simply 1's, and proceeded to mark it on the chart as the final say. Now, do I want my child to register as a 2? No, of course not. Do I want to feel justified as her mother that I am not simply overanalyzing my child's appearance? Yes. I don't know. On one hand, I feel the need to beat myself up because the expert felt that I was mistaken in my observations. On the other hand, I feel angry because I am the one that stares at her head all day. I am the one that has examined every crease, fold, and soft spot on her entire body. I know the entire map that is her body and I am the one that has watched her head grow more and more misshapen with every passing week. I voiced my opinion. Mindi voiced her opinion. The nurse kept mentioning positional plagiocephaly. If you don't feel like following the link, it is the flat head that can occur from an infant lying on their back for extended periods of time. I firmly believe that this is NOT the cause of her flat head. It did not start in the back, it started in the front, and I know that she has never slept on the upper right side of her forehead... (can you picture that?!) I shared that bit with the nurse. In fact, before we went in, I made a pact with myself that I would speak up if I dissagreed. It is so hard for me (as I am sure it is for many others) to "stand up" against the "authority" that is "the Dr. or the Nurse". I did speak up. I don't know if I was heard or not. I couldn't tell really. It was strange.

She told us that positional plagiocephaly typically remedies itself between 4 and 6 months, or, at least there is a marked improvement. She told us that we could "watch and wait", and if we felt that it was not getting better, or was getting worse, we could get her reevaluated around 6months. We opted to make the follow up appointment while we were there so that we would have it. We figured we could always cancel if we needed to.

Honestly, I do not expect it to improve. I do not believe that it is positional plagiocephaly. I am not sure that it will get worse, but I do not think it will get better. That is just my "mommy gut feeling".

Now, all we can do is wait for her follow up appointment in late May. If her head does not improve, I am going to push like hell for a helmet.

I am going to finish off this gloomy post on the bright side, however, and reiterate that

My baby doesn't need surgery! Yay!!
smile for the camera sweetie- yeh, just like that!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Longest 2 Weeks

Man. I am telling you, these last 2 weeks have gone by at a snail's pace. Waiting for little Stella's appointment has been agonizing. Mindi and I really don't know what to expect at the appointment tomorrow. We are being seen by a nurse practioner as opposed to the Dr. I am ok with it, especially since the wait to see the Dr. was a few months as opposed to a few weeks. I can't help but feel nervous, however, that she will miss something- that we will miss something, and the proper steps to help our baby won't be taken. I have been trying to snap some pictures of her head for my own reference. Here are a few pictures that I feel sortof show the shape of her head. It is still way easier to see in person, especially if you look down from the top. This picture, that I found online, has a very good likeness to Stella's noggin from the top.

Here is our sassy lassy!
Front

and Back

Wish us luck.

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