Tangents + Success

Hello!  I feel like I can breathe again!  We were so nervous on Sunday and Monday morning about Beck but it all worked out perfectly and I have never seen him happier than he has been after his surgery!

Things started at 4:50 a.m. to get up to SLC.  My sister had the girls sleep over at her house and then my mom picked up Knox from his mom’s house in the morning… So grateful they were there to help with the other three kids so that Andrew and I could both be at the hospital.

Beck had no idea what was going on because we woke him up and we couldn’t feed him.

He was very aware of every little thing going on around him!

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Lots of waiting until it was his time to go… Keeping him happy when he was hungry + not letting him crawl on the ground was quite the task!

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Our hearts broke when the anesthesiologist took him away.  Getting his tubes in took a bit longer than normal because the doctor said there was a lot of a very thick glue-like substance they had to get out but the surgery was successful.

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Beck was very mad when he first woke up but calmed down once we started getting food in him.  And from that point on he was so much happier.  He was babbling like crazy (and whispering in the car which I have never heard him do but I think he was enjoying being able to hear himself whisper) and cried 99.9% less than he normally does.   My mama heart feels complete again!

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Let’s chat about some tangents!

*Nobody loves honey butter like Skye loves honey butter.

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*One of the many reasons I love Madewell, their ads include wrinkles/reality.

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*Andrew will always be a big kid…

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*Beck and my niece are birthday twins and they also like to dress alike:)

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*Saw this and said, ‘AMEN’!!!

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*Generalization time—> Why is it that boys can go months without running and then just pick up and run 6 miles?!   Andrew is that person that would max out at 10 miles leading up to a marathon (he paid for that type of training on race day but he still was able to run the 26.2)!

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*My brother gave this book to everyone in our family and wow.  Just wow.

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There are so many pages in here that stop me in my tracks!  It’s helping me with parenting and my own life and it’s a book that actually includes tangible steps on how to better balance and let go of addictions that are holding you back.  (PS the story in the first chapter is for mature audiences only!)

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*Beck tries every maneuver possible to get me to stop doing my strength training…

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*I love the way Skye looks at herself in the mirror.

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Have any tangents for the day?

Ever been under anesthesia?  How was it for you?

What are you currently reading?

Those working or in school right now… what is your holiday break like?

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When my kids had their tubes put in, both kids on the same day, I had to take them back to the OR and hold them down until they were asleep. That was pure torture! So glad Beck came out of it all so well and seems to already be hearing so much better. It was like that for mine too. Tubes fell out after about 9 months and haven’t had any more ear infections since.

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Jen! I cannot even imagine having to be there holding them down until they were asleep. WHY did they make you do that? I am so glad the tubes worked so well for your two kids and I’m feeling so grateful for them. I hope your day is off to a great start!

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I am so glad that Beck is doing so well! I can’t even imagine watching him taken away. My son has had lots of teeth removed under anesthesia and every time I made my husband be the one who stayed in the room with him (He inherited my small mouth, so not only the Mom in me couldn’t bare to watch him go under, but it was a little PTSD as well).

I do horrible under anesthesia. It takes me forever to come out of it. My mom is the same way. Little amounts of “uppers and downers” affect me so much. If I have any caffeine (whether in soda or chocolate) after 2 pm I can’t sleep (just Sunday night I was wide awake and couldn’t think of why and then I remembered where was chocolate syrup in my festive alcoholic drink like 6 hours before). But also Perocet and the like knock me out completely. With both my kids I was so out of it the first 4 days of their lives because of the drugs from my c-sections.

But I guess a lot of it has to do with how much anesthesia I get. I had to have a D&C after a miscarriage and I was begging the doctor not to give me too much because I didn’t want to stick around the hospital all day like I had had to do for previous surgeries, and then made sure they gave me just enough so I wouldn’t remember it and I was up and out of there so much more quickly.

I hope you guys have a wonderful Holiday!

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Hey Jessey! Oh that is so so hard that your son has had to have lots of teeth removed… and the ptsd along with your mother heart breaking must be so so hard. That is so interesting how uppers/downers affect you. Andrew can literally drink caffeine right before bed, it is crazy to me. I am so sorry about your miscarriage and D&C… that must have been so so hard.
Thanks for sharing friend, you too!

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I have never been under anesthesia but my dad was an anesthetist! Because of that, he did not allow me to be put under anesthesia if there was any other way. Obviously for tubes or regular surgery, I would have been put under. However, wisdom teeth came out with Novocain and I had hand surgery with an arm block! I’ve been lucky with my kids – my youngest had to be sedated for an MRI after we adopted her but her surgery was in Hong Kong so I missed that! And my oldest still wears teflon armor, I swear!

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That is really cool about your dad. Okay, that is really interesting about your dad… was it because he had seen too many negative experiences? I would love to hear more about your adopted daughter! Thanks Jackie, have a beautiful day!

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SO glad Beck is feeling better so quickly (though it feels endless while waiting). The whispering thing is so cool :)
Anesthesia for me is an experience I like to block out, LOL. But I had to hold my then 7-month-old daughter while she got her anesthesia, and I give it 0/10 stars, don’t recommend watching them go under. Fortunately, she was fine, as well.
That book sounds great & may be my next one!
I just found out that I get half a day off on Thursday (already a holiday on Friday). Wahoo!

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Hey Corey, it really was so sweet realizing he was probably hearing himself whisper for the first time! YOU HAD TO HOLD YOUR 7 MONTH OLD DAUGHTER while she got her anesthesia, I cannot even imagine! So glad she was okay and I hope you both never need it again. So happy you get a half day on Thursday! Have the best day:)

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Such good news the tubes are done!! When we watch videos of my son pre-tubes, he talks as if he had hearing loss (which apparently he did bc of the fluid). I cant believe you are already seeing improvements in the babbling. That plus the decrease/elimination of ear infections makes this surgery a win-win!! Hooray!

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A definite win-win. Thank you so much Sophie, I am so happy that the tubes were able to help your son so much! I hope your day is a beautiful one, thanks friend.

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So glad Beck is a happier baby post surgery.

I just have a couple of days of work this week then off until January 4. So excited for the break. It will be a quiet Christmas because BC has a bunch of new covid restrictions but looking forward to some peace and quiet and adventures with River.

Jason bought the turkey yesterday and a bunch of goodies so looking forward to Xmas dinner.

Have a great day today Janae!

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Kristine, thank you so much! SO happy about your break from work. I hadn’t heard about the new restrictions in BC. I hope everything improves there asap! Enjoy those adventures, I love seeing what you are up to. Yummmmmm for your dinner too! Thanks friend, you too!

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I am SOOO happy Beck is already feeling better. It must have been such a relief for him to get that glue like gunk removed! My oldest had to be under anesthesia for a brain MRI when she was like 6 months old and it was heartbreaking, start to finish. She did really well though! Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery!

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Thank you Sara! A brain MRI when she was 6 months old? Oh my goodness, that must have been so scary. I hope everything was okay! Have a beautiful day!

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My daughter had anesthesia when she got strep throat when she was three, it was so bad there was a big infection in her throat and they thought they would have to do surgery. We couldn’t get her to sit still for a scan so they had to put her under. It was SO scary. But gosh, it’s such a relief to get their problems fixed! Beck whispering is just the sweetest thing, I’m so glad he got the tubes as soon as he did. <3
Tomorrow is my last day of work until the New Year…it's going to be a long break with the kids lol, but I'm very much looking forward to a work break.
I hope you have a great day!!!

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Mollie, I cannot even imagine what that must have been like. But you arre so right, so worth it to be able to get them feeling better! So happy everything worked out for you guys. Hahaha good luck with the long break and I hope they give you some time to rest and relax… you work so so hard! Thanks friend, you too.

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Yay! Glad you got that done and it all went well. Beck (and all of you) should be feeling better just in time for Christmas!
I heard Anna Lembke on Rich Roll’s podcast and it was fascinating. I’m sure her book is great.
i have three days off now, work on Christmas Eve, then have two more days off. I’m psyched!

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Thank you thank you thank you! I’m excited to listen to that podcast episode… I’ll have to listen to that on my next run! Enjoy your time off this week, you deserve all of the rest and relaxation. Happy Tuesday!

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Hi Janae! I’m so happy Beck is feeling better right away! What a relief that must be.
My tangent is that I’m in Utah for the next two weeks! Right now we are in Herrinan. Today we are going snowshoeing!

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YOU ARE IN UTAH FOR TWO WEEKS?! You have to keep me updated with it all… have the best time snowshoeing, I am so happy you are here!

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Good morning Janae! Oh, I’m so glad Beck was able to get his tubes done. My heart hurt for you just seeing the picture of him being taken away :(
My work colleague is just like Andrew. He didn’t run for months because of an injury and BAM! just like that he’s back to running 6-10 miles at a time while I struggled the entire time to build slowly only to be thwarted by my own injuries. So not fair.
I’ve had general anesthesia multiple times for various surgeries/procedures. No issues. Topical anesthesia though…I need a lot. I once cried through a needle biopsy because I could feel the entire procedure. The doc said they usually use a couple CC’s of numbing agent…they used 2 1/2 syringes on me. And when I needed stitches a few years ago for a bad cut, the doc had to numb my finger 3 times before I couldn’t feel what he was doing. Though, I’m much like Jessey with the uppers/downers. I avoid caffeine after 10a and try to avoid taking Jenpills when I can.
Right now, my holiday break only includes some cleaning. But I am SOOO looking forward to just being home for a few days! Have a great day, Janae!

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Thank you Jen, it seriously was so painful seeing him being taken away… so thankful for amazing doctors.
How is it that they are able to do that? They are so so lucky!
YOU COULD FEEL THE ENTIRE PROCEDURE, okay… that is torture! It is so interesting how differently we all handle things. Enjoy being home for a few days and thank you!

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Good morning, Janae! YAY!!! So happy to hear Beck’s procedure was a success – the world just opened up so much more for him :o) His expression and hair in the picture where Andrew is holding him – adorable!!
I have only had anesthesia once and it went fine, but I remember being completely shocked when they told me I had dressed myself to go home, because I had zero memory of doing it LOL!
I am doing my annual reading of Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. It’s the short novel that is the basis for the holiday movie Christmas with the Kranks. With the exception of his first books, I like his non-law oriented novels the best :o)
I work at a college, so have the good fortune of a shutdown between Christmas and New Year. It starts Thursday and I. CANNOT. WAIT. Have an awesome Tuesday and enjoy Beck’s newfound voice!!

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Janine! Thank you so much and you are so right about his entire world opening up! Hahah that would have been quite a shock! Well, now I need to make that one of my Christmas traditions, what a great idea. Enjoy that break, you deserve it! “Beck’s newfound voice” made me tear up a bit. Thank you.

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so much positive stuff….and I wish I’d read Dopamine when I was a lot younger. just ordered on Amazon!

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You’ll have to let me know what you think of the book! Hope your day is off to a great start, Warren!

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Sooooo glad everything went well for Beck! And yay for the difference the tubes are already making. That was the same for our youngest when he had tubes at 2 1/2.
I have had anesthesia a couple of times, and both my boys (when they were younger) have too. Thankfully no issues for any of us.
We did a mini Christmas last night, before our niece goes home to Arizona for Christmas. It was so fun! She told us too, that she was accepted into the biology program she was hoping for, but it means she’ll be moving up to Monterey Bay at the end of January. We have loved having her live with us for these 7 + months! But this move is so good for her and her future.
That is sort of annoying that Andrew can just pick up and run 6 miles after not running for a while… Ha ha
Have a good day Janae 😊

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Wendy,thank you so much and you totally get the difference it makes… it’s incredible. I am so happy you were able to celebrate last night with your niece. What a special night and congrats to her, that is incredible. She has been so lucky to stay with you guys this year and you will all miss each other so much. Yep, super annoying ha. Thanks friend, you too!

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I am bawling just looking at that picture of the anesthesiologist taking Beck away. 😩 I have a one year old who takes time to warm up to everyone and it’s tough taking her to new places. Add that you couldn’t feed him and have him crawl/run around. Ugh i feel for you but thrilled he is feeling much better and even babbling.

I’ve had a couple of surgeries and get so nauseous from the anesthesia.
Wish I had a break. I used up all my leave this year as I wanted to stay home with my daughter for as long as I could so have to work through the holiday.

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Thank you Maureen, it really was an exhausting em morning emotionally, thank you for feeling for us… but definitely all worth it for how much happier he is. Oh I bet that nausea is so bad, I was worried Beck would feel the same. I am so sorry you don’t have a break. I’ll be thinking about you and hope that you are able to fit in some of your favorite things. Have a beautiful one and your one year old is so lucky to have you!

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So glad Beck’s procedure went well and he is already feeling better!!!

I’ve been under anesthesia for tubes, tonsils, and wisdom teeth, but not for any major surgery (knock on wood).

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Thank you Mariah, it is the biggest relief. Wow, you have had to have it a few times and let’s hope you won’t ever need it again. Thanks Mariah, have the best day!

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Thank you for that book recommendation! It ties in with my resolve for 2022. I’m not going to buy anything new nor go out to eat ( unless someone is treating me). I’m also scaling back what I can see on my phone – deleted everything but HRG and Goodreads.

I’m teaching myself less is better and my measure is that I’m going to snap a picture of my bank balance on 1-1-22 and it needs to be the same or more on 12-31-22.

I am absolutely medicating myself with buying new things and shut down my anxieties by scrolling social media to numb myself.

This book rec was meant to be for me today! It’s going to be a very interesting and productive year for me indeed!

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Belle, I love what you are doing for 2022, please keep me updated with it all and thank you for allowing me space in your amazing world! I am scaling back what is on my phone too and it already feels so much better! What a great idea with your bank balance and I can’t believe how much I use scrolling to numb myself out too. Will you please let me know what you think of the book, both Andrew and I love it. We should have a book club! Have a beautiful one!

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Congrats, Beck! So glad you’re feeling better… just in time for Christmas!

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Thank you Betsy! I hope your day is a beautiful one with your littles! PS did you get the dome?

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Still waiting on our HOA approval — grrrrrr! :)

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Noooooo they need to get back to you!

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I’m so happy beck has had his tubes! It will change your (and his) life! When my boy got his tonsils out it changed ours in a huge way. He suddenly started sleeping through, like seriously instantly and it’s never been a problem since (2years now). It’s amazing. So sweet that he was whispering to himself. That’s too precious!

I must buy that book. It sounds amazing. Another awesome one is ‘notes on a nervous planet’ by Matt Haig. It talks about similar things.

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Leigh! Wow, I am so happy that your son was able to get his tonsils out and that it helped you all out so much. I will be purchasing that book, thanks for sharing. I LOVE books like this. Hope your day is a beautiful one!

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I’m so glad Beck is doing better after his surgery! My 4 year old had open heart surgery in March to fix a hole in his heart, and I can remember that feeling of him being wheeled away so specifically. It is so hard to entrust care to another person, but the end result is, hopefully, worth it. It sounds like Beck’s hearing has improved, and he’s on to happier, more comfortable times.

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Stacey, I had no idea that he had open heart surgery earlier this year. That must have been terrifying! I hope he is doing okay now! Have a beautiful week with your family!

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Aw, I’m so glad the procedure went well for Beck, that is so nerve wracking. I wonder how it is for Andrew with his medical background – does he feel more calm knowing how well trained the doctors are? Or is it worse having seen all the good and bad directly? Praying for a speedy recovery for Beck and love what you said about his whispers, so cool.

And thanks for that book rec, I’m adding it to my list. I’m currently reading The Plot which is a nice break after finishing The Grapes of Wrath, which is amazing but intense.

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Thank you so so much Michelle! So I actually think it was worse for him because he sees things go wrong so often being in the ICU… he was sweating bullets.
I hope you like the book, please let me know what you think of it! Have a great day!

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So happy for Beck and your whole family!!! That must be a HUGE weight off of you all.

I like the sounds of that book. I am a HUGE book lover. I recommend the following reads (I am Canadian so a few are more Canadiana ;) )
I am currently reading Peter Mansbridge’s book ,”Off the Record” – he interviews some very compelling people from around the world.
Fight Night – Miriam Toews – made me laugh and cry
The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot – hopeful and heart breaking
The Rose Code – such a great story and based on true accounts
The Midnight Library – absolutely amazing and makes you question your life choices and paths not taken

Have a wonderful holiday season!!

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Congratulations on getting through the tubes! I’m sure it will as scary and stressful and I’m so glad he’s already showing improvement!
It’s not fair how quickly guys get back in shape! Of course Andrew seems to be active all the time and biking is great cross training for running so that probably helps a lot

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I’m so glad Beck is feeling better! My daughter (born with hip dysplasia) had surgery at only 3 months of age, and watching the anesthesiologist carry her away is forever burned into my brain – just gut-wrenching when they are so small!! But, the beauty of it is that she now has perfect hips with zero recollection of what she went through :).

Happy, healthy holidays to you and your family!

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So glad he’s already feeling better and that it went well!! Merry Christmas to your family!

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The “strong moms” quote strikes me as icky-mom-shaming. I know that’s 100% not your intention, so I just wanted to gently point out that categorizing moms/people will almost always lead to some unwanted comparison. A good test is to turn it around backwards and see what it sounds like. To me, this one says “if you are intimated by other moms, then you must not be putting enough time into raising your children.”

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