The most NOPE I've ever seen. This is NOT what Anastasia looks like. This is not what Christian looks like. Ana did not have bangs or stupid ugly red lipstick. Nope nope nope. The people the cast as supporting actors are all wrong. I'm sad. They have destroyed this movie for me. Maybe one day when it's on Netflix and I've watched every possible episode of Sons of Anarchy will I think of watching this.
Dinner tonight can be found here
Brandon turned eight in August. He weighs about 76 pounds. He is approximately ten feet tall (as judged by my very scientific mom eye). The law in Nevada says that kids have to be in a booster seat until they are six years old or sixty pounds. However, the RECOMMENDED limit is eight or eighty pounds. I've kept Brandon in a booster seat until two weeks ago.
You guys seriously, this has made me the least cool mom on the planet. Not just with my child but with other parents. You cannot believe how many parents have been annoyed when I told them if they wanted to drive my kid somewhere he needed a booster seat. Not to mention the fights that have happened when their kid wants to sit in the back seat and they ask Brandon to sit up front and he replies, "no I'm not allowed to sit up front until I am twelve." Because you know, that is an actual real live law here. This poses a few problems. First being that parents who don't keep their (much much smaller kids) in a booster seat automatically feel awkward in front of me because I do, as if they think I am judging them (I am). Second is that when other kids ride in my car and their parents tell me they do not need a booster seat this A: Makes me feel uncomfortable and B: Leads that other asshole kid to make fun of my kid for being in a booster seat.
I don't understand any of this. It's a safety thing. Booster seats aren't difficult. They don't take up any space in your car. They don't require you to buckle them in (at this point Brandon was out of the 5-point harness, and into the kind that uses the seatbelt). I don't understand why parents would not use something that is proven to be safer for your child. Especially the children who might be eight years old but who are smaller then my six year old.
I resisted letting Brandon out of his booster seat until I spoke to his pediatrician about it. I actually made an appointment and went in there. He was impressed. He measured Brandon, and told me where the seat belt needs to fit for him to safely ride without a booster seat and then he gave me the seal of approval to remove Brandon from his booster. I still waited another week.
I don't care how uncool that seat was, I think it's way cooler then being dead right?
Moving onto Codi. Codi turned six in November. He weighs about forty pounds. He is maybe three feet tall. Legally I could take him out of the booster seat because he is six. I refuse to take him out because he is not sixty pounds. He is still in a 5-point harness type seat. All of his little kindergarten six year old friends have of course already come out of their 5-point harness AND their booster seat. Again, I have become the uncool mom who makes her child ride in a safety seat. I did not take Brandon out of his 5-point harness until I think second grade. I told Codi that until he is sixty pounds I won't even entertain the option. I also explained why. He was actually totally okay with it. Codi is small. I don't care what age he is, he weighs nothing and is as tall as a preschooler, why on earth would I take him out of something made to protect him?
This has been very frustrating. I watch kids smaller then Codi get into cars without even having a booster seat and I cringe. Then I realize that I'm in the minority though and I just shut my mouth. Tell me, when did you move your kids from a 5-point harness, and then when did you eliminate all booster seats all together? Am I alone in wanting my kids to be as safe as possible or are their other parents out there who care about this? I am feeling really lame and lonely in this car seat crusade.
When I couldn't get pregnant we spent a ton of money with a fertility specialist. We did two IUI treatments and nothing happened. At my annual pap with my OBGYN I mentioned it to him. He quickly prescribed me a medicine to clear up some bacteria that was attacking the sperm, and within 3 weeks I was pregnant.
Then I started having high cholesterol. The doctor wanted to put me on all kinds of medications that I would remain on for life. At my yearly annual with the OBGYN they noticed my lab work, noticed my cholesterol and instead told me to take some herbal remedies. Within 5 months my cholesterol dropped 56 points.
I've recently been going through a lot of issues with my stomach. Swelling, pain, and multiple problems. I had a CT scan a few months ago and my stomach doctors read it and told me all was normal. While I was at this years annual my OBGYN looked at the CT scan and noticed that the radiologist had noted that my uterus was healthy. Only problem is I haven't had a uterus for about 3 years. He was pretty pissed off that the stomach doctors had missed that. He asked about my colonoscopy. I told him the stomach doctors hadn't ordered one. He was appalled, I've been seeking treatment for a year and never once had anyone ordered a colonoscopy. He ordered one and said he had a gut feeling that from all of my surgeries there was a good chance that scar tissue had caused my bowels to be blocked and that if we found that out it could easily be repaired with a small incision.
I just spent almost 72 hours being pumped full of laxatives and on a strict Gatorade and broth diet only. I lost over 6 lbs in fluid weight. Every time I stood up I saw white and got dizzy. I finally arrived today for my colonoscopy. The stomach doctor got less then a third of the way in and hit a block. She tried changing positions, tried shooting water in to clear it, tried everything. Nothing worked. I have a blocked bowel. This could have been discovered a year ago if the first doctor I saw had concentrated on the symptoms instead of my weight, and if the second doctor had listened to what the X rays had said, and what I was saying. I'm so frustrated. It bothers me that doctors can just brush someone off so easily. It bothers me that every time I've been fixed it was by a damn OBGYN AFTER I had paid specialists a bunch of money.
So now we schedule the surgery. They do the small incision, find the blockage, and repair it. I should be good as new after that. I really hope I don't have to go through another 72 hours cleanse though. I'm not sure I can handle that again.
On Sunday my cell phone rang. I didn't know the number but I answered it anyway. This is what I heard:
Young girl (YG): Who's this?
Me: Shannon, who are you?
Me: Hi Daisy. What can I do for you
Me: Daisy, do you know who you are calling?
YG: I'm calling Codi, can I talk to Codi?
HOLD UP WHAT!
I looked at my husband and whispered, "A girl is calling our six year old."
I called Codi into the room and told him Daisy was on the phone for him. This is what followed.
Codi: *Blushing* Hi
YG: Hiiiii Codi this is Daisy
Codi: Hi (in a totally nonchalant kinda way)
YG: Whatcha doin?
Codi: Playing my new Wii game.
YG: Cool. How are you
YG: Do you know what 3+3 is
YG: Oh yeah well do you know what 5+5 is?
Codi: *sighs* 10
YG: What about 100+100
At this point I break in and tell Codi to maybe ask Daisy how she is doing so they can stop talking about math.
Codi: What are you doing Daisy
YG: Nothing, do you know what 500+500 is?
I told Codi to tell Daisy thank you for calling and to say goodbye and go back to play with the friend he had over that day. They said their goodbyes and Codi went to play in the other room.
Yesterday he came home with a folded up piece of paper. I opened it and the girl had written her name and her phone number in 6 year old chicken scratch and had passed it to Codi in class. I'm keeping that forever. Codi said, "you know mom, so you can maybe set up a play date or something."
The whole thing was very cute. I have to admit though, I wasn't expecting girls to start calling the house until middle school, and if we are being honest I expected his older brother to get he first phone call. I had passed out birthday invitations two weeks prior so I'm thinking that is how the girl got my phone number.
I'm thinking of laminating the piece of paper since she wrote it in pencil. I want to keep it forever. I wanted to post a picture of it, because the writing, and the name is all so cute but I can't post a picture of someone elses phone number on here.
Either way it was very cute.
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