Sundays with Gage – croupy week

Jason started feeling sick on Tuesday afternoon and even came home early from work on Thursday (gasp!).  So, it shouldn’t have been surprising when Gage got sick too.  But I was surprised that we made a trip to the ER at 1 am on Friday morning.  Jason stayed home, too sick to be any good, and Gage and I headed to the hospital to see if they could help him breathe easier.  After some drugs, a breathing treatment and a croup diagnosis we headed home at 3:30 am.

Jason’s getting better and Gage is holding steady.  He’s barely eating and refuses nose drops and Tylenol.  He isn’t sleeping well and still wakes up with a seal cough.  I took this photo before bed last night, does he look tired or what?  Any positive energy you can send his way…

Stay healthy friends.

Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina

Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to FiveBrain Rules for Baby:How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five.  Finished 11-7-12, rating 3.5/5, parenting, 277 pages, pub. 2010

I bought quite a few parenting books after Gage was born and read none of them.  I remember looking through this one at the time and thinking that it made me feel like I’d already blown my chance to make Gage smart and happy since the whole first section is what you should be doing during pregnancy!  But then I saw this gushing post from Trish and decided to pick it up and try again.

Trish felt that every prospective mother should have a copy of this placed in her hands and I definitely think that every parent should read the section on relationships.  I think most couples are unprepared for what a baby does to a relationship in those first years.  It’s not all gazing at your baby and husband with pure joy on your face and in your heart.  Let me include a few LOL passages from mothers…

“I sometimes fantasize about getting divorced just so I can have every other weekend off.”

“Sometimes when I’m holding my beautiful baby in my arms and we’re gazing lovingly at each other, I secretly wish that she would fall asleep so that I could check my email.”

I think this section about relationships should be required reading.  I’ve asked Jason to read it at this late date because I think there are some useful tools for us.  And we need it since according to Medina, “More than 80% of couples experience a huge drop in marital quality during the transition to parenthood.”  He goes on to say that satisfaction doesn’t recover until the kids leave the house!

There were many parts of the book I liked and others that I didn’t find helpful at all.  I think there are great tips for any new parent but I also felt that he included too many studies that favored a one-way-to-parent rationale.  There were too many times that Medina made me feel like I’d already failed Gage.  There is just too much pressure.  That being said I take a lot away from it.  It’s given me that extra pause before I lose my patience 😉  It’s also reinforced some of the things I already do with Gage and and given me some suggestions for everyday interaction.

Trish head-over-heels loved the audio, so please head over there for a fresh perspective.  One of the sections I liked a lot was about happiness and I’ll conclude with a quote from a group that studied happiness over decades…

“The only thing that really matters in life are your relationships to other people.”

Thank you, blogging buddies, for adding to my happiness 🙂  I do think that every parent could benefit from his great website that’s full of information from the book, Brain Rules for Baby.

Odd Jobs Quiz – guessing closed

We all know that being President is a great responsibility and, really, who would want the job, even with the power rush?  Let’s see if you can match these other unusual jobs with their character and book.

You have until noon Sunday to submit your answers as a comment.  Comment will be hidden until I post the answers.  No Googling! The person with the most points this round will win a B&N gift card (total $ based on # of total participants, so please play) and a randomly selected participant will win a fun prize from me.

Leaderboard here.

August Boatwright (The Secret Life of Bees) Beekeeper

 Brett Kavanaugh ((The Missing Ink) Tattoo artist

 Bailey Weggins (If Looks Could Kill) Magazine crime writer

Roxane  Coss (Bel Canto) Opera singer

Deanna Wolfe (Prodigal Summer) Wildlife biologist

Cinder (Cinder) Cyborg mechanic

Renee Michel (Elegance of the Hedgehog) Concierge

Vanessa Michael Munroe (Informationist) Informationist

Bridget Jones (Bridget Jones’s Diary) Intrepid TV reporter

Della Carmichael (Death Takes the Cake) Cable TV chef

Voting Day

As I worked on my political quote quiz I realized that I was just sick of it.  Sick of the political vile of this season.  Maybe this was because I took too many breaks to visit Facebook.  Seriously, people are putting some scary and crazy stuff on there.  People I know and love.  Sigh.

I am also feeling defeated by the actions of politicians to suppress the vote.  It makes me mad and sad and it should be a non-partisan issue.  I don’t understand how elected officials can just ignore laws and court orders to try to help their side win.  Let every vote count.  I wish more voters of every affiliation would get more upset by this.  I fear that voter suppression is going to be a major embarrassment here.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could vote for some of the fictional characters we know and love?  Give us Atticus or Strider and I bet we could get out the vote!

What fictional character would have your vote for President?

Go vote (for the real and flawed people) and come back tomorrow for the non-political quiz.

Your favorite Sandy

Scientific polling done last week (sample size, 10 bloggers) reveals that there are just not that many famous Sandys.    In the top spot with 9 votes is Sandy from Grease, followed by Sandra Dee with 5 votes.  A fellow blogger, Sandy from You’ve GOTTA read this! came in third with 4 votes.  Why not go visit and congratulate her on beating out the rest of the field Sandy Koufax (3), Sandy (Annie’s dog) (3), Sandy Duncan (1), Sandra Bullock (1), Sandi Patti (1), and the ever popular Pecan Sandy cookies (1).

Thanks for voting.  You can visit the original post comments for your scores.  Obviously the scores are all over the place since I didn’t really think through how many points you could get with so few popular Sandys to choose from.  Oh well.


Halloweening with Gage in November

Because of Sandy our trick or treating wasn’t until tonight.  To say that Gage was not happy before we went is an understatment.  I thought for sure Halloween would be a bust.  The first house was iffy, lots of turning around and saying ‘no’, but after that he warmed to getting candy like a champ.  He said trick and sometimes treat (never together), sometimes asked for more (and sometimes just took it) and said ‘thank you’ very nicely for about half of the houses.  He also knows that candy is something he wants.  Unfortunately, there isn’t any from his bag he can have (I don’t trust him to eat Swedish Fish yet).

Gage rode around in his wagon and hit maybe a dozen houses before calling it a night.  If it hadn’t been 40 degrees I think he would have wanted to go all night.  He loved it.  Halloween success.

Jason’s mom is down visiting so she got to go too (and she can help us eat the candy!).

October’s 5 Word Movie Reviews – Win Money for Charity

This was a male dominated month at the movies for me!  I need to recover with a nice romantic comedy.

Every time you add 5 words of your own to one of my reviews then you donate $1 to charity.  What charity, you ask?  The charity is chosen by the person who has the most reviews once we reach 100. (Last charity herePLEASE leave a clear 5 word comment so I can give credit for it.

Please join the fun :)  We’re up to $78!!

You can add reviews to any of my past movie posts AND see who is in the contributing lead here.

Looper, 2012 (Cast-Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt)  Grade A-

Awesome, thought-provoking time travel.

Sci-fi thriller with a heart. (Jenners)

 Mind-bending ride of a movie. (Michelle)

Look for the other gimmick.  (Tony)

A man wearing a metal bracelet glowing a blue light on his left wrist, with a revolver in his right hand. To the left, a woman aiming a revolver. To the right, an older man wielding a revolver. In the background, a large metal object over a desert landscape. Above is shown "FIRST CONTACT. LAST STAND." Below them are the names of Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde above the title "COWBOYS & ALIENS", film credits, and theatrical release date.Cowboys & Aliens, 2011 (Cast-Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde)    Grade B-

Entertaining enough for TV viewing.

 Daniel Craig–one hot cowboy! (Michelle)

Very unusual western, pretty good. (Debbie)

Daniel Craig, Nuff said. (Caspette)

Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.  (Tony)

The Outsiders, 1983 (Cast- Matt Dillon, C Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Diane Lane, Tom Cruise)            Grade C-

1950’s teen drama with starpower.

Young me liked this one. (Kathy)

An oldie but a goodie. (Debbie)

 The boys are kinda cute. (Softdrink)