Sunday, June 20, 2010

Look Dad - No Hands - I'm 9 months old

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. I hope you are enjoying the day kicked back and relaxed. If instead, you are chasing kids around, I guess you are officially "dadified."

Thinking about fatherhood this week, I had a realization. In the world of moms, I think we ladies tend to feel more changed by parenthood than our father-partners. We become "momified" and we think that fathers don't become "dadified." Well, I'm hear to tell you this believe just isn't true. Oh I have definitely become momified - I run carpool wearing sweats and make-up, feel that a pony tail is the height of hair fashion, and have trouble starting conversations without the phrase, "The kids..." But it turns out dads become "dadified" too. I saw the proof at the gym just this week. There was a man - a dad - quietly working out with free weights. He took a break to enjoy some water. Water right out of a hot pink water bottle printed with "Girls Rule." I'm sure that he needed a water bottle for the gym and this was all he could find. A 20-year old guy probably would have gone thirsty - but the dad didn't care so he brought a pink water bottle to the gym. He was officially "dadified."

So thanks to all the "dadified" fathers out there. We don't sing your praises as often as we should. We definitely don't always recognize the sacrifices you make (pink water bottles and all) To Scott, Poppa, Grandpa Perry (we miss you), Granddaddy Harrell, and Papa Bob thank you for being the wonderful fathers of my life. You are each terrific. Happy Father's Day.

In addition to celebrating Father's Day - it was time celebrate another man in my life - Michael and his 9-month birthday. Jaley's record as our earliest walker (9 months and a few days) will definitely stand (bad pun intended). However, Michael is trying hard to enter join the world of bipeds. Here he is hands-free. Unless I resort to putting weights on his feet, he will be walking soon.

That is life in the stroller lane.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

On the Flip Side

There are those weeks in life that you want to savior every moment - a week on a great vacation, the week you get married, the first week of summer vacation as a kid, - those weeks you never want to end. Then there are all those other weeks in life. Well, the Harrell house is coming off one of the latter. It has been several weeks since my last post and it's time to catch up on the gossip.

Usually, I'm the one with all the medical drama. Gratefully, I turned over my "it doesn't cover a damn thing" hospital gown last year and am healthy as a horse these days. However, I didn't realize I was turning my gown over to Scott. Never to be outdone, it was his turn to have his own bit of medical drama. Scott has diligently battled sinus and allergy issues for decades. He's tried every thing - from OTC, to prescriptions, to Eastern medicine, to 5 years of allergy shots. But his sinuses didn't care - to the tune of 6 sinus infections in 12 months. He was starting to think that antibiotics were the lesser known 5th food group. So on the 2nd of June, he put his nose in the hands of Dr. Jones for surgery to help fix what probably began as an undiagnosed broken nose as a kid.

According to the Doc, the surgery went great and his expectation is that Scott will breathe better than ever and he can permanently cancel his sinus infection frequent flyer account. Like any surgery, the part that involves the doctor is only the tip of the iceberg. They kick you out of the hospital with a friendly smile and say good luck. Since then Scott has been recovering. For any of you out there who have had sinus surgery, I tip my hat. Let's just say after watching Scott recover (of which he has been a trooper), I no longer have any desire to "fix" my Italian nose. It is one tough recovery, worsened by a couple of post-op complications (nothing too serious, but no fun either).

However, 10 days later he is on the flip side. Is he 100%? No, but he is on his way. Today, he even took the girls out for to play so I could have a few quiet minutes at the house while Michael was napping.

Scott's health has been in the center ring recently. With our circus of a family, there is always much happening in the side rings, too. All of us (with Nana taking Scott's spot) finished a charity 5K this morning. I'm so proud to say that Sarah walked/ran the entire race!!! The girls also finished swim lessons today. Sarah is a apparently part fish. Jaley will be following suit soon. Michael is into everything. I caught him reaching into the cat litter box this week (YUCK!!!). After a very thorough scrubbing, I immediately bought a kiddie gate. The laundry room is locked off and hopefully our speedy crawler will stick to reaching in his toy box from here on out.

While the past week won't go down as the "funniest" week ever, I'm very grateful Scott is on the mend! A special thanks to Nana and all the friends that lent a hand this week. The play dates with the girls were such a help when Scott needed quiet in the house. Thank you so very much!!!

That is life in the stroller lane.