Monday, March 21, 2011
On December 22, 2010 our newest member came to meet the world.
Christian Lee Drain.
I love this little man so much. Hopefully I will be better this year about keeping up on my blog.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Friday, December 11, 2009
I have spent all week cleaning and painting this place. They came and put new carpet in our bedroom today. I painted the living room first so I could put up the Christmas tree. I think the carpet guys were making fun of me for having no furniture and boxes everywhere but the tree was up and decorated. LOL Oh well! It makes me happy. So I am stuck in this stupid place and know no one. Hopefully things will look up for my birthday. It is frustrating that I left Vegas so we could be together and not even a whole week I am here and get left alone. So far this move blows!!!
Plus it is in the minus degrees here. I left warmer winters in Vegas why??? I hate the stupid snow!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Shaken baby syndrome. The seemingly innocuous term doesn't begin to describe the horrible damage that can be inflicted by simply shaking an infant so that the baby's head flops back and forth, even a few times.
But the truth is that when an infant is shaken, the brain bangs against the inside of the skull, scrambling tissue, causing bleeding and swelling and possibly crushing the spinal cord. The baby's oversize head, undeveloped muscles and fragile, newly formed brain and blood vessels all combine to make possible damage more extreme than most people can imagine.
Sometimes babies are shaken by abusive caregivers, but more often the shaking happens when a parent or sitter becomes frustrated with a period of constant crying -- something that's normal for infants -- and reacts without thinking or without knowing what harm it can cause.
Tragically, shaken baby syndrome is on the increase, from 16 cases in 2005 to 48 in 2008. The recession is putting more stress on low-income and unemployed parents, so that number is likely to rise even higher. A third of shaken babies die and 80 percent of those who survive have permanent brain damage resulting in retardation, paralysis, blindness, deafness or some combination of those effects. At least 14 shaken babies have died in Utah since 2003.
That's why a new educational campaign launched by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome in Ogden is so welcome. The campaign is called Period of PURPLE
Utah, with the highest birth rate in the nation, is the first to introduce PURPLE Crying in all its birthing hospitals, 39 across the state. Now, funded by a private grant, the program is also reaching out to pediatricians, health departments, home nurses, adoption and foster-care agencies and the public. When a baby is born at one of the participating hospitals, the parents receive an 11-page booklet and 10-minute DVD that explain the danger of shaking and offer tips on caring for a crying infant.
The need for this campaign can't be overstated. Helpless infants and overstressed parents are vulnerable and need all the help they can get.
Monday, November 16, 2009
So now I am just finishing up some last minute things and just chillin waiting until I leave to go to Tooele. It will be Thursday before I know it.
I am so looking forward to being back with my Joshy. I am not looking forward to the whole moving to Utah thing, but I am just going to have to make the best of it. We are renting a house there so it will be the first time since I moved out of Ma and Pa's that I won't be living in an apartment. I even get to have a garden. Lame I know, but I am super excited about that.
Once I get there it is off to find out about getting signed up for spring semester.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
This week is my last week of work. Work is totally crazy right now and all I can say is I am so glad to moving on from there. Last week when I put in my two week notice so did my boss! Then when I was gone from work on Friday an other lady from our department gave her two week notice as well. So now they are stuck with few people and one totally crazy girl who was no idea how to do her job. Well not my problem any more. She should just be thankful I don't knock her out before I leave.
I am going to hang around here until the 19th then Stacie and I are driving up to Utah. We are going to take Austin to Thrice in SLC for his birthday. I am going to be with my family through Thanksgiving. Josh is going to drive up from Moab and join us! Then finally my hubby and I can be together again!
I will be returning to Moab with Josh after the holiday. Once I get there I will have lots of cleaning to do in the house we are renting, but at least I will be living in a house instead of an apartment for the first time since I have left home! I am planning on signing up for some classes for the spring semester. We have worked things out so that if I want to work only part time I can.
Our plan was to stay in Moab for the next two years. Then we are going to move to South Dakota where I can finish my degree at the School of Mines and Technology. We have made plans that once I get settled in in my new home that we are going to plan on a family. I am so tired of everyone giving me their own reasons and excuses of why they think I should not start my own family. Yeah well I am ready and so is Josh and to me that is all that matters. Plus Sabine needs a cousin on our side of the family! ;)
So you may be hearing from me more while I am on my leave from work.