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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Week Two

Still getting in the groove of my job. Going pretty well. Getting lots of positive feedback from patients and families. The sister of one patient today asked me why I want to be a nurse. Two reasons came to mind immediately.

1) I love interacting with people up close and personal. I like getting to know them, having conversations, sharing stories, making them laugh, offering them a listening ear.

2) It's amazing to be able to help people in such a tangible way. Example: One of my patients this week was having bladder issues. He was not able to urinate at all, despite being well hydrated, and he was very uncomfortable. I scanned his bladder, saw that it was indeed very full, and then drained it using a straight catheter. He felt so much better, and it improved his mood.

Some of the new things I've done this week:
-put in catheters (on both males and females)
-empty colostemy bags
... Ok those are the only new things I can think of. But I have found that I'm getting more confident with my basic skills, like taking blood pressure and whatnot.

I've had several days where I worked a full shift at the hospital, then drove straight to the assisted living place and worked another three hours. Those are long days, but the jobs are different enough that they require different parts of my brain. The hardest part is being away from R and Sweet Pea for such long periods of time. I leave the house at 6:30am and get back about 13 hours later. Just enough time to feed Sweet Pea, snuggle with her for a few minutes, then put her in bed.

BUT in another week, I'll be on evening shift at the hospital and won't ever be working both jobs on the same day.

School starts up again in just under two weeks. All I have left to take is A&P2, and I'll be turning in my application for the nursing program in the next month.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

The End of Week One

Work at the hospital is getting better. I'm becoming more and more comfortable in my role there. I have a better idea of what needs to be done, and what I can and can't do. I was on the same section of the floor for three days in a row, so I got to know some of the patients pretty well.

One ornery old man had been pressing his call light constantly, complaining about everything, cussing up a storm, and just being a pain in everyone's rear. By day three, I think he had gotten more used to me (and vice versa), and I made sure to attend to the things I knew were important to him. Before I left his room, I checked to see that his trash can was close by, his pillows were arranged to his liking, everything on his bedside table was set up the way he wanted it, etc. That little extra effort cut waaaay down on the number of times he hit his call light, and he was more likely to agree to do the crazy things I wanted him to do, like wash up.

I had several patients and family members tell me I was doing a good job. A little positive feedback is always nice.

This week I've:
-discontinued IVs
-discharged patients
-had post-op patients (we are more vigilant with them when they are just out of surgery)
-discontinued catheters (but haven't put any in yet)

I just feel like I'm getting more of the hang of things, getting a bit of that intuition that you need in a profession like this.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas 2007 vs. Christmas 2008

Ahh, how much has changed in a year! Just thought I'd put up comparison pictures from Christmas 2007 (3 months old) and Christmas 2008 (15 months old).

These were both taken by BFF.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

First Day

Today was my first day on the floor. Well, I've been to the floor before, but this was my first day with patients.

-young (my age) head injury patient.. alcohol + driving at high speeds => confusion, unsteadiness, not knowing where you are, trouble with basic tasks of daily living. Don't do it. Not worth it.
-emptying catheters
-stripping/making beds
-taking vitals
-lots of bed baths and dressing changes (I just observed those- will do them on my own next time)

I learned a lot, and enjoyed my day. Yes, it's 8 hours on my feet, but I liked interacting with patients and families, and being able to DO something for people. I am able to fulfill needs, right there. What a cool profession!
On a completely different note, one of the best parts of my day is opening up the door and hearing little footsteps pounding in my direction. Sweet Pea has begun running to greet me as soon as she hears the door, and it warms my heart! Love it.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Thanksgiving, Job Training

Whoops, it has been a few weeks since we've posted. Sorry!

We drove to see R's family for Thanksgiving, and had a fabulous time. It is always good to see them, and Sweet Pea had a blast interacting with her cousins. It was also her first time being around a dog, and she did well. She quickly learned to scrunch up her face and close her eyes when the dog's tail came near to avoid getting a mouthful of hair, and eventually she initiated contact and sought out the dog to pet her.

While we were all together, we celebrated Christmas. Sweet Pea loved unwrapping presents! She would rip into each one, tear off bits of wrapping paper to hand to me, then lunge for a new present once she'd finished getting all the paper off. I suppose by next year, she'll be more interested in what's inside the paper, right?

I finished up my semester, and ended up with a B in Anatomy & Physiology 1. I really enjoyed the class, and learned tons. I can't wait for A&P2 next semester!

I've started training for my new job at the hospital. It's a lot of information (policies and procedures and whatnot), but we've also gotten to do fun stuff like take blood pressure and insert catheters. I start training on my floor this week. Hurray!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Ear Infection #2

After finishing up the medicine for her ear infection, Sweet Pea was healthy for about three days before getting sickish and super cranky again. I took her in to the pediatrician, who confirmed that the ear infection had returned to one of her ears. She put Sweet Pea on a different antibiotic. We are on day five of the medicine, and so far I am not seeing an improvement in disposition. Maybe teeth are at play as well?

The other interesting thing that has happened recently is that the retreat for the high schoolers was this weekend. R stayed the whole time, while I shuttled back and forth between home, the camp, and Grandma's. The kids had a great time, so it's all worth it, right?

We'll be headed out of town this week to spend time with R's family.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

No Heat!

Our furnace went out today. Brr!

We are bundling up and will be sleeping in the living room, rather than upstairs where it is colder.

We've put in a call to someone to come repair it- I will have to call back in the morning to see if they got our message, and to set up a time.

Of course, snow is in the forecast for tonight..

Maybe we can move to Arizona? :D

Edited to add (the next day): They came out today to repair it and figured out that we needed to just replace the entire furnace. The new one is a lot more efficient than the old one (92% vs. 60%), so hopefully that will help with our heating costs.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Ear Infection

Sweet Pea has her third cold in about six weeks, and it seems to be hitting her hard, so I took her into the doctor this morning. No pneumonia or anything of that nature, but she does have the beginnings of an ear infection in each ear, plus a sinus infection. Poor baby!

The doctor prescribed an antibiotic. He said she should be feeling better by the weekend. Hope so!
I also signed up for my spring classes today. A&P 2 is the only thing I have left before I start the nursing program. I'll have the same professors I have now, and the textbooks are even the same.
My dad is having surgery tomorrow. Sounds like a fairly routine operation/procedure, but he's one of those types who is never sick, so it will be odd to see him in the hospital. Send positive thoughts his way, please!
Big plans tonight include walking down to the local diner for an early dinner, choir practice, and watching 'America's Next Top Model' with BFF. Woot!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Making a Difference

This morning, R and Sweet Pea and I got up early and joined some of the others from the youth group, working with Habitat for Humanity on a house in the next town over.

That was a BLAST!

We both ended up pretty dirty and exhausted, but it was a really good experience, and it was great to be able to see the fruits of our labor unfold in front of us. (We were mostly working on landscaping bits- evening out the yard and laying down sod.)

Sweet Pea spent the morning on my back in a Snugli. That actually worked out pretty well! I expected her to get fussy and demand freedom immediately, but she was awake and content and cheerful for a solid three hours before beginning to squirm (and eventually fall asleep). I think she enjoyed being outside and being able to watch so many people.

Edited to add one picture I snagged from our youth group director.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Job Offer


I've been offered a job at the hospital (the job for which I interviewed last month). I will go in about a week to sign papers and get everything in order (physical, drug test, etc.), and orientation starts in early December.

Good timing, because alas, my babysitting run is soon coming to an end. My friend is quitting one of her bazillion jobs, so won't need me to watch G while she's at work. However, we are definitely going to be setting up weekly playdates so the girls can hang out (and heck, so WE can hang out, too!).

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Locks of Love

I've been meaning to cut my hair for a while, so that I could donate it to Locks of Love. While we were out running errands this afternoon, I got it done!

Here's some before and after pictures. Please excuse any stupid looks on my face and/or poor picture quality (they were taken on a cell phone).


After! (10-11 inches donated, plus another inch or two off in the styling process)

Friday, October 17, 2008

Happy Friday!

Oops, haven't updated since early last week! Hmm, what's new here?

-I took my second lecture exam and did significantly better (an entire letter grade) than I had on the first one. That was very exciting, and encouraging! The material continues to be fascinating to me- just have to make sure I'm studying well.

-I went on a retreat through our church last weekend. It was good to meet some other women in the parish and get to know them a bit. Though I went home at night, that was the longest I had ever been away from Sweet Pea.. about nine hours. She did fine, of course.

-Sweet Pea and I went to the park this morning to play. She tried to climb up the slide at first, but then figured out how to climb the steps to get to the top, and took great joy in sliding down while on my lap. It was adorable!

I'm sure there are other things I'm forgetting, but that's all I can think of at the moment. Have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Dead Cats

In my anatomy class, we've started the muscular system. Since my school isn't quite large enough to have a ready supply of cadavers, we were given cats to dissect. And since storage space is a little scarce, we were told to take the cats home!

So I have a dead, skinned, partially dissected cat hanging out in my garage. :)

My partner and I met up outside of class a couple times to work on our muscle identification, and we actually finished this week in class. Since next week is another free lab, I'll bring the cat back so we can review, but then we'll start working on the human muscles. (There are various plastic limbs scattered around the lab room.)

I think the teacher mentioned that we'll have the opportunity to go to another local university's cadaver lab at the end of the semester. Fun!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Job Update #2,574,901

Let's recap, shall we?

Job #1- babysitting my friend's daughter. Started in August, and is going smashingly.

Job #2- working part-time at the assisted living place, as a cafeteria aide. Started this last week, and is going well. Not the most skilled work ever, but it's a steady paycheck with friendly clients, so it works. The hours are great, too.

Job #3- TBA.

I have been applying at the hospital for months for a nurses' assistant type position. In July I actually interviewed with someone in Human Resources. I told her I was in school- no problem she said.

Fast forward to last week. HR contacted me and said there was a position available that I could come interview for [for which I could interview, whatever]. I interviewed with the unit director and had a job shadow. They love me and really want to make me a member of the team.

However, before I can start actually working on the floor, I have to do a 2.5 week orientation across the street to train me on IV care, CPR, etc etc. I can make it to most of it, but I do have class some mornings. Though I may be able to skip one class if necessary, this would require missing about five. Nope.

The unit director felt bad but said she just couldn't have me missing chunks of orientation like that. They can work around my class schedule once I get onto the floor, but not for orientation.

The silver lining is that she is going to keep my resume/application/information in front of her and if they still need someone in a couple months (which they probably will), she's going to call me up and have me go through orientation in December, when I don't have classes.

So that's the plan. I'm bummed, but it is a bit more hopeful than the last time I had an interview. This will give me a chance to keep focusing on this class, yada yada yada.

Also, by the time Job #3 is starting up, Job #1 will probably no longer be available. So the timing will work.

Alright, back to studying the muscular system- my partner and I are meeting tomorrow to work on dissecting our cat (which is currently in my garage!).

Friday, September 26, 2008

Busy Busy!

What a week it has been! This is the first time I've had my computer on since Tuesday. Three days offline must be some sort of record for me! :)

Between babysitting, classes, job orientation and training, interviews, choir practice, and studying for exams, I just haven't had time to turn the computer on!

I started at my new job (at the assisted living place) this week. It is not difficult work, and the clients are friendly. I am working tonight, and will be on my own for the first time (the last two nights I've been training with someone).

I had an interview at the hospital yesterday. I don't want to get my hopes up too much, but I did think it went well. I will be job shadowing next week.

I had my first practical exam in anatomy this morning. Scores are not up, but I am feeling confident. There were only a few questions I wasn't 100% sure about, and even those weren't shots in the dark.

I also met with my advisor this week to make sure I'm on track to apply for the accelerated program this year. She said I'm doing great! She told me all the deadlines I need to know for the application process. I will turn in the application and essay by the beginning of February, and then they will call people for interviews. I asked if they notified people even if they hadn't been chosen for an interview, and she said, "You WILL be called for an interview. Don't even worry about it. But yes, we send them letters." I knew I liked that advisor. :)

After the interviews, they will choose eight for the program. EIGHT! Therefore, I will also be applying for the regular nursing program, just in case.

I'm sure there's more I intended to update about, but it has all escaped me.

I should start tidying up the house anyway; the in-laws will be here tomorrow!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Not Me! Monday

The idea for this came from MckMama. Go check out her blog!

Here we go..

I did NOT let my one year old eat a leaf on our walk today. We did NOT spend an extra half hour outside because she refused to ride in the stroller. I did NOT let her have her way and walk on her own for the last several blocks.

I did NOT spend half an hour on WebMD yesterday looking up symptoms and convincing myself I have carpal tunnel syndrome. Furthermore, I did NOT head to the pharmacy to buy a wrist splint for each arm, and I have NOT been alternating icing each wrist all day. That would just be paranoid.

I did NOT get all excited when MckMama first mentioned the idea for this game. I did NOT immediately start thinking of what my own Not Me's could be.

What have you (not) done today?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Another Interview!

Oh my goodness, another interview!

I had given up on ever getting in at the hospital. I had been applying for jobs since February with little success, and had only garnered one set of interviews in the process. I applied for another handful of jobs a few weeks ago, just to keep my name popping up, but wasn't very optimistic.

I got a call today from HR asking if I could interview for a part-time evening shift nurse's aide position. YES. Yes I can. I'll meet with the floor director next week!

Woo hoo!

(Even if I get this hospital job- which is no guarantee- I can still work at the assisted living place. The hours don't overlap much, so it shouldn't be a problem. The evening shifts work out well with my class schedule and childcare availability as well.)

AND it looks like there may be a possibility of a tutoring job in the works as well..

Cross your fingers, say a prayer, wish on a star, rub Frog Baby's nose, do whatever it is you do to send some good vibes my way, please!


Monday, September 15, 2008

Cake and Frosting Recipes

Both of these came from this website. This is what I made for Sweet Pea's birthday cake.

Apple Swirl Cake

2 c Apples
3 tb Sugar
1 ts Cinnamon

2 c Sugar
1 c Cooking oil
4 Eggs
1/4 c Orange juice
2 ts Vanilla
3 c Sifted flour
1 tb Baking powder
1/2 ts Salt

Peel, core, and chop apples into small pieces. Mix together with 3 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.

In large bowl, combine sugar and cooking oil; beat. Add eggs, orange juice, and vanilla. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt; add to creamed mixture. Beat until smooth. Pour one third batter into greased and floured 12 cup bundt pan alternating with one half apple mixture. Repeat.

End with layer of batter on top. Bake at 325 degrees F for 60 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool in pan 10 to 15 minutes; turn out on wire rack or serving plate to complete cooling. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar if desired or lightly frost with cream cheese frosting.

Whipped Cream Frosting
Makes 1 frosting for a 2 layer cake

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup white sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups heavy cream

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar salt and vanilla until smooth. In a small bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Fold into the cream cheese mixture.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Happy birthday!

Well, it's official. My sweet baby girl has turned one. Where did the last year GO?

Here's a few pictures to sum up the last 12 months..

Brand new (9/12/07) ..............One month old.......................... Two months old

Three months old...................... Four months old...................... Five months old

Six months old.......................... Seven months old ...................Eight months old

Nine months old....................... Ten months old..................... Eleven months old

One year old!

We had a great time at her birthday party this weekend. Thank you to all those who stopped by, sent hugs, called, and showed your love!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sneak peek

Go check out a sneak peek of Sweet Pea's birthday pictures!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Well, Color Me Employed!

I got a call back from the place I had interviewed- they offered me a different (but similar) job, with fewer hours. I accepted, since a job is a job, and went to do my pre-employment physical yesterday.

Sweet Pea is walking! She takes more and more steps at a time, and has gotten up to 14 or so in a row. She's able to take a step and keep her balance, and she is even able to change directions while walking! She still falls frequently, but she keeps plugging away. I'm so proud of her!

I finally figured out how to take Sweet Pea and her friend G out on walks when they are both here. I put one in the stroller, and carry the other one in a Snugli (a carrier that can go on your front or back). They both seem to enjoy being outside, and it gives me a chance to get some exercise. Today we walked around the neighborhood, visited my old high school, and even did a loop around the new walking path at the local park.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Labor Day Weekend

I forgot to do an update on our holiday weekend.

Saturday we met friends at a local Pow Wow. It wasn't quite what I was expecting, but it was still fun.

That afternoon we headed down to visit with R's side of the family. Unfortunately, Sweet Pea is in the throes of separation anxiety (sometimes she won't even let Daddy hold her if I'm around), and she wouldn't let anyone (even her grandparents!) hold her. Mamaw was pretty bummed, but she was a good sport about it.

The family reunion was Sunday. It went really well, and we were able to visit a bit with extended family we don't see often. There were three other girls born within two months of Sweet Pea (so they are all 10-12 months now), and we of course tried to corral them into a single picture.

Sweet Pea had a great time getting down on the ground and getting dirty! She seems to have a penchant for chewing on sticks. My favorite comment of the day was from a cousin-in-law, who asked if this was our first baby, or our third! :)

We had a small birthday celebration at the tail end of the reunion, and R's sister and parents were so generous! Sweet Pea scored a couple toys she can push around the room, as well as a couple dolls and a board book. She loves her new toys! She has spent most of the last few days pushing the walker back and forth, and even cuddling with (and smacking) the baby doll.

Monday, we took thorough advantage of the day off by hooking up Sweet Pea's new bike trailer (a gift from my parents) and taking a short ride to a local park for a picnic lunch. The weather was PERFECT, and we enjoyed our relaxing family time.

And today, Sweet Pea has made me proud by practicing walking! She has gotten up to NINE in a row before plopping down, and what's more, she keeps getting back up and trying again! What a big girl! Will she be walking by her birthday? Hmmm..

Job Update

Encouraging news on the job front!

I got a call this morning from the place where I had interviewed a couple weeks ago. They said they are still interested in me if I am still interested in them. They will check schedules and such, and then set up a time for me to meet the manager and do some training. Woo hoo!

I don't know exactly how many hours I'll be getting, but the position is something I think I can do, and the hours work out fantastically with my current class/babysitting schedule, and with R's work schedule as well.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

First Day of School

I had my first day of classes today. Call me crazy, but I'm actually looking forward to this semester. The material sounds interesting, and I can't wait to delve in and learn more!

Also, Sweet Pea has figured out how to take off her diaper. Yikes!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Mid-Twenties, now?

Thanks for the birthday wishes, all.

Friday (my actual bday), we had friends over to have dinner and play cards. Great fun!

Today, R and I headed out for a few hours sans baby. We took in a play and had a marvelous dinner. Sweet Pea's godmother watched her while we enjoyed our date. Thanks!

Tomorrow, I'm singing at church, so I suppose I should head to bed before it gets too late. Night!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Aha, a virus.

I took the kid to the doctor yesterday. He thinks that she has a virus, but thankfully is over the worst of it and should be getting better bit by bit.

There isn't really anything you can do for a virus except wait it out, but I'm still glad my mommy instinct was right on this one. So much of parenting seems to be a matter of trusting your gut.

Still no word on the job. If I haven't heard by Monday, I think I will call to see what's going on. They had told me they would call either way.

Alright, kid is in bed, so I should take the opportunity and clean up a bit.

Till next time..

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


I checked my school email today and found a message saying that I've been awarded a scholarship! Hurray! It isn't for a ton, but every little bit helps.

Monday, August 18, 2008

A's new BFF?

Today was the first day of watching our friends' daughter G, who is about 6 weeks older than our Sweet Pea. The girls have played together a few other times and gotten along really well, so this is a good match up.

G was initially whiny and clingy (understandably), but then she and Sweet Pea played together nicely, and even overlapped their naps for about an hour! That was nice. :) For her first day in a new setting, she did really well, and I'm looking forward to Wednesday!

Sweet Pea seems to be feeling better today, so I have not called the pediatrician. I will chalk this one up to those vicious teeth!

She's successfully made Momma nervous today by climbing up an entire flight of stairs and then climbing on top of everything she can. I'm keeping about an arm's length away, but am trying to bite my tongue and let her explore- I want her to figure it out on her own.

Thanks for humoring me and commenting on the last post. I appreciate it!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sick Baby = Not Fun

Poor babe. I'm 90% sure she's teething (had a fever a few days ago, drooling like mad, funkyfresh diapers, shoving fingers in mouth, screaming randomly, acting all cranky and such), but she's never teethed this hard before.

If she's still acting all out of sorts tomorrow, I'll call the pediatrician to see if I can get her in.

In other news, apparently the job interview last week went well.

I saw my parents at church this morning and had the following conversation:
Mom: Do you have a job?
Me: Um, no.
Mom: The one at (the assisted living place)?
Me: No, they haven't called me back yet.
Mom: (Our friend the contact person) said they really liked you!
Me: Uh, okay, cool. But no, they haven't called me, so I don't know. How does my mom know how the interview went before I do?

So yeah, perhaps a job offer is in the works?

PS- I am a comment junkie. If you read this post (even if it was on Google Reader), drop a quick comment saying so. Please? :D

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Vacation Highlights

We just got back from our vacation in the Big City. Some highlights:
  • vegging in the hotel, watching Michael Phelps be amazing
  • lunch with a childhood friend (Hi, Cath!)
  • dinner and breakfast with friends we had previously only known online (Beth and Carl and Bryce, you rock!)
  • stopping on the way back to have lunch with my old college roommate, who is sporting some new bling on her left hand (congrats, Deece! I can't wait till next summer!)
  • Sweet Pea took her first step!! She did it a few times last night, and Daddy missed it every time. She was kind enough to repeat the performance tonight so he could see it, and even added a couple steps to her routine (three in a row!!). Go baby go!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Job Interview

I have a job interview this afternoon!

I've been applying for job after job since February with little success. I did have a couple interviews earlier in the summer, but ended up being passed over for the job. I haven't heard anything back about the other 2,349,810 jobs for which I've applied.

I heard about this one through a friend of my parents. It isn't exactly what I've been going for, but a job is a job. I'd rather do something than nothing, know what I mean?

Keep your e-fingers crossed!

Sunday, August 10, 2008


Just wanted to share a few of our recent favorites.
9 months, watching traffic / Almost 11 months, showing off her skillz with the spoon/ 10.5 months, watching traffic again (this is a favorite pasttime of ours, apparently)

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Great day!

Yesterday was fabulous!

We went out for dinner with new friends of ours (they go to our church, she sings in choir with me, both of the guys are in the same field of work, and our daughters are about 6 weeks apart), and then went over to their house to hang out and play some Wii.

We had SO much fun! It was a blast, and we cannot wait to hang out again! The girls played really well together too, which is always a bonus.

We also tossed around the idea of me watching their daughter a few days a week. I LOVE that idea! The kids get along so well, and it works perfectly with my schedule.

The other excitement from yesterday is that I am officially DONE with my summer classes! I've been loading up on classes for the spring (3) and summer (4) so that I can focus on anatomy/physiology this fall. I took my microbiology final yesterday morning, and did better than expected! Definitely cause for celebration. :)

Now I have two weeks off before my fall class starts.

Latest news in Sweet Pea-ville is that she is doing more and more independent standing, and is threatening to take her first step. Yikes! She'll be 11 months old this Tuesday, which blows my mind. Sometime in the next month I will do a comparison post.

That's it for now.

Be well!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

First Post- Introduction

Welcome to our blog!

Let's do a quick introduction, shall we?

I (E) am a twenty-something stay at home mom, with one beautiful baby girl who is pushing a year. I am also back in school part-time, working toward a nursing degree. My husband (R) is a computer technician.

We met online five years ago (wow!), got married in 2006, and our daughter (Sweet Pea) was born in September of 2007. This picture was taken at her baptism last November.

My goal for this blog is to keep track of the kid's milestones, post musings on my nursing school experiences, and just bore the heck out of you in general. ;)

I will try not to neglect my posting duties, and will also try to post pictures every now and then.

Questions? Comments? Complaints?