|This car took the most "visible" damage...|
After giving all of our information to the police, we were allowed to drive our car home, leaving the tow truck driver to collect the other car, which was not drivable. It was an eventful occasion, with 2 police cars (the responding officer and his superior that arrived a few minutes after he did), a fire truck (the accident occurred blocks from the fire station and they were on scene in under 5 minutes), and an ambulance too. If Gabriel had been a little older, he would have loved that!
|Our car seat...(stock photo)|
The "bad" news of it was we had just moved Gabriel into his new convertible car seat about 7 days prior to that! That would be the $300 car seat that we hemmed and hawed over getting (because of the steep price), but ultimately settled on because it is the only convertible seat that has "stay in car" bases (we ordered a second base that is still sitting in a box in my dining room) and excellent reviews. If you're curious, it's a Graco Smart Seat, All-in-One Convertible Car Seat (in Larkin, exclusive to Babies 'R Us). We chose this one also because it converts all the way to a booster seat with a weight limit of 100 pounds and a height limit of 57 inches (at 4 months old, Gabriel weighs around 18 pounds and is 27.5 inches). Of course, for the last 2 weeks, I haven't been ab;e to use it (car seats involved in car accidents are considered unsafe because they can't guarantee there was no damage to the seat) and we are back using the infant seat until the insurance company (her's, not ours) buys us a new one.
|Back up sensor & corner damage...|
|No clue what this is...spare tire well maybe?|
|My tail pipe is broken-ish...|
That wasn't my "whole" month, but a scary part of it anyway! Now, to make up for all that...baby photos!
"allergy friendly" developmental baby toy that came with instructions on how to clean it so that it has no allergens attached to it (we don't have any allergies though).
The other "news" we got on the 19th was about my "sore thumbs"...I was diagnosed with Carpel Tunnel (hands going numb when slightly bent...so pretty much all the time), Trigger Thumb (joints catching...feels like the bones are popping out of joint and is very painful when they catch), and DeQuervain's (tendinitis)! I'm going to Occupational therapy twice a week for the month of March in hopes that therapy will make it better. I could do Cortisone shots, but from what little I can find on the subject, it isn't safe while Breast feeding (because no one has ever studied it). I need to call my Lactation Consultant and see if she has any information that I couldn't find on the subject. If all else fails, they could do surgery, but I'd rather not do that!
We now have a Johnny Jump up so that I don't "have" to hold Gabriel all the time ($13 at Sweet Repeat) and are looking for an ExcerSaucer that is affordable (or hoping the one from my sister gets here sooner rather than later...if not, I have other uses for them) so that I can entertain him without killing my hands. I have them both taped right now and am supposed to be wearing splints/braces, but cannot do anything with them on, so I have only managed to wear them at night while sleeping and while driving.
Hand therapy is kinda awesome though...on Thursday I got to dip my hands in a paraffin bath, then into plastic bags. Then, I got propped up on pillow things so that my hands were elevated and piled with warming balnkets, where I sat for a good 20 minutes. Afterward, my therapist did ultrasonic massage on the right hand (it's a little worse off than my left), followed by a massage (of my thumb region) and muscle stretches. Then, that hand got put in an ice machine while she massaged the left hand. I got iced on my left hand as well, then she taped up my thumbs and wrists using sports tape. After all was said and done, it was back in the splints and off to come back home where Garrick had been watching Gabriel and attempting to work at the same time (making both harder to do). I believe these last 2 therapy sessions (at the first I got the splints) have shown Garrick a little bot of how hard my days at home really are...he's decided to take time off of work in the mornings when I have therapy so that he can take care of the baby.
I'm doing very well back on the low carb diet too! In the first week I dropped 11 pounds! Fat Bombs are my life savers...though Garrick thinks I should put more peanut butter and add more sweetener to them (that would up the carb count in them considerably)! As are the new Atkin's Frozen meals (more on them another day), I have one for lunch every day (except some weekend days)! I've made Mocha Mini Donuts (minus the glaze) in my mini donut maker (I only got 19 donuts, but if I figured out my carb count correctly, it's 2.7g net carbs for 3 of them) and Breakfast Bonanza Muffins (page 236 in Low-Carbing Among Friends, volume 1...also by Lisa Marshall) to have for fast, easy to grab breakfasts in the morning while I nurse. Dinner seems to be where I'm having issues...but that's more because I'm just so dang tired by the time dinner rolls around! Last night I made Coconut Flour Pancakes and scrambled eggs for dinner...I used my new (it was a Christmas present) Ice Cream Sandwich Maker (like the mini donut maker, but it makes 4 mini waffles at a time) to make "mini waffles" out of the batter! I ended up making a double batch and serving a whole batch worth to both of us (a whole batch is 5.69g net carbs)...I was really light on carbs for the day and could "afford" it and I was also "starved" by the time I got to making dinner (not a good thing)! A whole batch made approximately 12 mini waffles, so it could easily be divided among people and served with eggs and bacon, sausage, or any other kind of protein! These waffles would make perfect "breads" for breakfast sandwiches too...
This morning I "missed" breakfast because I needed the car today and had to take Garrick to work. When I finally got a chance to eat (after putting Gabriel down for his nap), I made a Muffin in a Minute! I added a few dried Cranberries (the sugar free ones I made myself), a little orange extract, and about 1 tablespoon of Sugar Free Hershey's Chocolate Chips! My Cranberry-Orange Chocolate Chip muffin was heaven with a good sized pat of butter on top! I made it in a large glass dish and sliced it in half, it nearly filled my small plate! And, with 1/4 cup of flax seed meal in it...I sure got my fiber for the day! For the sweetener in it, I used a packet of Splenda with Vitamin B in it too, for an added "healthy boost".