528th Friday Blog Roundup
The twins had to have their first real blood draw this week. I put it off for a while because they were nervous, but I finally told them that it had to come off my to-do list. It went better than expected, but I should probably add that my expectations were that we (1) would not actually get blood drawn because (2) they would flip out and (3) the phlebotomist would end up with a needlestick or bruised shins.
Blood was drawn. The screaming (only one child flipped out) was over in about 30 seconds. The phlebotomist was unharmed. They got doughnuts afterward.
I asked them if it was as bad as they worried it would be. The non-screaming child said it was pretty much what they expected. The screaming child said it was so much worse than they thought it would be. But all lived through the experience, and I got to check the box on my to-do list to boot.
But I’m really grateful that we don’t have to do this again (I hope) for a while. It is really awful to see your kid that upset and worried. It makes me feel like crap leading them in there, even though I know it’s something that they need to suck up and do.
Stop procrastinating. Go make your backups. Don’t have regrets.
Seriously. Stop what you’re doing for a moment. It will take you fifteen minutes, tops. But you will have peace of mind for days and days. It’s the gift to yourself that keeps on giving.
As always, add any new thoughts to the Friday Backup post and peruse new comments in order to find out about methods, plug-ins, and devices that help you quickly back up your data and accounts.
And now the blogs…
But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week. In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:
- “Our Community” (Stirrup Queens) — thank you, Northern Star!
- “Stop Waiting” (Ali on the Run)
- “Nail Salons Proven to be the Pit of Hell for Infertiles” (InfertilityHonesty)
- “Perspective: Perfect Woman” (Dreaming of Diapers)
- “Dharana, The Practice of Focus, and Food for Thought: Candied Pecans” (A Half-Baked Life)
- “A Tale of Two Playgroups” (Invincible Spring)
Okay, now my choices this week.
Looking for a Little has a story about a spoon that has traveled great distance and time. She explains how she feels when she sees this spoon in her drawer, which once belonged to her husband and is now waiting for her future child. She has tucked the spoon away for the time being, but it’s a poignant post about how a tangible object can become the receptacle for a lot of emotion.
Unpregnant Chicken has a post questioning intuition after an exchange with a stranger makes her wonder if the child somehow knows something that she doesn’t know yet. She admits: “I’ve had that sense before. That our child is waiting in the wings. Almost close enough to touch. Willing us to keep going. I allow myself to linger in that thought for a moment. Allowing myself to imagine that this child’s intuition is right.” It’s a post about finding hope exactly when she needs it most.
Earth & Ink has a hold-your-breath type post about becoming a blank slate. Or, really, that her life has become a blank slate though she still carries her memories and personality over to this blank slate. It’s a sobering question: what would you do with a start-over?
Lastly, My Path to Mommyhood catches a moment where she can see what her future child may look like as her husband yawns. They have one more chance coming up but she writes: “somehow, seeing a little apparition of that baby-that-could-be in the middle of Home Depot really brought home the incredible loss that we are most likely facing, and how much mourning is buried inside me.” It is a moving post in its rawness.
The roundup to the Roundup: We survived our first blood draw. Your weekly backup nudge. And lots of great posts to read. So what did you find this week? Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between January 9th and 16th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week? Read the original open thread post here.