Invisalign – Tray 1

Yesterday I started my journey towards straighter teeth.  Many friends and family have told me that my teeth don’t seem that crooked, but 2 years of planned Invisalign would disagree with that statement.  Two years.  Well, technically 20 months, but orthodontic treatments somehow always seem to go longer than they first estimate.

For the 3 people that are reading this, if you do not know what Invisalign is, it is “invisible” braces.  Clear and quite stiff trays that you wear for 2-3 weeks at a time that will slowly straighten your teeth.  Some teeth movement is not able to be done with this treatment, but it seems like many people are candidates.

6 weeks ago I went to get my teeth scanned so they could make my treatment plan and order my trays.  Seeing a 3D model of your mouth on a computer is pretty amazing.  I love the fact that I did not have to get molds made, always a painful process for me.  6 weeks ago, I paid my deposit to start the treatment and set up the payment plan for the rest of the (quite high) cost.

Yesterday, I was finally able to get my first set of trays… out of 38.  It was a pretty easy process, having been a previous acquaintance of whitening trays.  These trays are much stiffer and tighter fitting, but they did not cause any pain… at first.  The first 2 sets of trays for me will have no attachments, but in a month, I go back in to get my attachments put on.  I will have 9 buttons (tooth colored protrusions to help move my teeth) on my teeth and hooks for rubber bands.  Luckily, I do not need any attachments on my front 2 teeth, just 7 of the upper surrounding ones, and one lone one on the lower.  I have seen pictures of people with 3 attachments on one front tooth, and it is quite visible to me.  I was a little concerned that I would be in the same situation, but you can imagine my relief that I am not.

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Now, about the pain.  4 hours after my appointment, the pain started.  Oh man, did the pain start.  I took ibuprofen and it did squat for the pain.  We had pasta for dinner (not al dente, quite cooked), but it was harder and more painful to chew that I expected for the first day.  Luckily, I was tired enough from R not sleeping that I was able to pass out in bed with no problem.  When I woke, my teeth did not hurt at all.  I did notice that my morning breath was way worse than usual.  You would think that excessively brushing and flossing would make it better!  After being up and about for a few hours, I noticed that my teeth were starting to hurt again.

Now, well into my second day, the pain is almost gone.  Just a slight ache and tightness in a couple of my teeth.  Those same teeth are feeling a slight bit loose, but I don’t know if that is all in my head or real at this point.  I know it is a common side effect of the treatment.  Be prepared to hear about all the nightmares I have about my teeth falling out when I remove a tray.  It feels so good to remove the trays right now.  Like when you are bloated and wearing too tight pants, then you undo that top button and sweet relief.

I am committed to seeing this treatment through, but right now it is very frustrating.  I am at home, and R is going through a no nap phase.  So, I am having a hard time distracting myself from the frustration of having the trays in and not being able to sip on my coffee all day.  No more all day coffee and tea.  I am dying a little inside.

Stay at Home Mom – Week 5

Now that I have been a SAHM for a whole month now, I wanted to write about my feelings about it. I have R home with me every day, and L still goes to a full day of preschool/daycare 5 days a week. I had both kids home with me last Friday and I was at the end of my rope by 2 pm. I think that it will get better when L is more used to being at home with R and I. He was just very demanding of my attention that whole day, which made it very difficult to take care of R and give her attention too.

Overall, I am enjoying the time that I have at home. I am able to pursue my dream of having a career where I am able to use my creative side, but I am also able to work flexible hours that I dictate. The day-to-day stuff is pretty tedious, but each sale or custom item request I get through my shop makes each day a little different. I am still trying to find the balance between cleaning, working on my shop, playing with the kids, and cooking that works best for our family. I have been spending more time playing than cleaning, but I doubt I will ever regret that! I am glad that I made my shop, it give me something that is mine. Something that is not about being a mom or wife.

Both kids like having me home, that is clear. R is eating good, gaining weight, and has hit a bunch of milestones this past month. L likes having me take him to school and daycare, especially because when I drop him off or pick him up I am not rushing around. I can take the time and have him show me what he did at school that day, I can give him the extra snuggles he asks for (demands) when he is having a rough morning. Our weekends have also become more fun, because now we are not spending the whole time running errands and cleaning house; we can do fun things on the weekend now!

I don’t know how long I will really be able to stay at home. Financially, it is still a big challenge (especially since we just got another hospital bill from R’s birth), but personally I am finding it very fulfilling. I am noticing the lack of adult interaction, but I am hoping to find a group of moms/dads that I can join. If not, I can always start my own group.

Wow, that is quite a rambling stream of consciousness. Oh well, that is what I came to write today, so that is what you get. Proofreading is for suckers. LOL

Inspiration Lacking

Now that I have had my ETSY shop open for a week, I am finding it difficult to think of items to make.  I started with monthly milestone cards and baby milestone cards, because I had some friends that were looking for something like that.  Beyond repeating those with different designs, I am at a loss on what to make.

My inspiration usually comes only when prompted.  Be it a writing prompt, a request from someone for a custom design, or the need for something to fulfill a need in my home; I am not a muse of great ideas.  One friend suggested that I make chalkboard signs for weddings, but looking on ETSY, there are a million (only slight exaggeration) of those already.  I will go ahead and start making them, until I can think of something better.  In the meantime, I will wait for more inspiration to come my way.

I guess I am not naturally a creative thinker.  I follow instructions, follow the rules, and just put my own flair on things.  Kind of depressing, actually.  Maybe it is just the rain outside.

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Stay at Home Mom – Week 1

I have been absent from blogging recently due to some major changes in my life. I recently quit my job and decided to be a stay at home mom for a little bit. Many reasons contributed to my quitting: R not taking a bottle and being up all night, lack of support at work, and feeling like my kids need me more than my job values me are among a few of them.

For the next few months, I will be a SAHM (stay at home mom). I know that there will be an adjustment period for me and the kids, but after that, I hope to be able to decide whether I want to go back to work full-time, part-time, or at all. Right now, I am enjoying being at home with R (L is still going to preschool/daycare for the moment). I am not getting much done around the house, nor have I had much time for blogging, but I feel like R is sleeping better and in a better mood in general with me at home. I know that I am in a better mood too.

Educated OwlTo help offset the mental stagnation of being a SAHM, and to hopefully provide some supplemental income, I have started an ETSY shop. I only have a few items listed, but the 2 sales that I have gotten so far have made me giddy with happiness. I would love to be able to make this a part-time gig for me, allowing me to stay home with the kiddos and work on my own schedule. I guess we will see if my designs are popular enough to support that.  Feel free to click the image to the left and check out my shop.  Any constructive feedback on current or future items would be welcome!

My Favorite Shops – Man Edition

I don't have as many favorite shops to buy J presents at, but I do have a few.  These are shops that I have previously purchased from or I have gotten wish list items from J from.  Once again, I have not been compensated in any way for this post

iusb_760x100.12449850_kv24I love the scents of their shaving products, and J loves their beard oil.  I got him a sample kit of the beard oil for Christmas last year and he uses it daily.  He says that it makes the skin less itchy, and I can see that it makes the hair softer and more manageable.  They also have other bath/beauty products for men and women in their shop (I am eyeing the lip tints).

115e_TG_logoIf you have a geek that you know and love, you have probably already found this shop.  It is the best conglomeration of shirts, toys, food, and accessories that any geek or nerd would like.  There is something for everyone here!  I love the giant microbes, no surprise since I am a microbiologist, and J likes the cube warfare gear.  I have also bought my brother many a t-shirt from here for various holidays.

 

 

bellroyJ is very picky about his wallet.  It has to have the right number of slots for cards, not be too thick, and fit in his pocket just right.  He found this site and sent it to me as his wish list for future gift ideas.  They have very high quality wallets, a little pricey, in different sizes and configurations.

Work, work, work

Now that I am back to work full-time, after a short bout of pneumonia, I am having a hard time figuring out what my goals are.  I love my children and want to be there for them, especially since schools/daycare/activities in my town seem to always end at 5pm.  Being there for them is really difficult with my current hours and commute.  On the other hand, I am enjoying working on my projects, having adult interaction, and bringing home a paycheck.  I guess this is the dilema of every mom out there; what is the balance between what is best for me and what is best for my family.

Guilt Attack

This morning, as I was sitting on the couch feeding R, L scoots over next to me and lays his head on my shoulder.

L: I love you, Mommy.
Me: I love you too.
L: I miss you, Mommy.
Me: I miss you too, Buddy.

Enter the working mom guilt.

L has been having a hard time since I went back to work.  R has been having a hard time too, but I think her issue is more that she still refuses the bottle.  L got used to me being home and having energy to play with him in the evening.