Throwback Thursdays – Nate Dogg

This wasn’t supposed to be the Throwback Thursday artist of the week, but sad circumstances changed the course of this week’s post.

Hip hop lost a legend this week. As a long term lover of hip hop it’s been unfortunate that Nate Dogg has been missing from the scene for so long, but this week the unthinkable happened. At the age of only 41 hip hop’s most notorious crooner was taken out of the game.

Way back in the day I had a brush with Nate Dogg. I still have hazy memories of a night many, many moons ago when I had taken a trip to Las Vegas with some friends and was hanging out at a Vegas night club. Next thing I know, I’m at the bar and looking right in the face of Nate Dogg. I still wish I hadn’t been so, for lack of a better term, intoxicated, because I sure would have liked to say something. Instead I must have given him my best blank faced stare. Either way, it’s a shame that there will never be another song graced by Nate’s smooth, mellow voice. Nobody else will ever be able to do it quite like him.

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Sick baby blues

As a new parent, one of the moments I dreaded was the first time my pumpkin would get truly sick.  With little things it’s sometimes hard to tell if your baby is really sick.  Gas and teething sometimes mimic the symptoms of being truly ill.  Unfortunately, about a month ago I realized I was dealing with the real thing.  My poor baby had a horrible cough, a fever and just wasn’t herself.  My pumpkin who normally likes to be on the floor, crawling around and getting into everything she’s not supposed to, only wanted to be held and cuddled.

I ended up taking a few days off to take care of her, and took her to the doctor just to make sure all was okay. The doctor said that the cough and fever would go away on their own, but it was good I had brought her in because her cold had led to an ear infection.  Taking her back to daycare the next day when she still wasn’t all better was one of the hardest things I have had to do as a mommy.  As her mom, I just wanted to stay with her as long as possible, but unfortunately I know I need to save that time for the next issue.  As I’m finding out, with a child, there is always going to be another issue.

Sure enough, Tuesday of last week I pick her up and I know right away something is wrong.  The culprit this time – pink eye.  So off we go to Urgent Care to check it out and get some meds.  While I was there I mentioned the fact that she still had her cough and still didn’t seem to be better from when she started getting sick a couple weeks prior. I almost didn’t mention it because I thought I was having one of those new mom worrying too much moments, but something inside me said that being sick that long just isn’t right.  To my surprise the doctor listened to her chest and decided to send us down for chest x-ray.  Instantly I went from slightly worried to panic mode.  What could be so wrong with her that they’d need to do a chest xray?

We were quickly taken back to the room where they were they were going to do the xray.  Before this moment, I had never really thought about how they would do an xray on a baby.  Would I have to hold her?  Would she stay still?  What I didn’t know is that there is a device just for this purpose.  Called a pigg-o-stat it’s a clear tube like device that holds a child still for the purpose of getting a good image.  The device makes sense and is extremely critical for the purpose it serves, but putting my baby in that thing was not a good moment.  Here’s my baby who can’t even talk, shoved into this tube with her hands above her head.  Even though she couldn’t say anything, the way she looked at me with those big eyes was one of the saddest moments I’ve had yet.  I wanted nothing more than to snatch her out of that device, but there wasn’t much I could do at that point.  Luckily the xray tech was quick and sensitive and it was all done soon.

Back in Peds we were taken to see the doctor again who informed me that the xray actually read a small amount of pneumonia in her right lung. I was glad to know what the problem was so we could treat it, but was shocked that my 10 month old baby girl has pneumonia!  Luckily it was mild and it was caught, but it scares me to think that if I had just waved my concerns off as new mom worries that she might still be dealing with it.

Overall things have calmed down and she is getting better every day, but it’s kind of scary to think of how quickly such a small issue as a cold can turn into a bigger issue with a baby.  For me, the moral of this story is to trust my instincts.  I know I may be a nervous new mom, but I also know my baby better than anybody.  In the end, that’s way more important than looking like a nervous nelly to a doctor.

Throwback Thursdays – New Edition

I was kind of oblivious to the popular boy bands of the 90s – Backstreet Boys and N Sync really didn’t do it for me. Me, I’m all about the original, aka “og,” boy bands. Somehow I’ve gotten so old that the boy bands of my time weren’t even called boy bands. You know who I’m talking about – New Edition and New Kids on the Block. One thing that’s really interesting to note, is that the same person who discovered New Edition created New Kids… who knew! Anyway, of the two, New Edition was my favorite, maybe it was Ralph’s voice. The group was not short on talent though, Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill and Bell Biv Devoe all owe their foundations to New Edition.

Driving home on Tuesday I had a flashback as a New Edition song came on the radio. Instantly I was transported to my senior year class night. A group of my male classmates did a lip sync routine to a New Edition song. I can’t believe that night was over 16 years ago and that now this song is over 20 years old. How did that happen? Anyway, take a trip with me back to 1988 and watch New Edition sing as only an og boy band can…

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Throwback Thursdays – Roger & Zapp

Music really can change your mood. This has been one difficult week, but when this song came on in the car this afternoon I instantly felt lighter and in a better frame of mind.  So many hip hop songs have their roots in Roger & Zapp that listening to this just made me reminisce about so many great hip hop songs.

I had my mind set on another song for this week, but I wanted to capture that moment for future reference.  I’m sure I’ll be coming back here again sometime in the future next time I need a little “feel good” fix.

Get more Roger & Zapp here or download on iTunes.


The lighter side of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding motherOn days like today I forget about how hard breastfeeding can be. One day I hope to write about it in detail, but breastfeeding didn’t start out easy for me. Things change though. Over time breastfeeding has gotten so easy that I don’t look forward to the quickly approaching one year mark, when food becomes more about necessity and less about experimentation.

More nights than not, the pumpkin ends up being in the bed with us. It’s a survival tactic that I want to start changing, but for right now I’m just too tired. Oh well. This morning she woke up and I just wasn’t getting to a functional state as quickly as I should have (guess I should haven’t stayed up so late last night). As I’m coming to I realize that she is leaning over me and had decided to find her own breakfast!  I guess mommy just wasn’t moving fast enough for her so she had to take matters into her own hands, or rather, mouth.

I love breastfeeding for giving me extended in the bed cuddle time with my lil pumpkin.  These days are flying by and I know we won’t be able to do it forever.

Throwback Thursdays – Heart

Choosing a Heart song for this week’s Throwback Thursday is just plain hard. There is more than one incarnation of Heart that rocks my musical socks. As an 80s child I grew up with hits like These Dreams and Alone. But the Heart I love the most is before my time. Dreamboat Annie was one of the many treasures in my old album collection, and one of my favorite songs on there was Magic Man. The album was released the year before I was born, but time is not a factor when I blast this on my car stereo.

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The date that wasn’t a date

Ever had one of those days when you feel like you’re in an alternate universe?  That’s what it was like the first time my (now) hubby and I went on a date.  Actually, it didn’t even start off as a date. We started off as coworkers, but we saw each other through some difficult relationships and became friends. Later, when we were both we would hang out from time to time.  

The plan was to meet up at Roscoe’s House of Chicken Waffles in the LBC. We were going to go next door to check out their little jazz spot, but interestingly enough one of the musicians broke his hand and there was no music that day.  We stopped for a drink though, and one of the people working their mentioned that it was a good date place.  Quickly I said “oh no, we’re not on a date.”  Immediately it was like a big “oops” moment.  I didn’t want to insult B, but I didn’t want him to think I thought it was a date.  Very confusing.

So we went next door, ate, talked about stuff and decided to head to the next spot.  We moved over to this little crappy bar in Long Beach.  That’s where the fun begins.  Seemed like that night I must have taken love potion number nine.  The place was tiny, but every, well almost every, red blooded guy, in the place was giving me attention, and even a chick, too!  

This one woman, obviously drunk as a skunk, kept trying to touch my butt and singing “Baby Got Back.” (Maybe my butt is a tad big.) It was hilarious, but you probably had to be there.  The bouncer, who came up to my chin (I never said they were all studs) kept trying to talk to me and impress me with his martial arts prowess.  An older fellow was trying to teach me how to play pool (I suck), and at least two other guys were openly flirting with me.  

This kind of stuff never happens to me, so it was crazy that it was happening the same night I was hanging out with B. Anyway, from the bar we went to his friend’s house and the three of us stayed up all night talking and listening to music.  At the end of the night when he dropped me off at my car he kissed me goodbye and the rest is of course, history.

Throwback Thursdays – DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

The year was 1988. I was 11 and I lived in Ft. Wainwright, Alaska. It was that year, at the PX on base that I bought my first record. Looking back nearly 25 years it’s hard to remember Will Smith as that goofy rapper considering what he’s become today – a blockbuster movie star. Especially since it seems that his daughter is in more of the music making business than he is these days.

I wish I still had pictures to look back at those days, but sadly Katrina ate most of them, along with that very first double-album I bought when I was 11.

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Mama said there’ll be days like this…

I just didn’t know there’d be so darned many.  

Before I got pregnant I knew there’d sleepless nights.  I figured that the first few months would be pretty hard and then everything would all even out.  Little did I know that I’d be nearly 10 months in and without a good nights sleep for nearly a year.

Yes, a year.  Unfortunately I was one of those pregnant women that began my sleepless nights well before delivery.  Towards the end I tossed and turned at night, trying to find a good position.  Being pregnant reduced me to sleeping on only one side.  Obviously you can’t sleep on your tummy.  On your back you suffocate.  And on my right side I felt like someone was sticking a hot poker into my upper abdomen (I still don’t know what that was all about, but occasionally I get that same pain now after I do ab exercises).  So that left me with only my left side.  After a while, even that’s gonna hurt. So I bought a maternity pillow. That helped… a little. 

Post pregnancy was no better. It seems that what’s good for babies – breastfeeding, helps ensure that they do not sleep. Ever. Going back to work only made a bad situation worse.  Did you know that some babies who don’t get to see mommy during the day wake up more during the night to see her?  Yeah, super sweet thought but it doesn’t help me sleep at night.

As I wrote not too long ago, things just haven’t gotten any better as she gets older.  Last week she was sick and it was even worse. When does it get better?  Does the switch go off finally where she’ll just magically learn to sleep through the night.  With each passing night I lose just a little more hope.  And a little more sleep.

Never shop unarmed…

Went to Carter’s today

I had a 20% off coupon
and a $10 off coupon
plus there was BOGO
and… double stamp Tuesdays!!!

Nobody every pays full price at Carter’s (I think they just use markup to make you feel like you got a deal), but after all the sales I paid less than half the tag prices and still walked out with another 20% off coupon and 3 $10 off coupons.


I hate shopping, but I love saving a buck.

Having a little girl is so much fun.

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