Friday, July 26, 2013

Wisdom Teeth Woes

Here is the story of my wisdom teeth. One of my parents had two on the top, and the other had two on the bottom. So they figured that their kids would either have the top two, the bottom two, none, or all four. My younger sister is going on a mission to Korea soon and the church requires you to get your wisdom teeth out before you leave so that you won't have to do it while on your mission. But lo and behold, she has none. Lucky.

I started going to the dentist every 6 months after I got married. I had 3 cavities the first time I went but I also hadn't been in years. They were almost root canals. It was gross. And my family is supposed to have good teeth. I brush my teeth every day. So I was kind of disappointed. Well, my dentist at school doesn't specialize in wisdom teeth so they couldn't take the special x-ray. They told me I should go get it checked out just in case, but they weren't bothering me and I didn't want to pay for it so I forgot about it. 6 months later, I was pregnant so they didn't take an x-ray. 6 months later, they told me it looked like I had all four wisdom teeth but again they couldn't tell on their regular x-rays. They referred me to a specialist over an hour away and told me it would be about $1,000. We don't have insurance. Awesome. I wanted to wait until after the summer when we had more time and money. 

But then I started getting intense headaches when we got out to Fresno. One of Bear's coworker's cousins is a dentist. We decided to go see him because of the pain a couple of weeks ago. As you can see, I only had 3 wisdom teeth. (I thought you could only get them in multiples of two?) Again, I'm not fitting the expectations of my family's genetics. The trident looking thing is my earring. My top one needs to come out. There's no room. But the bottom ones aren't impacting, aren't infected, and the roots are super long and curve towards the back like the shape of an "L". They also both run through a huge nerve that affects most of my face. The surgery would be long, complicated, and there's a chance the nerve could get damaged during surgery. The recovery would be long too. So he recommended just getting the top one out. It's okay to leave the bottom two unless there's an infection. 

So...this is a huge relief because I didn't want a long, complicated surgery and I'm scared of anesthesia (I've never gone under before). But I'm also scared of pain. So knowing that I don't have to get all 4 out, and that I don't have to go under makes me feel better. The appointment is set for July 29th! Wish me luck!

P.S. The headaches had nothing to do with my wisdom teeth. The dentist touched spots on my face and head and inside my mouth that should be sensitive if it was the wisdom teeth. But I was fine. It ends up that a lot of people that are new to the area get headaches. I don't know if it's the water, or the air or what. But they have gone away now. I just want this tooth out so I can have some peace of mind!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Lachlan iPhone photo update

I love Lachlan's baseball bib. His head is also as round as a baseball.
Why I will never spend more than $10 on sunglasses. (If he doesn't do it, I'll break them on accident)
The 4th of July blast off pops - Lachlan knows what's yummy
Pulling himself up and crawling all over furniture now
The stink bug sleeping position
On vacation in Monterrey
Grandma Price flew in to CA to see two of her sons and their families. Lachlan hadn't seen grandma since New Years in South Carolina! 
Meeting cousin Opal for the first time! She's 3 months old but almost as big as Lachlan.
Lachlan experiencing the beach for the first time. He was obsessed with the sand.
Bebbes everywhere!

He never got excited about his blocks until his friend Summer got excited about them.
Free slurpee day! That was an adventure! They had to lock the doors because too many people were in the Seven Eleven because it was a fire hazard.
Lachlan went to the zoo for the first time but he was more interested in people watching  and playing with the kids that went with us than the animals.
Lachlan knows what's good (bacon).
He tried to eat a rubber band but realized that it didn't taste good.
He also didn't like the taste of pickles but swallowed them anyways. Bear thinks that this proves his paternity because Bear hates pickles too.
One hand!
He couldn't get enough seaweed.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Lachlan is 8 months old

It's Lachan's 8 month birthday today! That definitely sounds like an older baby to me.

His two bottom teeth have definitely come through. Nursing and fishing things out of his mouth with my finger have gotten more painful. He can "high five" sometimes and sleeps with his butt in the air sometimes. He pulls himself up on furniture and is really steady. His legs are strong and he can only hold on with one hand (which he is quite proud of). He loves to be held (just for a few minutes) and then takes off to play again. Then he wants to be held a few minutes later. He is constantly moving and wiggling. If people ask to hold him, they give him right back because he's so wiggly. He tries to make as much noise as he can. There's no way I can take him to Young Women's with me. He loves when I read to him. I feel like this kid is going to be very precocious. 
Today was a struggle to get him to smile.
I tried everything.
He was determined to scowl and frown.
Up until now, I would just have to say "can you smile for mommy?" in a certain voice  and he would crack up laughing.
We started tickling him but he would stop smiling the second we let go.
This was as close as it got.
I think he looks a lot like my dad here.
Some days mom is his favorite, some days dad is his favorite.
I guess we all have days that we don't want to smile.
He's becoming his own person now.
He is so frustrated. He wants to walk. 
We aren't encouraging him to walk. He just wants to.
He pulls up on us and takes off. He's pulling us like a dog on a leash. We don't have to push him to walk.
This is his famous bear crawl. He gets up on all fours and walks around like Mowgli.

He's pretty darn fast at it too.
He will eat anything on the ground. And this isn't just a normal "I'll figure out what this is with my mouth". If he can swallow and eat it, he will. 

He wants to eat EVERYTHING!

He also sucks on his bottom lip now
We think it looks like a beak.
I love the back of his head.

I don't know where the past month went

I just realized that it's been 3 weeks since I posted last! It's because we've been out having fun with friends, which is always a good reason. And then I have too much to blog about and I get overwhelmed and keep putting it off. 

My blog is also in the process of getting a face lift. Someone is creating a personalized blog design for me. 

Lachlan turns 8 months old tomorrow. I don't even know where the past month went. It's also getting freaky for me that he's almost as old as long as I was pregnant. Time needs to slow down. Just a little bit.

In the mean time, we're addicted to playing BANG! We highly recommend it.

P.S. Thank you for all of your dinner suggestions. I took all of them into consideration.

Monday, July 01, 2013

Cheap and Easy Dinners

The dilemma in our house is this:

Bear loves cheap, simple food.
I love tasty food and I need variety.

 I love trying out new recipes on Pinterest, but some of them can get overly complicated or expensive. I have this desire to try all the recipes! Bear would seriously be okay if we ate Kraft Mac n' Cheese every night. But I really can't stand it. On the other hand, I can't make super long recipes every night. Bear says we need a staple. I think our staple is rice, but I want to hear what you think. What do you do on those hectic weeknights? What do you stock up on? What is something cheap and fast that I can go to in my pantry instead of fast food?

Let me know in a comment!